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Why Bayelsa is unable to provide potable water for Yenagoa residents

Seriake Dickson

The Bayelsa State Government says paucity of funds and road construction activities within Yenagoa, the state capital, are responsible for it’s inability to provide safe-drinking water for residents. Commissioner for Water Resources, Mr Nengi Tuobonah, stated this in Yenagoa on Monday, January 29, 2018 during an inter-ministerial news briefing. He, however, said the government has been trying to alleviate the ...

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Namibia opens first GMO laboratory

Itah Kandjii-Murangi

Namibia on Monday, January 29, 2018 opened a laboratory for testing food for Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO), which is said to be the first in the Southern African country. The Higher Education, Training and Innovation Minister, Itah Kandjii-Murangi, opened the laboratory, designed by the National Commission on Research, Science and Technology in Windhoek. Kandjii-Murangi said the laboratory would play a ...

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How firms cut supply chain emissions, save money – Report

Patricia Espinosa

The number of companies forging ahead with an industry-leading approach to tackling emissions in the supply chain has doubled in a year,according to new research by CDP, the non-profit global environmental disclosure platform, with analysis provided by McKinsey & Company. CDP has awarded 58 companies – out of a total of +3,300 – a place on its second annual Supplier Engagement leader board, ...

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African leaders commit to elevate nutrition as driver for economic growth


African leaders on Monday, January 29, 2018 made a landmark commitment to remove nutrition-related barriers that prevent children and societies from realising their full potential. The leaders made the commitments at the launch of African Leaders for Nutrition (ALN) − an initiative championed by the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the African Union Commission (AUC) – in Addis Ababa, where ...

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High levels of antibiotic resistance found worldwide

Dr Marc Sprenger

The first release of surveillance data on antibiotic resistance by the World Health Organisation (WHO) reveals high levels of resistance to a number of serious bacterial infections in both high- and low-income countries. WHO’s new Global Antimicrobial Surveillance System (GLASS) reveals widespread occurrence of antibiotic resistance among 500,000 people with suspected bacterial infections across 22 countries. The most commonly reported ...

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Expert seeks massive climate change awareness campaign

Dr Peter Tarfa

Professor of Geography with the Kaduna State University (KASU), Prof. Bala Dogo, on Monday, January 29, 2018 called for massive awareness campaign to enlighten the public on the negative impact of climate change. Dogo, who made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kaduna, said that the awareness campaign was crucial to mitigating the ...

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NiMet increases weather stations from 53 to100

Sani Marshi

The Director-General, Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), Prof. Sani Mashi, says the agency increased the number of its weather stations from 53 to 100 in 2017 through collaboration with some Nigerian universities. Mashi, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Sunday, January 28, 2018, said that NiMet also overhauled and upgraded about 36 weather stations ...

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World Leprosy Day: Cleric cautions against stigmatisation

Most Rev. Paulinus Ezeokafor

The Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev. Paulinus Ezeokafor, has called for an end to stigmatisation and discrimination against victims of leprosy. Ezeokafor made the call while presenting some items to victims of leprosy as part of activities to mark the 2018 World Leprosy Day at the Leprosy Settlement, Oji-River in Enugu State on Sunday, January 28, 2018. Some ...

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Researchers develop new way to make computers function like human brain


Researchers at the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Colorado have developed a superconducting switch that “learns” like its biological counterpart. The switch, called a synapse, could connect processors and store memories within future computers operating like the human brain. According to the study, the NIST switch supplies a missing piece for so-called neuromorphic computers. Envisioned as ...

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Scientists use microbes to convert human waste into space food

Christopher House

Scientists have found a potential food source for astronauts, using microbes to convert human waste into Marmite-like food, local media have reported. This is contained in their study published in the quarterly scientific journal Life Sciences in Space Research by Professor of Geosciences, Christopher House, and Director of the Penn State Astrobiology Research Centre. According to British online newspaper, The ...

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