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‘Seeing the unseeable’: Scientists reveal first photo of black hole

Using a global network of telescopes to see “the unseeable,” an international scientific team on Wednesday announced a milestone in astrophysics - the first-ever photo of a black hole - in an achievement that validated a pillar of science put forward by Albert Einstein more than a century ago. Black holes are monstrous celestial entities exerting gravitational fields so vicious...

Chinemelu Ezeh: The young scientist eager to serve

Sir: He is only 28 years old, but he is already rubbing shoulders with scientists and inventors at the highest level of advanced technological research. It’s not simply because Chinemelu Ejiamatu Ezeh has, at such an early age, earned a PhD. It’s to do with the field— Assistive Robotics – in which he has earned his doctorate. It’s also...

Tropical cyclone Idai: The storm that knew no boundaries by Jennifer Fitchett

Tropical cyclone Idai has made headlines across southern Africa throughout the month of March. Lingering in the Mozambique Channel at tropical cyclone intensity for six days, the storm made landfall in Beira, Mozambique in the middle of the month, then tracked in a westerly direction until its dissipation. The greatest impact of the storm was experienced on landfall. It caused...

FG donates N20 million to four national academies for the publication of professional journals

The Federal Government has donated N20 million to four national academies for the publication of professional journals. It said this was part of its efforts to boost research and innovation in the country. Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu enjoined the academies to integrate their knowledge, adding that “knowledge cannot be compartmentalised…” Head of the ministry’s Press and Public Relations...

Meet Priscilla Kolibea Mante, the only Ghanaian and African to win the UNESCO science award in 2019

Ghana is making the headlines again on the globe after the United Nation's body responsible for science and education, UNESCO, awarded one of its descendants. Dr Priscilla Kolibea Mante A medical researcher Dr Priscilla Kobilea Mante, a Ghanaian, emerged as one of the UNESCO International Rising Talents in the world. The programme, L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science International Awards Ceremony was held...

Nigeria closes in on methanol fuel by Charles Okonji

The country is on the verge of achieving a blend of Methanol in the production of gasoline and generation of electrical power, if the report of the Technical Committee (TC) on Methanol Fuel Technology Implementation programme set up by the federal government August 10, 2018 is anything to go by. The programme target a15 per cent of methanol to...

Museveni to CEC, “We must Embrace science and Technology to Empower our People,”

President Yoweri Museveni has told the Central Executive Committee of the National Resistance Movement that for the party to propel the country forward and economically transform the society, the leaders must appreciate the importance of science and technology to drive socio-economic transformation. This coupled with understanding the correctness of the movement ideology that emphasizes Patriotism, pan-Africanism, socio-economic transformation and...

AI Won’t Take Your Job, People Will by Shelly Palmer

AI, specifically “augmented intelligence,” is going to have both an awesome and an unfortunate impact on our posterity. Let’s explore one possible way AI may impact the future of work, and how it may dramatically change how we train our workforce. The Graphic Arts Department (A Metaphor for Every Department) A brand manager needs an...

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...

Paving Way for Many More African Inventors By Dr. Esther Ngumbi

Sixteen young African inventors were recently shortlisted as finalists of the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation awarded by the Royal Academy of Engineering. While the overall winner and three runners up will receive cash funding, all the finalists will receive training and the mentoring they need to scale up their inventions and ultimately translate them into commercial products. The...