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SpaceX ready to launch astronauts into space for the first time

The Crew Dragon spacecraft and the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket are pictured at Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida on May 21, 2020 n the beginning, everyone was skeptical. But Elon Musk’s SpaceX defied expectations — and on Wednesday hopes to make history by ferrying two NASA astronauts into space, the first crewed flight from US soil ...

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Japan newborn gets liver stem cells in world first

Embryonic stem cells are harvested from fertilised eggs and using them in research has raised ethical issues because embryos are subsequently destroyed Doctors in Japan have successfully transplanted liver cells derived from embryonic stem cells into a newborn baby, in a world first that could provide new treatment options for infants. The newborn was suffering from urea cycle disorder, where ...

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Adamawa Gets COVID-19 Testing Laboratory

This follows announcement by Nigeria Centre for Disease Control that Federal Medical Centre, Yola, now houses its 25th COVID-19 laboratory. A COVID-19 testing laboratory has been established in Adamawa State, SaharaReporters can confirm. This follows announcement by Nigeria Centre for Disease Control that Federal Medical Centre, Yola, now houses its 25th COVID-19 laboratory. The agency further said that it was still working ...

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Amazon could be next virus hot zone: scientist

Researchers say the urbanization of once-wild areas like the Amazon contributes to the emergence of diseases that pass from animals to humans The next pandemic could come from the Amazon rainforest, warns Brazilian ecologist David Lapola, who says human encroachment on animals’ habitats — a likely culprit in the coronavirus outbreak — is soaring there because of rampant deforestation. Researchers ...

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Crowd Funding: Sterling Bank, others raise N27m to assist frontline health workers

Sterling Bank Plc has donated N25 million as part of a partnership between Giving.ng, a crowd-funding platform, and Netcore Solutions, a technology company, to raise N1 billion to assist frontline health professionals. Ms. Peju Ibekwe, Project Manager, Giving.ng, said on Friday in Lagos, that some spirited individuals also donated N2 million, bringing the amount raised so far to N27 million. Ibekwe said the partnership ...

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Press Freedom Day: NUJ seeks protection of journalists

The Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) has called on governments at all levels to take decisive steps in ensuring the protection of media workers to strengthen and maintain press freedom. Mr Victor Udu, the Chairman of NUJ, Cross River Council, made the call in a statement to mark the World Press Freedom Day 2020 in on Saturday in Calabar. The appeal ...

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Mike Adenuga Foundation donates N1.5bn to COVID-19 funds

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY Mike Adenuga Foundation donates N1.5bn to COVID-19 funds Published 2 days ago  on March 30, 2020 BySTELLAMARIS ASHINZE Mike Adenuga Foundation (MAF), established by billionaire, Dr Mike Adenuga Jr., on Monday donated N1.5 billion to Federal Government and Lagos State government to support Nigeria’s fight against the global Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). Mrs Bella Disu, the daughter of the billionaire, presented a cheque for N500million to the Lagos State ...

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