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Homegrown: JP Tan and the Clouduino Stratus

For many makers, hobbyists, and engineers, the Arduino has been a household name since its early beginnings in 2005. From how intuitively easy it is to use in addition to all the versatile features that come along with the device, the Arduino—a software tool that aids programmers in building applications—is readily programmable via an integrated…

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DLS-CSB’s HiFi: Pushing stalwarts of change through social innovations

Self-driving cars, three-dimensional printing, fiber optics, bluetooth technology, and social media—these are just some of the innovative solutions and technologies that have shaped the 21st century. Greatly influencing how the world works, these advancements disrupted the monotony of established systems and workings; they paved the way for societal change. However, innovations are not limited to…

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Tick tock: Zeroing in on possibilities, debunking theories on time manipulation

Time travel has been viewed as a work of fiction usually brought to life in popular media where audiences see what-could-be or what-could-have-been through glimpses of the future or flashbacks from the past. Highlighted in films such as Interstellar and Back to the Future, the very concept of traversing through time remains an unsolved mystery…

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On environmental conservation initiatives: When the best ‘fix’ is taking a step back

Ecosystems like forests and coral reefs have immune capacity to support life and provide significant economic and ecological services, but only if they are healthy. The increasing area of barren lands and rising sea temperatures are symptomatic of nature’s heightening destruction, prompting many community-based projects—from tree planting to coastal clean-up activities—intended to improve the state…

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Breaking the surface: On the redefinition of SI units, its impact on the STEM field

The human race is attuned to experiencing the ordinary on a day-to-day basis, but the world, at times, has other plans. More notable days, such as November 16 of last year, break this monotony by introducing groundbreaking discoveries, debunking outdated claims, or overcoming world standards and records. On that day at Versailles, France, 60 countries…

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First came Dolly: Investigating the development, ethical considerations of cloning

It has been 23 years since the birth of Dolly, the sheep known to the world as the first mammal to have ever been successfully cloned through adult cell cloning—a cloning process which requires the replacement nucleus to come from an adult cell instead of an embryo. Originally part of a series of experiments led…

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CESDR holds lecture on Anaerobic Co-Digestion of Grease Interceptor as a Model System

Last July 9, a talk titled, Linking the Microbiome to Reactor Performance: Anaerobic Co-Digestion of Grease Interceptor Waste as a Model System by Dr. Francis de los Reyes III, a professor from the North Carolina State University, was conducted at the Shell Companies in the Philippines Audio Visual Room of Velasco Hall.  Spearheaded by the…

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Crabifier and BioMon Launch: Mobile applications for biodiversity, industry, and community dev’t.

July 8 marked the official public release of two mobile applications, Crabifier and BioMon, developed by research groups from the University’s Technologies for Biodiversity Use and Conservation Unit. The launch event, which took place at Br. Andrew Gonzalez Multipurpose Hall, featured a panel discussion as well as demonstrations of the new technologies. Describing the applications…

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Dried out: Investigating the Metro Manila water crisis

Since March, several districts in Metro Manila have been experiencing daily water interruptions and rotational interruptions implemented by the two sole water concessionaires in the metropolis—Manila Water and Maynilad. However, it was not until June that the severity of the issue at hand was emphasized.  Last June 8, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services…

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A lecture on antimicrobial resistance: DLSU professor’s public service recognized

Last June 27 at the Br. Andrew Gonzalez Multipurpose Hall, Dr. Esperanza Cabrera, Biology Professor and University Fellow, discussed her research on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) or drug resistance. Cabrera was previously awarded as one of the Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos last 2017 for her service and contribution to drug resistance research, which she continues to…