Why Nigeria Matters to the World

“Nigeria is Africa’s largest economy and 26th in the world. Its GDP stands at $510 billion with immense growth potential. A stable and peaceful Nigeria will contribute to Africa’s rise and integration into the global economy. On the other hand, an unstable, stagnant and conflict-driven Nigeria will be a threat to regional and global stability.”

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Be inspired by the future: 5 of our favourite innovation triggers

At Board of Innovation we always try to grasp the future. That’s why we created a future scan with +200 triggers to spice up your next innovation brainstorm. Free Download: FutureScan Poster (PDF) Are you always wondering what direction the future will take? What will our behaviour look like within the context of new environments and inventions? We threw it … Read More

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Negawatt in the making: Ghanaians host the first energy efficiency Challenge


Challenge participants at the Negawatt Weekend kickoff on March 14.
Photo: Alison Roadburg

As a rapidly urbanizing capital, Accra, Ghana has been experiencing increased economic activity, coupled with rising migration. An increase in urban residents means an uptick in the demand for energy, both electricity and fuel.

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Nine African countries to drive forward two radio astronomy projects

The meeting of the African partner countries in the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope programme in Pretoria on Wednesday was a success, South African Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor told Engineering News Online. “It went very well,” she said. “I think the strategy we have adopted, the MoU [memorandum of understanding], is a significant step forward in consolidating the partnership and advancing the work we need to do.” The African SKA partner countries are Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zambia. This was the second meeting of Ministers and high officials responsible for science and technology from the nine countries. One of the outcomes of the meeting was an agreement on the above mentioned draft MoU, on cooperation in radio astronomy. Although partners in the SKA, the nine countries do not yet have a formal framework for cooperation in the field.
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The gas cylinder, the motorcycle and the village health team member: a proof-of-concept study for the use of the Microsystems Quality Improvement Approach to strengthen the routine immunization system in Uganda.

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The gas cylinder, the motorcycle and the village health team member: a proof-of-concept study for the use of the Microsystems Quality Improvement Approach to strengthen the routine immunization system in Uganda.

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Taking Root: Global Trends in Agricultural Biotechnology

Nearly two decades of experience have shown that agricultural biotechnology has the potential to address some of the world’s pressing challenges. Its potential, however, cannot be addressed in isolation. Instead it should be part of a larger effort to expand the technological options needed to address persistent and emerging agricultural challenges.

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27 options to find revenues for your new idea

Why did we make a tool to find new revenues? As an agency specialised in business model innovation, we support our clients to develop sustainable new revenue streams. By asking the right questions, different options to ‘cash in on your new idea’ will arise. Unfortunately, we can’t be everywhere at the same time. That’s why we made a flowchart to help … Read More

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Investigation of novel anthracene-bridged carbazoles as sensitizers and Co-sensitizers for dye-sensitized solar cells

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Novel anthracene-bridged carbazole organic dyes (designated ML4 and ML5) were synthesized using the Suzuki coupling reaction. These dyes were designed to be donor-π-conjugation-acceptor sensitizers for dye-sensitized solar cells, where the carbazole moiety acts as the donor, the anthracene moiety provides the π-conjugation, and the cyano acrylic acid acts as the acceptor. Solar cells were fabricated with ML4 and ML5 alone with low power conversion efficiencies, but they were also used as co-sensitizers with N719, improving the efficiency of the dye-sensitized solar cells produced by ~3% and ~10%, respectively. Copyright © 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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SKA can help uplift Mozambique, says Vice Minister

Participation as an African partner country, with South Africa, in the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope programme is important to Mozambique, the country’s Vice Minister for Science, Technology, Higher and Professional Education, Leda Hugo, told Engineering News Online. “It is important for it gives us the possibility to uplift our country through science, technology and innovation, in coordination with other African countries and in a global environment,” she said.

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Redefining power distribution using big data

power_distribution_alex.ch_FlickrWhen I first hear of a new open source project that might help me solve a problem, the first thing I do is ask around to see if any of my friends have tested it. Sometimes, however, the early descriptions sound so promising that I just jump right in and try it myself — and in a few cases, I transition immediately (this was certainly the case for Spark).

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How to create a Swarm cluster with Docker

Editor’s note: this is an Early Release excerpt from Chapter 7 of Docker Cookbook by Sébastien Goasguen. The recipes in this book will help developers go from zero knowledge to distributed applications packaged and deployed within a couple of chapters. One of the key value propositions of Docker is app portability. The following will show you how to use Docker Machine to create a Swarm cluster across cloud providers.

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