Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Sierra Nevada challenges NASA 'space taxi' contracts to Boeing, SpaceX

An interior view of Boeing's CST-100 spacecraft, which features LED lighting and tablet technology, is seen in an undated NASA handout image.   REUTERS/NASA/Robert Markowitz/Handout(Reuters) - Sierra Nevada Corp (SNC) said it had filed a legal challenge to NASA's award of contracts totaling $6.8 billion to Boeing and SpaceX to build commercially owned and operated "space taxis" to fly astronauts to the International Space Station.

U.S-led raids hit grain silos in Syria, kill workers: monitor


A pair of U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles fly over northern Iraq after conducting airstrikes in Syria, in this U.S. Air Force handout photo taken early in the morning of September 23, 2014.  REUTERS/U.S. Air Force/Senior Airman Matthew Bruch/Handout(Reuters) - U.S.-led air strikes hit grain silos and other targets in Islamic State-controlled territory in northern and eastern Syria overnight, killing civilians and wounding militants, a group monitoring the war said on Monday.

New York scientists unveil 'invisibility cloak' to rival Harry Potter's


A cloaking device using four lenses developed by University of Rochester physics professor John Howell and graduate student Joseph Choi is demonstrated in Rochester, New York in this September 11, 2014 University of Rochester.REUTERS/J. Adam Fenster/University of Rochester/Handout via Reuters(Reuters) - Watch out Harry Potter, you are not the only wizard with an invisibility cloak.
Scientists at the University of Rochester have discovered a way to hide large objects from sight using inexpensive and readily available lenses,

Monday, 29 September 2014

Friday, 26 September 2014

Nobel Prize science predictions see honors for pain, LEDs and more


(Reuters) - Scientists who discovered phenomena as different as the molecular mechanisms of pain, organic light-emitting diodes that illuminate mobile phones and a new quantum state of matter are top contenders for Nobel prizes next month, according to an annual analysis by Thomson Reuters.

Psquare allegedly hit by Ebola scare

(Peter Okoye & Lola Omotayo, BangShowBiz)Lagos - According to reports, the Nigerian High Commissioner to Namibia said that Psquare were denied visas into Namibia, reports Pulse.ng

Doctor calls for blood donations to treat Liberian Ebola victims


Health workers surround an Ebola patient who escaped from quarantine from Monrovia's Elwa hospital, in the centre of Paynesville in this still image taken from a September 1, 2014 video.  REUTERS/Reuters TV(Reuters) - The head of a treatment center in Liberia, the country worst-hit by West Africa's deadly Ebola outbreak, has urged survivors of the disease to donate their blood for use in treating infected patients.

Thursday, 25 September 2014

#Science. India triumphs in maiden Mars mission, sets record in space race


Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) scientists and engineers cheer after India's Mars orbiter successfully entered the red planet's orbit, at their Spacecraft Control Center, in this photo taken through a glass panel, in the southern Indian city of Bangalore September 24, 2014. REUTERS-Abhishek N. ChinnappaIndia's low-cost mission to Mars successfully entered the red planet's orbit on Wednesday, crowning what Prime Minister Narendra Modi said was a "near impossible" push to become the only country to complete the trip on its maiden attempt.

El Salvador says nearly 30,000 infected with mosquito-borne chikungunya


(Reuters) - El Salvador has detected nearly 30,000 cases of the painful mosquito-borne viral disease chikungunya, and has undertaken measures to prevent the disease-carrying mosquitoes breeding, the head of the country's emergency services said on Wednesday.

Ebola toll nears 3,000, but spread in Guinea stabilizes


A scientist separates blood cells from plasma cells to isolate any Ebola RNA in order to test for the virus at the European Mobile Laboratory in Gueckedou April 3, 2014. REUTERS/Misha Hussain The exponential spread of the Ebola outbreak that has now killed almost 3,000 people in West Africa may have been checked in Guinea, the World Health Organization said on Thursday.

Stakeholders collaborate to promote peace through film

(Shutterstock)Abuja - The Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC) says its collaboration on movie production with the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs, UNICEF and the UN Women will highlight the role of  women in peace building.

Two different women caught in Keanu Reeves' home

Charlize Theron en Keanu Reeves raak vryerig. Foto: TMZ.comLos Angeles - Two women broke into US actor Keanu Reeves Hollywood Hills home in a three-day period, according to news reports on Wednesday.

Ebola crisis: Sierra Leone quarantines 1.2 million

Health care workers wearing full body suits burn infected items at the John Fitzgerald Kennedy hospital of Monrovia. (Dominique Faget, AFP)Freetown - Sierra Leone has ordered the quarantine "with immediate effect" of three districts and 12 tribal chiefdoms - affecting more than one million people - in the largest lockdown in west Africa's deadly Ebola outbreak.

TB Joshua accused of bribing journalists, How True?


Prophet TB JoshuaProphet Temitope B. Joshua, head of the Synagogue Church Of All Nations (SCOAN), Ikotun, Lagos, has been accused of offering bribe to reporters covering the collapse of his Church’s guest house.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Spain bringing missionary infected with Ebola home

(File)Madrid - Spain is sending a plane to fly a Catholic missionary infected with the deadly Ebola virus home from Sierra Leone, officials said on Saturday.

Criticism grows as Sierra Leone's Ebola shutdown enters final day

Freetown - Sierra Leone's 72-hour nationwide shutdown entered its final day on Sunday, as criticism grew that the extreme action aimed at containing the spread of the deadly Ebola virus was no more than a poorly planned publicity stunt.

India postpones Africa summit over Ebola outbreak

(Picture: AP)New Delhi - The deadly Ebola outbreak in west Africa has forced India to postpone plans for a December summit in New Delhi attended by representatives of more than 50 African nations, officials said on Saturday.

Monday, 22 September 2014

SpaceX Falcon rocket blasts off from Florida


A Falcon 9 rocket is launched by Space Exploration Technologies on its fourth cargo resupply service mission to the International Space Station, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida September 21, 2014. REUTERS/Michael BrownAn unmanned Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Sunday to deliver a cargo ship to the International Space Station for NASA.

NASA spacecraft approaches Mars to seek answers to lost water


This 1999 Hubble telescope image shows Mars when Mars was 54 million miles (87 million kilometers) from Earth. A NASA spacecraft designed to investigate how Mars lost its water is expected to put itself into orbit around the Red Planet on Sunday after a 10-month journey.   After traveling 442 million miles (711 million km) from Earth, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution, or MAVEN, probe faces a do-or-die burn of its six braking rockets beginning at 9:37 p.m. EDT/0137 GMT.   REUTERS/NASA/HandoutA NASA spacecraft designed to investigate how Mars lost its water is expected to put itself into orbit around the Red Planet on Sunday after a 10-month journey.

Italian court to auction more than 2 000 porn movies

Rome - An Italian court will auction a vast porn collection next week as part of efforts to compensate the victims of a large-scale fraud, several media reports said on Wednesday.

It's not a small world after all: world population will soar


People visit the beach on New Year's Day in Durban in this January 1, 2014 file photo.    REUTERS/Rogan Ward/FilesContrary to some earlier projections, the world's population will soar through the end of the 21st century thanks largely to sub-Saharan Africa's higher-than-expected birth rates, United Nations and other population experts said on Thursday.

U.N. aviation body to mull space safety as space taxis ready for flight


ICAO Council President Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu speaks during a press conference in Montreal, July 29, 2014.  REUTERS/Christinne MuschiThe United Nation's civil aviation body, currently wrestling with how to help airlines maintain safety over conflict zones, is taking first steps toward protection for commercial vessels in space.

Florida scientists urge state leaders to join climate summit


http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/27/Map_of_Central_Florida.jpg(Reuters) - A group of 42 scientists from Florida universities submitted a joint letter on Thursday urging Governor Rick Scott and other state leaders to participate in a summit this fall to seek solutions for climate change.

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Jonathan condoles "Prophet" on visit to collapsed church

Prophet TB JoshuaLagos - President Goodluck Jonathan offered condolences to a popular preacher on a visit on Saturday to a church guesthouse that collapsed a week ago, killing at least 80 people.

Sierra Leone burial team attacked despite lockdown


An empty street is seen at the start of a three-day national lockdown in Freetown September 19, 2014.REUTERS/Umaru FofanaA team burying Ebola victims was attacked in Sierra Leone's capital on Saturday, a member of parliament said, as a small group defied a three-day lockdown aimed at halting the worst outbreak of the disease on record.

Barack Obama sends tribute letter to Melissa Rivers

(Getty Images)Los Angeles - Barack Obama sent a message of condolence to Joan Rivers' daughter.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez look happy in Vegas

http://photos-d.ak.instagram.com/hphotos-ak-xaf1/10643962_274241439450715_874876441_n.jpgLos Angeles - Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez appeared to confirm their reconciliation over the weekend in Las Vegas.

Ocean algae can evolve fast to tackle climate change: study


People swim in the sea as dried algae is pictured along the coastline in Qingdao, Shandong province, June 22, 2013. REUTERS/China DailyTiny marine algae can evolve fast enough to cope with climate change in a sign that some ocean life may be more resilient than thought to rising temperatures and acidification, a study showed.

Apple iPhone 6 pre-orders hit record 4 million on first day


Phil Schiller, Senior Vice President at Apple Inc., speaks about the iPhone 6 (foreground) and the iPhone 6 Plus during an Apple event at the Flint Center in Cupertino, California, September 9, 2014. REUTERS/Stephen LamApple Inc said many customers will need to wait until next month for their new iPhones after a record 4 million first-day pre-orders were logged, double the number for the iPhone 5 two years ago.

Kylie Jenner's recurring tattoo nightmare

Los Angeles - Kylie Jenner has a recurring nightmare about getting a ''bad tattoo''.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Winner of Miss Intercontinental Nigeria emerges

Lagos - Twenty-one-year-old student, Chioma Okafor, who contested as Miss Bayelsa on Saturday night won the Miss Intercontinental Nigeria Beauty Pageant 2014.

NBC ask Nigerians to embrace digital TVs

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The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has implored businessmen to start importing digital television sets as the country prepares to switch over to digital broadcast in 2015.

Nicki Minaj honoured to perform with Beyoncé

http://photos-e.ak.instagram.com/hphotos-ak-xaf1/10593238_1468886150060228_725453785_n.jpgLos Angeles - Nicki Minaj was "honoured" to perform with Beyoncé.

Men fail the Cossy test

Lagos- Bosomy entertainer, Cossy Orjiakor has said that all the men who applied have failed her ‘Sugar Mummy’ test.

Rosetta team picks spot for historic comet landing


Rosetta, the European Space Agency's cometary probe with NASA contributions, is seen in an undated artist's rendering.  REUTERS/ESA/NASA/HandoutA team of scientists identified on Monday the point on the surface of a comet, known as "Site J," where they aim to land a probe in what would be a historic breakthrough for their decade-long project.

NASA's hunt for dangerous asteroids falls short, report shows


http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/policies/satnav/galileo/media/galileo_satellite_-_artist_impression_-_please_credit_esa.jpgNASA won't meet a congressionally ordered goal to find 90 percent of nearby and potentially dangerous asteroids larger than 460 feet (140 meters) in diameter, the agency’s Inspector General said on Monday.

Prostitute's head cut off for medicine

Abuja - Three minors, who were expected to plead guilty to their role in killing and decapitating a prostitute, informed the Durban Regional Court in South Africa on Monday that they intended pleading not guilty.

US set to send troops to build Ebola clinics

(Cellou Binani, AFP)Washington - The United States will send thousands of troops to respond to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa by building clinics and training hundreds of healthcare workers, US President Barack Obama is to announce on Tuesday.

SA Mission monitoring deadly TB Joshua building collapse

Lagos - Officials from the South African Mission in Lagos are closely monitoring the situation following the tragic events unfolding at a guesthouse at the Synagogue Church of All Nations.

Monday, 15 September 2014

Justin Bieber is ready to be a dad

Los Angeles - Justin Bieber wants Selena Gomez to be the mother of his children.

The 20-year-old singer reportedly wants to start a family with the 22-year-old brunette whom he has been dating on and off for four years, and wouldn't be upset if she got pregnant soon.

Rivers State expresses mistrust of new police leader

Abuja – Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, has raised alarm over reports that the Presidency had directed the new State Police Commissioner to ensure the installation of  a People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Governor.

What Surulere was all about — Dr. Sid

http://notjustok.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/DR_Sid.jpgDentist turned singer, Dr Sid, born Sidney Onoriode Esiri, son of late legendary actor, Justus Esiri is definitely having himself a ball with life. Aside his booming career, the singer just married the love of his life, Simi Osomo and the icing on the cake came for him when telecom giant, MTN slammed him with a multimillion naira ambassadorial deal.

I have insured a couple of things, but not my breasts — Cossy Orjiakor

*CossyCossy Orjiakor has been in the public glare for some time now and even though she is tagged an actress, many of us only know her mostly for her massive boobs that seem to keep getting bigger and bigger.

PHOTOS: Synagogue Building Collapse: Death toll rises to 44, with 139 rescued

TB Joshua suggests sabotage over deadly building collapse
LAGOS—The death toll from last Friday’s collapsed five-storey building owned by the Synagogue Church of All Nations, SCOAN,

Sola Dada wants musical talents nutured in Nigeria

Lagos- A musician, Sola Dada, on Thursday said the many talented people in Nigeria’s music industry should be properly nurtured for better output.

Is Beyoncé pregnant again?

Los Angeles - Are Beyoncé and Jay Z expecting a baby?

Rumours have sparked that the couple are expecting their second child after Jay Z changed some of his song lyrics.