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Rights and limits in policing social media

It is undeniable that in the past two decades, social media has been a very powerful tool that can be used to disseminate, present, and digest information. With the free flow of information and data that reach thousands of people in a span of seconds, it is easy to believe that social media is a…

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To the outskirts: Giving voices to alternative views

There have always existed media organizations that set themselves apart from the mainstream, tackling angles and events often left untouched by more established outlets. In Philippine society today, there are pockets of resistance where the stories of those unheard and unknown are brought forth to be told. What can be covered by those in big…

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Breathing clean: The electrifying science behind N95 respirators

Prior to the eruption of Taal Volcano or the standstill brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, most Filipinos had probably never heard of N95 respirators. Even now, six months and counting under one form of community quarantine or another, there persists the idea that N95 respirators act like a net or a colander—that they easily…

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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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Knowledge without barriers: Dissecting science illiteracy among Filipinos

Despite their immense capacity to generate knowledge, the Sciences tend to be devalued or misunderstood; the vast array of complex concepts and unfamiliar terminologies have made these subject matters appear inaccessible to those outside the scientific community. With the overwhelming amount of information available, it is easy to be misled by hearsays, exaggerations, and even…

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A sullied field of stars: Trepidation as Starlink ventures into a new frontier

Soon, the night sky could be blanketed by an immense array of satellites streaking through the dark. These satellites would comprise Starlink, a satellite mega-constellation envisioned to provide global high-speed internet access. There are 480 Starlink satellites currently in orbit around the Earth—60 of which are from the latest launch in early June. SpaceX, the…

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For want of β-carotene: DA, BPI greenlight Golden Rice

Last December 10, the Philippines became the first country in Asia to achieve government approval for Golden Rice. This came after two years of rigorous research and vetting by the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) of the Department of Agriculture, as initiated by an application jointly submitted by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and…

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Wary of water: Reviewing the International Disaster Conference 2019

Consider for a moment the power of water: without it, agriculture would be impossible and sanitation would be an afterthought. Yet, in excess, it can flood cities, drown life forms, and cripple even the mightiest economies. During the International Disaster Conference 2019 held at The Peninsula Manila last November 21, matters concerning the depletion of…

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Clearing the smoke: Often buried truths about e-cigarette use

November 15 was pivotal—it marked the day when the first case of electronic cigarette or vaping product use associated lung injury (EVALI) was recorded in the Philippines. The diagnosed patient, aged 16, was said to only have started using electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) in March of this year. This news came amid a slew of 2,290…

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Exoplanets, exploring extraterrestrial signs of life tackled in Cosmology lectures

The Philippine Astronomical Society, Inc., in partnership with the Physics Society of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP), held a set of lectures titled Exoplanets: The Physics and Biochemistry of Searching for the Next Earth at the Claro M. Recto Hall in PUP last November 16.  The event featured advancements in the fields of…