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Scientists lead research into ‘super-cooled’ water below Antarctic ice

Antarctic iceberg

Scientists have designed a cutting-edge device to precisely measure exactly how cold water gets below the Antarctic sea ice. Antarctic iceberg New Zealand, Norwegian and U.S. scientists have built a “High Precision Super-cooling Measurement Instrument” that can be sent below the ice on a small, remotely-operated submersible robot to precisely measure exactly how cold the water gets. University of Otago ...

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Boosting palm oil production via research, funding

Palm oil plantation

Unarguably, COVID-19 pandemic has exposed mankind to threats of insecurity from various challenges of food, socio-economic activities and health, among others. A palm oil plantation Analysts note that the insecurity is pronounced in developing countries such as Nigeria due to sudden outbreak of the virus and somewhat lack of basic preparations to tame the development. With the attendant COVID-19 fallouts, ...

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Invest more in research to check effects of climate change, govt urged

Nigeria flood

The Ogun Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr Adeola Odedina, on Thursday, February 11, 2021 called on the Federal Government to invest more in research in order to check the effects of climate change. Residents steer a dugout canoe past flooded houses following heavy rain in the Nigerian town of Lokoja, in Kogi State, on September 14, 2018. Photo credit: AFP / ...

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Science academies urge G-7 on research, digital health, insect population decline

G7 Summit

Science academies from the G-7 countries and seven additional academies have called for strategies to restore and sustain public funding of basic research, to realise the benefits offered by digital health tools, and to respond to global declines in insect diversity and abundance. A recent G7 Summit The call was made on Monday, June 1, 2020 in three joint statements ...

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IITA inaugurates 205.5ha farm, expands research investment


As the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) marks its 50th anniversary, the Institute on Monday, June 12, 2017 inaugurated a new research station in Ago-Owu in Osun State, Nigeria, as part of efforts to expand its research agenda and create impact at the farm level. The Ago-Owu research station is located in Ayedade Local Government Area, Osun state, and ...

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World Malaria Day: Researcher suggests ways to improve diagnosis of ailment


A medical researcher, Dr. Bamidele Iwalokun, has called on government authorities to increase the coverage of Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT) by 80 per cent to improve the diagnosis of submicroscopic malaria. Iwalokun, the Head of Immunology and Vaccinology Research Group, Nigeria Institute of Medical Research, Yaba, Lagos State, made this plea on Monday, April 17, 2017 in an interview with ...

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White House calls climate change research a ‘waste’


The day that President Trump’s climate science-slashing budget landed last week, his government held a public meeting to prepare the nation’s Southeast region for rising seas, wildfires, extreme downpours and other impacts of climate change. Despite White House budget director Mick Mulvaney’s assertion on Friday that studying climate change is a “waste of your money,” federal scientists are required, by a 1990 law, to do ...

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19 Nigerians benefit from Shell academics research programme

Igo Weli Shell

A total of 19 academics from different universities in Nigeria have begun research attachments in several fields of study in the latest phase of the sabbatical and internship programme of The Shell Petroleum Development Company Nigeria Limited (SPDC) Joint Venture, which was introduced in 1980. The eight professors and 11 research interns commenced their programmes in January 2017, seeking to ...

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FUT Minna produces second batch of WASCAL graduates

CCALU Batch B Convocation Photograph_Feb 27th 2016

The Federal University of Technology in Minna (FUT Minna), Niger State has produced its second set (or ‘Batch B’) of graduates under a special scheme being bankrolled by the German government. Tagged the Master Programme on Climate Change and Adapted Landuse (CC&ALU), it is being implemented under the West African Centre for Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL) initiative ...

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Air pollution threatens West African cities, scientists warn

Professor Peter Knippertz

European and African scientists in a new research have warned of imminent risks posed by the increasing air pollution that could have negative impact on human health, meteorology and regional climate in West African cities. A report published by the Nature Climate Change states that ‎the “rapidly expanding cities such as Lagos in Nigeria, Accra in Ghana and Abidjan in ...

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