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Japan newborn gets liver stem cells in world first

May 21, 2020 - 2:36 PM

The newborn is suffering from urea cycle disorder, where the liver is not capable of breaking down toxic ammonia

Student innovations recognized in 3rd imake.wemake

Dec 10, 2019 - 10:01 AM

Press release: Senior high school students were tasked to seek solutions to pressing societal and community issues in food safety, health, education, disaster mitigation, agriculture, and environment

Student killed in U.S. school shooting near Columbine

May 08, 2019 - 8:49 AM

(UPDATED) Two suspects are in custody – an adult man and a male youth. Both attended the school. There were no further suspects.

HIGHLANDS RANCH, COLORADO - MAY 07: Students and teachers raise their arms as the exit the scene of a shooting in which at least seven students were injured at the STEM School Highlands Ranch on May 7, 2019 in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. Tom Cooper/Getty Images/AFP

Filipina game changers share what it takes to be leaders in science, tech

Feb 25, 2019 - 3:00 PM

Four women who have made a mark in science, technology, engineering, and math recount their journeys, as well as the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead

GAMECHANGERS. 4 Filipina leaders in the field of science, technology, math and engineering talk about their journey and challenges in a forum by International Labour Organization on Friday, February 22. Photo by Samantha Bagayas/Rappler

Kidneys grown in rats could pave way for human transplant options

Feb 06, 2019 - 7:10 PM

The researchers caution that their success is only a first step and that 'serious technical barriers and complex ethical issues' remain before the process could be used for human organs

At Germany fair, PH firm shows innovations in weather forecasting, agriculture

Nov 26, 2018 - 2:04 PM

Addressing pertinent issues in the Philippines through technology, a local company demonstrates its idea of nation-building, and encourages the youth to pursue careers in STEM

Japan team transplants stem cells into brain to treat Parkinson's

Nov 09, 2018 - 6:50 PM

The research team at Kyoto University injects iPS cells – which have the potential to develop into any cell in the body – into the brain of a male patient in his fifties.

Why more women don’t win science Nobels

Oct 13, 2018 - 10:40 AM

Only 3% of these prizes have gone to women since 1901

NOBEL LAUREATE. Professor Dr. Donna Strickland is applauded during a news conference at the University of Waterloo to field questions about her shared Nobel Prize in Physics, October 2, 2018 in Waterloo, Canada. Photo by Cole Burston/Getty Images/AFP

Entering the age of human upgrades

Aug 12, 2018 - 11:00 AM

It turns out that in medicine, one key to new resurrections can be found in jumpstarting faulty, old lives

At least 25% of jobs in Southeast Asia may be automated in next 2 decades – ILO

Apr 23, 2018 - 1:25 PM

'Lower-skilled jobs in labor-intensive sectors will be increasingly displaced by technology that is cheaper and more accessible,' says the International Labour Organization

REPLACED? The International Labour Organization reported at least a quarter of jobs in Southeast Asia may facer automation in the next 2 decades. Photo by Hoang Dinh Nam/AFP

Human muscle tissue grown from stem cells

Jan 09, 2018 - 8:43 PM

These are called 'induced pluripotent stem cells' or iPSCs. Like naturally-occurring stem cells found in embryos, they can become any other type of human cell.

Mouse study shows how alcohol may cause cancer

Jan 04, 2018 - 10:42 PM

It has long been suspected that alcohol consumption contributes to seven types of cancer – of the mouth, throat, larynx or voice box, oesophagus or food pipe, breast, liver and bowel

LIQUOR. A file photo of a liquor store in Glasgow. Photo by Andy Buchanan/AFP

2017 top science stories: Space 'visitors', smartphone addiction, and your pet dog

Dec 19, 2017 - 11:45 AM

What are the biggest stories, discoveries and ideas in science this 2017? The Mind Movers of the Mind Museum list down some of the most important ones from the past 12 months.

Stem cell therapy for your health: 4 things you need to know

Sep 21, 2017 - 1:30 PM

Stem cells can prevent diseases like Parkinson's and Alzheimer's – here's how they work

Today's youth, tomorrow's gamechangers

Sep 15, 2017 - 7:59 PM

This year’s Accenture Program the Future winners are gearing up to change the world, one app at a time.

UP Diliman and University of San Carlos top Accenture's Program the Future 2017

Sep 04, 2017 - 2:32 PM

The winning apps announced during the culminating event last August 30 were built to make parking easier and to help the differently abled

Accenture Program The Future 2017

Aug 25, 2017 - 12:00 AM

Filipino students compete to build the best AI apps with Accenture s ProgramTheFuture2017

Young Filipino innovators making a difference

Aug 24, 2017 - 3:30 PM

Accenture s campus competition Program the Future provides a platform for Filipino students ready to disrupt the digital world

How technology can ‘program the future’ of PH students

Aug 18, 2017 - 6:56 PM

Students participate in Accenture’s yearly campus competition to create tech solutions

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, June 3- July 9, 2017

Jul 09, 2017 - 10:27 AM

Must watch videos from this week

What's The Big Idea? Scientist writes children's books for girls

Jul 06, 2017 - 6:58 PM

Coco Alcuaz finds out the big idea behind Professor Didith Rodrigo's children's books written for young girls

Stem cell therapy helps some men with erectile dysfunction

Mar 25, 2017 - 11:51 AM

The results could be an effective therapeutic option for patients suffering erectile dysfunction from other causes

STEM CELL THERAPY. Stem cells as seen on a computer screen at the University of Connecticut`s (UConn) Stem Cell Institute at the UConn Health Center on August 27, 2010 in Farmington, Connecticut, USA. File photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

In Indonesia, a bright future ahead for female gamers

Jan 30, 2017 - 7:25 PM

Indonesia is ahead of nearby nations like Singapore Laos and Cambodia in the ratio of women to men in the STEM workplace – and is only poised to welcome more women into the industry

WOMEN IN STEM. Indonesia has more women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics than other neighboring countries. File photo by AFP

Scientists create first human-pig embryos

Jan 27, 2017 - 1:34 PM

The ultimate goal is to grow functional and transplantable tissue or organs but we are far away from that says lead investigator Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte

'IMPORTANT FIRST STEP.' This image shows the human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) are being injected into a pig blastocyst. Photo courtesy of Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte

Zika virus infection may harm adult brain – study

Aug 19, 2016 - 9:30 PM

Adult cells involved in learning and memory can be destroyed by the viral infection according to a study

ZIKA VIRUS. Aedes aegypti mosquitos are seen in containers at a lab of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences of the Sao Paulo University, on January 8, 2016 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Researchers at the Pasteur Institute in Dakar, Senegal are in Brazil to train local researchers to combat the Zika virus epidemic. / AFP / NELSON ALMEIDA

Gloria Arroyo to undergo stem cell therapy in Germany

Aug 10, 2016 - 5:35 PM

Former president Gloria Arroyo also plans to meet with Filipino communities in France and Hong Kong if allowed by the anti graft court Sandiganbayan to leave the country

UNDERGOING TREATMENT. Pampanga 2nd District Representative Gloria Arroyo grants a media interview on August 10. Photo by Mara Cepeda

Joseph Ocol: Former whistle-blower now producing chess champs

Aug 09, 2016 - 10:00 AM

Chess is like life Every move you make has a consequence says Teacher Ocol who decades ago exposed irregularities in the 1998 Philippine Centennial Expo project in Clark

Filipino scientist with NASA sends 'Astronaut Bob' to space

Jun 02, 2016 - 10:28 PM

The launch seeks to promote Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics STEM awareness in education

The eyes have it: Scientists grow lenses from stem cells

Mar 10, 2016 - 9:26 AM

A research team says they have managed to engineer corneas from stem cells in the lab while another regenerated lenses inside the human eye

Experiments show link between Zika and fetal brain damage

Mar 05, 2016 - 9:18 AM

The findings are the first concrete evidence of a link between the mosquito borne virus and microcephaly which until now had been circumstantial

ZIKA VIRUS. A soldier fumigates against the Aedes Aegypti mosquito as part of the campaign against Zika, Dengue and Chikunguna in Habana, Cuba, February 22, 2016. File photo by EPA/Ernesto Mastrascusa

One-third of US tech 'innovators' are immigrants – study

Feb 25, 2016 - 4:30 PM

Researchers also find that women and US born minorities remain underrepresented in tech

Japanese scientist stripped of doctorate over stem cell scandal

Nov 03, 2015 - 4:40 PM

Haruko Obokata 32 drew intense media scrutiny after failing to reproduce the results of what was once billed as a ground breaking study on stem cells

FABRICATED. In this file photo, Riken Institute investigation committee chief Shunsuke Ishi (L) explains an interim investigation report with photo datas at the institute during a news conference in Tokyo, Japan, March 14, 2014. Kimimasa Mayama/EPA

Trailblazing trial for brittle-bone disease

Oct 12, 2015 - 9:00 PM

In a pioneering trial stem cells will be injected into fetuses to battle brittle bone disease

BRITTLE BONE DISEASE. A picture made available on November 9, 2011 shows Patricio (L) and Nicole (R), two kids who suffer from brittle bone disease (osteogenesis imperfecta), playing with paper airplanes in Quito, Ecuador, 28 October 2011. One of each 10,000 new borns suffer the illness in the world. The kids are called 'crystal kids' and a simple touch of a cuddly toy could break their bones. Photo by Jose Jacome/EPA

5 ways China, ASEAN countries can stop plastic pollution – study

Oct 08, 2015 - 6:30 PM

China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam are responsible for more than half of all plastic waste in the ocean

PLASTIC TIDE. A rubbish collector gathers floating plastic garbage in Manila Bay. Photo by EPA/Ritchie B. Tongo

Why PH is world’s 3rd biggest dumper of plastics in the ocean

Oct 06, 2015 - 1:10 PM

Irresponsible garbage hauling companies and the presence of open dump sites near rivers are two reasons why the Philippines is among the world's top ocean polluters, according to a new study

PLASTIC POLLUTION. A volunteer says 'no' to plastic pollution during a clean-up drive in Manila Bay. Photo by AC Dimatatac/Rappler

Is Arroyo's stem cell doctor back in business? DOJ orders probe

Aug 26, 2015 - 5:14 PM

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima acts on a change org petition asking the NBI to verify if Antonia Park is treating patients again in her clinic in Tagaytay which was ordered closed in 2014

'NOT GUILTY.' Antonia Park, who is facing one count of illegal practice of medicine and one count of estafa, is on bail. Sourced photo

DepEd admits delay in buying science, math kits worth P2.56B

Jul 16, 2015 - 3:45 PM

To date the department is still bidding out contracts for over 82 000 science and math equipment using allocations from its 2014 and 2015 budgets

Mini breast grown in petri dishes for breast cancer research

Jun 13, 2015 - 9:08 PM

The scientific breakthrough can potentially allow researchers to better understand breast cancer

MODERN-DAY HEROES. The team of Jelena Linnemann (L) and Dr Christina Scheel (R) will now be able to understand the behavior of breast cancer cells. Photos from the German Research Center for Environmental Health, graphic by Ernest Fiestan

Arroyo's stem cell doctor pleads not guilty to estafa case

May 06, 2015 - 4:48 PM

She is also charged with one count of illegal practice of medicine

ON BAIL. Antonia Park, who is facing one count of illegal practice of medicine and one count of estafa, is on bail. Sourced photo

The new Phantom 3, Google on spoilers, Apple Watch | SciTech4u

Apr 14, 2015 - 3:00 PM

A fully loaded drone Google s move on spoilers the Apple Watch and more in this week s episode

Engineering for Kids: Making numbers more fun

Apr 14, 2015 - 1:00 PM

From programming robots to developing their own video games the STEM educational approach combines math and creativity

Too many waiting for blood stem cell transplants – study

Feb 27, 2015 - 8:22 AM

The analysis finds huge discrepancies between rich and poor countries noting that less than 2 in the eastern Mediterranean and Africa get HSCTs versus Europe s 52 5

TRANSPLANT. A picture made available on 16 December 2009 shows Prof. Dr. Dietger Niederwieser (R) at the bedside of a patient in the Jose-Carreras-Station for bone marrow transplant and stem cell transplantation of the Hematology and Oncology department at the University of Leipzig, Germany, 11 December 2009. File Photo by Waltraud Grubitzsch/EPA

Spain uses stem cell therapy to treat damaged hearts

Jan 31, 2015 - 9:20 AM

It is the first time that allogeneic cells – stem cells that come from another person – have been used to repair damage to a heart caused by a heart attack

Top Japan lab dismisses controversial stem cell study

Dec 26, 2014 - 2:12 PM

The revelations come a week after a young researcher at the center of the scandal which has rocked the country s scientific establishment said she will resign after failing to reproduce the study s results

FABRICATED. In this file photo, Riken Institute investigation committee chief Shunsuke Ishi (L) explains an interim investigation report with photo datas at the institute during a news conference in Tokyo, Japan, March 14, 2014. Kimimasa Mayama/EPA

Japan lab cannot repeat ground-breaking cell finding – reports

Dec 18, 2014 - 3:35 PM

The government backed Riken Institute will announce that so called STAP cells cannot be reproduced writing the embarrassing final chapter of a study published in the journal Nature but later withdrawn

FABRICATED. In this file photo, Riken Institute investigation committee chief Shunsuke Ishi (L) explains an interim investigation report with photo datas at the institute during a news conference in Tokyo, Japan, March 14, 2014. Kimimasa Mayama/EPA

Scientists build 'mini-stomachs' in lab

Oct 30, 2014 - 11:04 AM

Called gastric organoids the lab dish tissue comprises buds of cells that are a miniature version of the stomach the researchers say

Frame grab from video courtesy Cincinnati Children's Hospital

Health chief goes on 'sick leave'

Oct 29, 2014 - 2:08 PM

2nd UPDATE Health Secretary Enrique Ona has gone on leave reportedly to attend to personal health concerns Undersecretary Janet Garin is the acting secretary during Ona s absence

ON LEAVE. Health Secretary Enrique Ona, who has been at the forefront on the campaign against Ebola, has gone on leave. Rappler file photo

Philippine bishops: Ice bucket challenge OK if...

Aug 27, 2014 - 8:07 PM

The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines sets a condition for the challenge: Donations shouldn t go to a crime against embryos and fetuses

GLOBAL TREND. A handout photograph released by NBA Yao School shows former NBA star Yao Ming being doused with ice water in an 'ice bucket challenge' during a graduation ceremony for students of his NBA Yao school in Beijing, China on August 23, 2014. Photo by NBA Yao School/EPA

Japan lab unable to replicate 'stem cell' findings

Aug 27, 2014 - 1:07 PM

UPDATED The struggle to replicate the experiment casts further doubt on the existence of stem cell like cells what the researchers called Stimulus Triggered Acquisition of Pluripotency STAP cells

FABRICATED. In this file photo, Riken Institute investigation committee chief Shunsuke Ishi (L) explains an interim investigation report with photo datas at the institute during a news conference in Tokyo, Japan, March 14, 2014. Kimimasa Mayama/EPA

Disgraced Japan stem cell scientist commits suicide

Aug 05, 2014 - 8:39 PM

Sasai is the mentor of the 30 year old Haruko Obokata whose research reportedly used fabricated data

SASAI. Yoshiki Sasai, deputy director of CDB (Riken Institute's Center for Developmental Biology) and one of the authors of the two nature STAP cell papers, speaks during a news conference in Tokyo, Japan, 16 April 2014. Kimimasa Mayama/EPA