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Whiz Kids Baby Steps for RP's First Nobel Prize

After winning of the six students from Philippine Science High School (PSHS), in the Science Olympiad in South Korea last month, it is said that this may be the first step of the country for Philippine’s first Nobel Prize.

The six students won six medals at a prestigious Science Tournament in South Korea, proving that Filipinos can go toe-to-toe with the best in Physics, Chemistry and Biology.

The senior and juniors from the state-run PSHS brought home three silver and three bronze medals from the 5th International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO) in Changwon City on December 6-15.

Young Entrepreneur Awards

In the recent International Trade Challenge (ITC) held in Singapore, two young entrepreneurs overpowered many other competitors from all over Asia.

Funded by FedEx Express, ITC is organized by Junior Achievement (JA), an international non-stock, non-profit organization devoted in developing entrepreneurial skills and spirit among the youth.

It also honors the role of international trade in shaping business fundamentals among the next generation of enterprise leaders.

Rhoel Dinglasan's Anti-malaria Vaccine

A new anti-malaria vaccine has been developed by a Filipino scientist at the John Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.

Time Magazine cited the work of Rhoel Dinglasan who is an entomologist and a biologist.

Dinglasan formulated this new malaria vaccine that immobilizes the spread of mosquito's malaria spreading capability.

Philippine Tropical Fabrics Day

President Benigno S. Aquino III had declared January 24, 2011 as Philippine Tropical Fabric Day under Proclamation No. 86 signed last December 21, 2010. The said declaration is the result of the implementation of Republic Act 9242 or the Philippine Tropical Fabrics Law of 2004.

Biotech Crops to Lessen Hunger in RP

Senior program officer of the International Service for the Acquisition of AgriBiotech Applications (ISAAA), Dr. Rhodora Aldemita said that biotechnology is a most feasible alternative system to boost yields of crops that have been genetically enhanced to provide consumers with adequate nutrients.

Aldemita said that agricultural biotechnology has succeeded in increasing yields while reducing dependence on chemical-based fertilizers, pesticides, nematicides and herbicides.

Papaya ring spot virus (PRSV)-resistant papaya and Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) corn are just two of the successful genetically modified crops.

NCRP cited Pinoy Scientists

During the 79th General Membership Assembly, the National Research Council of the Philippines (NCRP) recognized 9 Filipino scientists with their national and international science contributions in the country. The following Pinoy scientists were cited in the event:

Filipino Street Game

Are you familiar with the "tumbang preso" game during your elementary and high school days? Now, Optimus Prime and the rest of the Autobots battling Decepticons in a game of "tumbang preso" will be available in a lesser extent.

The Invention of Ben Cruz

Benjamin Cruz is a well-known inventor from Bulacan. Last January 29, he sent a letter which indicates proposals regarding his inventions to the Presidential Action Center. One of his recent inventions is a kind of pill called Golden Heart. The pill will help a person reduce his cholesterol level and to prevent vascular obstruction, a disease that kills many people worldwide. It is also tested to prevent blocks in the arteries of the heart, gall stones, kidney stones, cerebral stroke, by-pass surgery, dialysis, erectile dysfunction and acne.

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