Abstract An essential tool for measuring the exercise of democracy is through looking into the factors considered by voters in choosing a candidate. This study presents how demographic factors such as age bracket, sex, educational attainment, and salary bracket affect the preferences of voters. In the process, this study also illustrates how culture and socialization affect political choices. A survey with a stratified random sampling...Read More
by Marie Jane Jumawan-Matero, Challoner Matero and John Francis Diaz Abstract This case study investigates the unethical practices and internal struggles of the world’s first multinational company, the Dutch East India Company (DEIC). These problems contributed to its collapse in 1799 after almost two centuries of existence. The company was unable to cope with the shift in global economic powers, changing consumer preferences, rise of...Read More
Abstract Although much of the researches on populism intimately delineates its relationship with democracy, few studies have been done relating it to human rights, which is presently under siege with the rise of populist leaders and groups. This paper seeks to examine the intersectionality of populism and human rights by looking at the case of the Philippines under President Rodrigo Duterte. The “new” ideational approach of populism analyzes...Read More
Accramycin A, a New Aromatic Polyketide, from the Soil Bacterium, Streptomyces sp. MA37 by Fleurdeliz Maglangit et al.
Abstract Drug-like molecules are known to contain many different building blocks with great potential as pharmacophores for drug discovery. The continued search for unique scaffolds in our laboratory led to the isolation of a novel Ghanaian soil bacterium, Streptomyces sp. MA37. This strain produces many bioactive molecules, most of which belong to carbazoles, pyrrolizidines, and fluorinated metabolites. Further probing of the metabolites of...Read More
Physicochemical and sensory properties of carabeef treated with Bacillus subtilis (Ehrenberg) Cohn protease as meat tenderizer by Kenneth Joseph Bureros et al.
Abstract This study investigated the use of Bacillus subtilis protease powder (CTC E-ssentials™ MT-70N) as a carabeef tenderizer. The effect of the bacterial protease on the characteristics of carabeef was determined, and its effectiveness was compared to a commercial meat tenderizer containing papain. Only B. subtilis protease showed significant enzyme activity (80–190 U/g), while the commercial meat tenderizer had no activity (0 U/g). Results...Read More
Why should we apply ABM for decision analysis for infectious diseases?- An example for dengue interventions by Florian Miksch, Beate Jahn, Kurt Junshean Espinosa, Jagpreet Chhatwal, Uwe Siebert, Nikolas Popper
Abstract For the evaluation of infectious-diseases interventions, the transmissible nature of such diseases plays a central role. Agent-based models (ABM) allow for dynamic transmission modeling but publications are limited. We aim to provide an overview of important characteristics of ABM for decision-analytic modeling of infectious diseases. A case study of dengue epidemics illustrates model characteristics, conceptualization, calibration and...Read More