A lending facility for inventors

 

By Rose de la Cruz

 

The usual reason why Filipino inventors always leave the country and pursue their inventions elsewhere for commercialization is that financial support has always been denied them.

 

Not anymore now with the lending program I-TECH or Innovation and Technology Lending Program already launched late September between Land Bank of the Philippines and the Technology Application and Promotions Institute of the Department of Science and Technology.

 

The program is meant to support the commercial production of patented Filipino inventions through a special financing window.

 

DOST-TAPI, an attached agency of the Department of…

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The Chemicals and Energy, and Environment and Biotechnology divisions of Industrial Technology Development Inc. joined over 15 countries in the recent 12th International Exhibition and Conference on Directions for Energy, Power, and Electricity or Powertrends 2017 held last September at the SMX Convention Center in Manila, Philippines.

Themed as “Regional Energy Security, Sustainability, and Resilience,” ITDI’s participation was historic as it co-celebrated the 50th year of the founding of ASEAN. It featured technologies on CO2 capture system for combustion systems, small-scale composter, and biogas digester, among others. 

 With the Philippines as chair of the 50th ASEAN celebration, the ASEAN Energy Business Forum was also held in conjunction with Powertrends 2017.

 The three day-activity was opened by the Ministers of Energy of the ASEAN member countries, accompanied by their senior energy officials who went on to share market information, knowledge, and the “golden” opportunity for networking with the ASEAN energy family.

 A biennial event since 1995, the Powertrends Series went annual beginning 2016. It aims to introduce major international energy players to the Philippine market and the relevant government agencies and their private counterparts. (AMGuevarra-- ITDI)  

 

Read more: DoST agency showcases CO2- capturing system

Science marine experts

Marine bio experts wage solutions to protect corals

By Rosemarie Senora, S & T Media Services

 

Marine biologists and experts recently put forward science-based solutions that address issues in coral protection in the country.  

 

Dr. Wilfredo Roehl Y. Licuanan, in his talk entitled “Current Status of PH Coral Reefs and Prospects for the Near Future,” recommended to “fix the reef first before transplant.”

 

He spoke at the recent forum on National Coral R&D Program which highlighted the current status of the Philippine coral reefs, the importance of research for the conservation of corals, the exploration of our…

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Pinoy plant supplement

Pinoy-developed plant food supplement bags Japanese excellence award

 

A research team from the Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (DOST-PNRI) recently bagged the 2017 Excellent Research Team of the Year Award by the Japan-based Forum for Nuclear Cooperation in Asia (FNCA) for developing the plant food supplement (PFS) through the successful use of radiation technology.

 

The Japanese government recognized the project for its great potential in helping spur the development of Philippine agriculture and attaining food security. It is also eyed to help mitigate the effects of El Niño and climate change that ravage…

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Mystery of ‘alien megastructure’ star deepens

IN 2011 and 2013 the light shining from a distant star dropped by an unprecedented 20 percent, leading some astronomers to wonder if something VERY, VERY, big is blocking it from Earth’s view.

Star KIC 8462852, also known as ‘Tabby’s Star’, has been emitting an erratic flickering light, prompting great debate among the astronomy community as to what is obstructing our view of the star.

KIC 8463852 is located in the Cygnus constellation, about 1,480 light years from Earth.

Some say the star’s brightness has been gradually dimming over the last century, while others suggest that large comets or a…

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