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Pen and scalpel: Doctor-writers contemplate humanities, hope, and healing

The Medical Humanities is an emerging field that focuses on the interdisciplinary—navigating the lines that intersect healing as a science and an art, and the healers who combat disease and decipher the meaning of life and death. “The body is a living story…[A] witness of our mortality, the physician can read with scientific precision and…

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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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Health experts discuss COVID-19 vaccine dev’t, next steps post-pandemic in Project Insight webinar

Infectious disease is a constant companion to societies, propelling research and innovation to understand its transmission and prevention, and assess distribution of health resources. The COVID-19 pandemic has characterized the scientific foundations behind vaccines and its underlying issues to empower the public during a health crisis. These conversations were enriched by COVID-19 Vaccine: The Race…

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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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Seen, heard, empowered: Pushing frontiers at the Women Tech Global Conference 2020

Aiming to unite 100,000 women in Technology-aligned careers, the Women Tech Global Conference 2020 was held online last June 10 to 12 through the interactive platform, Hopin, manifesting as a convergence of society and technological innovation. The event featured a main “stage” for keynote talks, while simultaneous breakout segments were presented on the designated “sessions”…

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NAST highlights medical efforts against COVID-19 in online confab

The world hastens toward making medical breakthroughs like vaccines to quell the COVID-19 pandemic that caused around seven million confirmed cases and 400,000 deaths as of press time. However, the reliability of every potential intervention, testing method, and treatment must be established based on proper and relevant evidence before these can be  implemented in society. …

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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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Genomics sequencing traces spread of COVID-19, pinpoints cruise ship origins

The Philippine Society for Cell Biology, Inc. (PSCB) and the Philippine Genome Center (PGC) hosted a webinar titled Community-acquired COVID-19 infections in the Philippines: Knowledge gleaned from SARS-CoV-2 Whole Genome Sequencing last June 6 via Zoom. In the online event, PGC Executive Director Dr. Cynthia Saloma tackled the collaborative work of local scientists using different…

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Ancient human interbreeding event unearthed

As we continue to explore the evolutionary puzzle of human origins, we often unearth previously unknown facts and develop theories about how modern humans came to be. One such study—co-authored by Dr. Alan Rogers, Dr. Nathan Harris, and Alan Achenbach of the University of Utah—has recently documented the earliest known interbreeding event between ancient human…

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Spreading information and hope: COVID-19 and Me webinar

Last March 13, a webinar titled COVID-19 and Me: How Do We Cope?—Part 2 was hosted online by Ateneo de Manila University. The event was part of the IPC eTuro UHC Webinar Series 2020, which aimed to shed light on the COVID-19 pandemic and its implications on public health and safety.  Dr. Regina Berba from…