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Wednesday, July 19, 2017 01:05 AM    Views : 563by:Rodolfo P. de Guzman/S&T Media Service

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The foray of the country to space exploration is braced by the launch of the first Filipino-made microsatellite called Diwata-1 in April 2016. A replica of Diwata-1 was on exhibit at the World Trade Center recently as part of the celebration of the 2017 National Science and Technology Week. Diwata-1 was assembled by nine Filipino scientists and engineers in collaboration with Japan's Tohoku and Hokkaido universities, and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, under the Philippine Scientific Earth Observation Micro-satellite  or PHL-Microsat Program. The 50-kilogram microsatellite, with the size of a coffee table, has currently captured thousands of photographs taken over the course of 5,000 passes around Earth, moving at a speed of 7 km/second. The images generated by Diwata-1 are available for free to both government agencies and private individuals at the PHL-Microsat website. These images can be used for disaster management, crop inventory, monitoring of territorial waters of the country for security, and others. The Diwata program is funded by the DOST-Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technologies Research and Development in line with the DOST's thrust embodied in the tagline "Science for the People". #ScienceforthePeople #2017nstw #dostPH (Text and Photo by Rodolfo P. de Guzman/S&T Media Service)

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" Besides inventing the banana vinegar, Maria Carlita Rex-Doran also produced an ampalaya (bittermelon) concoction for diabetes mellitus and HIV infection. The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) conferred on her the Gold Medal in 1989, four years after another Filipina inventor, Olympia Gonzales, achieved the same award. "

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