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Winterfest event opens facility doors to car enthusiasts, showcases modified vehicles

  FREMONT, California (Eagle News) — On a brisk Saturday in the bay area city of Fremont, California, car enthusiasts had the opportunity to tour the facilities of one of the most well known Euro car tuners, 034 Motorsports. 034 is most known for its ability to unlock power and speed potential from vehicles under the Audi/ Volkswagen platform through performance modifications. During this annual event called Winterfest, visitors showcased their vehicles at the 034 Motorsports […]

Japanese woman confirmed as world’s oldest living person aged 116

  TOKYO, Japan (AFP) — A 116-year-old Japanese woman who still enjoys studying math and playing board games has been recognised as the world’s oldest person, the Guinness World Records said Saturday. Kane Tanaka was born on 2 January 1903, the year when the Wright brothers launched humanity’s first powered flight, according to Guinness. Tanaka’s recognition was celebrated at the nursing home where she lives in western Japan’s Fukuoka by city mayor Soichiro Takashima and […]

Take a break: Visit Donsol in Sorsogon

Needing a break from the hustle and bustle of the city? Or a break from the winter snow for those experiencing icy weather? Try visiting Donsol, Sorsogon in the Bicol Region of the Philippines. It has year round warm weather ranging from 75 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit. The native flora and fauna, and tropical plants and flowers offer nature’s therapy for the senses. With its location at the tip of the Bicol Peninsula, Sorsogon is […]

NASA captures unprecedented images of supersonic shockwaves

  WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — NASA has captured unprecedented photos of the interaction of shockwaves from two supersonic aircraft, part of its research into developing planes that can fly faster than sound without thunderous “sonic booms”. When an aircraft crosses that threshold — around 1,225 kilometers (760 miles) per hour at sea level — it produces waves from the pressure it puts on the air around it, which merge to cause the ear-splitting sound. […]

Manila Doctors Hospital introduces new technology to fight cancer with better precision

Manila Doctors Hospital recently introduced its latest technology in cancer care that is aimed to deliver powerful cancer treatments with pinpoint accuracy and precision. In a media conference, it was announced that the VitalBeam™ radiotherapy system is the first and the most advanced in the country. The new equipment “uniquely integrates imaging and treatment technologies within a sophisticated architecture that makes it possible to deliver image-guided treatments very quickly, opening the door to new possibilities […]

Facebook’s privacy move: major pivot or headfake?

by Rob Lever WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — After building the world’s biggest and most powerful social network in history, Mark Zuckerberg says the future of Facebook is something else. The strategic shift announced this week by Zuckerberg suggests Facebook no longer wants to be a “digital town square,” but a “digital living room” for secure, private communications, in what could be a major transformation on privacy. But Zuckerberg’s announcement also prompted considerable head-scratching on […]

SpaceX Dragon’s final test: making it to Earth in one piece

by Ivan Couronne WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Crew Dragon, the new vessel built by SpaceX for NASA is set to return Friday off the coast of Florida — the most perilous part of a mission to prove it can take US astronauts to the International Space Station. Dragon will undock from the ISS Friday at 0731 GMT. Five hours later, the capsule will leave Earth orbit and re-enter the atmosphere, testing its heat shield. […]

Scientists solve weighty matter of Milky Way mass

PARIS, France (AFP) — Astronomers said Thursday they had accurately calculated the mass of the Milky Way for the first time, using new data sets that include the weight of dark matter. In a collaboration between NASA and the European Space Agency’s Gaia observation craft, a team of experts calculated our galaxy to be around 1.5 trillion solar masses. Previous estimates put the mass of the Milky Way ranging between 500 billion and 3 trillion […]

Facebook launches offensive to combat misinformation on vaccines

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Facebook launched an offensive Thursday to suppress the spread of misinformation about vaccines on the 2.3-billion-member social network. The company has faced pressure in recent weeks to tackle the problem, amid outbreaks of measles around the United States attributed to growing numbers of parents who refuse to vaccinate their children. US lawmakers have decried the higher incidences of preventable diseases in the wake of a movement against child vaccination, in […]

#EBCphotography: Nature’s own “emoji”

  This photo by Eagle News photo correspondent Alvin “Zaijian Chu” Melitante shows how nature can create its own “emoji.”  This emoji is made from dried coconut found on the shores of Dancalan Beach in Donsol, Sorsogon, a municipality known for whale shark sightings.   (Eagle News Service)

11 PHL cities among those with cleanest air in Southeast Asia — report

Two PHL cities among those with most polluted air in Asian region (Eagle News) — Eleven cities in the Philippines were among the cities with the cleanest air in Southeast Asia, a Greenpeace report said. The 2018 World Air Quality Report, which based its ranking from cleanest to dirtiest city on air quality data derived from “public monitoring sources” that include government monitoring networks and private individuals and organizations, listed Calamba, Laguna as the cleanest city in the […]