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Protecting the protectors: Wildlife sanctuaries face shortage of resources, closure amid pandemic

A haven of biodiversity, the Philippines is home to 645 endangered and threatened species—like the Philippine eagle or the Mindoro dwarf buffalo, whose population numbers are dwindling rapidly—due to various factors such as habitat loss and human exploitation. Wildlife sanctuaries are vital in carrying out animal conservation and preservation efforts. These serve as a refuge…

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Feathered diversity: How birdwatchers move from hobbyists to citizen scientists

Living relics from the age of dinosaurs, aerial birds have captured the skies as their domain. They have likewise captivated our imagination and attention with their ability to fly, stirring humans to join them in the skies through the development of human aviation. However, while our aircrafts have soared to heights even birds could not…

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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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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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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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Will they take over?: Reimagining the technological future with AI, robots

Revolutionizing almost every industry—from retail to healthcare to public transportation—and changing how humans live and work, the integration of artificial intelligence (AI) and robots into workplaces and homes only point to one thing: the future. Yet as these machines permeate various sectors of society, uncertainty and fear similarly pervade over the possibility that these machines,…

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Securing privacy: Browsing the interconnected world with VPNs

From government offices to companies to anonymous hackers, the internet has become a nest of prying eyes. Data has become a commodity—from companies engaging in data sharing deals to government surveillance of online activity and data harvesting. With the public becoming more aware of the importance of data privacy, the Virtual Private Network (VPN) industry…

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DOH Learning Sessions on 2019-nCoV ARD unmask truth on virus outbreak

“What’s happening right now is the fear of the unknown,” stressed Department of Health (DOH) Human Resources Management Officer Ebenezer Bonbon in a series of discussions entitled Learning Sessions on nCoV held at the University Student Government (USG) Students’ Lounge, third floor of Br. Connon Hall yesterday, February 5.  The talk, which delved into the…

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Truths and tensions: On DOH confirmation of first nCoV case in PH

In December 2019, a newly identified disease from Wuhan, China caused an outbreak.  The epidemic has since spread across other locations, including, Macau, Taiwan, Australia, Cambodia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Malaysia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Thailand, The Republic of Korea, United Arab Emirates, United States, Vietnam, Hong Kong, India, and the Philippines.  Now, 7,824 are…

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Uneasy and unrest: Ongoing effects of Taal Volcano’s eruption

When hot liquefied rocks called magma emerge out of an opening on the earth’s crust, this phenomenon becomes known as lava as it rises to the surface. Seeping to the outer reaches of the landmass, it cools off into the surrounding area, dries up, and forms a new landmass. The creation of volcanoes belies their…