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Burning fossil fuels contribute most to global oxygen drop – Scientists


Burning fossil fuels is the largest contributor to the declining level of oxygen in the atmosphere, according to the latest research by Chinese scientists. Scientists from Lanzhou University in northwest China’s Gansu Province studied fossil fuel oxygen consumption, human and livestock respiration, and fire. They found fossil fuel combustion comprised 60 to 80 per cent of total oxygen consumption over ...

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Academy tasks journalists on science reporting


The Nigerian Academy of Science (NAS) has called for increased awareness creation on the benefits of science to facilitate support for its development and application in the society. The NAS Administrative Officer (Communications), Ms Mobolaji Dasaolu, made the call in a statement in Lagos on Thursday, August 23, 2018. She said that such awareness informed the sustenance of the annual ...

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Agency may utilise space technology to promote smart, precision farming

Prof. Seidu Mohammed

The National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) says “smart and precision agriculture’’ could be promoted through the application of space technology. Prof. Seidu Mohammed, Director-General of the agency, said this measure would go a long way to spur economic recovery and growth in Nigeria. He made this assertion on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 in Abuja at the “Annual Space ...

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Government approves agency for robotics, AI for southeast

Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu

Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, said President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the establishment of an agency on robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) for the southeast. Onu revealed this at a grand rally of the All Progressives Congress in Abakaliki, capital of Ebonyi State. The rally which received defectors from the Peoples Democratic Party, was attended by the ...

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Gambian minister calls for concerted effort in chemicals management

Lamin B. Dibba

Gambian Minister of Environment, Climate Change and Natural Resources, Lamin Dibba, has called on the populace of the country to put up concerted efforts in curbing the negative impacts of pesticides and chemicals. He noted that his Ministry is aware of the health concerns resulting to local exposure to chemicals especially Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), and the impact upon women ...

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Mars to make closest approach to Earth on July 31 – NASA


Mars will make its closest approach to Earth in 15 years on July 31, which means the red planet will be shinier and bigger and easier to observe, said U.S. space agency NASA. The two planets will be just 57.6 million km apart on July 31, while Mars will appear brightest from July 27 to July 30, making it easier ...

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Nigeria to experience longest total lunar eclipse on Friday

Total lunar eclipse

Nigeria will on the night of Friday, July 27, 2018 experience a spectacular total lunar eclipse, which will last for one hour, Prof. Augustine Ubachukwu, has said. Ubachukwu, the leader of Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Group of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, disclosed this on Thursday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja. “Nigeria is set ...

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Shell donates ultramodern science labs to Kwara school


Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Limited (SNEPCO) has donated four ultramodern science laboratories to Erku Secondary Commercial School in Ekiti Local Government area of Kwara State. This is said to be the latest effort by the Shell deep offshore company to spread its social investments across Nigeria and boost the study of science subjects among secondary school students. “The importance ...

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NAS, Vitafoam collaborate to promote science media

NAS Vitafoam

The Nigerian Academy of Science (NAS) and Vitafoam Nigeria Plc have agreed to maximise the benefits of science and increase the awareness of such benefits, in the hope that it will result in increased support for the development and application of science in the society. Courtesy of an agreement signed on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, both parties will partner over ...

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Natural, social sciences merge, first president emerges

Daya Reddy

Daya Reddy, an internationally recognised mathematician from South Africa, has been elected president of the International Science Council (ISC) at the Council’s founding General Assembly. Peter Gluckman of New Zealand became the President-elect. Reddy was born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Cape Town, and a PhD degree from ...

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