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A researcher from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has discovered that carrageenan, a common extract of red seaweed, may be used as a delivery agent in gene therapy. Annabelle V. Briones, a research scientist at the DOST Industrial Technology Development Institute, found that carrageenan, an extract of the…

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THE tragic incident at Resorts World exposed an alarming number of potentially deadly issues in public safety, law enforcement and media reporting. But perhaps the most alarming of all is the social risk of allowing and encouraging the growth of casino gambling in this country. As we now know, the…

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THE first thing anyone who wants to drive the Nordschleife (North Loop) of Germany’s famous Nürburgring usually does when arriving at the entrance to one of the world’s most famous racetracks is to sit in a seemingly-endless queue of cars. In spite of claiming at least 200 lives over the…

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Ayala Land Premier has begun priority selling for its eighth residential development in Nuvali, Sta. Rosa, Laguna, the developer announced last week. The luxury property leader unveiled Cerilo, an 85-hectare residential subdivision comprised of generously sized lots averaging a total area of 680 square meters. The first tranche of 308…

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Following the success of St. Moritz Private Estates, property giant Megaworld is building another residential property in the McKinley West neighborhood. The Albany will be a low-density, low-rise residential tower, composed of only 64 units with private balconies, ranging from two-bedroom (123 square meters) to four-bedroom suites (up to 349…

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TWO Filipino crewmen who died on an Australian-bound ship five years ago were “killed by an unknown person or persons,” a coroner in Australia ruled on Wednesday in a case that highlighted the difficulty of protecting workers on “flag of convenience” ships. Chief cook Cesar Llanto, 42, disappeared overboard from…

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The Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) has deferred implementation of new rules on insurance coverage for passengers to August 31, the agency said in an advisory. In an advisory published last week, Marina said it was deferring implementation of Marina Circular 2016-01 on the Revised Rules on the Mandatory Passenger Insurance…

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Japan’s big three shipping lines have unveiled their new joint venture, Ocean Network Express, and have said they will establish an operational headquarters in Singapore. The joint venture, which has yet to receive regulatory approval in Japan, is a merger of the container shipping businesses of Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K-Line),…

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As I am composing this column on Friday morning, the alarming and confusing story about the lone-gunman attack on Resorts World a few hours earlier is still developing. And so, too, is the country’s sense of foreboding. At the moment, the official report is that the Resorts World attack was…

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In a possible first step toward a new source of energy, researchers in China have developed a battery system that can capture and generate electricity from atmospheric nitrogen. Nitrogen is the most abundant gas in Earth’s atmosphere, and could provide an almost limitless source of energy if it could be…

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