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Pakistan & CERN: Finally there

This post was pending for a long time. In June 2014, Pakistani newspaper DAWN quoted the Pakistani Ministry of Foreign Affairs to break news that the decision to include Pakistan among CERN’s associate members had been made. CERN is the world’s largest particle physics laboratory, famous for its groundbreaking research and the Large Hadron Collider […]

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Pakistani researcher wins UNESCO fellowship

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Mar 19, 2014. Islamabad – They face a cruel, patriarchal social order, gender barriers and limited opportunities. But in spite of the violence and suffering that works constantly to diminish their existence at home, Pakistani women have kept on making their country proud […]

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In student’s achievement, a win for scientific inquiry

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Mar 6, 2014. Islamabad – She wanted to grow up to become a detective. But somewhere along the way, 18-year-old Syeda Minahil used her investigative ambition for medical research instead. It turned out to be a good decision after all. Minahil, […]

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Incubating entrepreneurship

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Feb 26, 2014. Islamabad – At first, the response was expectedly slow. Students were unsure perhaps about the meaning of the concept and what was required of them. Starting a business is not exactly like taking a quiz for a university […]

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Google Glass hackathon in Islamabad

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Dec 29, 2013. Islamabad – They have seen through the “Glass” and now they want the world to know about their skills. Pakistani web developers, programmers and students, who attended a Google Glass bootcamp and “hackathon” in the federal capital on […]

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Students urged to develop scientific curiosity

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Nov 22, 2013. Islamabad – Eleven-year-old Ali Jawad is a small boy, a sixth-grader who is probably shorter than the rest of the boys in his class. But his eyes light up and he struggles to find an articulate answer, when […]

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Pakistan & CERN: Pakistan close to getting associate membership

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Oct 5, 2013. Islamabad – Pakistan has moved one step closer to becoming a part of an elite science club. The country has been approved by the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN), the world’s biggest particle physics laboratory, for consideration […]

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Engineers recommend mix of alternative energy resources to overcome power crisis

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Sep 22, 2013. Islamabad – Engineers recommended government to invest in hydel power projects and indigenous production of equipment for small-scale power generation as possible solutions to Pakistan’s energy crisis. The suggestions came on the sidelines of the 46th annual convention […]

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Comment: Scientific inquiry

This article was first published in The Express Tribune on Feb 5, 2013. These first two weeks of February have been heavy on some really cool science news. A bionic eye that would help people with a rare sight disorder was approved by regulators, scientists found signs of life deep under a glacial lake in Antarctica, a meteor exploded over Russia’s […]

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At a hill station resort, scientists huddle

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on July 4, 2013. Islamabad – At Nathiagali, the picturesque hill station in the lower Himalayas, summer season tourism is not the only thing thriving in the cool, mountain air this July. Tucked away from the hordes of tourists, an exchange of […]

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