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Nigerian Who Solved 156 Years Maths Puzzle Alleges Plot To Rubbish Findings

Yaqoub Popoola, Ado-Ekiti Nigerian scholar who solved a 156 years old Riemann Zeta Knotty mathematical hypothesis, Dr  Opeyemi Enoch, has alleged of grand conspiracy  by western scholars to rubbish his findings . He described as most ridiculous allegation by some the Western scholars that his findings must have borne-out of plagiarism. Speaking in Ado Ekiti on Monday, Enoch said the allegation leveled against ...

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Climate Change: Don Urges FG To Announce Its National Action Plan

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Prof. Daniel Gwary, a climate change negotiator, has called on the Federal Government to announce its national action plan to curb climate popularly known as Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs). Gwary made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja. According to him, Nigeria should announce its preparedness to reduced emissions a head of ...

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Natural Disaster Displaced 19m People In 2014

Natural disasters have forced fewer people from their homes in the past two years, but the threat remains real, says the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC). Its annual report reveals that 19 million people worldwide were displaced in 2014 by natural disasters. More than 90 per cent of these were in developing countries, with China, India and the Philippines experiencing ...

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Reliable Data Can Erode Gender Inequality

UNESCO has just launched a global project targeted at the gender gap in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects. The initiative, known as SAGA (STEM and Gender Advancement), will address the lack of data on women in STEM — a dearth that restricts the design and monitoring of policies to address gender equality. By developing new indicators and methods ...

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Pension Managers Have Reduced Retirees’ Death In Nigeria – Ideva

Managing Director of Premium Pension Limited, Wilson Ideva, in this interview with with journalists, speaks on the new Contributory Pension Scheme in Nigeria, compares it with the old defined benefit scheme, highlights the impacts of the scheme on the nation’s economy, among other issues. SOLA ALABADAN was there. Excerpts: As one of the licensed pension fund administrators in Nigeria, can ...

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African Universities Advised To Collaborate On Agriculture

Universities across Africa must link up their agricultural research and teaching programmes to help modernise farming on the continent, a conference heard. Speakers told the UN’s third Financing for Development conference in Ethiopia this week that universities should align their agricultural science efforts and collaborate with each other to compete internationally. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, the Chair of the African Union ...

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Nigeria To Correct Past Neglect Of Science &Tech

By Emmanuel Okwuke, Lagos   President Muhammadu Buhari has pledged that his administration will take decisive actions to correct the neglect of research, science and technology by past governments. He stated this in Abuja recently, after being briefed on the activities of the Ministry of Science and Technology. President Buhari declared that his administration will dedicate more resources and energy to ...

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First Malaria Vaccine Out After Decades Of Trial

The first Malaria vaccine has received the green light from European regulators, opening the door for vaccination campaigns for infants in Africa. This a big leap forward for the RTS’s vaccine after decades of research. Also known under the commercial name Mosquirix, the vaccine is intended to protect children aged six weeks to 17 months against the mosquito-transmitted Plasmodium falciparum ...

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Mauritius’s President Vows To Focus On Science Diplomacy

Mauritius’s incoming president, scientist Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, has pledged to target science diplomacy and to export the island’s “good practices” in research. The government proposed Gurib-Fakim as the new president on 1 June, just days after then-president Rajkeswur Purryag resigned. The parliament confirmed her appointment this week. Gurib-Fakim is a chemistry researcher with a focus on medicinal plants. In an interview ...

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Mutated Crops ‘Could Combat Global Food Crisis’

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has called for increased investment in a nuclear technology that could tackle the global food crisis. Induced mutation, where the mutation rate in crop seeds is increased by exposure to radiation or certain chemicals, creates a large number of genetically different plants that can then be screened for desirable traits such as disease resistance ...

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USTDA Partners Firm On $160m Solar Power Project In Kaduna

During President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to the United States recently, the United States (US) Trade and Development Agency provided a grant to Quaint Global Energy Solutions for a $160 million solar power project being developed in Kaduna. “This project is a great example of how the US and Nigeria are working together to increase electricity access under President Obama’s Power ...

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UN Readies Tool To Widen Science And Tech Access

A UN programme to improve access to research funding and technology for poor nations is set for approval this week, according to sources close to the negotiations. The Technology Facilitation Mechanism will include a website and, possibly, a mobile phone app that will unite all UN programmes related to research and development in science. It will also map global science ...

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‘Breakthrough’ Reached On Access To Biodiversity Data

Governments could come under pressure to make information on biological resources openly available, following a decision approved at last week’s conference of parties (COP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity in Brazil. According to its decision, the COP “invites parties and other governments, as appropriate, to provide free and open access to all past, present, and future public-good research results, ...

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Next Einstein Forum Launches Search For Top Science Ambassadors

The Next Einstein Forum (NEF) has launched the search for fifty-four of Africa’s top young science and technology ambassadors, one from each African country. The selected NEF Ambassadors will join the NEF Fellows Class as young science and technology champions from Africa. NEF Ambassadors will attend the NEF Global Gathering in March 2016 in Dakar, Senegal, where they will have ...

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Antibody Discovery Lifts Dengue Treatment Hopes

Scientists in Singapore say they have found a potent antibody to fight the second of four types of viruses that cause dengue fever, bringing possible treatments closer. In a study published in the journal Science earlier this month (3 July), researchers from the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School in Singapore show which sites on the virus stimulate the immune system to ...

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Oracle’s ‘Retail Science Cloud’ Helps Improve Operations

By Emmanuel Okwuke, Lagos   Oracle Retail Science Cloud Services is enabling retailers to dramatically improve operational decisions that have the greatest impact on their business performance, such as allocating what is sold in various store locations and how it should be merchandised, displayed, priced and promoted. This enables retailers to achieve the benefits of Oracle’s best-in-class “big science” while helping ...

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Ignorance Blamed For Fever Misdiagnoses In Africa

A lack of knowledge about diseases that cause fever leads to too many wrong diagnoses in Africa, according to a study.  High fever is a common symptom in many different diseases, but too often leads to a diagnosis of malaria, one of the most common tropical diseases, say the authors of the study, which was published in PLOS One last ...

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Insurers Partner ILO, GIZ For Microinsurance Devt

As part of efforts to facilitate the development of microinsurance in Nigeria, the Nigerian Insurers Association (NIA) is to sign a partnership agreement with the International Labour Organisation (ILO). Since the focus of the partnership is on consumer education, Daily Independent gathered that the NIA will be working closely with ILO’s Impact Insurance Facility. It is believed that insurance associations ...

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Konnect2Africa Moves To Grow Insurance In W’Africa

Konnect2Africa Limited is concluding plans to host the “Insurance Penetration West Africa Summit” on October 21 and 22 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. According to the company’s Managing Director, Jessica Akintoye, the absence of information on the West African insurance market has been pegged as the main reason why foreign companies are reluctant in making direct investment within countries in ...

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Analysts Advocate Delisting Of Quoted Insurers

Equity analysts at Proshare Nigeria have advocated the some insurance companies quoted on the floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) should be delisted since their share price remained abysmally low while such insurers have failed to give expected returns to shareholders on their investment. In view of the fact that the recent results of insurance firms quoted on the ...

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Carbon Capture, A Mirage For Poor Nations

The world is witnessing a coal renaissance. While public attention remains focused on the progress of the clean energy sector, a ‘black revolution’ of coal power stations is taking shape in the developing world, in particular in Asia, according to Ottmar Edenhofer, the chief economist at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany. At the ‘Our Common Future ...

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NIA Wants Insurance As Requirement For Mortgage Finance

By Sola Alabadan,  Lagos   The Nigerian Insurers Association (NIA) is working with Nigerian Mortgage Refinance Company Plc (NMRC) to ensure that insurance is made a requirement for mortgage finance in the country. Director General of NIA, Sunday Thomas, who disclosed this in Lagos, said that the technical committees of the association have made recommendations that will facilitate the integration ...

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Conference On Africa’s Scientific Development Holds In London

The newly appointed President of Mauritius, Dr Ameenah Gurib-Fakim will open a major conference on Africa’s science and technology agenda on July 21, hosted by the Planet Earth Institute (PEI), an international NGO. African Ministers from across the continent and over 200 delegates working on science and technology will also be at the conference to be held at Ravensbourne University ...

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Africa, RTI International Partner On Data-Driven Development

RTI International  – a leading nonprofit research institute – and IBM’s Africa research lab have announced a partnership to deploy big data analytics and cognitive technologies to help transform development approaches in Africa and around the world. In one of the first projects, IBM and RTI are developing and testing intelligent systems to capture data about schools in Mombasa County, ...

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Europe To Provide Clean Water For Ethiopia

More than 120,000 households across Ethiopia are expected to benefit from significant new investment in water, wastewater and sanitation infrastructure. Three leading European development finance institutions today confirmed more than €81 million of support for the upgrading programme to improve water services around the country by the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy. The European Investment Bank, French Agency for ...

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