Technology

Tiktok is a security threat

Before you sell yourself out silly on TikTok… Security experts repeatedly warn that this inanely entertaining app may have serious hacking undercurrents

CoVid-19, or the novel coronavirus disease, has brought Metro Manila to its knees, forcing Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to place the capital and the main Luzon island under extended enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) for another two weeks after the initial month of quarantine lapses on April 14. The viral disease has paralyzed school, work, and …

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Your smartphone can carry covid-19

Dirtier than your toilet, your smartphone can carry CoViD-19 viruses

With the cases of infection and death caused by the novel coronavirus disease (CoViD-19) growing in the Philippines, the Department of Health (DOH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) tirelessly remind the public to further observe proper sanitation. Apart from placing the entire Luzon mainland under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), the government has promoted handwashing …

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Better ways found today

The world is in the deadly grip of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (CoViD-19) pandemic. Governments are enforcing measures to stop the spread of the disease, including community lockdowns and total stoppages of non-essential industries and businesses. Amidst this drastically changing socioeconomic landscape brought on by among the smallest things on earth, we are still finding …

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giant clams resting on ocean floor

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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UP-developed dengue kit

UP genome center makes breakthrough in fight vs dengue

Just as dengue cases in the Philippines have reached epidemic proportions–with the number of cases increasing 92% from 2018 figures with over 400,000 sufferers reported as of November 2019–the Philippine Genome Center (PGC) of the National Science Complex in the University of the Philippines Diliman Campus has come up with a diagnostic kit that can …

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‘3-peat’ win highlights basketball showdown in ‘Tagisang Robotics’

For the third time, Pitogo High School secured the Best Team Award and dominated the playing field of 16 schools anew during the “Tagisang Robotics 2.0” last Nov. 19 and 20 at the Forum 2 of the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City. Pitogo High School’s do-it-all robot secured the best win-draw-loss record …

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‘Bambullet-proof’ vests being developed by DOST-FPRDI

Did you know that the lowly “sawale” (woven bamboo mat) is being considered as a key material in making body armor to protect and save the lives of our armed forces? The Department of Science and Technology’s Forest Products Research and Development Institute (DOST-FPRDI) recently found that the woven bamboo mat, paired with a stainless …

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The real bamboo makes history, and beautiful music

Here’s an inspiring story about bamboo making beautiful music. No, not the celebrity Bamboo singing about talismans flowing in our “Noypi” blood, but the real, phenomenal grass we call “kawayan” in the vernacular. More than 120 years ago, a bamboo band in Malabon played an important role in the Philippine revolution against colonizer Spain in …

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Does your SME need R&D help? DOST can provide the answer

Eighteen small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are now stronger in their partnership with universities and research and development institutions (RDIs) through the Department of Science and Technology’s funding assistance for R&D purposes. The Collaborative Research and Development to Leverage Philippine Economy (CRADLE) is a program specifically designed to catalyze partnerships in R&D between academic institutions, …

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