Science

SpaceX says it will fly 2 people to moon next year

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.—SpaceX said Monday it will fly two people to the moon next year, a feat not attempted since NASA’s Apollo heyday close to half a century ago. Tech billionaire Elon Musk — the company’s founder and chief executive officer — announced the surprising news barely a week after launching his first rocket from …

Scientists hold rally in Boston to protest threat to science

BOSTON –Hundreds of scientists, environmental advocates and their supporters held a rally in Boston on Sunday to protest what they see as increasing threats to science and research in the U.S. The scientists, some dressed in white lab coats, called on President Donald Trump’s administration to recognize evidence of climate change and take action on …

Research underway to replace crude oil with vegetable oil in candle making

THE HAGUE –Researchers from Wageningen University in the Netherlands are working on a vegetable-based alternative for paraffin wax, the main raw material for candles made from crude oil, the university announced on Wednesday. By treating liquid oils with hydrogen gas, solidified oils can be obtained, but the hydrogenated oils created are brittle and difficult to …

Saskatchewan raised pilot makes space agency’s short list for astronauts

BRUNO, Sask.—A Royal Canadian Air Force pilot with Saskatchewan roots could be headed to the stars. Jason Leuschen was born in B.C., but his family moved to a farm near Bruno, east of Saskatoon, when he was three years old. He eventually earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Saskatchewan before …

Meteorite burns up over north Russia

MOSCOW –A meteorite has burned up over the Arkhangelsk Region in north Russia, without reaching the Earth, the regional emergencies services reported on Monday. “Yes, indeed, a meteorite burned up in the dense layers of the atmosphere in the Arkhangelsk Region in the evening of January 8. It did not reach the Earth. Eye-witnesses saw …

Salceda’s ‘Science for change’ bill to boost PHL innovations, inventions, global competitiveness

MANILA –Albay Representative Joey Sarte Salceda has filed in Congress House Bill 4581 that aims to boost the country’s scientific innovations and inventions, research and development towards social progress, and global competitiveness. The measure projects a budget that could reach P672 billion by 2022. Salceda said the measure titled “Science for Change Program (S4CP) Act” …

Researchers discover genetic fingerprint identifying how prostate cancer spreads

TORONTO –Canadian researchers have identified the genetic signature that explains why up to 30 per cent of men with potentially curable localized prostate cancer develop aggressive disease that spreads beyond the gland after treatment with surgery or radiation. The discovery means doctors may be able to predict at an early stage whether a prostate tumour …

China astronauts return from month long space station stay

BEIJING – A pair of Chinese astronauts returned Friday from a month-long stay aboard the country’s space station, China’s sixth and longest crewed mission yet and a sign of the growing ambitions of its rapidly advancing space program. Veteran mission commander Jing Haipeng and first-time space traveller Chen Dong were reported in good health after …

DOST-STII, muling magdaraos ng science journalism workshop sa 2016 NSTW

Muling magdaraos ang Department of Science and Technology-Science and Technology Information Institute (DOST-STII) ng Science Journalism Writeshop bilang bahagi ng taunang pagdiriwang ng National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) sa ika-28 ng Hulyo. Ang SciJourn Writeshop ay gaganapin sa STII Mini Theater sa DOST Complex, Bicutan, Taguig City. Idinisenyo ang writeshop na ito para sa …

PH to host the 17th Science Council of Asia confab

The Philippines, through the National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP), will host the 17th Science Council of Asia (SCA) Conference in June next year.  The Conference will be participated in by delegations of renowned researchers and scientists from 31 academic institutions and organizations of the 18 member countries across Asia. NRCP President and National …

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