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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...

FG approves modular refinery for Petroleum Training Institute, Effurun

As part of efforts to develop local materials for the construction of modular refineries in the country, the Federal Government has approved the establishment of a modular refinery for the Petroleum Training Institute in Effurun, Delta State, for research and training of students. The Principal and Chief Executive Officer of PTI, Prof. Sunny Iyuke, stated that the contract for the...

Engineers Develop Tools to Share Power From Renewable Energy Sources During Outages

Researchers have developed an algorithm that allows residential customers to share power from the renewable energy sources in their homes during an outage. Engineers develop tools to share power from renewable energy sources during outages The algorithms allow homes to draw on power from renewable energy sources while they’re disconnected from the grid If you think you can use the solar...

Nigerian Air Forces signs MoU with UNIMAID on research, production of Alpha Jet parts

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) on research development and production of locally-made Alpha Jet aircraft anti-skid test bench.  Speaking at the event yesterday, the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, said with the signing of the MoU, UNIMAID has joined other Nigerian universities, polytechnics and...

Peter Thiel gave $100,000 to the scientists trying to resurrect the woolly mammoth

Woolly mammoths could be coming to a park near you sometime before 2027, thanks to funding from PayPal founder and tech luminary Peter Thiel. That's according to a new book by Ben Mezrich called "Woolly: The True Story of the Quest to Revive one of History’s Most Iconic Extinct Creatures." As the MIT Tech Review reported, Thiel made a quiet donation...

Babcock varsity reiterates commitment to central research laboratory

President/Vice Chancellor of Babcock University (BU) Professor Ademola Tayo has reiterated the administration’s commitment to the establishment of a well –functioned Central Research Laboratory centre for routine analysis and cutting-edge research despite the institution’s current lean financial profile. Professor Tayo disclosed this at the opening of the first young microbiologists’ conference, which took place at the main auditorium of Babcock...

Robots are milking scorpions for venom that can be used in cancer research

A new 'scorpion-milking' robot has been built to extract venom faster and more safely than ever before. Scorpion venom is used in a number of medical fields, including cancer research, and is usually harvested manually in a process that can be potentially deadly. "This robot makes venom recovery fast and safe", according to Mouad Mkamel, who designed the robot with a...