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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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Your smartphone can now save your life while you’re on the road; just download this free app

According to the World Health Organization, there were an estimated 1.35 million road-related fatalities in 2016. Of this number, 22 percent were pedestrians. In the Philippines, there were a reported 12,690 traffic-related fatalities by the end of 2016, with almost half of the fatalities being the most vulnerable road users (motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians). That …

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