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Pisay scholars make free storybook to teach children about COVID-19

Jul 12, 2020 - 5:26 PM

A group of graduating scholars from Philippine Science High School– Western Visayas campus makes 'Kids Against COVID-19' to help children understand the pandemic

FOR THE YOUTH. 'Kids against COVID-19' is both a storybook and a coloring book for children aged three to seven years old. Cover photo from Publiscience website, reader photo courtesy of Jean Suobiron-Larroder

[Science Solitaire] Pandemic friendships forever (PFFs)

Jul 12, 2020 - 11:00 AM

If '150' is the working number of friendships for humans, how did your concentric circle of '150' change before the pandemic and now?

A dog's life: Scientists find new formula for canine age

Jul 10, 2020 - 10:15 AM

The scientists devise a more complex formula that better matches the canine-human life stages – but you'll need a scientific calculator to figure it out

DOGGY DIPLOMACY. This handout provided by the South Korean presidential Blue House and taken on November 25, 2018 shows 6 puppies born from a Pungsan-breed dog, gifted to South Korea's president Moon jae-in by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, at his residence in Seoul. Handout/The Blue House/AFP

[Science Solitaire] How do kids know what's 'real?'

Jul 05, 2020 - 11:00 AM

'Kids are smarter than we give them credit for'

[OPINION] Bakit walang forever? The impermanence of scientific knowledge

Jul 01, 2020 - 2:10 PM

'For COVID-19, there is still a lot that we don’t know about the disease, but that doesn’t mean that our scientists are wrong'

Bias against women driven by people who think it doesn't exist – study

Jun 30, 2020 - 11:39 AM

New research shows that managers who believe gender discrimination is a 'thing of the past' actually showed bias against women by suggesting a female job candidate be paid 8% less than a man

[Science Solitaire] Do masks hide what we feel?

Jun 28, 2020 - 11:00 AM

'A sea of masked faces all around the world have become the iconic image of this time. What does this mean in terms of our ability to read each other’s thoughts and feelings?'

T.I.P. and Vents for Philippines secure DOST grant for ventilator project

Jun 26, 2020 - 10:20 PM

PRESS RELEASE: With this grant, the Technological Institute of the Philippines is set to produce five units of its prototype design that shall undergo further calibration and testing in government-recognized testing facilities

[Science Solitaire] The mother of all temperature checks

Jun 21, 2020 - 11:00 AM

'We made this mess, and if we want to still be around this planet, we fix it'

Flying bubble makers could save world from starvation

Jun 18, 2020 - 10:21 AM

A Japanese scientist successfully demonstrates that soap bubbles can be used to pollinate fruit-bearing plants

Oscars to draw up diversity rules for nominees

Jun 14, 2020 - 11:19 AM

The move comes after years of criticism over a lack of diversity among the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' members, and among the Oscar nominees and winners they select

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 04: Oscar statue at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater on February 04, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images/AFP

NAST recognizes 12 outstanding young scientists for 2020

Jun 13, 2020 - 8:48 AM

This year's awardees are from UP Los Baños, Cebu Technological University, Cavite State University, De La Salle University, Ateneo de Manila University, UP-PGH, UP Diliman, and the Asian Institute of Management

TOP YOUNG PH SCIENTISTS. NAST 2020 awardees. Photos from NAST

DLSU offers online data science course

Jun 10, 2020 - 6:40 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The online course is designed for professionals and students from various STEM and ABM backgrounds who want to upskill towards a data science career

[Science Solitaire] Time to rethink the power of crowds

Jun 07, 2020 - 11:00 AM

Here are just some ways we can turn the crowd to work for a better normal

PGH using telepresence devices to connect patients and frontliners

Jun 02, 2020 - 8:07 AM

The telepresence devices are meant to allow for communication among patients, doctors, and a patient's family while limiting potential coronavirus exposure and conserving personal protective equipment

TELEPRESENCE. This telepresence device connects frontliners to patients, as well as patients to their loved ones. Photo from DOST-PCHRD.

[Science Solitaire] Avatars and the performing arts

May 31, 2020 - 11:00 AM

'What if your favorite performing artist showed up in your house through some abracadabra of digital technology? How will that change the quality of your day?'

DOST delivers COVID-19 specimen collection booths to healthcare facilities

May 30, 2020 - 11:32 AM

PRESS RELEASE: Inspired by the telephone booth-style swab collection facilities in other Asian countries, the specimen collection booths are equipped with a transparent front window, ventilation, and caster wheels for easier mobility

Photo courtesy of Department of Science and Technology

DOST’s rewashable face masks ready for commercialization

May 25, 2020 - 1:01 PM

REwear face masks are designed to be washable for up to 50 times

[Science Solitaire] Quarantine passions

May 24, 2020 - 11:00 AM

'If you lost your job because of the pandemic, did you lose your passion too?'

Avatar robots at graduation? Japan pioneered them

May 24, 2020 - 9:01 AM

A public school in Taguig is the first in the Philippines to dress robots in toga to represent its graduates. The first in the world to do that was a university in Tokyo.

SUBSTITUTES. ‘newme’ avatar robots representing graduates of the Business BreakThrough University in Tokyo exit the stage after receiving diplomas from president Kenichi Ohmae on March 28, 2020. Photo from the BBT University website

IN PHOTOS: Robots represent graduating high school students in Taguig

May 22, 2020 - 5:39 PM

The Senator Renato ‘Compañero’ Cayetano Memorial Science and Technology High School resorts to technology to comply with the prohibition on mass gatherings

DOST-PCHRD scholar is PH's finalist to the ASEAN-U.S. Science Prize for Women 2020

May 20, 2020 - 2:52 PM

PRESS RELEASE: Dr. Maria Ruth Pineda-Cortel of the University of Santo Tomas is chosen as the finalist for the ASEAN-U.S Science Prize for Women 2020 for her project on gestational diabetes

[Science Solitaire] The wisdom in the wait

May 17, 2020 - 11:00 AM

'Time can run out on us but what it cannot do is fill it for us. What if we intentionally live out wisdom in the wait so that we can have an even better normal?'

[Science Solitaire] Don't forget these things when learning through a screen

May 10, 2020 - 11:00 AM

'[We have to] help young people realize that the screen is their slave – a tool – and not their master'

[OPINION] Are we going to prioritize research and development after this?

May 06, 2020 - 1:31 PM

'Wouldn't it be beneficial to future generations if we start noticing and trusting the talents of our own people instead of doubting their capabilities?'

[SCIENCE SOLITAIRE] You co-create the next normal: Part 1

May 03, 2020 - 11:00 AM

'The next normal is not a magical tomorrow that is independent of our actions today or in the past'

DOST starts mass producing telephone-booth style swabbing kiosk for coronavirus

Apr 27, 2020 - 2:53 PM

'This was designed to improve our testing capacity in our testing centers and hospitals without direct contact between the patient and the health worker,' the DOST says


[SCIENCE SOLITAIRE] How long is life? A meter and 60 days

Apr 26, 2020 - 11:00 AM

'Our human nature will not banish our sense of touch despite what we have experienced during the pandemic. We will find new ways to feel each other.'

[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'

How the old 'normal' caused the pandemic

Apr 19, 2020 - 11:00 AM

'Our lives are too small, our minds so closed, our interests so shallow, our existing social and political ideologies too narrow, to recognize that we invited this non-living thing into our lives, into our normal'

Rappler+ Webinar: Preparing for the pandemic’s impact using data

Apr 18, 2020 - 7:40 PM

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Experimental virus drug remdesivir effective in monkeys – study

Apr 18, 2020 - 9:35 AM

The animals that received remdesivir as treatment for SARS-CoV-2 showed significant improvement 12 hours after their first dose

A physician wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) is pictured at the intensive care unit of the community hospital in Magdeburg, eastern Germany, on April 16, 2020 during the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Ronny Hartmann / AFP)

The end of the handshake

Apr 12, 2020 - 11:00 AM

Would there ever be a gesture more 'equal'?

PH tech initiatives in the fight against the coronavirus

Apr 12, 2020 - 8:12 AM

From providing tangible assistance to frontliners to simple yet important actions like tech support for research initiatives, here’s a list of the things being done by the local tech scene in this crazy world we live in today

Pisay lends gym to Philippine Children's Medical Center employees, PUIs

Apr 05, 2020 - 7:03 PM

Allowing part of the Philippine Science High School main campus to be used by PCMC is the institution's contribution in the fight against COVID-19, on top of the face shields it has developed for health workers, says a school official

PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT. Goggles, face masks, and gloves for protection against virus infection. Image from Shutterstock

What science tells us about COVID-19

Apr 05, 2020 - 11:00 AM

This virus is new, and science is doing a parallel course of getting to know it while fighting it. Which is a very tricky thing.

DOST to study use of virgin coconut oil as coronavirus treatment

Apr 02, 2020 - 12:45 PM

The Department of Science and Technology is working with UP-PGH and the Philippine Coconut Authority to conduct clinical studies

Photo from Shutterstock

Rappler PLUS Webinar: Making sense of the pandemic’s scale

Mar 31, 2020 - 6:38 PM

Let's talk about data on Friday, April 3, 10 am

PH kits for 120,000 coronavirus tests available by April 4

Mar 30, 2020 - 6:37 PM

The DOST and the UP National Institutes of Health Project will prioritize 1,300 kits – good for 26,000 tests – to be distributed to 6 hospitals in Metro Manila, Baguio, Cebu, and Davao

TEST KITS. File photo of test kits for the novel coronavirus disease

DOST-SEI announces 9,788 new science and technology scholarship qualifiers

Mar 29, 2020 - 11:03 AM

PRESS RELEASE: 5,917 passers qualified as scholars under the RA 7687 Scholarship Program, while 3,871 qualified for the DOST-SEI Merit Scholarship Program

Keeping it together in pandemic times

Mar 29, 2020 - 11:00 AM

Here is a curated list of actions that could prevent, solve, or manage those inner crises or conflicts that can arise because you cannot go anywhere

DOST opens applications for 2020 Junior Level Science Scholarship Program

Mar 28, 2020 - 10:46 AM

PRESS RELEASE: The Junior Level Science Scholarship Program is intended for incoming third year college students who are enrolled in priority science and technology courses

PH science advisory body urges research-based approach to fight coronavirus

Mar 27, 2020 - 6:14 PM

According to the National Academy of Science and Technology, mathematical modeling studies in epidemiology 'may help us better understand how the epidemic will evolve'

Pisay appeals for help to produce 3D-printed face shields for health workers

Mar 25, 2020 - 8:02 AM

Due to the community quarantine, they are having difficulties getting the acetate film and 3D printer filament needed to produce the face shields

How do you make sense of all this confusing coronavirus information?

Mar 22, 2020 - 11:00 AM

'You do not need a PhD to understand what the scientists are saying and also what they are NOT saying'

Coronavirus drugs: Who's doing what, and when they might come

Mar 17, 2020 - 10:22 AM

Treatment could come sooner, with antiviral remdesivir showing early promise and already being used on an ad hoc basis before regulatory approval

DRUG RESEARCH. A team of works on developing a new drug. Image from

Save (or grow) yourself, others, and the planet by staying at home

Mar 15, 2020 - 11:00 AM

Here are some of the things that will transform the way you view being forced to stay at home

Google building self-check website for coronavirus

Mar 14, 2020 - 9:52 AM

Verily Life Sciences is testing a 'tool to help triage individuals for COVID-19 testing,' Google confirms on Twitter

And now we focus on distractions

Mar 08, 2020 - 11:00 AM

'Before we even know we are being distracted by something, another distraction comes along'

If you can save only a few things, save someone’s childhood

Mar 01, 2020 - 11:00 AM

Traumatic childhood experiences, especially in pre-school, can stunt children’s brains in ways that would be most difficult to overcome