What are the benefits of gaming?

Hello Science Fans!

We’ve had an exhausting year, so far.

Have you noticed how “work” seems to be compensating so much for the work from home set-up that we’re ending up spending more time in our deliverables than before? (Or am I just imagining things?)


I’m so looking forward to the short break that the Holy Week celebrations will bring for us, here in the Philippines. This will run from Maundy Thursday to Easter Sunday. So four whole days with a clear excuse not to check the work email.


Traditionally, this would be spent in the province, with family. After prayers and contemplation, Easter is celebrated with picnics and trips to the beach.


This year will be another somber one, as we are once again in extreme community quarantine (aka #ECQ). The Covid-19 cases in the Philippines are rising exponentially, and so travel restrictions have been imposed again, though they were never fully relaxed in the first place.


Despite this, the holidays provide an opportunity to de-stress.

To slow down.

To do other things, aside from work.

To decompress.

And what better way to do it than gaming?

NOTE: I have other hobbies, too, but I just miss playing so much!!!

The addicting nature of computer and video games has led to it developing a negative reputation. But did you know that playing computer games actually has a lot of benefits?

So for this Holy Week, let’s re-visit a SHE-ensya special we made about the scientific evidence behind the benefits of gaming!

Thank you so much for dropping by!

If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to contact me, your resident Filipina scientist, in the comments section below.

And remember, when in doubt, always use your (con)science!


SHE-ensya asks why: Why tattos?

Hello Science Fans!

SHE-ensya is back! And we start our Season 2 with a taboo as we premiere our new “Why” series.

The SHE-ensya why series will dissect some of our most head scratching why questions, teasing out the scientific principles from historical records, conspiracy theories and mass media.

For today’s episode, we ask the question “Why tattoos?”

It’s the 21st century and tattoos have become a common form of self-expression. In fact, 47% of millennials have tattoos (In comparison to 36% of Generation X, and 13% of baby boomers).

Yet despite their increasing popularity, inked individuals in the Philippines can still experience stigmatized reactions.

Stigma and the creation of negative stereotypes are social constructed associations between a perceived undesirable characteristic and an appearance, behavior, race, gender, etc. It limits our capacity to judge the value of a person or an experience because of a specific worldview.

In this latest SHE-ensya video, we premiere season 2 by looking at the history and science behind tattoos, and challenge our audience to think outside a very conservative box:

Thank you so much for dropping by!

If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to contact me, your resident Filipina scientist, in the comments section below.

And remember, when in doubt, always use your (con)science!

Let’s talk agriculture!!!

Hello Science Fans! 🤓

You are cordially invited to the Parallel Session 9.1: Agribusiness and Agri-technology in the New Normal as part of the 40th APAMS Session Philippines and Scientific Meeting.

We have two speakers will share their experience and technology needs on the ground from the perspective of leaders in the industry:
Mr. Rene Pamintuan, who has been in the of agriculture production, value chain and logistics business for over 30 years as
president and general manager of Tuko Distribution Inc and Bayside Terminal and Transportation Services among other companies.
He is currently Senior Adviser on Food Supply and Logistics to the Department of Agriculture,

Ms. Lalaine Villafuerte-Abonal writer and agripreneur who is president of eAsia Outsourcing and Marketing and founding president of the
Organic Farmers and Processors Association of the Philippines (OFPAP)

We have 5 Researchers will present their work on extremely relevant technologies in the new normal:
Dr. Chona Camille Vince Cruz – Abeledo will present how ICT and genetic marker technologies breath new life into local knowledge in agriculture and aquaculture.
Dr. Mark Christian Felipe Redillas will present his work in developing biosensors for agriculture starting with a very important crop, rice.
Dr. Billy Joel Almarinez will discuss how the use of biological control agents is necessary in the new normal.
Dr. Marla Maniquiz Redillas, the civil engineer in the line-up, presents her work on the least discussed resource in biological circles, water.
Dr. Rowena Romana Eguia gives an overview of genetic improvement and breeding interventions for fish health in the age of infections.

We will have 20 minutes or so after the talks for in depth discussion of issues on the field and the science.

Join us on AUGUST 5, WEDNESDAY 800- 1030 am PH time.
Registration is free at : https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_q6rSP29MRNq6ctCijw72VQ

A scientific evaluation of the Last of Us universe

And why the Last of Us 2 should not have happened.

Hello Science Fans!

Two weekends.

Two full weekends spent in beautiful agony as we tried to finish the Last of Us 2.

And though this game is beautifully designed and written, all the pain and heartache could have all been avoided if Abby’s dad was a little bit more competent as a molecular biologist.

But I guess happy ever afters don’t really exist in the zombie genre…

But then again, if this were the real deal, I hope that we would all be guided by legit science.

Learn about the wonderfully gruesome cordyceps fungi and take a stroll down the dark alleys of the Last of Us, with us, here at SHE-ensya:

Thank you so much for dropping by!

If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to contact me, your resident Filipina scientist, in the comments section below.

And remember, when in doubt, always use your (con)science!

Why reef fish belong in the ocean, and not in our fish tanks

Hello Science Fans!

I’m still missing the ocean, so I made one more video about the sea.

This time about marine ornamental fish.

This industry has boomed, specially in the Philippines.

More than 7,000 metric tons of marine ornamental fish are being exported from our Southeast Asian Archipelago, mostly to the United States, and this has transformed into a $7Million industry.

Considering the profitability and global reach of the industry, I get that it seems like it’s a viable source of income.

Too bad the poor fishermen who are catching the fish barely feel that.

So while they’re out there overfishing, and harming the reef that’s their source of food and livelihood, other people are earning big bucks from their hard work and sacrifice. And these fishermen remain poor.

What’s more frustrating is that the industry strips marine ecosystems of life, it provides resources for our hobbies, and nothing more.

And I’m not saying we should stop fishing altogether, either. It’s just that an industry with such high profits and high demands, will distract from the implementation of sustainable limits to fishing.

But why should we care about marine ornamental fish? Aren’t they just ornaments, after all?

Find out about their critical roles in ensuring the survival of marine ecosystems in the latest SHE-ensya video:

Thank you so much for dropping by!

If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to contact me, your resident Filipina scientist, in the comments section below.

And remember, when in doubt, always use your (con)science!

The science of kimchi’s awesomeness

Hello Science Fans!

So I made kimchi today ^_^

And apparently, countries that have higher consumption of fermented vegetables appear to have significantly lower Covid-19 fatalities.

So what is it about kimchi?

It’s all about the process of respiration — cellular respiration, that is!

Through the use of traditional biotechnology and probiotics, the process of fermentation releases unique flavors in a mixture of chili, garlic, sugar, fish sauce and vegetables, that also increases its nutritional value.

To learn more about the processes behind what makes kimchi awesome, watch the latest SHE-ensya video below:

Thank you so much for dropping by!

If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to contact me, your resident Filipina scientist, in the comments section below.

And remember, when in doubt, always use your (con)science!

The triumph of Ophiuchus: Is there a science to astrology?

Hello Science Fans!

Social media is abuzz with the alleged (FAKE NEWS!!!) discovery of a new constellation and the shifting of our star signs.

Of course, Ophiuchus, the 13th sign of the zodiac, has been recognized as such since 2011 upon the suggestion of the Minnesota Planetarium Society.

Considering it is one of the biggest constellations, this is a triumph of recognition but more importantly, a sign of precession – the Earth moving on its axis and thus changing its path around the sun.

Despite astrology being a pseudoscience, it has been in human culture for thousands. Why is this so? Is there really no science to it whatsoever?

Learn more about astrology in the latest SHE-ensya video below:

Thank you so much for dropping by!

If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to contact me, your resident Filipina scientist, in the comments section below.

And remember, when in doubt, always use your (con)science!

Corals are not rocks… But they rock?!

Hello Science Fans!

I hope most of you know that corals are not rocks.

They’re not plants, either.

They are marine invertebrates that fall under class Anthozoa and Phylum Cnidaria.

Anthozoa literally translates as “flower animal”. and on a good day, corals actually look like the flowers of the ocean.

Considering various maritime accidents, and the threats of global warming, our reefs are in danger.

Learn more about corals and why we DESPERATELY need them, in the latest SHE-ensya video below:

Thank you so much for dropping by!

If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to contact me, your resident Filipina scientist, in the comments section below.

And remember, when in doubt, always use your (con)science!

Why can the presence of antibodies be used to detect the presence of disease?

Hello Science Fans!

The world is transitioning to the new normal, and one key procedure that must be mastered is the rapid detection of potential carriers for the Covid-19.

Rapid test kits are widely available that can give us results in a matter of minutes; but how do these kits actually work?

Would it surprise you to know that they don’t actually detect the presence of the virus in your bodies?

These test kits check for the presence of two antibodies created as a response to exposure to Covid-19: IgG and IgM.

Why these two antibodies, though?

Is testing for them enough to safely allow a person to work or travel?

Find out the answers in the latest SHE-ensya video below:

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If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to contact me, your resident Filipina scientist, in the comments section below.

And remember, when in doubt, always use your (con)science!

SHE-ensya’s Top Sci-Fi Film Picks

Hello Science Fans!

It’s the weekend!!!

And here at SHE-ensya we decided to binge watch some of our favorite sci-fi films to de-stress.

Good sci-fi has the capacity to transport us to alternate universes where we can escape from the dreariness of this world…

It can also allow us to reflect on the potential of our current S&T…

It can also shove a mirror in front of us and show us what humanity has become…

Sci-fi, and film in general, goes beyond the realm of entertainment and is a powerful scicomm tool to help the science and nonscientific communities consider the ramifications of our progress.

Want to know which films we’re referring to? Watch the latest SHE-ensya vid below:

Thank you so much for dropping by!

If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to contact me, your resident Filipina scientist, in the comments section below.

And remember, when in doubt, always use your (con)science!