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Academy of Sciences, NEPAD commit $2m to boost Africa’s scientific capacity


AAS-AESA and partners’ investment will increase Africa’s population of postdoctoral researchers with support from Carnegie Corporation of New York The African Academy of Sciences and the NEPAD Agency’s Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA) and its partners have announced a $2 million programme, which will train postdoctoral researchers to support globally competitive research in African universities and ...

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How darkness, cold killed the dinosaurs


Sixty-six million years ago, the sudden extinction of the dinosaurs started the ascent of the mammals, ultimately resulting in humankind’s reign on Earth. Climate scientists now reconstructed how tiny droplets of sulfuric acid formed high up in the air after the well-known impact of a large asteroid and blocking the sunlight for several years, had a profound influence on life ...

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Three Nigerians among African Academy of Sciences’ Cohort 2 affiliates


Three Nigerians are listed among the 22 early career scientists selected by the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) for the second cohort of the AAS Affiliates Programme that recognises exceptional young scholars. The AAS announced on Monday, March 6 2017 that the affiliates were selected through a merit-based review process. The 22, who are PhD holders and below the age ...

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Amosun urges investors to embrace clean production technology


Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has appealed to existing and new investors to embrace clean production technology to enhance the sustainability of the earth. The governor made the submission in Abeokuta, Ogun State on Monday, February 13 2017 while declaring open the first leg of the Climate Change Knowledge Immersion Workshop series which was organised by the Federal ...

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‘Mosto’ emerges Nigerian Academy of Science’s 18th president


Science and Technology news The Nigerian Academy of Science (NAS), at its Annual General Meeting held in Lagos on Thursday, 26th of January, 2017, has inducted Professor Kalu Mosto Onuoha as its new President. Professor Onuoha took over from Professor Oyewale Tomori, a virologist, who served as President of the Academy between January 2013 and January 2016. Mosto, as he ...

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NASA announces fresh climate research mission


A new satellite mission, just announced by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) recently, could finally illuminate one of the mysteries surrounding the global carbon cycle – and provide important insights on tackling climate change in the process. The Geostationary Carbon Cycle Observatory, or GeoCARB, will provide detailed daily observations of the Americas, including measurements of greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the ...

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Shell boosts geology studies at OAU

Obafemi Awolowo University

The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC) Joint Venture has donated modern geophysical equipment, accessories and books to the Department of Geology, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife to uplift research and study of geosciences at the institution. “In 2014, we donated equipment worth nearly N50 million to the Geology Department of this institution. The equipment has since been in ...

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Have scientists who turned carbon emissions into rock saved the world?

carbonate mineral

Earlier this year, a project in Iceland reported an apparent breakthrough in the safe underground storage of the principal greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide – an option likely to be necessary if we’re to solve our global warming problem. The Carbfix project, run by a leading Icelandic producer of geothermal power, Reykjavik Energy, announced that it had successfully injected 250 tons of carbon dioxide, ...

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Lead-contaminated paints sold in developing regions, report finds

Dr. Sara Brosché

Latest advancement in science and technology. A report, “Global Lead Paint Report”, released this week by the International POPs Elimination Network (IPEN), found that many decorative paints sold in over 40 low- and middle-income countries where studies have been conducted contained dangerous levels of lead, sometimes in direct violation of national regulation. The unveiling of the report is also part ...

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Phasing down HFCs, climate’s low-hanging fruit

Patricia Espinosa

Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and Mario Molina, who shares the 1995 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for his work on ozone layer-damaging gases, reflect ahead of the forum Signatories to the 1989 Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer convene in Kigali, Rwanda, to consider an amendment to the treaty that ...

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