University of Botswana Biodiesel Research Project Yields Positive Results

University of Botswana News The University of Botswana research indicates that Botswana has enough feedstock to yield more than 15 million litres of B20 biodiesel annually, thus slowly turning into reality Botswana’s dream to become a biodiesel producing country.   The data collected so far suggests that Botswana had enough feedstock to support a biodiesel plant with a capacity to produce approximately seven tonnes of biodiesel per day. The leading Researcher, from the Faculty of Engineering and Technology at the University of Botswana Professor Clever Ketlogetswe, said “normal biodiesel is…

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UCT scientists call for improvement in African vaccine manufacturing

23 August 2021’/ Culled from UCT Media Communication/UCT Website UCT scientists call for improvement in African vaccine manufacturing University of Cape Town (UCT) scientists have called for governments and private sector funders to join forces to urgently create the infrastructure to enable the transformation of local expertise into concrete vaccine manufacturing capability for Africa. Their ‘call to arms’, contained in a recently published paper in Nature Reviews entitled Prospects for SARS-CoV-2 diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines in Africa, sounded the alarm early on in the COVID-19 pandemic. While the onset of…

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Innovation at University of Cape Town

The University of Cape Town’s tradition of research excellence has led to great inventions and discoveries. UCT academics and graduates have been innovators in almost every discipline. These include: Professor Christiaan Barnard, who pioneered heart transplants Allan Cormack, who developed the CAT scanner Sir Aaron Klug, who contributed to the development of crystallographic electron microscopy and furthered knowledge of nucleic acid–protein complexes. UCT spin-off companies A number of products based on UCT intellectual property have been successfully commercialised and in certain instances spin-off companies created.Find out more about UCT’s spin-off…

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Caleb University First In Nigeria To Resume 2nd Semester Online and On Schedule

Caleb U. News/UTI Caleb University, Africa’s Best Private University in Research and Entrepreneurship Development scored a double when it emerged on last Monday, April 13, as the first Nigerian university to resume on scheduled date and also used the e-learning platform to engage the students amidst the lockdown due to Corona virus pandemic. Caleb University, Imota, Lagos, on April 14, recorded the milestone, when it resumed its 2nd Semester academic activities virtually on schedule. The school scored another first in its history with the record breaking commencement of its e-learning…

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Freek Vonk appointed endowed professor at VU Amsterdam

UV Amsterdam News The Executive Board of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam has appointed the biologist Freek Vonk as its endowed professor of Evolutionary Biochemistry as of 1 February 2020. This chair has been endowed by the Naturalis Biodiversity Center, and is focused on the opportunities offered by natural toxins in the development of new medicines and a new generation of snakebite antidotes. The endowed chair is embedded within the Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences department of the Faculty of Science. The 0.2 FTE appointment is for a period of five years. Besides…

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VU Amsterdam professors’ new protocol for chemists makes more sustainable research possible

VU Amsterdam News A team of theoretical chemists led by Trevor A. Hamlin and Matthias Bickelhaupt from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, has published a step-by-step guide on how to perform the activation strain analysis, which will serve as a “recipe for researchers” who want to analyze and understand the factors controlling the reactivity of literally any chemical reaction. This makes, among other things, environmentally sustainable research possible.     Chemists now have the tools to first rationally design chemical reactions using this protocol prior to carrying out the reaction in…

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U Pitt Team’s Replacement Heart Valve Could Decrease Need for Pediatric Surgeries

Pittwire Health/UTI Garrett Coyan speaks on behalf of OneValve at the 2019 Pitt Innovation Challenge in front of a panel of judges and an interested audience. The OneValve team won a $100,000 grand prize from PInCh. (Mike Drazdzinski/University of Pittsburgh) Garrett Coyan sees many patients each week, from children to the elderly, to check on their replacement heart valves. “We have to counsel patients every day on which current technology is right for them, including what medicine they need to take and what limitations they have for their lifestyle,” said…

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University of Florida ranks 15th among public universities with $865 million in 2018 research expenditures

UFNews/UTI The University of Florida’s record $865 million in research expenditures in 2018 placed it 15th among public universities in a national ranking of R&D spending, a new report from the National Science Foundation shows. The statistics are based on NSF’s annual Higher Education Research and Development, or HERD, survey, which compiles research expenditure data from more than 600 higher education institutions in the United States. Other ranked public institutions include the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill at 7th, Penn State at 12th, the University of California, Berkeley at 16th and the University of Texas, Austin at 21st.…

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Ancient Molecules from the Sea Burst Into the Air From Ocean Waves

Stony Brook University Website/News The discovery helps explain how organic matter produced by life thousands of years ago is ultimately removed from the sea. STONY BROOK, NY, October 23, 2019 – When waves crash in the ocean, they inject tiny particles into the air (called aerosols) that carry organic molecules more than 5,000 years old. This discovery, published in Science Advances by Steven Beaupré of Stony Brook University’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) and a national team of scientists, helps to solve a long-standing mystery as to what finally happens to these ancient…

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