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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…

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Behind the curve: How Statistics and Data Science aid in pandemic response

A flattened graph, whether it refers to cases, mortalities, or healthcare-related costs, means a slowdown in the spread of COVID-19. These graphs are constructed using data based on thousands of recorded cases across the country, data that is updated and published in near real-time to keep up with the spread of infection. The collection and…

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Saving skin: Demystifying the organic-synthetic divide in cosmetics

From skin dryness to acne, many people use cosmetic products with varying ingredients and formulations to address different skin conditions. But as cosmetic chemists develop new solutions for skin care, the debate on whether average consumers should consider “organic” over “synthetic” products continues to ensue. It is no secret that the organic cosmetics industry is…

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No bark, all bite: Understanding the infection of rabies

“Rabies has a fatality rate of almost 100 percent…It is responsible for the death of about 200 to 300 Filipinos every year,” emphasizes Dr. Ronaldo Quintana, program manager of the National Rabies Prevention and Control Program (NRPCP) of the Department of Health (DOH) Infectious Disease Office. The disease in question causes the inflammation of the…

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Breathing clean: The electrifying science behind N95 respirators

Prior to the eruption of Taal Volcano or the standstill brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, most Filipinos had probably never heard of N95 respirators. Even now, six months and counting under one form of community quarantine or another, there persists the idea that N95 respirators act like a net or a colander—that they easily…