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AGHAM – The State of Science & Technology in the Philippines

Was able to join a webinar by Advocates of Science and Technology for the People or AGHAM on The State of Science & Technology in the Philippines and although I had to leave early, it’s an eye-opener not just for science geeks but also for anyone who believes in science.

The COVID-19 pandemic has not only exposed the terrible health care, education and governance of the Philippines, the same could be said of science and technology.

Below is a presentation featured in today’s webinar:

Aside from good governance, good science and technology is badly needed not only if we are to control the COVID-19 pandemic, but also to move the country forward in genuine growth and progress.

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Volcano 101: Phreatic eruption in Filipino

Nagiging aktibo ang bulkan kapag ang magma ay umaangat mula sa ilalim ng lupa. Sa pag-angat at pagtama ng magma sa water table o bahagi ng lupa kung saan naipon ang tubig sa loob ng bulkan, lumililkha ito ng steam o water vapor na kumakawala palabas sa bunganga ng bulkan o iba pang biyak sa ibabaw ng lupa.

Sa sobrang bilis ng pagdami ng water vapor, naiipon ito sa loob ng bulkan hanggang sa ito ay sumabog. Sa sobrang lakas ng pagsabog, ang mga bato ay nagiging abo na ibinubuga sa kalangitan. Ang magkahalong steam, abo at maliliit na bato ang siyang dinadala ng hangin sa ibang lugar.

Kung ang bulkan ay magbubuga ng steam at magma ito ay tinatawag na Phreatomagmatic eruption.

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Surviving in a falling elevator – Debunked

A week ago, 12 people were injured when an office elevator in PBCom tower, Makati City malfunctioned and descended rapidly. Tips on how to survive in a falling elevator came to mind as I work on the 38th floor of one the tallest office buildings in Makati, but would those really work? This video by Debunked has the answers:

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Daily dose

Scientific names of Vegetables in Bahay Kubo

Most Filipinos grew up learning the song “Bahay Kubo” (Nipa Hut) as it’s one of the staples of folk songs taught to children. Remembering all the vegetables mentioned in the lyrics is often given as a trivia challenge especially to adults just to test how well they still know the song. Being able to list all is already an amazing feat.

A more difficult challenge, even for geeks, is knowing the scientific names of each vegetable. I remember kicking off our Taxonomy class with this homework back in college and it was quite a daunting yet fun challenge.

So to help out anyone, call it a public service, I share to you a table of all the vegetables in the song “Bahay Kubo” along with its respective scientific name.

Filipino nameEnglish nameScientific name
SingkamasJamaicaPachyrrizus erosus
TalongEggplantSolanum melongena
SigarilyasWinged beanPsophocarpus tetragonolobus
ManiPeanutArachis hypogaea
SitawString beansPhaseolus vulgaris
BatawHyacinth beanDolichos lablab
PataniLima beanPhaseolus lunatus
KundolWinter melonBenincasa hispida
PatolaAngled luffa/Chinese okraLuffa acutangula
UpoBottle gourdLagenaria siceraria
KalabasaSquashCucurbita maxima
LabanosRadishRaphanus sativus
MustasaMustardBrassica juncea
SibuyasOnionAllium cepa
KamatisTomatoLycopersicum esculentum
BawangGarlicAllium sativum
LuyaGingerZingiber officinale
LingaSesame seedSesamum indicum

The basic rule for writing a scientific name

  1. Use both genus and species name: Felis catus.
  2. Italicize the whole name.
  3. Capitalize only the genus name. (In the past you would capitalize the species designation if it was derived from a proper name, e.g., Megalonyx Jeffersonii, but now the species designation is always lowercased: Megalonyx jeffersonii.)

Hope this helps!