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WEATHER FORECASTS NOT ABSOLUTE DOST exec says knowing uncertainty of typhoons will help prepare for disasters better PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 12 February 2015 00:34

Department of Science and Technology Assistant Secretary Raymund E. Liboro, acknowledging that weather forecasts are “not absolute”, advised disaster management agencies to focus more on “communicating uncertainty” in understanding and appreciating the science behind weather forecasts and typhoon warnings issued by DOST-PAGASA.

Speaking at a panel discussion in a seminar hosted by the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) and Japan International Cooperating Agency (JICA) at Discovery Suites Ortigas, Liboro underscored that laymanizing weather updates involved more than their translation into the vernacular.

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DOST’s die and mold center to help advance manufacturing industry PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 04 February 2015 01:45

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is expected to gear up the manufacturing industry a little faster as the Die and Mold Solution Center (DMSC) – a one-stop solution for die and mold design and fabrication – starts running within the year.

DMSC is one of the featured DOST programs and projects during the “Agham na Ramdam”, a series of media briefings which highlights the Science Department’s program milestones and updates.  “Agham na Ramdam” is organized by the DOST-Science and Technology Information Institute

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DOST-supported harvester cleans up river, gives livelihood to folks PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 03 February 2015 02:25

As the water hyacinth population burgeoned in Buhi, Camarines Sur, Engr. Joel P. Sadol of the Central Bicol State University of Agriculture pondered on how he could turn this threat into an opportunity.  Water hyacinths often clog waterways and degrade water quality. These pretty-looking pests actually  block sunlight and prevent photosynthesis, thereby lowering the level of oxygen in the water.

First in his agenda was to get rid of the hyacinths, and then perhaps turn them into something useful.  So he made a machine that can collect the hyacinths, and then recently improved its features to make the machine more efficient using less fuel.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 February 2015 02:28
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DOST’s ADMATEL helps build a stronger semicon industry in PH PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 03 February 2015 02:21

Clients for the country’s first state-of-the-art electronics and semiconductor test lab, the Advanced Materials Testing Laboratory (ADMATEL) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), are expected to double this year as the global electronics and semiconductor (S&E) industry sees a stronger outlook.

This was learned during DOST’s media briefing “Agham na Ramdam” at the ADMATEL facility in DOST Complex, Bicutan, Taguig City.

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Expert calls for Water Code review PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 29 January 2015 02:11

University of the Philippines-Visayas Political Science Professor Dr. Rosalie A. Hall is pushing for a review of the Philippine Water Code, among others. “Water is not a free good,” Dr. Hall said in her talk. Emphasizing that water is technically owned by the state, Dr. Hall said that people can use and develop water resources through permits or concessions.

Among other things, the Water Code of the Philippines laid down the basic principles and framework relating to the appropriation, control and conservation of water resources.  This leads to the optimum development and rational use of these resources. This Code also defined the extent of the rights and obligations of water users.

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DOST awards UP prof for research on disease-causing microbes PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 27 January 2015 01:15

Dr. Windell L. Rivera, associate professor of microbiology of the University of the Philippines(UP) Diliman, won the 2014 National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP) Eusebio Y. Garcia Recognition Award for Molecular Biology and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Rivera received the award during the NRCP’s “Symposium on Dengue Researches and 81st Founding Anniversary” held last month at the Bayleaf Hotel in Intramuros, Manila. This conferment also earned him the NRCP Medallion and Plaque of Excellenceand a cash prize of P25,000.

Dr. Rivera ranks among the most celebrated local medical scientists and experts on molecular biology of various disease-causing microorganisms. His pioneering work in parasitology significantly augmented limited information on a variety of pathogens, in particular, the locally abundant swine-derived Balantidium coli, a harmful protozoan which Dr. Rivera successfully characterized at ultra structural and molecular levels.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 January 2015 01:22
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