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LIGO and Virgo confirm direct observation of an intermediate-mass black hole

Around ten billion years ago in a galaxy about 17 billion lightyears away, two black holes spiraled into each other and sent ripples in spacetime—that is, gravitational waves (GWs), barrelling through the universe. On May 21, 2019, the LIGO Scientific Collaboration (LSC) and Virgo Collaboration, together referred to as (LVC), detected the now-incredibly faint echoes…

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Lightning in a bottle: The pressing need to transition toward renewable energy

What currently stands as the largest contributor to the world’s carbon emissions is energy generation, a sector dominated by fossil fuels such as natural gas and oil. Despite being non-renewable, these extracts are constantly being exhausted, which is worrying as they supply a majority of the world’s energy. While various forms of renewable energy (RE)—energy…

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Testing the limits: Integrating Physics lab classes with online learning

Several months into the COVID-19 pandemic, schools and universities have adapted a module-based online learning system. Students are probably used to going online to attend classes via Zoom, Google Meet, and other video conferencing platforms—even for physical education classes.  But where does that leave the laboratory classes? This question is particularly salient for students of…

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Addressing displaced diseases during the COVID-19 pandemic

Around the world, healthcare systems are being overwhelmed by the public health emergency that has been precipitated by the pandemic. Resources that have, in the past, been used to treat various other illnesses are now being redirected to fight against the spread SARS-CoV-2.  As of October 22, the Philippines has a total of 365,799 COVID-19 cases,…

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Phosphine on Venus

“Basically, Venus is a hell-hole,” articulates Massachusetts Institute of Technology researcher William Bains as he describes the evening star in an interview with The LaSallian. While Venus is similar to the Earth when it comes to size and mass, a closer look shows that Venus does not possess the same life-giving qualities of Earth. The…

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Between books and shelves: The dynamic future of public libraries

Public libraries are cornerstones of culture in the Philippines. While many institutions tend to govern our way of life, public libraries preserve how this way of life came to be in the first place. Tasked with housing primary source materials and other pieces of our country’s history, libraries sate even the most curious of knowledge…

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Talking heads: Podcasters on and off the mic

Meaningful conversations bring about a sense of enlightenment. New discoveries are made through a back and forth of opinions, as well as a sharing of personal experiences. Such a relay of knowledge has become so sought after that it has popularized podcasts. More refined than simple talking heads, podcasts are divided into episodes, where different…

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Out of sight: The Philippine reproductive health crisis

There seems to be an unsaid discomfort when anything related to sex is brought to the table. From menstruation, contraceptive pills, pregnancy, to abortion, it is almost impossible to share details about these experiences casually, unremarkably, and with no holds barred. “This image that we like to portray—that the Philippines is so conservative—stands in the…

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A reimagined world: Filipino folklore in the 21st century

The creaking of the floorboards. A warning against going out into the woods at night. The urge to offer a “tabi-tabi po” as you pass by a mound of dirt. The balete tree you always avoid. These stories have been planted deep in the Filipino psyche, holding an unnerving power that compels us beyond reason.…

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The slow but steady race toward sustainability in fashion

In today’s consumerist and capitalist market system where large corporations seek to gain maximum monetary profit by manufacturing and selling as many products as possible, it is a hopeful sight to see small businesses earn money in an ethical and sustainable manner. These small aspiring business owners believe that to start a business is not…