Science and Technology

DOST inks MOA for grants to promising researchers

MANILA -- The Department of Science and Technology has inked a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with young innovators over the weekend, to provide them research grants and stipends. The young innovators were those chosen for the DOST-Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology... Read More

Scientists confirm water ice on moon's surface for first time

WASHINGTON -- For the first time, scientists have directly observed definitive evidence of water ice on the moon's surface, US space agency NASA has said.Most of the newly-found water ice lies in the shadows of craters near the moon's polar regions, where sunlight never reaches and the warmest... Read More

Students urged anew to apply for DOST’s scholarship program

MANILA -- The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) on Saturday reiterated its call to senior high school students to apply for the agency’s Undergraduate Scholarship Program.“Ang isa kong hamon ay iyong ating mga kabataan na talagang may interes at may kagalingan sa (One of my... Read More

California firm launches driverless grocery delivery

SAN FRANCISCO -- A California-based autonomous driving startup Nuro said it has begun pilot driverless grocery delivery service in the state of Arizona in partnership with Kroger, the largest US operator of traditional supermarkets."Grocery delivery with Nuro self-driving vehicles starts today! Our... Read More

Many exoplanets may contain as much as 50% water

WASHINGTON -- Scientists have shown that water is likely to be a major component of planets orbiting other stars that are between two to four times the size of Earth.The study presented at this week's Goldschmidt conference held in Boston will have implications for the search of life in our Galaxy.A... Read More

Samsung upgrades S pen, battery, memory in Note 9

MANILA -- Do you often feel shy asking someone to take another photo of you? You plan to post this in your Instagram account but you hesitate to tell a stranger what to do for this shot.Samsung Note 9's S Pen might help you.Officially launched Tuesday afternoon, the Galaxy Note 9 features an S Pen... Read More

Chinese astronomers discover giant star rich in lithium

BEIJING -- Chinese astronomers have discovered the most lithium-rich giant star ever known, which could shed new light on the evolution of the universe.With 3,000 times more lithium than a normal star, it was found in the direction of Ophiuchus, on the north side of the galactic disk, at a distance... Read More

Scientists verify Einstein's theory of relativity

BERLIN -- A group of scientists have recently verified Einstein's theory of relativity by observing how a fast-moving star's light waves were changed as it approached a supermassive black hole, according to the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics.Scientists at the European Southern Observatory... Read More

Google unveils security key to tighten online security

SAN FRANCISCO -- Google announced Wednesday the release of a USB key that was developed by its own to boost online login security of its users.The new Google security solution, which came in the form of a USB key called Titan Security Key, is an innovative context-aware access approach aimed at... Read More

Mars closest to Earth in 15 years, to appear brightest on July 27-30

WASHINGTON -- Mars is making its closest approach to Earth in 15 years on Tuesday, which means the red planet will be shinier and bigger and easier to observe, said US space agency NASA.The two planets will be just 57.6 million km apart on July 31, while Mars will appear brightest on July 27-30,... Read More

12 new moons of Jupiter discovered with risks of collision

WASHINGTON -- Astronomers found a dozen new moons orbiting Jupiter, 11 normal outer moons and one "oddball", adding the planet's total number of known moons to 79, the largest of any planet in the Solar System.A team led by Carnegie Institution for Science's Scott S. Sheppard first spotted the moons... Read More

Neuroscientists report cannabis use in treating anxiety, inflammation

BERLIN -- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety and some types of inflammation may be alleviated by cannabis-like drugs, according to a research presented on Sunday at the FENS Forum of Neuroscience held in Berlin.At the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS) Forum, which will... Read More

Virus can boost, not weaken immune system

WASHINGTON -- American scientists have identified a particular virus in mice model that may not weaken, but enhance the immune system, according to a study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences."Our immune system is at its peak when we're young, but after a certain... Read More

Massive collision tilts, freezes Uranus

WASHINGTON -- An international team of astronomers found that Uranus was hit by a massive object roughly twice the size of Earth, which caused the planet to tilt and made its temperature freezing, according to new research.The study published on Monday in the Astrophysical Journal confirmed a... Read More

DOST agency to focus on tech transfer, building competency

MANILA -- The Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD) under the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) will focus on technology transfer and building the competency of its research partners, an official told the Philippine News Agency... Read More

Researchers create world's smallest 'computer'

CHICAGO -- Researchers at the University of Michigan (UM) in the United States has come out with the world's smallest "computer," a device that measures just 0.3 mm to a side, completely dwarfed by a grain of rice.Unlike traditional desktop computers that always have their program and data stored,... Read More

Mars to come closest to Earth in 15 years

WASHINGTON -- Mars will look bigger and brighter in the coming weeks than it has appeared in the last 15 years, according to NASA.On July 31, Mars will travel to the closest point in its orbit to Earth, about 57.6 million km from our planet. This is the shortest Earth-Mars distance since 2003.When... Read More

DOST launches networking platform for researchers, to show UP works

MANILA -- The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) launched on Wednesday the “Aghambayan”, which will showcase the top 40 projects of the University of the Philippines (UP) at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Manila on June 20."This event is very important... Read More

Aussie researchers work to produce better-looking bananas

SYDNEY -- Aussie researchers will use a fungus commonly found in soil to produce better looking bananas and fight off pests, the James Cook University announced on Wednesday.When bananas grow, they often produce rust-colored scarring from insects which farmers refer to as thrips."The rust thrips... Read More

NASA's cube spacecraft captures first global picture of ice clouds

WASHINGTON -- An experimental small satellite captured the first global picture of small frozen particles inside ice clouds, the United States space agency NASA said Tuesday.IceCube, a satellite deployed from the International Space Station in May 2017, is testing instruments for their ability to... Read More