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Feathered diversity: How birdwatchers move from hobbyists to citizen scientists

Living relics from the age of dinosaurs, aerial birds have captured the skies as their domain. They have likewise captivated our imagination and attention with their ability to fly, stirring humans to join them in the skies through the development of human aviation. However, while our aircrafts have soared to heights even birds could not…

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Role of scientists, decision-makers in health policymaking reviewed in webinar

As rising COVID-19 cases continue to overwhelm countries and their healthcare systems, it is becoming more apparent that health institutions need to develop and adopt more robust health policies and programs. Keeping large populations healthy is a constant challenge—one only aggravated by the COVID-19 pandemic.  With decision-makers from various sectors involved, healthcare systems can be…

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Astrophysicist Reinabelle Reyes encourages Science enthusiasts to stay curious

Encouraging teachers, students, and science enthusiasts alike, the Central Mindanao University Physics Department and Bukidnon Physics Society held their eighth iteration of the Physics Meetup series last July 16 via Zoom and Facebook Live.  The session, titled Adventures in Astrophysics and Analytics, featured astrophysicist and data analyst Dr. Reinabelle Reyes, who has had her fair…

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Beyond conventions: Reginald Bernardo on becoming first homegrown PH gravitational physicist

To many, the word “gravity” conjures imagery of an apple falling from a tree, projectiles being shot into the air, or perhaps the tedious math equations of a Physics class. An omnipresent force of nature, gravity seems to exemplify the mundane—being itself an unchanging fixture of our day-to-day lives, now and always the 9.8 meters…

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Patterns of distress: Psychological welfare during the COVID-19 pandemic

As July began, 107 days had passed since the Luzon mainland was placed under community quarantine. In what has become the world’s longest COVID-19 lockdown, the country’s quarantine period has even surpassed the 76-day lockdown of the Chinese city of Wuhan—the ground zero of the pandemic.    Altered eating and sleeping patterns, increased difficulties with concentrating,…

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Under dark skies: Staying mindful of rainy season diseases

Expecting widespread rain showers and scattered thunderstorms, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) declared last June 12 the start of the rainy season in the country. With the Philippines’ health sector already struggling to cope with the overwhelming number of COVID-19 cases, the onset of the rainy season may also bring with…

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Thirst for knowledge: Blending coffee and Science in DLSU’s new elective

Like in many other countries, coffee is one of the most popular drinks among Filipinos, creating and sustaining the country’s coffee plantation industry. Before plummeting to 110th, the Philippines was once the world’s fourth largest coffee bean exporter. Various local efforts have been enacted to revive the industry plagued by coffee rust—caused by a fast-spreading…

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Seen, heard, empowered: Pushing frontiers at the Women Tech Global Conference 2020

Aiming to unite 100,000 women in Technology-aligned careers, the Women Tech Global Conference 2020 was held online last June 10 to 12 through the interactive platform, Hopin, manifesting as a convergence of society and technological innovation. The event featured a main “stage” for keynote talks, while simultaneous breakout segments were presented on the designated “sessions”…

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Months down the road: Webinar dissects ‘best practices’ against COVID-19

Besides baring the capacities of leaders and healthcare systems around the world, the COVID-19 pandemic has undoubtedly reflected each country’s level of preparedness, their citizens’ trust, and overall unity. The actions of governments and citizens have put their respective countries on different roads, navigating how best to respond to the public health crisis and its…

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Knowledge without barriers: Dissecting science illiteracy among Filipinos

Despite their immense capacity to generate knowledge, the Sciences tend to be devalued or misunderstood; the vast array of complex concepts and unfamiliar terminologies have made these subject matters appear inaccessible to those outside the scientific community. With the overwhelming amount of information available, it is easy to be misled by hearsays, exaggerations, and even…