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[OPINION] We need to professionalize biology in the Philippines

Apr 23, 2020 - 12:00 PM

'The lack of recognition of biology as a valid career option prevents biology graduates from being appreciated and recognized for their contributions'

Half-a-million insect species face extinction – scientists

Feb 11, 2020 - 11:29 AM

The decline of butterflies, beetles, ants, bees, wasps, flies, crickets, and dragonflies have consequences far beyond their own demise

BEES KNEES. A picture taken on September 14, 2019 shows bees near a beehive, in Loue, northwestern France. Photo by Jean-Francois Monier/AFP

[ANALYSIS] Marine protected areas are failing: How new tech can help

Jan 30, 2020 - 2:59 PM

How can we design Marine Protected Areas that both effectively conserve endangered ecosystems and respect the rights of established fishing communities?

SEA COW. Considered as the world's only herbivorous marine mammal, the dugong can grow up to 3 meters, weigh up to 500 kilograms and live for 70 years. Photo courtesy of C3 Philippines, Inc.

National Scientist Edgardo Gomez, coral reef conservation champion, dies

Dec 03, 2019 - 10:00 AM

National Scientist Edgardo Gomez's pioneering research on the state of coral reefs in the Philippines fueled public concern and led to worldwide conservation initiatives

PIONEER. National Scientist Edgardo Gomez has been recognized for his outstanding contributions and researches on marine ecosystems which paved the way for the Philippines' marine conservation programs. Photo from DOST

Philippine team wins awards at International Biology Olympiad 2019

Jul 30, 2019 - 12:07 PM

Four high school students make the Philippines proud in this year's International Biology Olympiad, the premier global competition in biology

PHILIPPINE TEAM. (L-R) Team Leader Ronald Cruz; student delegates Jeremy Ng, Elizabeth Peralta, Keizo Yuda, Samuel Wood; Team Deputy Leader Crisanto Lopez

Birds just wanna have fun: Like humans, cockatoos love to dance

Jul 14, 2019 - 7:45 AM

Scientists confirm that Snowball the cockatoo has a diverse dance repertoire, including 'highly complex movements'

LEVEL UP. This handout photo received on July 8, 2019 from Irena Schulz at the Bird Lovers Only Rescue Service Inc. shows Snowball the dancing cockatoo lifting a foot as it 'dances' to music. Handout photo/AFP

Death Day

Apr 14, 2019 - 11:00 AM

We can delay death, of course, but we cannot run away from it. So we should really learn how to live and talk about death in our normal conversations.

4 students to represent PH in International Biology Olympiad in Hungary

Feb 28, 2019 - 11:45 AM

The top winners of the Philippine Biology Olympiad 2019 held at the Ateneo de Manila University will complete against delegates from 70 countries at the 30th International Biology Olympiad in Szeged, Hungary, in July

IBO DELEGATES. (L-R) Country Coordinator of the Philippines to the IBO Ronald Cruz, Elizabeth Rae Peralta (Philippine Science High School-Ilocos Region Campus), Samuel Drury Wood (Regional Science High School III), Matthew Keizo Yuda (Manila Science High School), Jeremy Ace Ng (Saint Jude Catholic School), PBO 2019 Project Heads Julienne Pandan and Winnie Monge. Photo from Ateneo de Manila University

There is no such thing as forever – even with rice

Oct 07, 2018 - 11:00 AM

We can diversify a lot more when it comes to what we should eat

Filipino students win at International Biology Olympiad

Jul 29, 2018 - 1:02 PM

The Ateneo de Manila University says this was 'one of the best debut performances of the country in an international science Olympiad'

TRIUMPH. Team Philippines at the International Biology Olympiad 2018 in Tehran, Iran. Photo from Ateneo de Manila University

Termites sacrifice their elderly in ant wars – study

Mar 07, 2018 - 2:43 PM

Researchers say in life-or-death battles with ants that invade their nests and eat their friends, termite fighters have adopted a military strategy very unlike that of humans

Yes, you could have been 'pre-born' gay

Jan 11, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Biology does play a part in being gay, science shows

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.

VIRAL: UP student studying biology while in rally

Sep 23, 2017 - 9:18 AM

'We uphold honor and excellence in both our academics and our love for our nation,' says Dani Ting, the 3rd year UP psychology student in the viral photo

'Missing link' bolsters bold theory on dino evolution

Aug 16, 2017 - 10:36 AM

A revised assessment of the kangaroo sized Chilesaurus bolsters a theory unveiled earlier this year that threatens to upend a long standing classification of all dinosaurs

HERBIVOROUS DINO. This file photo taken on June 23, 2015 shows a replica of a skeleton of a Chilesaurus diegosuarezi, a bizarre genus of herbivorous dinosaur, exhibited at the Bernardino Rivadavia Natural Sciences Museum in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Eitan Abramovich/AFP

#InspireCourage: UP grad from Marawi dreams of building PH biotech industry

Jun 30, 2017 - 12:34 PM

You have to have many scientists – Filipino scientists – who are passionate about the country and those who do not forget their country says Arman Ali Ghodsinia

On Rappler Talk on Thursday, 3:30 pm, June 29, UP honors students Arman Ali Ghodsinia and his sister, Farah, talk about the plight and aspirations of their fellow Maranaos as the fight rages in their hometown

Rappler Talk: UP summa cum laude from Marawi on breaking barriers, pushing for peace

Jun 29, 2017 - 3:39 PM

On Rappler Talk on Thursday 3:30 pm June 29 Ghodsinia talks to MovePH s Voltaire Tupaz about the Maranao people – their plight and aspirations – from the point of view of the youth Bookmark this page

UP student who hails from Marawi to deliver valedictory speech

Jun 21, 2017 - 11:23 AM

The 22 year old graduating student will speak on behalf of 36 summa cum laude students and 4 000 graduates

PROUD MARANAO. UP student Arman Ali Ghodsinia is expected to deliver the valedictory address during the 106th commencement exercise in UP Diliman. Photo from UP Diliman Information Office

New fossils found 'proof' life on Earth existed earlier than thought

Mar 02, 2017 - 7:51 AM

The oldest fossils ever found are direct evidence of life on Earth 3 8 to 4 3 billion years ago – within a few hundred million years of the accretion of the solar system

Haematite tubes from the NSB hydrothermal vent deposits that represent the oldest microfossils and evidence for life on Earth. Credit: Matthew Dodd

We all fall 'a thousand kisses deep'

Feb 16, 2017 - 7:30 PM

[Science Solitaire] Love makes biological sense Here s why

2016 top science stories: Spacetime ripples, feathered dinos, a 'fairy' in space

Dec 20, 2016 - 12:00 PM

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

NASA on the hunt for space poop geniuses

Nov 24, 2016 - 9:12 AM

When you ve got to go but you re out there in space zipped up in a spacesuit with no toilet in sight and a crew of other astronauts around what do you do?

In this file photo, spacewalkers Barry Wilmore and Terry Virts attach power and data cables to the port and starboard sides of Pressurized Mating Adapter-2 at the International Space Station (ISS), February 21, 2015. Credit: NASA TV

Japan's Yoshinori Ohsumi awarded 2016 Nobel medicine prize

Oct 03, 2016 - 5:22 PM

UPDATED Japanese scientist Yoshinori Ohsumi is awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his work on autophagy or the process of cells recycling its own content

NOBEL WINNER. Yoshinori Ohsumi. Image courtesy Tokyo Institute of Technology

Rappler Talk: Alexandra Cousteau's stories on deep sea exploration and marine life

Sep 01, 2016 - 9:51 AM

Alexandra Cousteau granddaughter of renowned deep sea explorer Jacques Yves Cousteau shares stories from under the sea

The SC's Bt talong decision: Error in precaution?

Jan 20, 2016 - 5:42 PM

The Supreme Court s judgment of the relative safety of Bt talong can be challenged for lack of rigor leading to injustice or worse willfully exposing farmers and consumers to greater risks

A Filipino Greenpeace activist wearing an eggplant costume and fellow protesters hold up signs against GMOs, during a demonstration outside the Department of Agriculture in Quezon City, June 5, 2012. Rolex dela Peña/EPA

Space bloom: Astronauts grow flower at space station

Jan 19, 2016 - 3:58 PM

Astronaut Scott Kelly tweets: Yes there are other life forms in space

OUT OF THIS WORLD. The first-ever flower to bloom in space, a zinnia, pictured here by astronaut Scott Kelly aboard the International Space Station (ISS), January 18, 2017. Photo courtesy NASA/Scott Kelly

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

All-female Russian crew starts Moon mission test

Oct 28, 2015 - 11:15 PM

The test period simulates a flight to the Moon and back with the women carrying out 10 experiments covering psychology and human biology

The teenage clock

Oct 02, 2015 - 7:45 AM

[Science Solitaire] Despite the seemingly adult ish appearance behind the teenage skull is another story

Scientists create human sperm in lab, but does it work?

Sep 17, 2015 - 11:42 PM

Nathalie Rives an infertility expert from Rouen in northern France cautioned: We are not there yet

Plant from 130 million years ago is among 'first flowers' – study

Aug 18, 2015 - 9:09 AM

An ancient plant that grew underwater in what is modern day Europe had no petals and bore one single seed may have been the world s first known flowering plant

ANCIENT FLOWER. A large intact specimen of the fossil, Montsechia. Usually only small fragmentary pieces of the fossil are found. Photo by David Dilcher/IU Bloomington

Behind the scenes of your perfect day

Aug 12, 2015 - 5:00 PM

A peek at the chemicals in your body throughout the day

First active Philippine eagle nest in Luzon found in Apayao

Jul 14, 2015 - 12:46 PM

The discovery gives conservationists hope that the population of the majestic Philippine national bird may be increasing

Pink octopus so cute it may be named 'adorabilis'

Jun 18, 2015 - 7:25 AM

Researchers in California are looking for an appropriate Latin species designation for the mysterious cephalopod and while little is yet known about it few would deny that the specimens found so far are adorable

ADORABLE CREATURE. This 2013 handout photo received June 17, 2015 courtesy of Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) shows the flapjack octopus (in the genus Opisthoteuthis), photographed 330 meters (about 1,080 feet) below the surface in Monterey Bay, California. Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute/Handout/AFP

PH is marine hotspot: Verde Island Passage yields 100 new species

Jun 09, 2015 - 3:51 PM

Waters near party hotspot Puerto Galera reveal more than 100 new species of marine organisms the California Academy of Sciences says

LIFE UNDERWATER. A vibrant view of the Verde Island Passage from Academy scientific divers. Image courtesy Rich Mooi/California Academy of Sciences

DENR appeals case vs researchers who killed Cebu rare birds

Mar 04, 2015 - 1:26 AM

The researchers thesis Gut content composition of Cebu Black Shama is submitted as requirement for their graduation at Cebu Normal University

Strongest known natural material - spider silk or limpet teeth?

Feb 19, 2015 - 8:53 AM

Spider silk may lose its claim as the strongest known natural material after researchers found that limpet teeth have more mettle

STRONGER THAN SPIDER SILK? A scanning electron microscope image of limpet teeth. Image courtesy University of Portsmouth.

Top PH biologist: Tech, data help us understand species better

Feb 04, 2015 - 10:55 AM

New York University dean for science Michael Purugganan talks about mapping genes and genomes and shares insights about evolution and how it helps us understand the world

New York University (NYU) dean for science Michael Purugganan. File photo by Shaira Panela

Ebola could end in Liberia by June – study

Jan 14, 2015 - 7:57 AM

If the trend toward better hospitalization and preventive care continues in Liberia researchers at the University of Georgia and Pennsylvania State University say the end of the deadly ordeal may be in sight

Red cross workers, wearing protective suits, carry the body of a person who died from Ebola during a burial for victims of the virus, in Monrovia, on January 5, 2015. Zoom Dosso/AFP

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

Band-Aids, XNAs, a comet landing: 2014's top science stories

Dec 21, 2014 - 11:55 AM

What are the most interesting and groundbreaking discoveries and stories in science from the past year? We ask the Mind Movers of The Mind Museum

Mind Movers Top Ten Science Stories of 2014

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

Sex? It all started 385 million years ago

Oct 20, 2014 - 1:54 AM

Until now it was thought internal fertilization occurred much later in the evolutionary tale of vertebrates

DISCOVERY. Dr John Long inspects a model of a placoderm fish as the Museum Victoria unveils the fossilized remains of the oldest mother ever discovered – one of the biggest breakthroughs in palaeontology ever made. Photo by AFP/William West

Ig Nobels 2014: Aha-ha-ha-ha moments

Sep 26, 2014 - 7:45 AM

[Science Solitaire] If you thought science was just all about Aha moments then you only have to be reminded that there is such a thing as the Ig Nobel Prizes

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

Biotech firm's GM mosquitoes to fight dengue in Brazil

Aug 27, 2014 - 10:21 AM

Brazil would be the first country to use genetically modified mosquitoes large scale or to allow commercial sales in the fight against dengue

PROMISE VS DENGUE. A researcher examines transgenic Aedes aegypti mosquitos kept in cages to collect their eggs, at a laboratory of biotech company Oxitec, in Campinas, Brazil, on August 21, 2014. Nelson Almeida/AFP

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

Earth's 6th mass extinction imminent – report

Jul 29, 2014 - 8:30 PM

Human activity is to blame based on a review by an international team of scientists

A picture made available on 20 June 2014 shows an elephant dust baths at sunrise at the Tsavo wildlife lodge in Voi, Kenya, 19 June 2014. Daniel Irungu/EPA