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Nigeria to launch two satellites soon

NigcomSat-1R

The Nigeria Communication Satellite Limited on Monday, April 30, 2018 said that it was collaborating with China Great Wall Industry Cooperation (CGWIC) to launch two additional satellites. Mr Samson Osagie, the Executive Director, Marketing and Business Development of the organisation said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Monday that the satellites would ...

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NIGCOMSAT, TURKSAT partner to provide efficient service

NigcomSat-1R

The Nigerian Communication Satellite (NIGCOMSAT) Ltd. and the Turkish Satellite Company (TURKSAT) are set to reach both the served and the underserved with satellite-based services in Africa. NIGCOMSAT disclosed this in a statement signed by its Head, Public Affairs, Mr Adamu Idris. Idris said that NIGCOMSAT, which is famous for broadband Internet service delivery, is collaborating with the Turkey-based communication ...

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Lawmakers laud discovery of plastic-decomposing enzymes

Plastic bottle scavengers

Some members of the Global Legislators Organisation for a Balanced Environment (GLOBE), Nigeria Chapter, have lauded reports that enzyme that could decompose plastics have been discovered. In separate interviews, lawmakers told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that the breakthrough would go a long way in finding lasting solution to an age-long environmental challenge in Africa, especially Nigeria. They ...

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Stronger evidence for a weaker Atlantic overturning

Atlantic

The Atlantic overturning – one of Earth’s most important heat transport systems, pumping warm water northwards and cold water southwards – is weaker today than any time before in more than 1,000 years. Sea surface temperature data analysis provides new evidence that this major ocean circulation has slowed down by roughly 15 percent since the middle of the 20th century, according to ...

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American, Chinese scientists identify how enzyme works to fight HIV, cancer

Prof Li Wu

American and Chinese scientists have identified how a multi-functional enzyme works to fight diseases including HIV infection and autoimmune disorders. The study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, has detailed how the enzyme called “SAMHD1” managed to inhibit proteins that stimulate the immune response in human and mouse cells. SAMHD1 is a cellular enzyme, responsible ...

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Science Expo: Exhibitors call for synergy among research institutions

Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu

Exhibitors at the just-concluded Science and Technology Expo in Abuja have called for more synergy among research institutions, agencies and innovators to develop the inventions exhibited at the expo. Some of the exhibitors, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) commended the efforts of the government in organising the expo, saying such synergy would ensure the development of ...

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Weathering of rocks can suck CO2 out of the air – Study

Rock weathering

Weathering of huge amounts of tiny rocks could be a means to reduce the greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. While this is normally a slow natural process during which minerals chemically bind CO2, technological upscaling could make this relevant for so-called negative emissions to help limit climate risks. Yet, the CO2 reduction potential is limited and would require strong CO2 pricing to ...

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Chinese researchers develop pesticide to reduce contamination in soil

Chinese farmer

Chinese researchers have developed a new pesticide with nano slow-releasing technology that can increase efficiency and decrease pollution in the soil. A team led by Wu Zhengyan of the Hefei Institute of Physical Science under the Chinese Academy of Sciences said this on Thursday, February 22, 2018. Zhengyan said soluble starch was used as a template and porous calcium carbonate ...

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Shell excels in technology, innovation at petroleum summit

Shell-NIPS Award

The in-country Subsea Tree Refurbishment feat by Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo), drew a deafening applause on the night of Monday, February 20, 2018 as it earned Shell Companies in Nigeria the Best Performing International Company in Technology and Innovation at the awards night of the maiden edition of the Nigeria International Petroleum Summit in Abuja. The state-organised ...

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Dangers of depletion of ozone layer, by expert

Ozone

An environmentalist, Mr Uche Agbanusi, says the continuous depletion of the ozone layer by humans through unchecked destruction of natural resources is responsible for several environmental and health problems. Agbanusi, who is also a former National President, Nigerian Environmental Society, said this in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Tuesday, February 20, 2018. He said that ...

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