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  • Don Calls For More Research in Varsities

    January 31, 2014 4:49 PM 20

    Secretary General, Committee of Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Universities, Prof. Michael Faborode, has called for more research works in the Nigerian University System in order to impact positively on the country’s economy. “Research in all the areas of knowledge, humanities, social sciences, biological and medical sciences as well as physical science

  • Brain uses 'acoustic signatures' to understand language

    January 31, 2014 12:15 PM 26

    New research into human understanding of language suggests that the brain comprehends speech by picking up on certain kinds of sounds. "This is a very intriguing glimpse into speech processing," study senior author Dr Edward Chang, a neurosurgeon and neuroscientist at the University of California, San Francisco, said in a university news release. "The brain

  • Ophidiophobics beware: flying snakes have great aerodynamics

    January 30, 2014 9:12 PM 26

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - This may be the last thing that anyone with a touch of ophidiophobia - fear of snakes - would want to hear: flying snakes have surprisingly good aerodynamic qualities. Scientists studying the amazing gliding proficiency of an Asian species known as the paradise tree snake say it does two things as it goes airborne. It splays its ribs in order

  • China's Moon Rover Runs Into Technical Trouble

    January 28, 2014 1:45 PM 23

    Over the weekend, China’s space agency told Xinhua that its “Yutu” rover has suffered a mechanical abnormality, just as it was about to be temporarily shut down for the next two weeks during the Lunar night. The rover is dormant during this period because there’s no sunlight available to power it. According to China’s state TV, scientists with the country’s

  • China's Lunar Rover Hit By Mechanical Problems

    January 27, 2014 10:25 AM 35

    BEIJING (AP) — China says its first lunar rover is experiencing mechanical problems, a rare setback for its burgeoning space program that in recent years has conducted space walks and placed a space station in orbit. The six-wheeled Yutu vehicle began operating last month after making the first soft landing on the moon by a space probe in 37 years. It was designed

  • China lunar rover suffers technical problems

    January 27, 2014 10:00 AM 48

    China says its first lunar rover is experiencing mechanical problems, in a rare setback for its burgeoning space program. The six-wheeled Yutu vehicle began operating last month after making the first soft landing on the moon by a space probe in 37 years. It was designed to roam the lunar surface for three months while surveying for natural resources

  • January rains not result of climate change, Nigeria Meteorological Agency says

    January 25, 2014 2:01 PM 50

    The Nigerian Meteorological Agency, NiMet, said on Saturday that the rain which fell on Friday evening in Abuja and its environs was not the beginning of rainy season. A statement quoted the Director-General of the agency, Anthony Anuforom, explaining that “A sudden weather change occurred over Abuja around 4 p.m. due to a rapid northward movement of the line of demarcation

  • NSE All Share index down 0.095%, as Jos Breweries, Red Star Express, Vono shed weight

    January 24, 2014 8:03 PM 30

    WorldStage Newsonline—Trading on the floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange closed Friday on a negative note as the NSE All Share index declined by 0.095 per cent to close at 41,917.55 points as against 41,957.50 on Thursday while the market capitalisation dropped by the same percentage to N13.432 trillion from N13.445 trillion on Thursday. Trans Express

  • Water Found on Dwarf Planet Ceres, May Erupt from Ice Volcanoes

    January 22, 2014 6:24 PM 50

    Astronomers have discovered direct evidence of water on the dwarf planet Ceres in the form of vapor plumes erupting into space, possibly from volcano-like ice geysers on its surface. Using European Space Agency's Herschel Space Observatory, scientists detected water vapor escaping from two regions on Ceres, a dwarf planet that is also the largest asteroid

  • Dolphins crash surfing competition

    January 21, 2014 5:23 AM 26

    SANTA BARBARA, CA (KEYT/CNN) - A pod of dolphins stole the show Sunday at a surfing competition in Ventura County, CA. Spectators cheered as the dolphins rode the waves along with surfers at the 2014 Rincon Classic. Even surfers stopped to watch as about a dozen mammals cut through the waves.