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Diwata-1 deployment from Kibo announced

Diwata-1 microsatellite. Photo from gov.ph.
The National Research and Development Institute of Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) in Tsukuba Space Center announced that the deployment of the Philippines’ first microsatellite, Diwata-1, from Kibo is tentatively scheduled on 27 April 2016.*
The deployment will be broadcasted through JAXA’s official channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/jaxachannel.
The Diwata-1 was launched on 23 March 2016 (Japan Time) in Florida, USA and is now carried by the International Space Station (ISS). This will mark the first time that a 50-kg. class satellite will be deployed from the Japanese Experimental Module (Kibo) in the ISS.
In a statement, JAXA acknowledged this milestone, …

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Pascual, UP scientists, share latest R&D projects with top journos

Pres. Pascual shows some slides of UP Biotech Products during the Media Brunch
How can science and technology promote food security, create science laboratories in all schools nationwide, and launch our own space program in 2016? This was the main conversation between UP’s leading scientists and President Alfredo Pascual with the country’s leading science journalists as they recently exchanged notes on UP’s latest research and development (R&D) projects, and the broader importance of science and technology (S&T) innovations to the country’s progress.
Using the now-trademark ‘brunch’ setting in communicating with the university’s media partners, Pascual delivered a presentation entitled ‘S&T as a …

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A Place and the Case for UP and DOST’s Monorail

The Automated Guideway Transit (AGT) Prototype in UP Diliman, Quezon City.
There is no better endorsement for a rail system in a congested city than the existing ones.
The amount of patronage the Light Rail Transit and the Metro Rail Transit are getting despite the long lines and system breakdowns attests to the lengths commuters are willing to put up with just to get a traffic-free, automated ride toward their destinations.
For them there is hardly any alternative given the chaos of the whole public transport system, characterized by abusive bus, jeepney and taxi drivers and operators; lane preference given to private vehicles; …

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Locking in high growth with required investment in knowledge ‘suprastructure’

At the 23rd regional WEF Summit held here in Manila last month, Sushant Palakurthi Rao, WEF senior director for Asia, noted the Philippines’ solid economic growth gains. The challenge facing the country and its people is how to sustain such a high growth trajectory over the  long term. Research on the link between R&D and economic growth indicates that the key to lock in  the growth momentum is massive and judicious public investment in knowledge “suprastructure.”
A strong knowledge “suprastructure” (human and intellectual capital) is a sine qua non for the Philippines (PH) to become globally competitive. The Aquino administration cannot …

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