Science and Technology

Google unveils security key to tighten online security

Google unveils security key to tighten online security

July 26, 2018, 6:07 pm

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

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

July 26, 2018, 3:09 pm

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

12 new moons of Jupiter discovered with risks of collision

July 18, 2018, 11:51 am

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… Read More

Neuroscientists report cannabis use in treating anxiety, inflammation

Neuroscientists report cannabis use in treating anxiety, inflammation

July 9, 2018, 12:16 pm

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… Read More

Virus can boost, not weaken immune system

Virus can boost, not weaken immune system

July 3, 2018, 12:34 pm

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… Read More

Massive collision tilts, freezes Uranus

Massive collision tilts, freezes Uranus

July 3, 2018, 12:30 pm

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

DOST agency to focus on tech transfer, building competency

June 25, 2018, 9:45 pm

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… Read More

Researchers create world's smallest 'computer'

Researchers create world's smallest 'computer'

June 25, 2018, 11:44 am

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… Read More

Mars to come closest to Earth in 15 years

Mars to come closest to Earth in 15 years

June 20, 2018, 12:04 pm

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.… Read More

DOST launches networking platform for researchers, to show UP works

DOST launches networking platform for researchers, to show UP works

May 30, 2018, 9:13 pm

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 to me… Read More

Aussie researchers work to produce better-looking bananas

Aussie researchers work to produce better-looking bananas

May 24, 2018, 1:24 pm

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

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

May 16, 2018, 11:50 am

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

DOST seeks collaborative R&D proposals for industries

DOST seeks collaborative R&D proposals for industries

May 9, 2018, 9:20 pm

MANILA -- The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is seeking collaborative research and development (R&D) proposals from higher education institutions (HEIs) and Research and Development Institutions (RDIs) and their partner industries. The approved proposals, which need to be completed… Read More

Russia’s Progress cargo spacecraft splashes down in Pacific Ocean

Russia’s Progress cargo spacecraft splashes down in Pacific Ocean

April 26, 2018, 5:37 pm

MOSCOW -- The Progress MS-07 cargo spacecraft was deorbited on Thursday after a month of experiments and splashed down in the non-navigable area of the Pacific Ocean, the Russian Mission Control Center informed TASS. "The fragments of the Progress MS-07 spacecraft that did not burn up in the… Read More

China, Japan develop aerotrain running 400-500 km/hour

China, Japan develop aerotrain running 400-500 km/hour

April 25, 2018, 3:57 pm

BEIJING -- A high-speed aerotrain that could run 400 km. to 500 km. per hour is being developed by China and Japan in a joint effort, Chinese media Chongqing Morning Post reported.  The aerotrain does not run on traditional fuel resources, such as coal, gas or electricity, and is expected to… Read More

Finalists picked for Talent Search for Young Scientists

Finalists picked for Talent Search for Young Scientists

April 23, 2018, 5:44 pm

MANILA -- The National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) bared the four finalists for the Talent Search for Young Scientists on Monday. The award aims to recognize young scientists and encourage them to further pursue their careers in Science. The four finalists presented their papers to… Read More

SoKor gov't allots $626-M nanotech dev't budget for 2018

SoKor gov't allots $626-M nanotech dev't budget for 2018

April 23, 2018, 3:05 pm

SEOUL -- South Korea's science ministry said Monday it will spend 669.3 billion won (US$626 million) this year on developing core nanotechnology know-how to improve the competitiveness of the country's industrial sector. The 2018 spending plan is up from 514.1 billion won earmarked in 2017 and… Read More

Diamonds from space may be from 'lost planet': Swiss research

Diamonds from space may be from 'lost planet': Swiss research

April 23, 2018, 12:16 pm

GENEVA -- Diamonds in a meteorite that exploded over Sudan in 2008 provide compelling evidence of a "lost planet" that once existed at least four billion years ago in our solar system, according to a press release from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) on Sunday. An… Read More

Protein dilating blood vessels can treat heart disease

Protein dilating blood vessels can treat heart disease

April 20, 2018, 5:18 pm

WASHINGTON -- American scientists revealed exactly how the heart and blood vessels stay healthy. A study, published on Thursday in the journal Cell, reported a protein called GPR68 that senses blood flow pressure, lending a new medical possibility for conditions, including ischemic stroke. "It has… Read More

NASA launches planet-hunting spacecraft to find exoplanets

NASA launches planet-hunting spacecraft to find exoplanets

April 19, 2018, 11:47 am

WASHINGTON -- The US’s National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) next planet-hunting spacecraft blasted off Wednesday from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. At 18:51 local time (2251 GMT), the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, or TESS, started its journey into space… Read More