Mindy's Blog for Science

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Mindy, the Scientist-slash-Blogger

This is Mindy's Blog for Science!

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February 13, 2008

My Chemical Romance

Goshness! It's Valentine's! A day when everyone panic-buys flowers and restaurants dim their lights to, uh, set the mood. I'm getting allergic!

Haha, fine, it's because I am single and had no one special to share tomorrow with. But it's okay: Singlehood tends to drive one into productivity. It's the lack of distraction! Haha! Anyway I dug up some materials and came up with an article about Love: The Scientific Perspective. Did you know that men are genetically engineered to be appreciative of visuals that's why the porn industry is so successful? Bet you didn't! Know more and start reading the full article.


January 30, 2008

Energy!

Hello hello! Mindy's back, y'all. And geeky mode is on!

Have you been following the discussion about the 2007 Biofuels Act in Senate? I hope you are, because this certain bill has a very significant impact for years to come. As you know, global warming is an issue now widely recognized by world governments. Consequentially, scientists and engineers are now looking for other renewable sources of energy, and in our country they are looking at biofuels from a certain plant named jatropha. Jatropha has essential oils which can be harvested and harnessed for industrial uses. The problem that they see, however, is that jatropha planting might be counterproductive, for the reason that its farming will take up space supposedly alloted for food crops. Well, that is the issue in a nutshell. See how contentious it is? Anyway, my time here is up -- I'll be back with more updates about this topic soon, yo prometo.


January 3, 2008

HNY!!

First off: HAPPY NEW YEAR GUYS!

How was your New Year's eve? Well, even though I wasn't able to smack someone when midnight struck (I'm not bitter =P), I still had LOADS of fun. My family didn't bother buying firecrackers this year, but it's okay. Watching the neighbors' beautiful pyrotechnic displays already suffice the thirst to see night lights. Maybe they're not in the Sydney-Harbour-during-midnight level, but they are nonetheless beautiful. Then what else.. Oh yeah I prepared some pasta for the fam! I experimented with some pesto and it turned out to be good... enough. Haha. Hey it's my first time, so I deserve some excuse, I suppose. Nevertheless, our media noche was nothing short of fabulous. Hope yours was too. =)

November 28, 2007

Earthshaking

OMG guys, did you feel the quake yesterday? I was in the office, having a savory lunch with my colleagues, when suddenly I felt dizzy. I thought it was just me, but when everyone kind of stopped and stared at one another, it hit me that it was an earthquake. Gosh that was scary. I think it lasted for about a minute, then it stopped. Good thing it wasn't so strong. According to PHIVOLCS the epicenter of the quake was off the coast Lingayen, Pangasinan, with a magnitude of 6.0, and was felt all over the western coast of Luzon. It was tectonic in origin, caused by the movement of the Manila Trench.

Scaaary.


November 14, 2007

Little Brown Primates

Of all the great experiences I had whilst touring Bohol, I'd say that the most exciting moment for me was spending time with the popular, popular Philippine Tarsier. I mean, who would not be endeared to this cute, puny creature? “Towering” at 15cm, the tarsier could just fit right on your hand (although we were told that we cannot touch the little animal). And who would forget those googling eyes, which according to the Guiness Book of World Records are the largest eyes for any mammal? These pair of wonderful optical instruments are not without function though: The tarsier's large eyes are as good as night-vision goggles. And another information tidbit: the Philippine Tarsier is endemic to our country, meaning it can only be found here in the Philippines. Isn't that cool? Anyway, instead of me blabbing nonstop about this cute animal, why not read all about it yourself? Just click here!