Month: August 2011

Learning from Success Stories

by Prof. Raul Suarez Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology University of California, Santa Barbara When we examine success stories in Philippine science, we see common features.  For example, at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, the National…

Controlling dengue from within

Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne viral disease that’s becoming an increasing problem in tropical and subtropical regions. It is an infection that causes a severe influenza-like illness, and sometimes a deadly complication called dengue haemorrhagic fever. Some of the symptoms…

From Kids to Scientists

When we think of great names in science, say Darwin, Einstein, or Curie, we mostly focus on their exceptional achievements, not necessarily on the persons themselves. But like everyone else, long before they became great names, they were children. What…

Viability of production of biodiesel and biogas from microalgae: A net energy analysis

Recently, there has been a growing interest in finding alternative forms of energy. This is mostly driven by increasing prices of oil, concerns over greenhouse gases emission from fossil fuels, and some form of government subsidies. One of the alternatives…

ISI-journal myths and phobias

by Raul Suarez Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology University of California, Santa Barbara Some recent messages may appear to sanctify ISI-indexed journals as well as to demonize local journals and everything published in them. A consequence of “rule…