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On fireflies

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On fireflies

  BY KIM ATIENZA     At the height of this on-going lockdown, in certain towns and cities, people reported witnessing the return of fireflies in their communities. Scientists and environmentalists said that cleaner air lured back fireflies to their old habitats in places close to where humans live. Fireflies are among the most mysterious […]

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Death of ‘Black Panther’ star spotlights early-onset colon cancer

    WASHINGTON (AFP) – Actor Chadwick Boseman’s death from colon cancer at the age of 43 has highlighted the growing rate of this disease among younger adults, who are often diagnosed at later stages. According to Kimmie Ng, director of Dana-Farber’s Young-Onset Colorectal Cancer Center in Boston, it shows how important it is for more research […]

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Mabolo, kamagong

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Mabolo, kamagong

  BY KIM ATIENZA     Afraid you are losing your sense of smell? Known scientifically as anosmia, it is one of the first signs of contracting COVID-19. I tried it out myself recently by sniffing a tray of mabolo fruit. Its strong, pungent (?) smell presents the best challenge to your nose, next only […]

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Storing bananas

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Storing bananas

  BY KIM ATIENZA     Bananas are a-plenty at this time of the year, or it seems, the whole year round. But, what can we do to keep bananas fresh when we have a surplus of this fruit? Saw a helpful video on Yahoo TV recently, whose content I’d like to share with you. […]

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Pukingan tea

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Pukingan tea

  BY KIM ATIENZA     You surely have seen it, but didn’t know its scientific name, or its uses. You are attracted to its flower in a lovely shade of blue, following the shape of the female genitalia. It is called clitoris ternatea, or pukingan, a twining herb or climbing vine with slender stem. […]

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Shame plant

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Shame plant

  BY KIM ATIENZA     I was both surprised and amused when I read a post on Facebook recently selling a pot of makahiya plant for a sum of 4,530 pesos! I didn’t know if the seller was serious, or was just posting it as a joke for sheer enjoyment. But, it carried a […]

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