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What the 'predictive text' feature in Gmail says about our brains

Jan 12, 2020 - 11:00 AM

Should we allow Gmail to finish our sentences?

The failed search for the normal brain

Oct 06, 2019 - 11:00 AM

We thrive as humans because we are diverse. None of us is normal.

Human-like neural activity detected in lab grown mini brains

Aug 30, 2019 - 7:18 AM

The so-called 'cerebral organoids' or mini-brains derived from adult stem cells have been around for a decade or so but have never previously developed functional neural networks

Netflix documentary examining Bill Gates' post-CEO life arrives September 20

Aug 27, 2019 - 2:42 PM

The 3-part series on Bill Gates' life after Microsoft is directed by Davis Guggenheim, director of 'An Inconvenient Truth' and 'He Named Me Malala'

GATES. Bill Gates and director Davis Guggenheim engage in a discussion in a still provided by Netflix. Photo from Netflix

Andrea Brillantes, Alex Wassabi, JaMill on YouTube FanFest 2019 lineup

Apr 27, 2019 - 12:50 PM

The vloggers will be joined by other international and local creators for the #IRL meetup with their fans

YOUTUBERS. Andrea Brillantes, Alex Wassabi, and JaMill are some of the creators that will be attending the upcoming YouTube FanFest. Photos from,, and

Alzheimer's disease: Have we got the cause all wrong?

Mar 30, 2019 - 9:00 AM

At a recent Alzheimer’s Research UK Conference, there was near universal agreement that it’s time to separate the concept of Alzheimer’s disease from the menace of dementia

THE BRAIN. Fer Gregory/Shutterstock

To be under the spell of a gaze

Mar 24, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Eye contact is more than just a laser alignment of the irises of two people

By the time you are 20

Mar 17, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Learning is more complex than just going to school, getting a job, and playing Sudoku or crossword puzzles to keep your mind together later in life

Why your tourist brain may try to drown you

Mar 09, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Tourist brain occurs when visual cues in unfamiliar places coax vacationers into taking risks

WRONG NOTION. Recent studies suggest that tourists believe that beach access points and resorts are located adjacent to safe swimming areas, but that isn’t always true. Image from Shutterstock

Laguna-based rehab center champions mental health through comic book

Feb 26, 2019 - 6:31 PM

'Cyber Brain' is about man’s overdependence on technology in a highly-digitized world and how it affects people’s state of mind

DEDICATION. The One Algon Place Foundation launches Cyber Brain comic book on February 22, 2019 at New World Hotel, Makati City. (From left to right: Dr. Eric Tayag, Mr. Rudin Gonzalez III, Atty. Toni Umali). Photo by Nicole Anne Del Rosario/Rappler

Leveling expectations between the sexes on Valentine's Day

Feb 10, 2019 - 11:00 AM

'Romance' in female brains generally takes on the form of language, while in male brains, it largely, so to speak, rises and falls as an 'act'

Why two people see the same thing but have different memories

Jan 02, 2019 - 10:00 AM

How different people focus their attention on an event will affect what they remember

DIFFERENCE IN MEMORY. Two people may wtiness the same vent but leave with different memories. Shutterstock/

Brain implant lets people with paralysis perform digital tasks with thoughts

Nov 26, 2018 - 11:29 AM

In the clinical trials, participants were able to play a digital piano, browse the web, and chat in real time, BrainGate says

NEURAL SIGNALING. A man chats in real-time with research staff with the aid of BrainGate technology. Photo from BrainGate

Why blurting out the first thing that comes to your mind is not a virtue

Oct 28, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Your one and only life is worth the brainwork

The best learners: the forager and the Renaissance human

Sep 30, 2018 - 11:00 AM

We humans invented the disciplines so we can highlight various aspects of reality for a deeper understanding. It's time to unlearn the borders we made so we can see where the disciplines connect and where they diverge.

The lovely secrets of the 'signing' brain

Sep 23, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Sign language is another language, and therefore, another rich world, another empowering culture that, like any other language, expands your mind

The risking brain

Sep 16, 2018 - 11:00 AM

We are wired to fear far more than we are to be reasonable. But are we all created to be equally fearful?

Veteran U.S. senator McCain halts cancer treatment

Aug 24, 2018 - 11:20 PM

(UPDATED) 'The progress of disease and the inexorable advance of age render their verdict. With his usual strength of will, he has now chosen to discontinue medical treatment,' the family says in a statement

JOHN MCCAIN. This file photo taken on January 10, 2017 shows Senator John McCain (R-AZ) during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on the nomination for General John Kelly, USMC (Ret.) to be Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.  File photo by Tasos Katopodis/AFP

Music makes 'mornings' break in your brain

May 06, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Music is a powerful emotional glue. When played, it becomes entwined with your memories and a part of who you are.

Overeating? It may be a brain glitch

Apr 28, 2018 - 10:30 AM

One of the primary reasons people overeat and regain lost weight is that they have not changed the underlying behavior that leads them to crave comfort from food

SURVIVAL MODE? The drive to overeat may be rooted in survival brain circuits. Image from Shutterstock

The drug called ‘like’

Apr 15, 2018 - 11:00 AM

How does 'liking' shape our brains?

The worth of 30 million words

Apr 08, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Have a conversation with children and help build their world of words

The hating brain

Apr 01, 2018 - 11:00 AM

What do love and hate really look like as they come alive in our brains? Do they occur in places that are opposing equivalents?

PH math wizards win 87 medals in Thailand contest

Feb 25, 2018 - 4:53 PM

Filipino students win 14 gold, 25 silver and 33 bronze medals, 11 merit awards and 4 special prizes

Bobby 'The Brain' Heenan, legendary WWE manager, dies at 73

Sep 18, 2017 - 1:53 PM

The cause of death was not announced though Heenan had battled throat cancer in the past

LEGEND. Bobby Heenan was renowned to be the greatest manager and commentator in the history of professional wrestling. Photo from WWE official website.

Brain damage found in 110 of 111 deceased NFL players – study

Jul 26, 2017 - 11:01 AM

The NFL has faced growing scrutiny in recent years linked to the issue of concussions and head trauma

BRAIN DAMAGE. Researchers examining the brains of deceased NFL players have found that 99% of them showed signs of degenerative disease. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

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Jul 20, 2017 - 12:56 PM

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#ThewRap: Things you need to know, July 20, 2017

Jul 20, 2017 - 11:05 AM

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Malabon winning the battle against malnutrition

May 21, 2017 - 1:23 PM

From a stunting rate of 16 Malabon has reduced it by half at 8 in 3 years

NUTRITION NEEDS. The Malabon city government is taking steps to address malnutrition in children.

You know labor unions, but do you know Isabelo de los Reyes?

May 01, 2017 - 6:20 PM

The writer labor activist Aglipayan church founder and politician from Vigan Ilocos Sur started the tradition of honoring the workers every May 1

Isabelo delos Reyes

What happens to your brain when you're on vacation?

Apr 13, 2017 - 6:30 PM

Our mind wanders and this is what keeps us sane and ironically what keeps us focused

Half a believer

Apr 06, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Some scientific adventures on the subject of morality and belief

The cost of smartphones: a shrunken brain

Mar 02, 2017 - 7:30 PM

[Science Solitaire] With the kind of mobile phone dependence that many humans have grown what effects does it have on the structure of our brains?

Google AI shows CSI-like ability to sharpen photos

Feb 08, 2017 - 3:14 PM

A Google research team finds one way to zoom and enhance heavily pixelated photos

Memories are really 'breathbytes'

Jan 20, 2017 - 7:45 AM

[Science Solitaire] Now we know how smell can weave certain memories for us to form the overall tapestry drawn from the other senses

Uzbek president in intensive care after brain hemorrhage – daughter

Aug 29, 2016 - 6:18 PM

UPDATED My father was hospitalized after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage on Saturday morning and is now receiving treatment in an intensive care unit writes Lola Karimova Tillyaeva on Instagram

ISLAM KARIMOV. Uzbek President Islam Karimov takes part in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier by the Kremlin Wall in Moscow, on April 26, 2016.  File photo by Sergei Karpukhin/AFP

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

Emergency drug for stroke available for free in 26 gov't hospitals

Aug 17, 2016 - 8:15 AM

Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial instructs government hospitals to explore partnerships with private hospitals so needy patients can still avail themselves of alteplase for free

Americans worry about 'super-human' technologies – poll

Jul 26, 2016 - 10:41 PM

When asked about gene editing which could reduce the risk of serious disease in babies at risk 68 of Americans say they would be very or somewhat worried

Scientists unveil detailed brain map

Jul 21, 2016 - 8:00 AM

In the process they discovered nearly 100 previously unreported regions of the organ s cerebral cortex or grey matter

The image shows the pattern of brain activation (red, yellow) and deactivation (blue, green) in the left hemisphere when listening to stories while in the MRI scanner. Photo courtesy Matthew F. Glasser, David C. Van Essen

Bird brain? Study shows avian brains packed with neurons

Jun 14, 2016 - 4:50 PM

Scientists discover that parrots and crows have cognitive abilities similar to those of primates

epa04159182 A parrot seen in its enclosure at the newly renovated Vincennes zoo in Paris, France, 08 April 2014. After six years of renovation work, the zoo will re-open to the public on 12 April 2014. EPA/IAN LANGSDON

Nearly 72,000 cases of Zika in Colombia since October

Apr 24, 2016 - 9:44 AM

Mosquito borne Zika is present in 130 countries and recent studies have shown it can also be transmitted sexually between human carriers

View of a poster against the Aedes aegypti mosquito on the door of seven months pregnant Maribel Gomez's house on February 17, 2016, in Cali, Colombia. Cali's Health Secretariat massively delivered mosquito nets to pregnant women and installed guppy fish bowls as a preventive measure against Aedes aegypti mosquito, vector of Zika, Dengue, and Chikungunya. Colombia registers 31,555 people infected with zika virus, of which 5,013 are pregnant women, reported the National Institute of Health (NIH). AFP PHOTO / LUIS ROBAYO / AFP PHOTO / LUIS ROBAYO

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

Here's what happens to your brain when you fall in love

Feb 16, 2016 - 9:49 AM

The euphoria of falling truly madly deeply in love is often likened to being high and with good reason Research shows that when you’re in love you really are in a mind altered state

Palace cautions public on Zika virus

Jan 30, 2016 - 2:18 PM

The health department also advises pregnant mothers to postpone their plans to travel to the Americas where the virus is spreading rapidly especially if the trip is not urgent

STAY ALERT. Government cautions Filipinos against the threat of the Zika virus, which is spreading rapidly in the Americas. File photo from Wikipedia

Too much TV as a young adult may harm brain in mid-life – study

Dec 03, 2015 - 10:56 AM

People who watch more than 3 hours of TV a day as young adults are twice as likely to suffer from poor cognition

TOO MUCH TV. Studies show that watching too much TV in young adulthood can lead to cognitive problems in mid-life. File photo by Koen van Weel/EPA

Pope's brain tumor? Try keeping up with him says Vatican

Oct 21, 2015 - 10:09 PM

If you had had to run after him during his overseas trips you d know

Pope Francis waves as he boards a plane upon his flight to Sri Lanka on January 12, 2015 at Fiumicino airport, near Rome. Andreas Solaro/AFP

Hati vs Otak: Webcomic lucu yang menunjukkan konflik antara pikiran dan emosi kita

Oct 05, 2015 - 7:09 PM

Otak dan hati sering kali bertolak belakang namun saling melengkapi Hal inilah yang menjadikan webcomic Heart and Brain dari The Awkward Yeti menjadi menarik untuk disimak

WEBCOMIC. Otak dan hati, bersama dengan karakter 'The Awkward Yeti'. Foto dari

Aquino dismayed over students' lack of knowledge in PH history

Sep 29, 2015 - 5:40 PM

The President learns of the viral post about a moviegoer asking why Apolinario Mabini remained seated in the film Heneral Luna

'MORE ABLED'. President Benigno Aquino III delivers his speech during the 2015 Apolinario Mabini awarding ceremony at the Heroes Hall of the Malacañang Palace on Tuesday, September 29, 2015. Photo by Benhur Arcayan/ Malacañang Photo Bureau

#AnimatED: Millennial, paano ka apektado ng martial law?

Sep 21, 2015 - 9:00 AM

Kabataan kung akala mo y walang kinalaman sa mundo mo ang martial law narito ang 7 buzzwords na pamana – o sumpa – sa iyo ng rehimeng Marcos