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How quarantine impacted environmental conditions and where we go from here

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has left a large impact on the Philippines. Months of quarantine have resulted in job losses, limited human mobility, and a huge dip in the country’s economy.  With news honing in on the struggles of the country, scientists and researchers have been observing another aspect that the pandemic has affected: the…

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Innovation in business, marketing strategies, online operations highlighted in WebIECon 2020

Known to be versatile, flexible, and a “jack-of-all-trades”, Industrial Engineering (IE) graduates take up a variety of different positions in fields ranging from business to trade.  Optimizing complex systems—“making things better”—is one of the main goals of IE; its necessity in the corporate world and in society remains ever-important, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Adaptability…

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Defenders of the environment: Outstanding environmental research, scientists spotlighted in NESA

Environmental Science is one of the most versatile fields in academia. It examines, among many other things, the effects of natural and man-made processes and the interactions within ecosystems. Further, it is the field uniquely situated to tackle the many problems that plague the environment, anthropogenic or otherwise. In this respect, the many Environmental Science…

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Anybody out there?: SETI’s search for extraterrestrial life

“Are we alone in the Universe?” This is a question that has, for centuries, stumped mankind. Through the efforts of scientists and engineers, the search for extraterrestrial life has seen multiple developments, mainly through the advent of cutting-edge devices. These developments have also introduced new methods of detecting technologically-advanced activity, known as technosignatures, which are…

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Role of scientists, decision-makers in health policymaking reviewed in webinar

As rising COVID-19 cases continue to overwhelm countries and their healthcare systems, it is becoming more apparent that health institutions need to develop and adopt more robust health policies and programs. Keeping large populations healthy is a constant challenge—one only aggravated by the COVID-19 pandemic.  With decision-makers from various sectors involved, healthcare systems can be…

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Beyond conventions: Reginald Bernardo on becoming first homegrown PH gravitational physicist

To many, the word “gravity” conjures imagery of an apple falling from a tree, projectiles being shot into the air, or perhaps the tedious math equations of a Physics class. An omnipresent force of nature, gravity seems to exemplify the mundane—being itself an unchanging fixture of our day-to-day lives, now and always the 9.8 meters…

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Beyond the headlines: Science reportage in an era of misinformation

One in every five Filipino adults use Facebook to access and consume news, a Social Weather Stations survey conducted in 2019 revealed. While television remains the chief source of news for about 60 percent of Filipinos, Facebook places second, surpassing radio stations and newspapers. By racking up likes and shares, news on Facebook and other…

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Untapped potential: Renewable energy through material design

Since the 1860s, fossil fuels have remained as the primary energy source in the world—with coal accounting for 38.5 percent of global power in 2018. Rampant usage and unyielding dependence on non-renewable energy sources have contributed to numerous harmful and irreversible effects to the environment such as the accelerated melting of glaciers. These developments have…