Science

President Aquino confers Order of National Scientist on four academicians

MANILA — President Benigno S. Aquino III on Tuesday conferred the Order of National Scientist on four academicians during a ceremony in Malacañang Palace. The President gave recognition to Gavino C. Trono, Ph.D. (Marine Botany), Angel C. Alcala, Ph.D. (Biological Sciences), Roman C. Barba, Ph.D. (Horticulture), and Edgardo D. Gomez, Ph.D. (Marine Biology) for their …

Pres. Aquino confers the Order of National Scientist on Dr. Ramon Barba, PhD

President Benigno S. Aquino III confers the Order of National Scientist on Dr. Ramon Barba, PhD. during the conferment ceremonies at the Rizal Hall of the Malacañan Palace on Tuesday (August 12). Dr. Barba received the Presidential Medallion for his distinguished achievements in the field of plant physiology, focusing on induction of flowering of mango …

Lunar show illuminated world’s skies

People around the world this weekend looked up at the sky to view a lunar phenomenon: the supermoon. Known to scientists as a pedigree moon, Earth’s neighbor appears at its largest and brightest compared to other full moons when it orbits closer to our planet. It can even be seen during the daytime. A supermoon …

Greenpeace, Inuit come together to fight Arctic seismic testing for oil and gas

OTTAWA — Greenpeace and the Inuit are joining forces to protest Arctic seismic testing, warning Ottawa that its plans to gauge oil and gas reserves with high-intensity sound waves pose grave dangers to marine life. Inuit activists are staging a protest Wednesday in Nunavut’s Clyde River, a tiny Baffin Island hamlet just above the Arctic …

Lake Huron is no place for a nuclear waste dump

  Is dilution really the solution to pollution—especially when it’s nuclear waste that can stay radioactive for 100,000 years? A four-member expert group told a federal joint review panel it is. The panel is examining an Ontario Power Generation proposal to bury low- and intermediate-level nuclear waste from the Darlington, Pickering and Bruce nuclear plants …

Underground lab tackles Japan nuclear waste issue

HORONOBE, Japan — Reindeer farms and grazing Holstein cows dot a vast stretch of rolling green pasture here on Japan’s northern tip. Underground it’s a different story. Workers and scientists have carved a sprawling laboratory deep below this sleep dairy town that, despite government reassurances, some of Horonobe’s 2,500 residents fear could turn their neighborhood …

Here’s to a radical Canada Day!

Oh, Canada, what will become of you? Although I’m proudly Canadian, my early memories are mixed. After Japan attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941, our government unfairly deprived my family of citizenship rights and exiled us to the B.C. Interior, even though we were born and raised here. But my love of nature flourished during that …

Woman or machine? New robots look creepily human

TOKYO — The new robot guides at a Tokyo museum look so eerily human and speak so smoothly they almost outdo people – almost. Japanese robotics expert Hiroshi Ishiguro, an Osaka University professor, says they will be useful for research on how people interact with robots and on what differentiates the person from the machine. …

Scientists find 6,200-year-old parasite egg

LONDON — In a skeleton more than 6,200 years old, scientists have found the earliest known evidence of infection with a parasitic worm that now afflicts more than 200 million people worldwide. Archaeologists discovered a parasite egg near the pelvis of a child skeleton in northern Syria and say it dates back to a time …

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