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Take for instance the story of a promising scientist who worked in a government research facility and developed an eco-friendly and organically grown bacteria-based fertilizer.
It was considered a major breakthrough in agriculture and pest control because it had the potential to practically eliminate the need for chemical pesticides that local farmers have grown dependent to. This unique fertilizer is simple, cheap, and easily commerciable.
The scientist however never even considered earning profit from her creation, fearing it would be pirated if she introduces it to the market. But because of the “publish or perish” culture in her profession, she had to report her findings in peer-reviewed journals.
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The Industrial Technology Development Institute of the Department of Science and Technology successfully implemented a project entitled “Enhancement of the Technical Capabilities of DOST PSTDs and ARDs through Experiential Learning at the DOST RDIs” that was conceptualized earlier this year.
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The 2009 Asia Pacific Regional Internet Conference on Operational Technologies or APRICOT will be held from February 18 to 27, 2009 at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila, Philippines. This year's host is none other than the Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), which is closely working along side with the Asia Pacific Internet Association (APIA), a non-profit association that handles APRICOT.
APRICOT is Asia Pacific's premier annual educational conference that provides a neutral forum to advance the skills and understanding necessary to handle a robust Internet infrastructure in the region. It provides a unique opportunity for the region's Internet industry to converge and discuss today's Internet operational issues that affect all of us. Since 1996, APRICOT has been providing a unique and successful educational forum for Internet builders in the Asia Pacific region to learn from their peers and other leaders in the Internet community from around the world. It has established itself as Asia Pacific's premier regional Internet Summit where related organizations come together to meet and host their annual general meetings and other special events.
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A skin cancer treatment cream made of cashew nut and kakawate (Gliciridia sepium) scraped first place in the recent National Inventions Contest held at the Philippine Trade Training Center in Pasay City last Nov. 17-21.
Rolando dela Cruz of the famed DeWart and DeMole skin care products developed the new cream that can treat basal cell carcinoma (BCC), the most common type of sin cancer, by non-invasive, direct application. The cream called DeBCC, though introduced for the first time in the country, has actually picked up awards in invention tilts abroad. Dela Cruz received P150,000 as part of the prize from the Department of Science and Technology.
The second placer with P100,000 cash prize is the Rapid Rice Beer (beer made from rice syrup) which, according to those who tasted it, is more flavorful than sake, the Japanese rice wine. The husband and wife team of Virgilioand Yasmin Malang developed the rice beer.
Third place went to the Multi-purpose Handicapped Wheelchair, a highly practical hospital or hospice gadget. It is basically a wheelchair with a portable bedpan underneath the seat equipped with contraptions for shower, towel, medicines, hygiene items, among others. The chair can also transform into a reclining bed while the upper hood can also be used as dining tray.
I have seen how difficult it is to care for wheelchair-bound patients,” says inventor Antonio Mateo who was inspired by his brother to come up with the design. He received P50,000.
Outstanding utility model
Top prize in the outstanding utility model category went to the Plastic and Metal Separator System for Biodegrable Waste invented by Dominador Rosales Jr., whose invention can separate the biodegradable from non-biodegradable wastes. When sorted, the biodegradable items can go straight to composting while the non-biodegradable can be sold immediately, he explained.
Another environmental product capable of recycling the ubiquitous styropore and sando bags scattered all over the metro clinched second prize. The equipment called Modified Plastic Block from Polystyrene and Low Density Polystyrene, was developed by researchers from the Department of Science and Technology’s Industry and Technology Development Institute including Manuel Navarro, Nelson Davelos, Elinor Bedia, Araceli Monsada, Perfecto Braganza Jr., Ruben Loberiano, Redondo Magdaleno, and Efren De Chavez.
Third placer was Yasmin Espiritu’s PovWonderful (Povidone-Iodine Effervescing Foaming Vaginal Insert).