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Facebook using 'WW' Facebook-simulating program, bots to improve user experience

Apr 16, 2020 - 2:55 PM

In the WW simulation of Facebook, hard-coded and machine-learning-based bots act as users with different goals which play out differently depending on the scenario set up by the engineers

DSWD signs implementing rules for laws on adoption, gov't feeding programs

Oct 07, 2019 - 12:16 PM

The laws provide for absolving adoptive parents from tampering with their child's birth record, and institutionalizing government feeding programs bringing healthy meals for undernourished schoolchildren

Photo by Michelle Abad/Rappler

Kennon Road temporarily reopened for test run this weekend

Mar 17, 2019 - 8:56 AM

The simulation aims to check if it is viable to permanently open Kennon Road to two-way vehicular traffic on weekends

TEMPORARY REOPENING. Kennon Road is temporarily reopened this weekend until 6 am on Monday, March 18, 2019, for a test run. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

New law absolves adoptive parents who tampered with child's birth record

Mar 14, 2019 - 7:10 PM

With the correction of the birth records, the adoptive parents may enter into administrative proceedings to legally adopt the child

BIRTH. Indonesian Dinar, 38-year-old, tends to her newborn baby named after the KRI floating hospital Dian Suharsi On the floating hospital in Pantoloan on October 6, 2018. Photo by Adek Berry/AFP

'Penis bones': An evolutionary puzzle explained using innovative 3D scanning

Sep 29, 2018 - 10:30 AM

It has always been a bit of mystery as to why some species of male mammals evolved bones in their penises

3D finite element models of carnivore penis bones - from top to bottom: tiger, brown bear, wolf, polecat. Not to scale. Hot colours indicate regions bone areas that are highly stressed. Cool colors indicate bones that are less stressed (more robust). Charlotte A. Brassey, Author provided

The week in photos: April 7-13, 2018

Apr 14, 2018 - 2:13 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives to testify before a joint hearing of the US Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill, April 10, 2018 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON

Why did media cross police lines at the Cubao terror drill?

Apr 13, 2018 - 2:23 PM

Though the terror exercise – which saw incoming police chief Director Oscar Albayalde ordering the rule-breakers to cross the line – is far from reality, there could be days when the police will have it real and worse

NCRPO CHIEF. Oscar Albayalde at a House of Representatives. HOR photo

Police, media 'repeat' 2010 Luneta hostage crisis mistake in Cubao terror drill

Apr 12, 2018 - 6:01 PM

Cameramen cross police lines to shoot the climax of a simulated terror attack. Police respond too late.

FAMILIAR FORMATION? Quezon City Police District operatives surround a hostaged bus, the same way police did in the 2010 Luneta hostage-taking crisis. DARREN LANGIT

IN PHOTOS: Police simulate terror attack on Cubao bus terminal

Apr 12, 2018 - 2:18 PM

Quezon City police prepare for the possibility of a terror attack on the public transportation hub

SUSPECTED TERRORIST. Suspect B takes a woman as hostage. Photo by Angie de Silva

IN PHOTOS: Davao City responds to 'terror attack' in pilot drill

Feb 28, 2018 - 2:54 PM

The 'Southern Storm' drill, first held in Davao City, simulates how local governments should handle acts of terror

SOUTHERN STORM DRILL. Security forces respond to a simulated terror attack at the Abreeza Mall in Davao City on February 28, 2018. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

WATCH: Duterte shakes and bakes in NBA2K simulation

May 19, 2016 - 9:34 PM

A custom made Rodrigo Duterte represents Gilas Pilipinas and crosses over Chinese defenders

CHANGE IS HERE. This custom made Rodrigo Duterte shut down Chinese defenders on NBA2K. Screenshot from YouTube

Finland city holds city planning contest using video game

Feb 23, 2016 - 7:36 PM

Interested players should download and use a specially designed map for the video game Cities: Skylines

CITY PLANNING. Would you help a Finnish town in its city planning by playing a game? Image from

PH 'confident' it can weather APEC security challenge

Nov 14, 2015 - 9:14 PM

The inter agency task force in charge of APEC security holds a full scale simulation to practice and spot loopholes in their plans

Webhits: Motherhood for men?

Oct 08, 2015 - 8:00 AM

Watch these men face the miracle of life

One year and counting: Mars isolation experiment begins

Aug 29, 2015 - 11:37 AM

In a place with no animals and little vegetation around 6 people closed themselves inside a dome at 3 pm Hawaii time marking the official start to the 12 month mission

EXPERIMENT BEGINS. Six people have shut themselves inside a dome in Hawaii for a year, in the longest US isolation experiment yet aimed at helping NASA prepare for a pioneering journey to Mars. File photo by University of Hawaii at Manoa/Zak Wilson/AFP

MMDA wants consolidated earthquake plan for Metro Manila

May 28, 2015 - 3:25 PM

Leaders of 84 barangays near the West Valley Fault and East Valley Fault meet to discuss safety measures and disaster plans if a powerful quake hits Metro Manila

MOBILE SIMULATOR. MMDA's mobile earthquake simulator will make the rounds of vulnerable barangays near the fault lines. Photo by Katerina Francisco/Rappler

These guys attempt to experience labor pains

May 11, 2015 - 5:35 PM

How do they fare?

Closed lanes in Makati, QC for Skyway traffic dry run

Apr 17, 2015 - 6:00 PM

Several lanes along Osmeña Highway in Makati and Araneta Avenue in Quezon City will be closed for a week long traffic dry run starting 6 am Saturday April 18

HEAVIER TRAFFIC. The construction of the Skyway Stage 3, which will connect the South Luzon Expressway and the North Luzon Expressway, begins Monday, February 17. Image courtesy of the MMDA

How to know if storm surge threatens your area

Dec 04, 2014 - 3:07 PM

The government website Project NOAH provides easily accessible hazard maps to help communities along a typhoons path identify danger zones and safe zones

8 months on 'Hawaiian Mars' tests rigors of exploration

Oct 24, 2014 - 11:06 AM

NASA is aiming for a human mission to Mars mission by the 2030s but experts are still not sure if humans can withstand the radiation that the journey would involve

Image courtesy HI-SEAS