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Poll: Big Bang theory of universe a question for most Americans

This March 2, file 2013 file photo shows a woman smoking a cigarette while sitting in her truck in Hayneville, Ala. Few Americans question that smoking causes cancer. But as we get farther from our own bodies and the present, a new AP-GfK poll shows Americans have much more doubts in other concepts that scientists say are basic truth: global warming, evolution, and their largest question mark was in the Big Bang that created the universe. “Science ignorance is pervasive in our society, and these attitudes are reinforced when some of our leaders are openly antagonistic to established facts,” said 2013 Nobel Prize in medicine winner Randy Scheckman. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File)

Few Americans question that smoking causes cancer. But they have more skepticism than confidence in global warming, the age of the Earth and evolution and have the most trouble believing a Big Bang created the universe 13.8 billion years ago, an Associated Press-GfK poll found.

Posted: April 22nd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

First Earth-sized planet found in ‘habitable zone’ — NASA

This artist's concept released April 17, 2014 by NASA/JPL-CALTECH depicts Kepler-186f, the first validated Earth-size planet to orbit a distant star in the habitable zone. The hunt for potential life in outer space has taken a step forward -- an international team of researchers has confirmed the existence of the first Earth-sized planet within the "habitable" zone of a star. The exoplanet dubbed Kepler-186f was first spotted by scientists using NASA's Kepler telescope, according to research published Thursday in the US journal Science.  AFP PHOTO HANDOUT-NASA/JPL-CALTECH/ T. PYLE

The hunt for potential life in outer space has taken a step forward — an international team of researchers has discovered the first Earth-sized planet within the “habitable zone” of another star.

Posted: April 18th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

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

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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

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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

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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 »

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