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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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Scientific body launches programme to boost research management

Allen Mukhwana

The Nairobi-based African Academy of Sciences (AAS) on Thursday, February 21, 2019 launched a programme to boost management of research that addresses the continent’s development needs. Allen Mukhwana A statement from AAS said the Research Management Programme in Africa (ReMPro Africa) will strengthen capacity of institutions to manage cutting edge research and innovations. “It is a response to the critical ...

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Nothing to fear about eclipse – Scientists

Lunar eclipse

Astronomy and astrophysics researchers at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) in Enugu State said on Saturday, January 19, 2019 that there was nothing to fear over the expected total lunar eclipse on Monday. Lunar eclipse The researchers said eclipse is a natural occurrence that helps scientists understand the celestial body. The scientists made the remarks in separate telephone interviews ...

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Total lunar eclipse to take place on Monday

Lunar eclipse

The National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) on Friday, January 18, 2019 says Nigeria will join other countries of the world to experience total lunar eclipse on Monday, January 21. Lunar eclipse The information is in a statement by Dr Felix Alle, the Head, Media and Public Communications of the agency in Abuja. According to Alle, lunar eclipse is ...

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