News - Science and Tech

Laser-Transformed Metal So Slick That Water Bounces Off

3 years ago /

Water often damages metals, causing rust, wear and decay. Thanks to an innovative laser process, however, metal is getting its revenge. University of Rochester scientists Chunlei Guo and Anatoliy Vorobyev have developed a technique using extremely precise laser patterns that renders metals superhydrophobic: in other words, incredibly water-repellent. Imagine a much more powerful...

Rosetta Satellite Data Gives Most Detailed View Of Comets Yet

3 years ago /

The long-standing “dirty snowball” description of a comet can now be updated - a bit more of the dirty and a lot less of the snow. Already outstandingly successful, the Rosetta satellite mission to visit and study Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko continues to surprise as scientists peel back the layers on this ancient cosmic lump. No fewer...

Director General Says NOTAP Regulates Technologies, Not Products

3 years ago /

Prof. Umaru Bindir, Director-General, National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP), on Wednesday said the agency’s mandate was to regulate technology and not finished products. Bindir said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja. According to him, there is a difference between technology and product...

 

2014 Has Been Recorded As The World's Hottest Year

3 years ago /

gh temperatures across most of the globe made 2014 Earth's hottest year in records dating to 1880, a government report showed. The combined land and ocean temperature on the planet was 1.24 degrees Fahrenheit (about 0.7 Celsius) above the 20th- century average, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said in a...

Final Report Of Investigation Into AirAsia Crash To Be Released At Least A Year From Now

3 years ago /

The final report of the investigation into the crash of the AirAsia flight QZ8501 will be published at least one year later, an Indonesian official said here Tuesday.  "A final report containing all the results of the probe into the crash will be released one year later," Xinhua news agency quoted...

Samsung Packs An 8-Core Processor Into Its New 5.5-Inch Galaxy A7 Smartphone

3 years ago /

Samsung has again focused on appealing to cameraphone enthusiasts. There is a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. On the software side, the Galaxy A7 software that Samsung claims can take a ‘wide’ selfie, while ‘auto selfie’ lets narcissists snap themselves using “a voice command or even a simple...

 

SpaceX Launches Cargo Ship But Rocket Recovery Test Ends In Crash

3 years ago /

The American SpaceX firm says its experiment to bring part of its Falcon rocket down to a soft landing on a floating sea platform did not work. The vehicle was launched on a mission to send a cargo capsule to the International Space Station. But once the first-stage of the rocket completed...

Novel SpaceX Falcon Mission Blasts Off From Florida

3 years ago /

An unmanned Space Exploration Technologies Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Florida on Saturday carrying a cargo capsule for the International Space Station, then turned around to attempt an unprecedented landing on earth. While the cargo ship flies toward the space station, the rocket was expected to head back to a...

Etisalat, MTN Promises To Spend Aggressively To Improve Network Infrastructures

3 years ago /

MTN Nigeria and Etisalat Nigeria, have disclosed that they will be investing billions of dollars to improve on the quality of their services in the country after complaints from customers of poor quality of service. While MTN said it would spend about $1.2bn (N216bn) to upgrade its network this year, Etisalat...

Tomb Of 4500 Pharaonic Queen Unearthed In Egypt

3 years ago /

The tomb of a previously unknown Egyptian queen was discovered in a pyramid necropolis southwest of Cairo, officials said on Jan. 4.   The monarch is believed to be the wife of Pharaoh Neferefre, also known as King Raneferef, who ruled approximately 4,500 years ago. The queen's tomb was found in Neferefre's funeral complex...

Apple Sued Over Iphone And Ipad Storage Space

3 years ago /

A lawsuit has been filed against Apple, accusing the technology giant of promising more available storage space than it actually delivers in its iPhones, iPads, and iPod touch devices. The plaintiffs argue that while Apple advertises 16 gigabytes of digital storage on lower price models of gadgets such as iPhones, about...

Wiko Affirms NCC, International Certification For Phones

3 years ago /

French phone brand, Wiko Mobile, on Thursday affirmed that its range of 11 phones launched in the Nigerian market are certified by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and by international regulators. This is contained in a statement made available to newsmen by the Wiko Mobile Channel Marketing Manager, Mr Adebayo Abodunde...

Spartan: Microsoft's New Browser That Might Kill Internet Explorer

3 years ago /

Internet Explorer, Microsoft's venerable but often despised web browser, may be on its way out, it has been claimed. The new browser, codenamed at this point as “Spartan”, will be unveiled on January 21, in the company's hometown of Redmond, Washington, when Microsoft shows off Windows 10 for the first time. “Spartan”...

Drought May Have Led To The End Of The Ancient Mayan Empire

3 years ago /

Even more than 1,000 years after their disappearance, it’s clear the Mayans had a good thing going. This was a civilization with hieroglypics, mathematics and art. This was a civilization with pyramids, agriculture and a complex economy. Even though the Mayans enjoyed the occasional human sacrifice, and their calendar incorrectly predicted the...

China Blocks Access To Google mail

3 years ago /

Gmail has been entirely blocked in China, with the country’s firewall being blamed after months of disruptions to the world’s biggest email service which is run by Google. The country has been disrupting Google services since the summer, in the run-up to the 25th anniversary of the government’s crackdown on demonstrations...

Samsung Plans To Launch 10-inch Galaxy Tab 5 Android 5.0

3 years ago /

Samsung, which is reported to be gearing up to launch its Galaxy S6 flagship smartphone early next year, is now said to be working on a high-end tablet. According to a TechTastic report that quotes Zauba (an Indian import-export webportal), Samsung will launch a 10in Galaxy Tab 5 (bearing model number SM-T555) priced at $354...

Sony’s Playstation Network Down For A Third Day

3 years ago /

Sony’s PlayStation network remains down for a third day in a blow that hit eager online gamers as they unwrapped their new consoles on Christmas morning. Microsoft’s Xbox Live service, which also went down on Thursday, was back online yesterday, although the company reported problems with some functions later. Credit for the...

Sony PlayStation And Microsoft Xbox Live Networks Attacked By Hackers

3 years ago /

The computer networks for Microsoft’s Xbox and Sony’s PlayStation 4 video game consoles were off line for most of Christmas Day, possibly because of an attack by a group of hackers with a history of targeting video games.  The problem persisted for several hours before Xbox was able to come up...

Alleged HTC A12 Specifications Leaked

3 years ago /

It can be rather difficult to keep a secret in this day and age – and when it comes to upcoming smartphones that have yet to hit the market, companies do their utmost best to keep things under wraps until the official unveiling, although there are moments when one would...

ITU Launches Ebola Info Sharing App

3 years ago /

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) on Monday said it had launched a free mobile application to be used in the campaign against resurgence of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). Dr Hamadoun Toure, ITU Secretary-General, made the disclosure in a statement made available to newsmen in Lagos. Toure said that the ''Ebola-Info-Sharing'' mobile application...


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