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Comet ISON Fizzles as it rounds the Sun – NASA

Comet ISON went around the sun on Nov. 28, 2013. Several solar observatories watched the comet throughout this closest approach to the sun, known as perihelion. While the fate of the comet is not yet established, it is likely that it did not survive the trip. The comet grew faint […]

DENR to embark on massive mangrove reforestation in Bicol

LEGAZPI CITY — The Department of Environment and Natural Resources Bicol will intensify its coastal reforestation project after giant storm surges spawned by super typhoon “Yolanda” (Haiyan) devastated coastal towns in Eastern Visayas, a regional official said Wednesday. Regional director Gilbert Gonzales said they will build “Beach Forest” through massive […]

DPWH, DENR condemns 785 trees in Sorsogon highway

A total of 785 old first-class species of shady and fruit-bearing trees that have been giving life to the environment will be cut down in Sorsogon. Earlier, there was a similar plan to remove more than 650 same old trees in Naga city, and discussed also here 651 Trees on […]

Ison Comet of the Century can be seen in PH as NASA observe its journey

NASA’s Solar Observing Fleet to Watch Comet ISON’s Journey around the Sun. Officially labeled as Comet C/2012 S1, ISON can be seen in these images along with Earth, Mercury and Comet 2P/Encke. The tails streaking out from behind both comets can be seen moving along with the steady stream of […]

Update on Typhoon Yolanda damage now at P22.65-B

The national disaster council on Sunday announced that the damages caused by super typhoon “Yolanda” to properties and infrastructures has hit the P22,659,851,383.76 mark. Damage to agriculture was estimated at P10,701,971,349.76, including P5,096,116,351.70 in crops and P2,184,011,881 in livestock. While damage to infrastructure was estimated at P11,957,880,034. As of Sunday, […]

UN chief urges all countries to rise to the challenges of climate change

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon on Tuesday lamented “insufficient” emission-cutting actions and criticized some rich countries for backtracking in fighting global warming. “I am deeply concerned that the scale of our actions is still insufficient to limit global temperature rise to below 2 degrees Celsius from pre-industrial levels,” Ban said. […]

NASA Damage Map Helps in Typhoon Disaster Response

A new, space-based map generated by scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., in collaboration with the Italian Space Agency to assist in disaster response efforts shows the regions in the Philippines hit hardest by Super Typhoon Haiyan. The typhoon tore a wide swath of devastation across the island […]

Watch CNN’s Anderson Cooper report about chaos in Tacloban

Watch CNN’s Anderson Cooper report about chaos in Tacloban. This is a video aired earlier than the interviews conducted by Christianne Amanpour with President Benigno Simeon Aquino III and Andrew Steven with Mar Roxas. There is no telling a lie now, all these confirmed the ineptness on how the government […]

Weather Update: LPA brings rains over south Luzon regions

The low pressure area (in Palawan) continues to bring rains over Luzon, including Metro Manila, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said on Wednesday. In its 11 a.m advisory, PAGASA said the LPA was estimated at 158 kilometers northeast of Puerto Princesa City (10.8°N 119.7°E), bringing moderate to […]

Tacloban city now open for land traffic via San Juanico and Bicol

After being hit hard by Super Typhoon ‘Yolanda’ (Haiyan), Tacloban City is now accessible by land, a Malacañang official said Sunday. Secretary to the Cabinet Jose Rene Almendras said at a media briefing in Roxas City in Capiz that Tacloban City can now be reached via the San Juanico Bridge […]

Signal No. 3 on Masbate; No. 2 on Sorsogon, Albay and Burias; No. 1 on CamNorte, CamSur, Catanduanes as Typhoon Yolanda barrels through the islands

Signal No. 3 on Masbate; No. 2 on Sorsogon, Albay and Burias; No. 1 on CamNorte, CamSur, Catanduanes as Typhoon Yolanda barrels through the islands Signal 4 on Samar, Samar, Leyte, S. Leyte, Biliran; Signal 3 on N. Samar, Masbate, N. Cebu, Bantayan, Siargao, Dinagat, as Typhoon Yolanda barrels through […]

Masbate, Sorsogon now on Typhoon signal 2; CamSur, CamNorte, Albay and Catanduanes on signal 1 as Typhoon Yolanda nears landfall

Signal No.3 up on 6 Visayas, Mindanao provinces as Typhoon Yolanda threatens Eastern Visayas. At least six provinces in Visayas and Mindanao are now under public storm warning Signal No.3 as Typhoon Yolanda maintains strength and continues to threaten Eastern Visayas, according to Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration. […]

How typhoons are rated, so how strong is a super typhoon?

How typhoons are rated, so how strong is a super typhoon? The following article should give us a simple overview of how typhoons are rated (in strength) when it enters the Philippine Area of Responsibility. The Philippines is expecting another powerful typhoon this Friday and fears for its wrath are […]

Southern Bicol provinces prepare for landfall of Typhoon Yolanda

The southern Bicol provinces of Sorsogon, Masbate and Albay are getting ready for typhoon Yolanda. The howler is expected to bring heavy rains that could cause widespread flooding in the areas. In the thick of preparations for the coming typhoon, the Department of Education- Bicol regional office has readied schools […]

First Pinoy in space trains at the Apollo Global Space Camp USA

The first Flipino ever to go to space could be one of three participants to the international Axe Apollo Global Space Camp in the U.S. scheduled this December in Orlando, Florida, USA. The three lucky Pinoys (from left) Chino Roque, Ramil Santos, and Evan Rey Datuin, a hotel and restaurant […]

Hollywood’s Gravity features the International Space Station

Two astronauts find themselves adrift in space and struggling for survival after their spacecraft is destroyed by debris. In the new Warner Bros. movie “Gravity,” this scenario makes for gripping Hollywood entertainment. NASA actively works to protect its astronauts and vehicles from the dangers portrayed in the movie. From protective […]

NASA reports Voyager 1 first man-made object to reach interstellar space

NASA reports Voyager 1 first man-made object to reach interstellar space. United States space agency NASA notes that its Voyager 1 spacecraft officially is the first human-made object to venture into interstellar space. The 36-year-old probe is about 12 billion miles (19 billion kilometers) from our sun. New and unexpected […]

New Zealand scientists in a study find sugary drinks can cause gout

Red meat, seafood and beer are already known to trigger high levels of uric acid that cause the arthritic ailment, but scientists at the universities of Otago and Auckland have also discovered a human gene variant that can “turn bad” when affected by sugary drinks. Sufferers of gout might soon […]

Harvard Med School study urges need for younger women for regular mammogram

Harvard Med School study urges need for younger women for regular mammogram. More than two-thirds of breast cancer deaths occurred in younger women who do not have regular mammograms, a U.S. study said Monday, refuting a 2009 recommendation that discouraged routine screenings for women under 50 and recommends only biennial […]

NASA prepares Wallops Island launch of LADEE for the Moon

NASA prepares Wallops Island launch of LADEE for the Moon. In an attempt to answer prevailing questions about our moon, NASA is making final preparations to launch a probe at 11:27 p.m. EDT Friday, Sept. 6, from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Va. The small car-sized Lunar Atmosphere […]

The Mega Canyon of Greenland hidden by ice

Once the ice that cover majority of the European autonomous nation of Greenland vanishes, man will find many interesting features of its terrain and landscape. One, is the mega canyon of Greenland, far longer than the Grand Canyon of mainland United States of America. According to NASA: Data from a […]

NASA honors first man on the moon with Tranquility Base

NASA honors first man on the moon with Tranquility Base. For those who were already around that time, do you still remember the first man who landed on the moon? Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to have set foot on the lunar surface on July 20, 1969, […]

Russian cosmonauts completes 5-hour spacewalk

Russian cosmonauts completes 5-hour spacewalk. Two Russian cosmonauts wrapped up a 5-hour, 58-minute spacewalk at 1:32 p.m. EDT Thursday, completing the replacement of a laser communications experiment with a new platform for a small optical camera system, the installation of new spacewalk aids and an inspection of antenna covers. Clad […]

Where is the “Real” North Pole, check this out

Where is the “Real” North Pole, check this out. Quite interesting the information being discussed on this informative video. In fact to many, this will be an eye opener er mindful knowledge, we can say. So, where is the real North Pole? And what about the South Pole.

Unearthed in China fossil of long-lived mammal lineage

A nearly complete skeleton that belongs to the oldest ancestor of “the most evolutionarily successful and long-lived mammal lineage” on Earth has been unearthed in northeastern China, researchers from China and the United States said Thursday. Dubbed Rugosodon eurasiaticus, the newly discovered species looked a bit like a small rat […]

Meteor that exploded above Chelyabinsk deposited hundreds of tons of dust

On February 15, 2013 a meteor that weighs 10,000 metric tons exploded about 22.5 kilometers above Chelyabinsk of Russia. That huge explosion deposited hundreds of tons of dust around the Earth’s stratosphere. Here, NASA comes in. Its Suomi NPP satellite was in the right position to track the heavenly body […]

Study identifies new genetic factors behind severe childhood epilepsy

A large -scale international study by researchers identified 25 new mutations on six key genes associated with severe forms of childhood epilepsy. The study is largely funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health. The study, part of a project involving more than 40 international institutions, used a cutting-edge genetic […]

Global outreach necessary for pediatric cancer landscape

(NewsUSA) – Around the world, pediatric cancer survival rates are failing to keep pace with real-life treatment and diagnostic opportunities. Five-year survival rates for children with cancer went from 30 percent in the 1960s to 80 percent in the 2000s, but since then improvements have been sparse. Developing countries, those […]

Camarines Norte Intensifies Mangrove Rehab Project

Daet, Camarines Norte (PNA) — Camarines Norte has intensified its Mangrove Rehabilitation Project by planting at least 50,000 new propagules in every 10 hectares of local mangrove area yearly. Being implemented by the Fisheries Development Division of the office of the provincial agriculturist based at this provincial capital, the project […]

CamSur Provincial Environmental Office launches clean-up drive

Naga city (PNA) — The environmental office in the province of Camarines Sur is set to launch a clean-up drive this month, noting the proliferation of posters of candidates put up on trees planted along the highways and roads. Lawyer Arnel P. Rodriguez, provincial environment and natural resources officer (Penro), […]

CCTV Footage Could Help Solve Lupi Mayor Slay Case

LEGAZPI CITY, (PNA) Update — The police authorities would utilize the video footage of a close circuit television (CCTV) camera installed at the electronics repair shop where the shooting of Lupi mayor Raul Matamorosa took place last Saturday afternoon (October 27). The other day, a witness came forward to tell […]

New Microsoft Windows 8 OS Release on October 26th

We are on the look out for the coming release of Windows 8, the next operating system (OS) from Microsoft. Two weeks ago, enthusiasts and avid fans of the OS started placement reservation of packaged DVD of the upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for estimated retail price of USD69.99 at […]

Austrian Pilot Felix Baumgartner Breaks Sound Barrier in Historic Jump

Austrian pilot and daredevil Felix Baumgartner finally broke the sound barrier on Sunday, October 14, 2012. That happened in a skydive from the stratosphere, from the height of approximately 38.5 km (128,000 ft, 24.24 miles) above the Earth’s surface. The jumper reached Mach 1.24 or 1,342 km/h (833.9 miles per […]

An Inspirational View of the Lunar Surface

With Introduction by David A. Kring “From the Earth to the Moon” is a brief, but vivid video and audio recording that provides an inspirational view of the lunar surface, which humans have not visited since 1972, despite being the best and most accessible place in the solar system to […]

ISS Time-lapse Photography of Illuminated Earth

From high above the Earth, the International Space Station (ISS) provides a unique vantage point to view our home planet. Stunning time-lapse photography of cities, aurora, lightning and other sights are seen from orbit. Famed astronomer Galileo imagined these views from space and now through the technological marvel of the […]

Astonishing One Half Million Mile Solar Filament

NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) captures a very long, whip-like solar filament extending over half a million miles in a long arc above the sun’s surface. Filaments are cooler clouds of solar material that are tethered above the sun’s surface by unstable magnetic forces. The image and video, which covers […]

The Amazing Quest of Curiosity Bound for Planet Mars

We are posting here several video clips courtesy of NASA following the incredible journey of a rover designed to gather more scientific information about Mars and can withstand the hostile Martian environment. Enjoy and be informed. It must be recalled that a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Space […]

Mobile Devices With Internet Connectivity Call for Security

(NewsUSA) – With the wealth of internet activity and connected communications offered by smartphones and tablets, our laptops and desktop computers are practically becoming passé. This means your “cell phone” isn’t just a phone anymore, your tablet isn’t just for reading the latest romance novels, and it’s giving software and […]

The PC is on its Way to the Exit Door, Long Live the PC

We read articles by well-informed techno-pundits prognosticate about the era of the personal computer on its way to the exit door, I tell pray that not in the next few years, please. I have just acquired an HP pavilion dm4-3055dx notebook entertainment PC powered with 2nd generation Intel Core i5-2430M […]

Mac OS X Fixes New Trojan

On the first week of February, 2012, we were able to complete installation of the new internet security program on five notebooks and two desktops running the Windows operating system in our network. There is no better way to safeguard the machines but make a sizeable investment. It also gives […]

Nokor Rocket Launch a Dud, even as Bicol Folks were Forewarned

The Philippines remained a great bystander before and during the much ballyhoed Unha-3 three stage rocket launch by North Korea that was after all a great dud. Some four hours after the rocket exploded over the Yellow Sea, the North admitted the satellite had failed to enter orbit, and that […]

Who’s Afraid of the Intellectual Property Rights Anti-piracy Drive?

The Philippines is a marketplace of pirated computer software, music CDs, and movie DVDs. Supply is all over the place, it is not that hard to find. Take the case of a Malacañang-appointed secretary Ronald Llamas in connection with his purchase of pirated DVDs. The act of impropriety by the […]

DENR: Bicol Rivers and Lakes Hyacinth-Free

There is no fear that hyacinths or water lilies would clog rivers and lakes in Bicol to cause floods and pollution resulting in fish kills, the environmental management bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources regional office in Legaspi said.

The May Flower Power Explosion at my Sister’s Garden

Allow me to splurge in luxury and exaggeration in talking about my sister’s flower plants in her small front yard in Legaspi city. She has appointed enough elbow room and growth space- actually all of the space thereabout- for her source of surprise and delight. She spend good times meticulously […]

A Sweeping Look at Mining in the Philippines

The prevailing Philippine mining laws grant the Department of Environment and Natural Resources the sole authority to approve large-scale mining. Neither the provincial or local governments enjoy the same authority. At last, the powers that be in the government showed the true color of their skins.

The Sand and Gravel Mining in Calabanga

Riding a motor bike on a rainy afternoon is a no-no recommendation when the destination is that portion of the national road that traverses the area about barangay Sibobo. Quite a coincidence we were right in the vicinity of the gravel-and-sand mining operation on the mountainous part bordering the area.

Calabanga Coastline Remained Calm Despite Fukushima Tsunami

The calm, salty sea of San Miguel bay kiss the breakwaters of Sabang, Sibobo and other shoreline villages of Calabanga in a clockwork manner. So much unlike as those that brought a devastating tsunami caused by an earthquake that hit the Japanese prefecture of Fukushima and surrounding areas last Friday.

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