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Beyond ones and zeroes: Skills for the modern age

Coding involves a versatile set of skills that contribute to the development of logic and abstract thinking. It is a process of optimization that seeks to solve unique problems by converting data into a language that is understood by computers and hand-held devices, and it is this language that continues to innovate the ways information…

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Emergency physicians hold the line at the forefront of medical response

It is an understatement to say that the pandemic that continues to spread across the globe has brought about change in many forms. Industries and sectors of society have been at the forefront of instigating these changes, be it in operations, management, or even in outlooks.  Among these are the operations of those in the…

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Ocean’s warmth, typhoon’s rage: Climate change and the storms of the 21st century

From October to November 2020, four typhoons made landfall in the Philippines. Already in an economic and social slump brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, the country was spared no destruction by Typhoon Ulysses (Vamco) and Super Typhoon Rolly (Goni) in particular, which dealt P19 billion and P17.9 billion in damages, respectively, according to the…

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Seeing eye to eye: How blue light and remote learning affect ocular health

With the pandemic shifting public spaces online, virtual learning has monopolized the school year. Lecturers and students across the globe, who in the past met face-to-face, now engage in their classes through their devices. As citizens adjust to the current circumstances, going to school may mean extended exposure to digital screens. As education becomes more…

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No bark, all bite: Understanding the infection of rabies

“Rabies has a fatality rate of almost 100 percent…It is responsible for the death of about 200 to 300 Filipinos every year,” emphasizes Dr. Ronaldo Quintana, program manager of the National Rabies Prevention and Control Program (NRPCP) of the Department of Health (DOH) Infectious Disease Office. The disease in question causes the inflammation of the…

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[Redacted]: Understanding the development and treatment of EDs

Typically seen as concerning only an individual’s physical wellness, the effects of eating disorders can often go beyond surface-level attributes. According to the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) published by the American Psychiatric Association, feeding and eating disorders (EDs) are “characterized by a persistent disturbance of eating or…

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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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Under dark skies: Staying mindful of rainy season diseases

Expecting widespread rain showers and scattered thunderstorms, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) declared last June 12 the start of the rainy season in the country. With the Philippines’ health sector already struggling to cope with the overwhelming number of COVID-19 cases, the onset of the rainy season may also bring with…

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Thirst for knowledge: Blending coffee and Science in DLSU’s new elective

Like in many other countries, coffee is one of the most popular drinks among Filipinos, creating and sustaining the country’s coffee plantation industry. Before plummeting to 110th, the Philippines was once the world’s fourth largest coffee bean exporter. Various local efforts have been enacted to revive the industry plagued by coffee rust—caused by a fast-spreading…

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Months down the road: Webinar dissects ‘best practices’ against COVID-19

Besides baring the capacities of leaders and healthcare systems around the world, the COVID-19 pandemic has undoubtedly reflected each country’s level of preparedness, their citizens’ trust, and overall unity. The actions of governments and citizens have put their respective countries on different roads, navigating how best to respond to the public health crisis and its…