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Preserving, restocking giant clams fast-tracked via molecular tech

Giant clams are important players in coral reef ecosystems. They serve as habitat for fish, corals, and other marine organisms. However, most species of giant clams are already in danger of extinction due to disturbances brought about by climate change and human activities.  To help bring back giant clams from extinction, the University of the …

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Nas Daily, Eric Feng, and a little girl eating

Better ways found today: Nas Daily on the ‘Friend Zone’; Ukrainian humor; 60 scientists call for less meat

TessDrive presents a regular summary of online finds, web discoveries that show us better ways to a better world. Ever so slowly, we’ll help you restore your faith in humanity. You are who your close friends are In Episode 1138 of the phenomenally successful Nas Daily Facebook video page, Nas talks about the way close …

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Better ways found today: Star-studded vegan documentary; Harvard Health on plant-based diets; 1 billion hectares needed

TessDrive presents a daily summary of online finds, web discoveries that show us better ways to a better world. Ever so slowly, we’ll help you restore your faith in humanity. ‘The Game Changers’ makes digital debut According to a report in the VegNews.com posted September 18, the vegan documentary “The Game Changers” was set to …

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The International Coastal Cleanup Day and Mangrove Planting made more relevant with a meatless feast

On September 21, 2019, TessDrive participated in the International Coastal Cleanup Day and Mangrove Planting upon the invitation of Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP). This was held at the Barangay Lumaniag, Lian Batangas. Aligned with Toyota’s global Start Your Impossible campaign, Toyota Motor Philippines’ initiative for the National Coastal Clean Up and Mangrove Planting Day is …

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The day Metro Manila bikers became heroes for all animals

Last August 25, the day before the Philippines observed National Heroes Day, 14 cyclists from around Metro Manila gathered for a tour of the historical sites around the metropolis. To make this tour more meaningful, all participants partook of delicious, 100% plant-based meals and snacks, lovingly prepared by the seasoned vegan crew of Greenery Kitchen, …

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If one ditched plane could wreak havoc on NAIA, then how much more ‘the big one’?

The August 17 to 19 mayhem at Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport due to the runway excursion of a Xiamen Air jet was an eye-opener of sorts, and has prompted the Senate and the House to launch separate inquiries into the readiness of the country’s airports to cope with potential disasters. One such natural disaster …

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A worse form of poverty is about to beset the Philippines, and here’s why we have to stop this now

In my almost 2 decades of being a health and science journalist for one of the country’s leading newspapers, I have noticed a rather worrisome trend in our lifestyles, involving something that goes to the very heart of our survival—our poor, uninformed decisions relating to our diets and food choices, which is leading us to …

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New jeepney designs

Any takers for these jeepney replacements?

Sentimentality may get you nowhere, literally. True, the iconic, ubiquitous jeepney has been the main intra-city/intra-town form of transport in the Philippines for as long as any living resident can remember. But time and transport technology has caught up with the old jeepney, which has gained quite the notoriety for its atrocious emissions, reckless drivers, …

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Qorn meat substitute products

Mycoprotein at par with conventional protein

The protein found in Quorn meat-free foods may be just as good for muscles as any other protein sources, new research suggests. Food labelling usually lists protein as a simple number, but some proteins have better “bioavailability” than others – meaning more can be used by the body. Animal proteins like milk are known to …

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