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Researchers build microscopic biohybrid robots propelled by muscles, nerves

Researchers have developed soft robotic devices driven by neuromuscular tissue that triggers when stimulated by light -- bringing mechanical engineering one step closer to developing autonomous biobots. In 2014, research teams led by mechanical science and engineering professor Taher Saif and bioengineering professor Rashid Bashir at the University of Illinois worked together to developed the first self-propelled biohybrid swimming and...

Transportation Growth Initiative (TGI) Partners NIMechE on“MOBILITY AND ACCESS IN AFRICAN CITIES”

We have received a special invitation to bid for a research grant by the Volvo Research and Educational Foundation The overall aim of the research grant is to improve research capacity and awareness for the development of sustainable urban mobility in Sub-Saharan Africa. This initiative focuses on low and zero carbon transport that increases accessibility, safety, affordability and equity in the...

India’s Chandrayaan-2 Moon Mission Successfully Enters Lunar Orbit

India is once again orbiting the moon. The country's ambitious Chandrayaan-2 mission has ticked off another key milestone in its journey to land safely on the moon: It has successfully entered lunar orbit. The orbital insertion was completed with an engine burn that began yesterday (Aug. 19) at 11:32 p.m. EDT (0332 GMT; 9:02 a.m. local time Aug. 20 in mission...

UNIMAID develops device to stimulate performance in Alpha Jet

The University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID), on Sunday said it had developed a local device to stimulate performance of the Alpha Jet used by the Nigerian Air Force in light attacks and advance training. Prof. Ba’ana Bukar, the Coordinator of Intellectual Property and Technology Tranfer Office of the university, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)...

Turning Emissions Into Electricity

Scientists in South Korea and the US have developed a system that produces electricity and hydrogen while eliminating carbon dioxide (CO2). They published their technique in the journal iScience. Society’s dependence on fossil fuels has resulted in elevated levels of atmospheric CO2, which is a major contributor to global warming. Besides reducing the amount of carbon emissions, scientists are also...

Minister Awards Over N2.2 Billion To Top 3 Performing Agencies

The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, on Thursday, announced an award of N2,250,000,000 to top three performing agencies out of 17 under the purview of his ministry. He made this announcement at a consultative meeting with the Director-Generals of the agencies in Abuja. Successful agencies, according to him, are the Federal Institute of Industrial Research, Oshodi (FIIRO), Lagos,...

Science minister, Dr. Onu says Nigeria will compete with developed nations in science, technology by 2030

The Federal Government says it has put in place a strategic plan for the enhancement of science and technology to ensure that the country will be competitive by 2030. Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, the Minister of Science and Technology made this known during the 8th biannual national engineering conference of School of Engineering Technology at Federal Polytechnic, Bida, Niger. The News Agency...

Google Assistant no longer needs every ‘hey’ and ‘OK’ By Jon Fingas

At last, you don't have to call out Google Assistant by name every time when you want to issue a command. As promised at I/O, Google has made Assistant's Continued Conversation available for US English speakers using a Home speaker. Enable it in your preferences and you don't have to use "hey Google" or "OK Google" for follow-ups, even if...

Nigeria’s economy won’t develop without adequate funding of R&D – Science Academy

Without adequate funding of Research and Development (R &D), Nigeria’s economy will remain undeveloped, the Nigerian Academy of Science (NAS) has said. The President of NAS, Prof Mosto Onuoha who disclosed this to journalists in an interview on the sideline of the workshop: ‘Shaping the future of researchers in developing countries’ in Abuja, said Nigeria would go nowhere if research...

Nigeria invents motor parts from palm kernel shells

The Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC), in collaboration with some Nigerian researchers, have developed automotive brake-pads from palm kernel shells. BINTA SHAMA writes Knowledge is Power Nigeria is a great country and her citizens in twined with the good things of life. It is often said that any automobile produced in any part of the world will likely be...