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Australian wildlife needs fire-damaged trees for recovery – Scientist

Fire-damaged trees

Fire-damaged trees and half-burnt logs are valuable habitats for wildlife recovering from Australia’s bushfires that should not be immediately cleaned up, according to a leading environmental scientist in the country. Fire-damaged trees “Fires burn patchily, and small unburnt patches, half-burnt logs and dead or fire-damaged trees are commonly left behind,” Prof. David Lindenmayer from the Fenner School of Environment and ...

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Methanol fuel policy will benefit environment, economy, says Onu

Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu

The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, has said that the introduction of the Methanol Fuel Policy will increase the demand and use of methane natural gas in Nigeria. Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, Minister of Science and Technology Onu said this in a statement signed by the ministry’s Information Officer, Otuyemi Adetayo, who added that the policy would also bring effective end ...

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Planetary boundaries: Interactions in the Earth system amplify human impacts


What we do to one part of our Earth system does not just add to what we do to other parts – transgressing one planetary boundary can amplify human impacts on another one. For the first time, an international team of scientists now quantified some of the planetary-scale interactions in the Earth system. Johan Rockstrom, Director of the Potsdam Institute ...

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Implications of emerging technologies for Africa

Nnimmo Bassey

Technology is the application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes, especially in industry. Technology was not always about the transformation of nature, but was more of working with it as evidenced in the development of agriculture. Today, technology often aims to make nature more efficient or to subvert it. The subversion of nature has manifested in a series of innovations ...

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Pressure to publish in peer-reviewed journals hurting early career scientists

7th Heidelberg Laureate Forum

The demand to publish frequently in peer-reviewed journals is putting unnecessary pressure on early career researchers trying to make breakthroughs, academicians say. Delegates at the 7th Heidelberg Laureate Forum Julie Williamson, a lecturer in Human Computer Interaction at the UK’s Glasgow University, told the 7th Heidelberg Laureate Forum (September 23 to 27, 2019) in Heidelberg, Germany, that there is the need to ...

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Scientists find precise proton size, smaller than expected


Researchers at York University in Toronto, Canada, have made a precise measurement of the size of a proton, marking a step closer to solving a puzzle in fundamental physics on Friday, September 6, 2019. Proton The study, published in the journal Science, reported a new measurement for the size of the proton at 0.833 femtometers, just under one trillionth of ...

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NABDA biodigester as an alternative source of energy


Over the last decades, international development organisations have been actively engaged in encouraging biogas technologies in the developing world. Digesters convert organic wastes to biogas The development partners underscored the rising need for the reduction of pollution and re-use of Biodegradable organic Feedback (BoF), particularly in Africa. According to them, bioenergy constitutes a significant proportion of energy mix of countries ...

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Scientists seek to use weather radar to monitor health of insects


A team of researchers are developing a new tool through which they can monitor the health of insect population using weather radars, according to a study released on Thursday, July 25, 2019 by the British University of Leeds. Insects Dr Christopher Hassall, a member of the BioDAR team from the University of Leeds’ School of Biology, said this in London. ...

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Technology, gateway for meaningful economic growth – Surveyor-General

Ebisintei Awudu

The Surveyor- General of the Federation, Mr Ebisintei Awudu, says no nation achieves meaningful development without full recognition of the benefits of technology in driving economic growth. Surveyor-General of the Federation, Mr Ebisintei Awudu Awudu said this on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 in Abuja when delegates from the National Association of Polytechnics Students (NAPS) visited him in his office. According ...

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Nanotechnology gives humans potential for super vision

Infrared vision

A Sino-U.S. joint research project has enhanced the vision of mice by using nanotechnology to make them see infrared light and visible light, which could lead to applications for humans to have infrared vision in the future. Infrared vision. Photo credit: National Geographic Society The research was led by Xue Tian and Bao Jin of the University of Science and ...

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