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Canadian Space Agency launches search for next generation of space explorers

OTTAWA – Calling all aspiring Canadian astronauts: here comes your chance to shine. Canada is recruiting candidates to fill two potential new spots in its space program – and the more sterotypically Canadian they are, the better, suggests current astronaut-in-training Jeremy Hansen. It goes without saying that would-be space cowboys and cowgirls are expected to …

Pisay student is best oral presentor in int’l science fair

Department of Science and Technology- Philippine Science High School (PSHS, also called “Pisay”) Main Campus student Marla Abao recently bagged the Best Oral Presentation award at the International Student Science Fair (ISSF) held at the National University of Singapor-High School of Math and Science in Singapore. Abao won the prize for her research titled “An …

25th Year Commemoration of the 1991 Pinatubo Eruption

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology – Department of Science and Technology (PHIVOLCS-DOST) commemorates the 1991 Pinatubo Eruption on its 25th year this June 15, 2016. The Pinatubo eruption is considered one of the largest eruptions of the 20th century. On June 15, 1991, the Plinian eruption of Pinatubo Volcano produced a 40-kilometer ash …

DOST shares images from Diwata-1

MANILA – The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) on Saturday shared some images from Diwata-1, the country’s first microsatellite. DIWATA-1 has four cameras for earth observations. The images will be used for research and in remote sensing, and DOST said multiple test images have been successfully taken and downloaded. Officially deployed in the outer …

Filipina scientist invents sustainable alternative light source

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – The vision of Filipina scientist Aisa Mijeno when she invented the Sustainable Alternative Lighting (SALt) was “to light up the rest of the Philippines sustainably.” The SALt Lamp invented by her is an environment-friendly and sustainable alternative light source that runs in saltwater, suitable for those who live in coastal areas. The …

Inventors get funding support from DOST

As part of its continuing efforts to support Filipino inventors, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), through its Technology Application and Promotion Institute (TAPI),recently granted financial assistance to two inventors. They are Ricardo David, chairman of David Motors Trading and Renewable Energy Development Corporation and Eduardo Capule. David received ₱ 1,135,672 for the fabrication …

PAGASA meteorologists’ training application deadline nears

MANILA – Qualified locals and foreigners have until Aug. 31 this year to apply for the 44-week Meteorologists Training Course (MTC) which State weather agency Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) will conduct at its head office in Metro Manila. Such deadline will give PAGASA time to screen applicants for MTC which will …

Scientists find closest thing yet to Earth-Sun twin system

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida — Scientists have identified a “close cousin” to Earth that’s orbiting a sun-like star and might harbor life. “It is the closest thing that we have to another place that somebody else might call home,” said Jon Jenkins from NASA’s Ames Research Center in California. The researchers announced their discovery Thursday based …

Technology used in hunt of a different kind for North Atlantic right whales

HALIFAX – Scientists are preparing to deploy an arsenal of high-tech gadgetry into the Atlantic Ocean to try to track down one of nature’s biggest, but most elusive creatures in a whale hunt of a different kind. A team of researchers plan to use autonomous gliders, air support and acoustic devices to listen and watch …

Research: Polar bears can’t conserve energy during fasting

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A study of an Alaska polar bear population in summer concludes the bear’s biology will not help stave off starvation in the face of global warming. The study of southern Beaufort Sea polar bears by university, federal and private researchers over three years concludes they have no special ability to minimize energy …

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