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Language learning: Not as easy as ABC

The increasingly globalized world has allowed cultures and languages to transcend borders; from Hollywood to K-pop to anime, we consume foreign media often without batting an eye. With more exposure to foreign languages than at any other point in human history, mixed-language contexts are normal scenarios in our everyday lives.  Our exposure to other languages…

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Maximizing GCOE’s potential: What it means to be ABET-certified

Announced last September 11, DLSU now boasts an official certification from the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. (ABET) for all seven of the University’s undergraduate Gokongwei College of Engineering (GCOE) programs: Civil Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering and Management, and Mechanical Engineering.  This accreditation by ABET—a non-profit…

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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…

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Fostering research: Seminar Workshop Series on Biomechanics

From November 6 to 8, the DLSU Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Health Technologies held the Seminar/Workshop Series on Biomechanics at the Shell Companies in the Philippines Audio Visual Room, second floor of Velasco Hall. The lecture series—which featured Dr. Justin Wade Fernandez, an Associate Professor from the University of Auckland in New Zealand—discussed computational…

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Kickstarting the Future: The advent of 5G technology in PH

In recent years, interconnectivity has taken precedence at a tremendous pace with the emergence of various technologies that have become increasingly linked as cellular network technologies is swiftly being realized by torrential breakthroughs in the domain of wireless networking and telecommunications, two disciplines that encompass the wireless transmission of data to facilitate communication across networks.…

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Disrupting the order: Consequences of introducing invasive species

Considered a national epidemic by the Department of Health last August 6, the dengue virus—a viral infection generally originating from a female mosquito species called Aedes aegypti, whose bite results in a flu-like illness—was reported to have claimed the lives of 622 people based on 146,062 cases that recorded during the months of January to…

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Unfinished: Implications of the Amazon fires

The Amazon—a major rainforest that covers nine countries, namely Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French Guyana, and Ecuador—is still burning.  This puts thousands of species in danger, reducing a diverse and substantial number of plants into ash, and forcing animals to either flee from their natural habitat or suffocate due to the smoke.…

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Left in oblivion: At the dawn of the Sixth Mass Extinction

Many have theorized how the end of the world will come. With threats ranging from biological warfare to brain-eating zombies or a destructive alien invasion, theories have ranged from the mundane to those out of this world. But while these ideas may seem far-fetched from the real state of the world, something looming in the…

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Sex talk: On the HIV/AIDS epidemic and safe sex practice in the Philippines

As defined by the World Health Organization (WHO), the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infects cells of the immune system and destroys or impairs their function, causing the eventual deterioration of the system. It can be transmitted in various ways: unprotected sexual intercourse and/or oral sex with an infected person; transfusion of contaminated blood; sharing of…

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Machine learning: Pushing the boundaries of computing

The first image of the black hole, which has since been immortalized, was as much a product of a computer stitching together bits of telescope-captured data as it was a proof-of-concept for Einstein’s theory on general relativity. This makes it a feat not just of physics and astronomy, but that of computer science as well.…