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Space Week celebrates women’s achievements in sector

Sally Ride

In celebration of the World Space Week, the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) has disagreed with the belief that one must be a scientist to become part of space programmes. Sally Ride, the first American woman to go into space Prof. Spencer Onu, Director, Centre for Satellite Technology Development (CSTD), an activity centre of NASRDA, said this on ...

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Govt to establish national technology innovation centres

Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu

The Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr Ogbonna Onu, says the Federal Government will establish national research and technology innovation centres for global competitiveness. Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, Minister of Science and Technology This is contained in a statement issued by Josephine Ademu, Head, Press and Public Relations of the ministry, on Tuesday, September 7, 2021, in Abuja. Onu said this ...

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Nigerian shortlisted for moon trip on SpaceX rocket project

Yemi Akinyemi-Dele

A Nigerian creative artist, Yemi Akinyemi-Dele, has made the list of the first 20 shortlisted applicants for a trip around the moon. Yemi Akinyemi-Dele Japanese billionaire, Yusaku Maezawa, had announced on March 2, 2021 that he would choose eight members of the public to join him on the trip. Maezawa’s mission, tagged “Dear Moon,” is scheduled to fly on SpaceX’s ...

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EU introduces higher lead standards for food safety

Fruits

European food safety standards for the amounts of lead and cadmium that foodstuffs can contain were becoming stricter as part of a wider cancer-prevention plan. Fruits The new limits on the amount of lead in baby food, spices, wines and salt apply from of Monday, August 30, 2021. New cadmium limits apply to certain fruits, vegetables, cereals and oilseeds as ...

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Scientist advocates gene editing to extend the shelf life of edible mushrooms

Edible mushrooms

A Bayelsa State-based scientist on Sunday, August 29, 2021 advocated the use of emerging techniques that increases the shelf life of edible mushroom to tackle protein deficiency. Edible mushrooms Mr ThankGod Timipanipiri-Wood said in Yenagoa, the state capital, that a recently developed genetic technique which increases the shelf life of mushroom from three to 10 days, would transform the economic ...

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Music can help plants grow well – Don

Tree planting

Prof. Solomon Ikibe of the Department of Performing Arts, University of Ilorin, on Friday, August 27, 2021 said that music could influence plants to grow well. The don says sound has the ability to stimulate plants’ growth Ikibe made the assertion in a paper he presented at the 203rd inaugural lecture of the institution. The paper was entitled: “So It’s ...

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Methanol fuel will benefit Nigerians greatly – Onu

Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu

The Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, says developing methanol fuel technology policy will benefit Nigerians greatly in getting access to cheaper and cleaner energy. Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, Minister of Science and Technology The Minister said this on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 in Abuja during a road show to sensitise the public on methanol fuel production technology. ...

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NOTAP to patent air, water quality monitors’ inventions by Abuja school

Dr DanAzumi Ibrahim

The National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP) has said it will patent two inventions made by the Hackivia sage team of Marist College, Yangoji, Kwali Area Council, Abuja. Director General of NOTAP, Dr. DanAzumi Ibrahim NOTAP’s head of publicity, Raymond Ogbu, disclosed this in a statement on Monday, August 23, 2021. The Management of Marist College Yangoji, Kwali ...

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Science and Technology Ministry incorporates ‘Innovation’

Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the change of name of Ministry of Science and Technology to Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation. Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, announced this in a news briefing on Friday, August 6, 2021 in Abuja. He said the change of name was ...

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Researchers use lightning data to improve short-term rainfall forecast accuracy

Lightning

Chinese researchers have improved the accuracy of short-term forecasts for convective rainfall using lightning data. Lightning Lightning is the result of strong convection. It can effectively indicate the upward motion and the microphysical processes of cold clouds in thunderstorms. Lightning detection and location technology had witnessed rapid development in recent years. At present, the 3D lightning mapping technology has reduced ...

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