Science

Scientists, academe push for ‘blue economy’

CEBU CITY–The National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) and some members of the academe are pushing for a “blue economy” for the country. “Blue economy”, as compared to “green economy”, focuses on seas and oceans, and emphasizes on the sustainable management of marine resources. NAST acting president, Fabian Dayrit, said the Philippines is among …

Canadian glacier melt rerouted in rare case of ‘river piracy,’ scientists say

WASHINGTON — Scientists have witnessed the first modern case of what they call “river piracy” and they blame global warming. Most of the water gushing from a large glacier in northwest Canada last year suddenly switched from one river to another. That changed the Slims River from a three-metre deep, raging river to something so …

3D printing helps treat young heart disease patients

SHANGHAI–Ma Chengqiang, 16, and eight-month-old Yang Youhong from northwest China’s Qinghai Province have both undergone life-saving heart surgery in Shanghai thanks to 3D printing advances. “Our children have had the world’s latest 3D printing technology heart surgery. We are so lucky,” said Ma Wenming, grandfather of Ma Chengqiang. “Moreover, the fees including transportation, accommodation, diagnosis …

Scientists are giving up on saving Australia’s great barrier reef

MOSCOW–Climatologists and scientists studying the increasingly dire coral bleaching event in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef have given up finding ways to express the urgency surrounding the mass die-off, and are now simply throwing up their hands in despair, as those in a position to take action to mitigate the extinction do nothing. Referring to the …

ISS expedition 50 crew members return to earth

MOSCOW–Soyuz MS-02 spacecraft carrying three International Space Station (ISS) Expedition 50 crew members landed in Kazakhstan on Monday. Russia’s Soyuz MS-02 spacecraft carrying two Russian cosmonauts and a US astronaut landed in Kazakhstan over three hours after undocking from the International Space Station (ISS), the Roscosmos space corporation said Monday. “We have landing! Cosmonauts Andrei …

Scientists develop artificial skin with sensitivity

SEOUL–A group of South Korean scientists has developed an artificial skin with sensitivity, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency quoted the science ministry as saying Tuesday, a development that could be a boon to a variety of robots and products in numerous fields. The team led by Kim Do-hwan at Soongsil University and Jung Hee-tae at …

A ‘sci fi’ cancer therapy fights brain tumors, study finds

WASHINGTON –It sounds like science fiction, but a cap-like device that makes electric fields to fight cancer improved survival for the first time in more than a decade for people with deadly brain tumors, final results of a large study suggest. Many doctors are skeptical of the therapy, called tumour treating fields, and it’s not …

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 …