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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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How space technology can revolutionalise agriculture


The Director, Centre for Satellite Technology Development (CSTD), Dr Spencer Onuh, on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 said space technology could be deployed to revolutionalise agriculture to further boost the country’s foreign exchange reserve. Onuh made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja. The CSTD is a subsidiary of the National Space Research and ...

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NASDRA partners Landmark varsity to launch nanosatellite


The National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) said it had concluded discussion with Landmark University, Omu-Aran in Kwara State, for the successful launch of a second nanosatellite, code-named EDUSAT-2. Mr Felix Ale, the Head of Media and Corporate Communications of the agency, disclosed this in a statement on Friday, June 1, 2018 in Abuja. Prof. Seidu Mohammed, the Director-General ...

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Sub-Saharan Africa to receive £25m in new programme aimed at early career scientists

Prof Felix Dapare Dakora

A new sub-Saharan Africa grant scheme, Future Leaders – African Independent Researchers (FLAIR) Fellowships, opened for applications on Monday, May 21, 2018. The scheme offers talented African early career researchers who have the potential to become leaders in their field, the opportunity to develop an independent research career in a sub-Saharan African institution. The programme is being run in partnership ...

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Deeper relations between academia, industry advocated to foster Ghana’s industrial transformation


Whether or not investment in research will result in competitiveness, growth, job creation and quality of life is increasingly being determined by the relationship between science and industry. Indeed, meeting the complex needs of modern human populations requires industry and businesses to rely more on scientific researchers to develop new solutions. In nations where science and industry collaborate effectively, the ...

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Kenya launches first locally produced satellite


Kenya on Friday, May 11, 2018, launched its first locally produced satellite into space, hoping “to go into the books of history.” The nano satellite precursor flight (1KUNS-PF) will be the first outer space object registered by Kenya, the University of Nairobi, whose team developed the satellite, said in a statement. The team was hoping “to make history” by venturing ...

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Foremost Marine Engineering Centre of Excellence commences graduate programmess

Igo Weli Shell

The pioneer post graduate students at the Marine and Offshore Engineering Centre of Excellence have commenced studies at Rivers State University, Port Harcourt, involving 18-month academic and field work that will lead to the award of Masters degrees in Marine Engineering (Power Plants), Naval Architecture and Offshore and Subsea Engineering. A Diploma in Marine and Offshore Engineering will also be ...

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