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Cloak and warder: Delving into sunscreens and their properties

Last March 20, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) officially declared the start of the country’s dry season—not summer, the weather bureau clarified—which marked the end of the northeast monsoon or Amihan. Along with the temperatures peaking this dry season, the sun is also at its maximum elevation, reaching its peak at…

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Measures against COVID-19 tackled in International Best Practice webinar

With more than four million confirmed cases and around 300,000 deaths worldwide as of early May, countries are scrambling to control the relentless spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).  With only seven recorded deaths so far, Taiwan is among the most successful countries to respond to the pandemic. To learn from Taiwan’s example in combating…

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From ideas to applications: DLSU Institute of Biomedical Engineering & Health Technologies

Driven by advancements in technologies, the field of Biomedical Engineering, which deals with the application of Engineering principles to areas such as Biology and Health Sciences, has taken leaps and strides since its establishment. What started as a specialization for BS in Manufacturing Engineering and Management (MEM) students has now grown more prominent through the…

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PRESS RELEASE: NASA, partners launch virtual hackathon to develop COVID-19 solutions

The U.S. space agency National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA), European Space Agency (ESA), and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) are inviting coders, entrepreneurs, scientists, designers, storytellers, makers, builders, artists, and technologists to participate in a virtual hackathon May 30-31 dedicated to putting open data to work in developing solutions to issues related to the COVID-19…

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From cartridges to memory cards

My very first console came in the form of the Nintendo Game Boy Advance SP—cobalt blue, compact and portable, with a screen around double the size as that of a digital camera. It felt unreal at first, switching it on for the first time and seeing the graphics come to life of whichever game was…

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Women in STEM: Carla Mae Pausta on saving the environment one step at a time

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST)-Newton PhD Scholarship is a grant that awards Filipino researchers whose proposed PhD projects outline a clear path toward addressing distinct Philippine priority sectors—namely Health and Life Sciences, future cities, Agritechnology, digital innovation and security, and the improvement of environmental resilience and energy security.  To be endowed with this…

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Women in STEM: Kamila Navarro on cultivating scientists in Science Communication

The media is frequently criticized for tying in scientific jargon in reportage without explanations, such as in the case of storm surges during supertyphoon Yolanda, phreatic explosions for Taal Volcano’s eruption, and even the recent coronavirus disease outbreak.  Be it due to a lack of reliable information or the inability to properly communicate with the…

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Women in STEM: Davey Alba holds truth to power in Technology journalism

“If you want to know what happens to a country that has opened itself entirely to Facebook, look to the Philippines. It’s a society where, increasingly, the truth no longer matters, propaganda is ubiquitous, and lives are wrecked and people die as a result—half a world away from the Silicon Valley engineers who’d promised to…

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Insights from the frontline: Medical teleconference on COVID-19 in Asia

The global coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has shown as of yet little signs of slowing down—infecting over 200,000 recorded cases and claiming almost 9,000 lives worldwide as of press time. As scientists and governments alike race against the clock to understand the disease and devise effective solutions, some nations have been faring better than others…

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Surging forward: Trends, developments in Analytical Chemistry

Last March 9, a seminar titled Trends and Approaches in Analytical Science, a joint event hosted by the Chemistry Department and the Central Instrumentation Facility of the University, was held at rooms Y407 to Y409, fourth floor of Yuchengco Hall.   The event was composed of a series of lectures that were presented by Dr. Leonel…