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Unraveling millennia of human migration to the Philippines

With its abundance of shorelines, the Philippine archipelago has long been theorized to have been traversed by early humans through land bridges or early seacraft such as the balanghai. This theory, known as Wave Migration, was first proposed by American anthropologist H. Otley Beyer but was later discredited due to a lack of archaeological evidence.…

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The hows of hand hygiene

Every May fifth, the World Health Organization (WHO) conducts the Clean Your Hands campaign, calling for the observance of correct hand hygiene practices and better accessibility to relevant facilities and resources. In 2020 and 2021, the campaign was conducted in the context of a global health crisis, with a reiteration of approved techniques in hand…

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Unveiling hidden narratives of locally-transmitted COVID-19 cases

Over the past year, several stories of COVID-19 patients going in and out of the hospital—or never going out at all—have been featured by the press. Mainstream media, the primary source of information for many, is left to report on these cases based on published research and medical findings. Most reports, however, focus solely on…

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Innovating AI with ECG’s Start Up Tech Summit 2021

On May 7, the Engineering College Government (ECG) launched a webinar-workshop series and pitching competition called Start Up: Rediscovering Innovations Tech Summit.  Opened by College President Madeline Tee, the summit culminated on May 21 as four finalist teams with representatives from De La Salle University, Ateneo De Manila University (ADMU), and the University of the…

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Behind the catch: Destructive fishing practices in the high seas

Teeming with diversity and life, the Earth’s oceans shelter more than 300,000 marine species. They also generate 70 percent of the planet’s oxygen and are the primary source of protein for close to a billion people. However, the oceans’ supposedly endless abundance of resources is now being depleted as humans trawl aquatic fauna faster than…

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Dice with death: Individual action will not stop climate change

Ever since the industrial revolution, humans have burned large amounts of fossil fuels to meet the growing energy consumption brought about by global industrialization. These industrial activities release gigatons of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide into the atmosphere every year, furthering the greenhouse effect that warms our planet and fuels climate change. An uninhabitable…

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PH-made online calculator tells you when you might get vaccinated

It has been over a year since the World Health Organization officially declared the global spread of COVID-19 a pandemic. And from the start, people have awaited the arrival of a vaccine. Then, in December 2020, the United Kingdom became the first country in the world to vaccinate its citizens with Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine. Soon…

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IECON 2021: Industrial engineers in the post-pandemic world

The Industrial Management Engineering Society (IMES) held their two-day webinar entitled “IECON 2021: Building the Industries of Tomorrow” last May 7 and 8 via Facebook Live. The event sought to educate future industrial engineers on how to become industry leaders as the world transitions to a post-pandemic landscape. “Industrial” engineer, not “instant” engineer What does…

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Powerhouses of the future: Comparing the RISC and CISC processor designs

With the launch of the Apple M1 processor in November last year, the pedestal occupied by x86 processors, such as those from Intel and AMD, may soon be put into question. As Apple’s first ARM-based processor, the M1 has gained traction in the tech community for its significant claims on power efficiency and performance in…

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Revolutionizing healthcare through personalized medicine

How an individual responds to medicines is uniquely determined, to a great extent, by their physiology and behavior. A drug, for example, which may improve one person’s health can, conversely, harm that of another. Leveraging this uniqueness has for a long time been at the bleeding edge of medicine but due to recent advancements is…