Day: April 21, 2012

Science and Technology the only ladder to national progress

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article image What do you think is the factor behind our backwardness in the country?Dr. Atta-ur-Rehman: The first thing to understand is that we live in a knowledge driven world. The nations which have realized this have invested in strengthening their human resource through education and have made rapid progress. There are four pillars of progress in the modern era, education, science and technology, innovation and entrepreneurship and good governance. At present we are in the bottom seven countries of the…Read More

Synthetic biology: A dream of today is future of tomorrow

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article image SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY also known as SynBio, is synthetic genomics or system biology. In earlier days the branches of sciences such as chemistry, biology, physics, etc, performed their work independently. Recently scientists have focused to emerge all sciences together in a multidisciplinary way for the betterment of mankind. One of the approaches to enhance the performance of scientific research is the development of a platform known as synthetic biology. To be more specific to the terminology, the…Read More

Are we on the verge of smarter computer?

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article image THE AMOUNT of digital data around the world is doubling every two years, thanks in large part to innovative new ways to create and share information. Mobile devices, social networking, and the internet will contribute to a data glut of historic proportions by 2020, which according to market researcher IDC, will be 50 times greater than current levels.The question is, are we ready for all that data? Better yet, are our systems equipped with the innovative technology to manage it?What’s needed…Read More

Tech Foresight for sustainable S and T, innovations

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article image IN A recently held SAARC Workshop on Science, Technology and Innovation Policy and Planning Cooperation, NUST Rector, Lt. G. Engineer M. Asghar emphasized about the importance of S and T saying that agrarian economy is of less importance. The workshop also educated the youth and experts about focusing advanced technologies and modern practices in agriculture which are still said to be hazardous for health and economy due to the concept of corporate economy and chemicals used.The workshop…Read More

Time to save mangroves

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article image By Sachal AbbassiMANGROVES WERE once a considered wasteland but they, in fact, are the nurseries of shrimps and protect the land from erosion.There may be no holiday more pleasant than one spent in a tropical sea coast drinking coconut juice in a plenty of warm sunlight while enjoying eating a deliciously fresh fish.The coastal scenery is one to indulge in with its mellow sea breeze softly massaging the skin as one sets eyes upon everything nature has to offer in a heavenly lush sea coast resort…Read More

Pakistan cotton facing threats due to technology mish and ling

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article image By Dr. Maria ShwebaIN 2010, Pakistan officially approved genetically modified crops when Bt Cotton varieties containing Monsanto’s (MON-531 event) were approved. Quality issues have been well known since then as poor quality seeds and low Bt toxin in these crops has been reported. Low toxin could mean that Cotton pests may develop resistance, sooner than anticipated and thus rendering Bt Cotton technology ineffective. This must be blamed on poor control by the Agricultural department and lack…Read More

ABO blood group system

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article image By Fatima FarooqTHE CLASSIFICATION of human blood is based on the inherited properties of red blood cells (erythrocytes) as determined by the presence or absence of the antigens A and B, which are carried on the surface of the red cells. Persons may thus have type A, type B, type O, or type AB blood. The A, B, and O blood groups were first identified by Austrian immunologist Karl Landsteiner in 1901.ABO is the most important blood group system in human blood transfusion. It is a series of…Read More

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IRENA Scholarship Programme at Masdar Institute of Sci. and Tech, Abu Dhabi

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Study Subject(s):Subjects taught at University Course Level: MastersScholarship Provider: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)Scholarship can be taken at: United Arab Emirates Eligibility: Relevant undergraduate degree from a college, university or technical college of acceptable standing in the field of science, engineering or information technology. Minimum CGPA required: 3.0 on a scale of 4.0. Competence in spoken and written English. Minimum TOEFL score: 91 (IBT) on the…Read More

Ill-intention behind BtCotton seed pack-up

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THE DEBATE on introducing Bt Cotton in Pakistan had engaged all the stakeholders in arguments and counter-arguments for the last couple of years. Though the government a couple of months back had decided not to go for commercial use of this seed due to the various negative factors attached with this crop variety, there are certain groups still pleading for adopting this seed or have been involved in plaguing the situation for the farming community. Following the introduction of Bt Cotton seed in…Read More

Solar energy set-ups on lease

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WITH THE high increases in electricity prices, it is (high) time alternatives were considered. Citizens and the government should start working on projects that can save a lot of cost and help produce energy through natural ways, such as solar power and the generation of electricity through windmills.The increasing durations of loadshedding and the multiplying of electricity charges have made it difficult for people to use a lot of electrical appliances.Many of the people can now no more afford…Read More

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