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Planting taklobo to clean the ocean

  GIANT clams, also known as taklobo in Filipino, used to be “killer clams” since they were once thought to bite divers’ limbs off. In truth, they can only gently grip a diver’s limb when they slowly close their shells as a defensive reaction. The taklobo were once common in coral reef areas, but during […]

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Diving with mermaids

  TOURISTS can now enjoy diving with mermaids in Coron, Pal­awan. Dugongs inspired the legendary mermaids while lonely sailors were out at sea. Also known as sea cows, these shy mammals can be found in the shallow waters of the Coral Triangle, a marine biodiversity hotspot that includes the Philippines. They would eat seagrass and […]

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Citrus-fed wagyu beef

  IT is now six years since UNESCO listed Japanese cuisine, or washoku as an Intangible Cultural Heri­tage. Visitors to Japan invariably put it at the top of their list of things to do. A key to the success of this long-standing food tradition is the constant evolution of ingredients, as producers and farmers strive […]

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Sweden – no more tooth decay

  DENTAL caries (better known as tooth decay) is a major public health problem globally and is the most widespread non-com­municable disease. Dental caries is the breakdown of teeth due to bacteria (“Caries” in Latin for “rot­tenness”). A staggering 60 to 90 percent of children and nearly 100 percent of adults worldwide have or have […]

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Cashless society

  SWEDEN, one of the most tech­nologically advanced nations in the world, is expected to become the world’s first cashless society by March 2023. By then, cash will not be accepted any longer as a means of payment in Sweden. Most Swedes, especially those in the younger generations in bigger cities, never carry cash these […]

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Gundam robots in space

  GUNDAM is a science fiction anime featur­ing giant robots with the name “Gundam”. The series launched in 1979 and told the story of a fu­turistic version of the world where space colonies and intergalactic wars are the norm. To win these wars, a desperate population turns to giant teenager-manned robots known as Gundam. Next […]

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