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Did you know: Alfredo Santos

National Scientist and pharmacist Alfredo Santos died on April 11, 1990. Known as the “Father of Natural Products Research in the Philippines,” his works contributed immensely to phytochemistry. Born on Aug. 15, 1900, Santos received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the UP Alumni Association in 1957 and was named Most Outstanding Scientist by the Philippine Association for the Advancement of Science in 1974. He was conferred the title and rank of National Scientist on July 10, 1978.—Marielle Medina, Inquirer Research

Posted: April 11th, 2014 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

Hidden ocean on Saturn’s moon bolsters life theory

This photo provided by NASA shows water vapor jets, emitted from the southern polar region of Saturn's moon Enceladus. Scientists have uncovered a vast ocean beneath the icy surface of the moon, they announced Thursday, April 3, 2014. Italian and American researchers made the discovery using Cassini, a NASA-European spacecraft still exploring Saturn and its rings 17 years after its launch from Cape Canaveral. (AP Photo/NASA, JPL, Caltec, Space Science Institute)

Saturn’s moon Enceladus is home to an ocean of melted water beneath its surface, and could be a source for alien microbes, scientists said Thursday.

Posted: April 4th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

UN science report: Warming worsens security woes

In this Aug. 20, 2013 file photo, Syrian refugees cross into Iraq at the Peshkhabour border point in Dahuk, 260 miles (430 kilometers) northwest of Baghdad, Iraq. In an authoritative report due out Monday, March 31, 2014, a United Nations climate panel for the first time is connecting hotter global temperatures to hotter global tempers. Top scientists are saying that climate change will complicate and worsen existing global security problems, such as civil wars, strife between nations and refugees. AP

In an authoritative report due out Monday a United Nations climate panel for the first time is connecting hotter global temperatures to hotter global tempers. Top scientists are saying that climate change will complicate and worsen existing global security problems, such as civil wars, strife between nations and refugees.

Posted: March 30th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Stinking study says nose can smell a trillion odors

Cartoon, March 22, 2014

The human nose can distinguish at least 1 trillion different odors, millions more than previously estimated, US researchers said on Thursday.

Posted: March 21st, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Young scientists generate solutions to current problems

ALEXANDER John Cruz (third from left) with BPI Foundation executive director Florendo

Three budding Filipino scientists received recently the BPI-DOST Science Awards for projects designed to address some of the country’s needs.

Posted: March 18th, 2014 in Headlines,Learning | Read More »

Mercury, the incredible shrinking planet

This NASA image obtained March 11, 2014 shows a new color mosaic created from MESSENGER which is part of a release  by NASA's Planetary Data System (PDS) on March 7, 2014. The images for MDIS's high-resolution 3-color mosaic were acquired during MESSENGER's second year in orbit about Mercury. The 3-color mosaic was designed to complement the 8-color base map acquired during MESSENGER's primary mission. AFP PHOTO/NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington/HANDOUT

Beneath its Sun-scorched exterior, the planet Mercury is cooling, which is causing it to shrink ever so slightly, scientists said Sunday.

Posted: March 17th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Elephants can tell difference between human languages

This handout photo provided by the University of Sussex, taken in April 2011, shows a wild elephant in Amboseli National Park in Kenya reacting to sound played by scientists in experiments that show they can distinguish between human languages and genders.  AP PHOTO/GRAEME SHANNON, UNIVERSITY OF SUSSEX

African elephants can differentiate between human languages and move away from those considered a threat, a skill they have honed to survive in the wild, researchers said Monday.

Posted: March 11th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Fruit-eating ‘bayawak’

Varanus bitatawa

The northern Sierra Madre forest monitor lizard, Varanus bitatawa, is one of the largest species of monitor lizard known from the Philippines. Indigenous Dumagat and people of the Sierra Madre Mountains call the lizard bitatawa or baritatawa.

Posted: March 4th, 2014 in Headlines,Learning | Read More »

Earth’s crust at least 4.4 billion years old – study


A microscopic grain of Earth’s oldest known mineral has been dated to 4.4 billion years ago, shedding light on our planet’s infancy and how it came to harbor life, researchers said Sunday.

Posted: February 24th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Science, religion go hand-in-hand in US – study

Science and religion can mix easily in the United States, a relatively religious country, a survey released Sunday found.

Posted: February 17th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Netizens abuzz over haloed moon

Screengrab from http://earthsky.org/

The moon sported a ring around it on Monday night, making a buzz on Facebook and Twitter.

Posted: January 13th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

China’s first lunar rover to land on moon Saturday—officials

The Long March 3B rocket carrying the Chang'e-3 lunar probe is prepared for launch at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Xichang in southwest China's Sichuan province on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013. China will the launch Chang'e-3 lunar probe in the early hours of Monday Dec. 2, 2013, that will send the country's first lunar lander and rover named "Jade Rabbit" onto the moon according to state media. AP FILE PHOTO

A space module carrying China’s first lunar rover is scheduled to land on the moon Saturday, authorities said Friday, describing the maneuver as the mission’s greatest challenge.

Posted: December 13th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Face transplants thriving 2 years after operations

The nation's first full face transplant patient Dallas Wiens looks on during a news conference at McCormick Place in Chicago, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013. AP

The first full-face transplant patients in the US are growing into their new appearances — literally.

Posted: December 5th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

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  8. Estrada, Gigi Reyes denied access to evidence from other respondents
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  10. DOJ orders arrest of Cedric Lee
  1. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano
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  5. More legal woes for Cedric Lee
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  • DOF: Tagaytay, QC best at handling funds
  • Smart phone apps and sites perfect for the Holy Week
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  • Editorial cartoon, April 17, 2014
  • A humbler Church
  • Deepest darkness
  • ‘Agnihotra’ for Earth’s health
  • It’s the Holy Week, time to think of others
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  • DFA: 2 Filipinos survive Korean ferry disaster
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