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For want of β-carotene: DA, BPI greenlight Golden Rice

Last December 10, the Philippines became the first country in Asia to achieve government approval for Golden Rice. This came after two years of rigorous research and vetting by the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) of the Department of Agriculture, as initiated by an application jointly submitted by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and…

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Hades’ Kingdom: Opportunities beyond explored depths of Earth’s oceans

Despite comprising more than 70 percent of Earth’s surface, the majority of the planet’s oceans remain unexplored. From undiscovered species, and undersea geology such as subduction zones and brine pools, to unexplainable mysteries such as the sunken city of Pavlopetri, and the 52 hertz blue whale, the opportunities for discovery are missed as long as…

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Will you be (hista)mine?: Body talk and allergy medications

“I didn’t know it was [made from shrimp],” narrates Noelle Gloria (I, AB-ISJ), referring to one New Year’s Eve when she was hospitalized after eating a serving of bagoong. She recalls that allergic reactions manifested in the form of numbing hands, difficulty of breathing, and shaking of the body despite taking Claritin, a brand or…

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An ever elusive mystery: The science behind attraction

“It’s also true that like the Moon—a trigger of its own legendary form of madness—love has its phases,” said Dr. Richard Schwartz, an associate professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and a consultant to McLean and Massachusetts General hospitals. Schwartz—whose research interests revolve around social isolation, loneliness, social connection, and lasting marriage—claimed in…

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Restless nights: Dealing with sleep deprivation

It has become a common reality for undergraduate students to sacrifice hours of sleep. Reasons could range from staying up to accomplish school work, getting home late because of traffic conditions, or simply spending time on social media, video games, or other hobbies. Such are the reasons for sleep loss that were recurrently cited by…

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New year, new resolutions: Misconceptions and tips on switching to healthier lifestyles

The new year can signal a fresh start for some individuals. Yearning to try something new, people might begin looking toward changing something about them. Their quests could range from learning a new skill, like playing the piano, to changing their appearance, by losing weight. Yet in trying to achieve their goals, hindrances would often…

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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…