These unique lizard species are the real-life 'dragons' of Southeast Asia
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by FlipScience Staff
2w ago
ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity By Dr. Theresa Mundita S. Lim Dragons feature prominently in mythology, folklore, and many cultures across the world. These magical creatures are often described as huge, winged, serpent-like, and fire-breathing beasts. Though these mystical beings inhabit the realm of fantasy, there are real-life "dragons" that are just as fascinating as the legendary ones. Like the dragons of lore, these animals are four-legged, cold-blooded, reptiles—lizards. There is a wide variety of lizards in Southeast Asia that are found nowhere else in the world. The most popular among t ..read more
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2023 Indie-Siyensya Film Fest shines spotlight on Pinoy aquaculture and 'sustainnovation'
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by FlipScience Staff
1M ago
DOST-STII/JuanFlix (Press release from DOST-STII) The seventh season of the Indie-Siyensya Film Festival concluded with a celebration of science, technology, and the arts, with films exploring seaweed farming and innovative fish spawning practices claiming top prizes last December 12 at the Philippine International Convention Center, Pasay City. The science filmmaking competition, which started in 2016, is an initiative by the Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI), in partnership with the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP). In 2023, the ..read more
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UPLB scientists develop AI-driven system for early detection of liver cancer
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1M ago
Cedric Katigbak By Ma. Angelika Dinglasan, Marianne Jaraplasan, and Cedric Katigbak Inside room D405 of the University of the Philippines Los Baños’ Institute of Mathematical Science and Physics (UPLB-IMSP) building, scientists sit across a long table in front of their working computers. Dr. Ranzivelle Marianne Roxas-Villanueva heads the institute's physics division and holds a doctorate in Physics. Across from her is Princess Silva, an Applied Mathematics graduate who analyzes and prepares reports on genomic data. Desiree Villanueva and Gabriel Manzanilla, both Applied Physics graduates ..read more
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Sun's out, root's out? This cave plant feeds bugs and other arthropods
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by FlipScience Staff
1M ago
Dr. Aimee Lynn Barrion-Dupo/UP Los Baños By Dr. Aimee Lynn Barrion-Dupo Cave biologists have long believed that life between caves and forest ecosystems are intricately connected, with the former harboring species with specific needs provided only by the complex and minimally understood forest-cave connection. Recently, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) NICER Caves Program researchers from the UPLB Institute of Biological Sciences and the Museum of Natural History helped shed light on some of the cave-forest interactions happening in the twilight zone of Dry Cave 1 in Tayabas, Q ..read more
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Systemic lupus erythematosus in the Philippines: it's time to talk about this oft-overlooked disease
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1M ago
Nick Youngson/Pix4free By Abigail L. Tan What would you do if, right in the middle of a global pandemic, the medicine that you rely on daily to keep your organs functioning properly suddenly became very hard to get? As you scour through both physical and online drug stores, the sudden scarcity makes you more desperate, and so you try asking your doctor. Unfortunately, even your doctor can't help you out because this medicine is only produced overseas. This was exactly what happened to patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) — the disease most people think about when they hear the wor ..read more
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DOST-SEI honors 2,114 young Filipino int’l STEM champs in 2023 YES Awards
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by FlipScience Staff
1M ago
DOST-SEI (Press release from DOST-SEI) The number of medals won by Filipino students in various international science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) competitions reached an all-time high in 2023, setting a new record for the number of recipients of the Department of Science and Technology—Science Education Institute’s (DOST-SEI) annual Youth Excellence in Science (YES) Awards. A total of 2,114 young Filipino science enthusiasts from various regions of the country received the YES award, an impressive increment of 17.31% from the previous year’s 1,802. This also marked the fi ..read more
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From mother to child: The mitochondrial mode of inheritance
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by Dionn Pacot
2M ago
Louisa Howard/Wikimedia Commons Many of us have this one scientific fact memorized: "The mitochondria are the powerhouse of the cell." But did you know that there's more to mitochondria than simply being energy generators? The mitochondrion is one of the few organelles with its own DNA unique from the nuclear DNA. As fascinating as that sounds, it’s more intriguing to learn that the mitochondrial DNA is maternally transmitted. That is, you can only inherit the DNA in your mitochondria from your biological mother. In comparison, nuclear DNA combines your mother’s and father’s genes. But h ..read more
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Women in STEM: Why so few?
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by Romelyn Yamio
5M ago
Pexels Despite years of collective efforts to overcome gender barriers, women remain wildly underrepresented in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). According to UNESCO, as of 2018, women accounted for only one-third of all scientific researchers in 107 countries. Think that’s a bit stark? That's just the tip of the iceberg. In the 2022 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports, statistics show that the imbalance is even starker, particularly in the fastest-growing and highest-paid jobs of the future, such as computer and mathematical occupations (26.7%), engineering and ar ..read more
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Ask Theory Podcast Ep. 141: Mga Sikreto Ng Katawan: Sa Proteins Ba Malalaman? (with Dr. Neil Andrew Bascos)
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by FlipScience Staff
6M ago
Hosted by EIC Mikael Angelo Francisco, Ask Theory shines the spotlight on Pinoy scientific brilliance, in a fun and entertaining "kwentuhan" format. Each episode of Ask Theory  features a Pinoy scientist from one of the various scientific disciplines. In a very casual conversation, guests explain what they do in simple terms, as well as share their fascinating stories: how they got into science, the challenges they face, what motivates them to pursue their fields, what future scientists from the Philippines can look forward to, and so much more. Episode 141: Mga Sikreto Ng Katawan: Sa Pr ..read more
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Ask Theory Podcast Ep. 140: Can The World's Biggest And Weirdest Flower Be Saved?
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by FlipScience Staff
6M ago
Hosted by EIC Mikael Angelo Francisco, Ask Theory shines the spotlight on Pinoy scientific brilliance, in a fun and entertaining "kwentuhan" format. Each episode of Ask Theory  features a Pinoy scientist from one of the various scientific disciplines. In a very casual conversation, guests explain what they do in simple terms, as well as share their fascinating stories: how they got into science, the challenges they face, what motivates them to pursue their fields, what future scientists from the Philippines can look forward to, and so much more. Episode 140: Can The World's Biggest And W ..read more
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