Science

Cannabis use can alter genetic profile of sperm – study

Scientists have found that the active ingredient in the drug cannabis, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), can alter sperm.
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Scientists discover pink dwarf planet

Scientists have discovered the most distant object known in solar system, so remote and unusual that they chose the nickname “Farout” for the slow-moving, icy, pinkish dwarf planet.
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Albert Einstein letter doubting God auctioned for $2.89 million

A handwritten letter by Albert Einstein in which the physicist doubts the existence of God was auctioned on Tuesday for $2.89 million.

First baby born via womb transplant from dead donor

In a medical first, a mother who received a uterus transplant from a dead donor gave birth to a healthy baby, researchers reported Wednesday.
Anne McClain, Oleg Kononenko, and David Saint-Jacques on space mission today

Russian, Canadian, American woman begin space mission

The first manned space mission to the International Space Station since an unprecedented accident in October, which raised concerns about Moscow’s Soviet-designed spacecraft, will launch on Monday.

Chinese hospital denies approving gene-edited babies experiment

The Chinese hospital linked to a controversial experiment purporting to have created the world’s first genetically-edited babies denied its involvement Tuesday.
The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) administration has raised alarm over rising cases of insecurity and vandalism in the territory. Abuja

Residents commend ministry’s plan to establish science museum in Abuja

Residents of Abuja on Wednesday commended the Ministry of Science and Technology over its plan to establish National Science and Technology Museum in the city.
Artificial Intelligence Used to Identify Skin Cancer

Researchers to develop tool for self-diagnosis of skin cancer using smartphones

Australian researchers on Wednesday said they are developing novel artificial intelligence technology that will allow people to self-diagnose skin cancer using smartphones.

Russia planning to create long-term base on moon

Russia plans to create a long-term base on the surface of the moon as part of its lunar programme and study the satellite with the help of robot avatars, Roscosmos Chief, Dmitry Rogozin said on Tuesday.
South African researchers say they have made bricks using human urine in a natural process involving colonies of bacteria, which could one day help reduce global warming emissions by finding a productive use for the ultimate waste product.

Human urine used to make bricks in South Africa

South African researchers say they have made bricks using human urine in a natural process involving colonies of bacteria, which could one day help reduce global warming emissions by finding a productive use for the ultimate waste product.
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Airbus delivers powerhouse for NASA’s Orion spacecraft

Europe’s Airbus on Friday delivered the “powerhouse” for NASA’s new Orion Spaceship that will take astronauts to the Moon and beyond in coming years.

Study: Babies born to men older than 35 at higher risk of health problems

Babies born to dads of older age have been linked to a higher risk of health problems at birth, according to a recent study by Stanford University.
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Diabetes drug Metformin blocks disease causing blindness

Researchers from Taiwan have found that Metformin, a common drug used to treat type 2 diabetes may have an effect of lowering the possibility of developing a disease leading to blindness.
China's articial moon will beam light eight times brighter than the moon [Andy Wong-AP Photo] 2

China to launch ‘artificial moon’ to illuminate city streets

China is planning to launch its own 'artificial moon' by 2020 to replace streetlamps and lower electricity costs in urban areas, state media reported on Friday.
Engine problems hit the Russian rocket after lift-off

Emergency landing for astronauts as rocket fails

A US and Russian astronaut are making an emergency landing following a rocket failure on a mission to the International Space Station.

Scientists edit mice gene that could prevent human congenital diseases

American Scientists have for the first time performed ‘prenatal gene editing’ to prevent a deadly metabolic disorder in lab animals, offering the potential to treat human congenital diseases before birth.
Cervical cancer could be eliminated in Australia as a public health issue within 20 years. Voisin-Phanie - Rex Features

Study: Australia could be first to eliminate cervical cancer

Australia could be the first country in the world to effectively eradicate cervical cancer if current vaccination and screening rates are maintained, according to a research in public health journal `the Lancet’ published on Wednesday.
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Physics Nobel for laser pioneers includes first woman in 55 years

A trio of American, French and Canadian scientists won the 2018 Nobel Prize for Physics on Tuesday for breakthroughs in laser technology that have turned light beams into precision tools for everything from eye surgery to micro-machining.

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Rwanda seizes skin bleaching products worth $46,000

Rwandan authorities have seized skin bleaching products and other illegal products worth $46,000 in a joint operation conducted in different parts of the country, the Rwanda Investigation Bureau said on Friday.

Election: INEC concludes distribution of sensitive materials in Kogi

The Independent National Electoral Commission office in Lokoja, Kogi State, says it has concluded the distribution of sensitive materials for the Presidential and National Assembly elections to all the 21 local government areas of the state.

FIRS lifts restrictions on bank accounts of alleged tax defaulters

The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has written to banks, directing them to lift the lien on tax defaulters’ bank accounts for 30 days.
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France probes sexual assault claim against Vatican envoy

French prosecutors said Friday they were investigating a sexual assault complaint made against the Vatican’s envoy to Paris in more unwelcome news for the Catholic church as it looks to turn the page on years of scandal.
[FILE] Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a speech before lighting a stylised-menorah during the start of Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights, in Ramat Gan in the suburbs of the Mediterranean coastal city of Tel Aviv on December 2, 2018. – Israeli police on December 2 recommended indicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara for bribery and other offences, the third such move against the premier in recent months. Netanyahu immediately rejected the accusations, but the three cases against him have led to speculation that they could eventually force the long-serving prime minister to step down. (Photo by Jack GUEZ / AFP)

Israel denies Benjamin Netanyahu’s Holocaust comment in Poland

Israel has denied reports that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu implicated Poles in the Holocaust during World War II, in an incident that threatened to spark another major spat between the two countries.