Stephanie Tumampos

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Stephanie Tumampos has a Bachelor's degree in Applied Physics obtained at the University of the Philippines Los Baños and a master's degree in Environmental Engineering obtained from the University of the Philippines Diliman. She is currently a correspondent and a photojournalist for more than 3 years in BusinessMirror and writes under the Science, Biodiversity and Faith pages.

Deep reading: An endangered human activity

BERLIN, Germany—The human brain is an incredible work of science. According to scientists, it is estimated that the brain contains around 100 billion of neurons and controls everything that happens in our body. From actions to reactions, to simply storing a lot of information and solving problems, it is, perhaps, the most complicated system there is on Earth.

Space agency within PHL’s reach

“Invite me during the first rocket launch.” These were the first words of Sen. Bam Aquino to astrophysicist Dr. Rogel Mari Sese immediately after the Senate passed with an 18-0-0 vote for third and final reading Senate Bill 1983, or the Philippine Space Act, on May 20.

In Jesus’ Way

ROME—The Scala Sancta or Holy Stairs in Rome was reopened after 300 years for only 60 days starting April 11, and it has become one of the most important stops for pilgrims this Holy Week. 

Super Snow Moon, Biggest Supermoon of 2019

This image of the Super Snow Moon was taken from the Pagasa Observatory in UP Diliman on Tuesday (February 19) night using a DSLR camera mounted on a 120mm refractor telescope, with the BusinessMirror photographer getting assistance from Pagasa astronomer Lordnico Mendoza.

Science for Change

BEYOND the stellar performance and numerous achievements of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in 2018, such as the launch of the country’s second microsatellite Diwata 2 and the signing of the Balik Scientist law, among others, Science Secretary Fortunato de la Peña expressed his drive to improve three key areas: manpower, infrastructure and innovation.

Why we need to talk about ‘galunggong’

MACKY GALLARDO, not his real name, has been selling fish at a local wet market in Quezon City for five years. His display of fresh seafood ranges from shrimp and squid, to big catch such as tuna already chopped to smaller pieces, and to smaller ones such as the red snapper, locally known as maya-maya. At the far end of his table, the Filipino staple round scad, or galunggong, is also displayed, but only in amounts one can count.

With Diwata-2 launch, will PHL see own space agency?

AS Filipinos waited for the launch of Japan’s H-IIA F40 rocket to set off the vastly improved Philippine microsatellite Diwata-2 into space on Monday, hopes ran high that the historic event will give lawmakers a sense of urgency to pass the Philippine Space Act that will set up the country’s space agency and boost the current microsatellite program.

PHILAAST awards 6 scientists

Six Filipino scientists in different fields were awarded for their dedication to the service for the Filipinos through their respective researches, and were regarded as inspiration for the youth.

Zamboanga Peninsula native chicken gives new source of livelihood

The native livestock production is a growing industry in many regional areas in the Philippines. Particularly the native chicken industry, it is seen with much potential as it drives consumers to get quality local products from local farms. More important, it gives opportunities to local communities to earn with lesser capital and encourage rural enterprises through the production of healthier livestock products.

Lunar phenomena wow Filipinos

“It’s a scary moon, it reminds me of monsters,” said 8-year-old Enzo Estrada, who was with his parents and three younger siblings at the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) Observatory while looking at the rare phenomena— the lunar trifecta—or more commonly known as the super blue blood moon, on January 31.

Raising bird awareness, conservation

IT was half past six in the evening when we arrived at the Capayas Creek in Coron, Palawan, straight from Busuanga Airport. It was getting dark. I immediately installed a long-range lens to my camera body while walking slowly to a hut near the creek. It had black nets to cover ourselves so birds wouldn’t notice us.

S&T week kicks off July 25

THE country’s premier science institution, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), will hold its annual National Science and Technology Week from July 25 to 29, with the theme “Juan Science, One Nation.”

Absorb carbon through forest rehab

‘THERE’S only a little time left,” said Dr. Rodel Lasco, country coordinator of World Agroforestry Center in his address on the issue of climate change at the recent fifth Asean Plus Three Junior Science Odyssey held at the University of the Philippines Los Baños in Laguna.

Challenging Filipino solar-energy usage

THE Philippines consumes a lot of fossil-fuels every year. According to World Bank data, the country’s fossil-fuel energy consumption is more than 60 percent in 2013. This means that a lot of energy consumed comes from coal, oil, petroleum and natural gas.

Forensic science, DNA applications, vital for Philippine development

The scene was like from CSI (Crime Scene Investigation) TV show, where slides of dead bodies were shown to the audience and discussions on forensics were held. But no, it was from the third Forensic Science Symposium held at the Seameo Innotech in Diliman, Quezon City. The occasion was held in celebration of the 20th founding anniversary of the DNA Analysis Laboratory of the Natural Sciences Research Institute of the University of the Philippines (UP).

Mysterious Venus and its volcanoes

MANY scientists have long been puzzled if Venus, our closest neighboring planet, has been geologically active. Planetary scientists have long been researching and using data from the Magellan spacecraft, the Venus radar mapper, to simulate and create models to create theories and, hopefully, confirm that Venus is one of the few places in the solar system, the other one to be the moon of Jupiter, Io, to have experienced volcanism.