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#EcoSquadGoals awards grants to PH youth projects addressing plastic pollution

#EcoSquadGoals, a program on understanding solid waste management, hosted its culminating grant awarding ceremony last January 8 via Zoom. The project led by the Br. Alfred Shields FSC Ocean Research Center (SHORE) and funded by UNESCO, gave an opportunity for university students across Metro Manila to develop solutions to reduce waste production and promote more…

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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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Highlighting the DLSU professors listed among the top two percent most-cited researchers of 2019

For the longest time, mankind has pondered upon the circumstances of our world. The answering of these questions through the use of systematic methodological processes—scientific research—has led to the rapid advancement of science, technology, and human living conditions. Last November, Engineering professors Dr. Aaron Don Africa, Dr. Kathleen Aviso, and Dr. Raymond Tan and Psychology…

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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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La Salle Computer Society organizes online DLSU Technology Summit

Last November 7, 28, and December 5, the La Salle Computer Society (LSCS) held the eighth iteration of Technology Summit, its flagship event. With the COVID-19 pandemic preventing face-to-face gatherings, Technology Summit 2020, with the theme Mapping Future Possibilities, was held via Zoom. The three-day forum discussed various technologies that are rarely known but have…

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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,…