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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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Exploring the ergonomics of WFH, online learning setups

“Man will work better if he feels better,” states Dr. Alma Gutierrez—an associate professor from the Industrial Engineering Department. Workspaces are best designed to cater to the needs and capabilities of their users, necessitating that we have the proper environment and equipment to fulfill our tasks. Everything, from the chairs we sit on to the…

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Discovering role of Transportation Engineering in managing public transport crisis

From being the pioneer country that introduced the first ever metropolitan light rail system in Southeast Asia, the Philippines’ public transportation system has seen better days. Spending long hours in traffic and erratic breakdowns of existing train systems are only some of the  common problems that commuters face. As lockdown restrictions eased over the past…

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Breaking barriers: Why language is important in bringing Science to the public

These times we live in are dreadful for many, if not all. As the world continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, people are forced to distance themselves from one another or isolate themselves in their homes. With in-person activities either limited or banned completely, our methods of communication and relaying of information —previously done…

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Countering misinformation, hesitancy through understanding vaccine development

To protect against certain infectious diseases, the immune system must be able to recognize and attack certain pathogens or disease-causing microorganisms. This can typically be acquired through either natural immunity—where one contracts the disease, generates a sufficient immune response, and remembers how to fight it—or vaccination, a type of medical intervention that aims to train…

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DLSU faculty build model to simulate optimal allocation of COVID-19 antivirals

Developing an effective treatment against COVID-19 is one challenge, but ensuring access to these medical services is another altogether. The latter problem is what a team of DLSU faculty and researchers—led by Dr. Charlle Sy from the Industrial Engineering Department and Dr. Kathleen Aviso from the Chemical Engineering Department—has come together to address. By building…