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Episode 2: Mosquitoes, dog heaven, and the dark secrets of pet cloning

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Mosquitoes can learn to avoid humans that swat

A clever way on how mosquitoes improve their chances of survival by remembering which humans to avoid

How mosquitoes distinguish between blood and nectar

Only the female mosquito bites as it needs blood to lay eggs while their male counterparts feed mainly only nectar. Now we know how a mosquito tells one food source from the other.

Do all dogs go to heaven? Tracking human-animal relationships through the archaeological survey of pet cemeteries

Not only do we believe in life after death for pets, we also think they go to the same heaven as we do.

The ugly & cruel side of cloning pets

Genetics and cloning technology has given pet lovers the chance to have their pets back among the living. However, it usually comes at a heavy price.

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Episode 1 – Spiders can hear, social distancing bats, scary movies & a tribute to Sir Sean Connery

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Spiders that can detect sound waves

Ogre-faced spiders have organs in their legs that are sensitive to sound which they use to hunt prey

Social distancing vampire bats

Vampire bats social distance when they are sick which helps prevent the spread of diseases to other bats

What makes a horror movie scary

There are 7 elements that make a horror movie. A combination of these elements or a masterful use of one is what defines a horror classic.

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Face shields offer least amount of protection

Based on current evidence, face shields offer the least amount of protection from the spread of SARS-CoV-2 – the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. How so? Well, because physics!

It cannot be stressed enough, COVID-19 is airborne – it is mainly transmitted via aerosols that float in the air which can get around face shields. If you’re not wearing a mask, a face shield is useless and even gives you a false sense of security. Listen to the science: face shields alone will not protect you from COVID-19.

If you’re still not convinced, watch the video below to see how virus-carrying aerosols get around face shields and spread in the air:

So please, do everyone a favor by wearing mask – surgical masks are better if you can’t or don’t want to wear an N95 respirator.

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Ulat Panahon – Bagyong Rolly (GONI)

Ulat Panahon Blg 13 ukol sa Napakalakas na bagyong “Rolly” (GONI)

Ang sentro ng bagyong “Rolly” (GONI) ay tumama sa lupa sa paligid ng Bato, Catanduanes (13.60°N, 124.33°E) kaninang 4:50 ng umaga. Pagkatapos bagtasin ang kanlurang bahagi ng Catanduanes, ito ay tatawid ng Lagonoy Gulf at muling tatama sa lupa sa bandang kanluran ng Camarines Sur o hilagang bahagi ng Albay ngayong umaga. Mula rito, dadaan ito sa mga probinsya ng Camarines patungo sa CALABARZON ngayong hapon. Tinatayang lalabas ng Luzon ang bagyong “Rolly” patungo sa West Philippine Sea matapos humina mula sa pagiging napakalakas na bagyo.

Ang pagdaan ng bagyong “Rolly” ay magdudulot ng mabigat hanggang sa matindi na minsan ay may pabugso-bugsong pagulan sa mga naturang Bicol Region, CALABARZON, Metro Manila, Marinduque, Romblon, Mindoro Provinces, Bataan, Bulacan, Aurora, Northern Samar, Samar, Eastern Samar, Biliran, at silangang bahagi ng Cagayan at Isabela.

Katamtaman hanggang sa mabigat na minsan ay pabugso-bugsong pag ulan naman ang mararanasan sa Cordillera Administrative Region, Leyte, at natitirang bahagi ng Cagayan Valley at Gitnang Luzon. Mahina hanggang sa mabigat na minsan ay mabigat na pag ulan naman ang mararanasan sa Caraga, Northern Mindanao, Zamboanga Peninsula, at natitirang bahagi ng Luzon at Visayas. Pinag-iingat ang lahat sa mga pagbaha at biglaang pagbaha, pagguho ng lupa at pagdaloy ng lahar na dulot ng patuloy na pag ulan.

Higit na nakapamiminsalang lakas ng hangin ang mararanasan sa mga lugar kung saan nakataas ang Tropical Cyclone Wind Signals #4 at #5; napakalakas at nakapipinsalang hangin naman sa mga lugar na nasa ilalim ng TCWS #3; malakas na ihip ng hangin naman sa mga lugar na nasa ilalim ng TCWS #2 gayundin sa TCWS #1.

Ang hangin na dala ng bagyong “Rolly” ay may bilis na 225 km/h malapit sa gitna na may pabugso-bugso na bilis hanggang 280 km/h.

Huling namataan ang sentro ng bagyong “Rolly” kaninang 4:50 ng umaga malapit sa Bato, Catanduanes (13.6°N, 124.3°E).

Tinatayang pagkilos:
Makalipas ang 24 oras (Lunes ng umaga): 100 km Kanluran hilagang-kanluran ng Subic, Zambales (14.6°N, 119.4°E)
Makalipas ang 48 oras (Marts ng umaga): 545 km Kanluran ng Iba, Zambales sa labas ng Philippine Area of Resonsibility o PAR (15.0°N, 114.9°E)
Makalipas ang 72 oras (Miyerkoles ng umaga: 830 km Kanluran ng Central Luzon (labas ng PAR) (14.7°N, 112.3°E)

TROPICAL CYCLONE WIND SIGNALS

TCWS #5
(More than 220 km/h winds prevailing or expected in 12 hours)

LUZON:
Catanduanes, Albay, and the eastern portion of Camarines Sur (Caramoan, Presentacion, Garchitorena, Lagonoy, Tinambac, Calabanga, Siruma, Tigaon, Bombon, Magarao, Camaligan, Gainza, Canaman, Milaor, Naga City, Minalabac, Balatan, Bula, Pili, Ocampo, Goa, San Jose, Sagnay, Buhi, Iriga City, Baao, Nabua, Bato)

TCWS #4
(171-220 km/h winds prevailing or expected in 12 hours)

LUZON:
Camarines Norte, the rest of Camarines Sur, the northern portion of Sorsogon (Donsol, Pilar, Castilla, Sorsogon City, Prieto Diaz, Gubat, Barcelona, Juban, Casiguran, Magallanes), Burias Island, the central and southern portions of Quezon (Atimonan, Padre Burgos, Agdangan, Plaridel, Unisan, Gumaca, Pitogo, Macalelon, Catanauan, General Luna, Mulanay, San Francisco, San Andres, San Narciso, Buenavista, Lopez, Guinayangan, Tagkawayan, Calauag, Quezon, Alabat, Perez), Marinduque, and the northern portion of Romblon (Concepcion, Corcuera, Banton)

TCWS #3
(121-170 km/h winds prevailing or expected in 18 hours)

LUZON:
The rest of Sorsogon, the northern portion of Masbate (Mobo, Masbate City, Milagros, Uson, Baleno, Aroroy, Mandaon) including Ticao Island, the rest of Quezon including Polillo Island, Laguna, Batangas, Cavite, Rizal, Metro Manila, Bulacan, Pampanga, Bataan, the southern portion of Zambales (San Marcelino, San Felipe, Olongapo City, Subic, Castillejos, San Antonio, San Narciso, Botolan, Cabangan), the central portion of Romblon (Calatrava, San Andres, San Agustin, Romblon, Magdiwang, San Fernando, Cajidiocan), the northern portion of Occidental Mindoro (Sablayan, Mamburao, Santa Cruz, Abra de Ilog, Paluan) including Lubang Island, and the northern portion of Oriental Mindoro (Bongabong, Gloria, Bansud, Pinamalayan, Socorro, Pola, Victoria, Naujan, Calapan City, Baco, San Teodoro, Puerto Galera)

VISAYAS:
Northern Samar

TCWS #2
(61-120 km/h winds prevailing or expected in 24 hours)

LUZON:
Aurora, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Benguet, La Union, Pangasinan, the rest of Zambales, Tarlac, Nueva Ecija, the rest of Oriental Mindoro, the rest of Occidental Mindoro, the rest of Romblon, and the rest of Masbate

VISAYAS:
The northern portion of Samar (Catbalogan City, Jiabong, Motiong, Paranas, Hinabangan, San Sebastian, Tarangnan, Pagsanghan, San Jorge, San Jose de Buan, Matuguinao, Gandara, Santa Margarita, Calbayog City, Santo Nino, Almagro, Tagapul-An), the northern portion of Eastern Samar (San Julian, Sulat, Taft, Can-Avid, Dolores, Maslog, Oras, San Policarpo, Arteche, Jipapad), the extreme northern portion of Antique (Pandan, Libertad, Caluya), and the northwestern portion of Aklan (Buruanga, Malay, Nabas, Ibajay)

TCWS #1
(30-60 km/h winds prevailing or expected in 36 hours)

LUZON:
Mainland Cagayan, Isabela, Apayao, Kalinga, Mountain Province, Ifugao, Abra, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, and Calamian Islands

Text and images translated from PAGASA-DOST