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The great Karachi heat trap

The emergency ward at Karachi’s Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) was full to capacity when Abida Noor, a resident of Gulistan-i-Rafi Colony in Malir Town, took her younger daughter Kulsoom there for treatment in June 2015. Temperatures in the coastal city had …Continue reading

Yes, Alexa is recording mundane details of your life, and it’s creepy as hell

Since last year I’ve had a smart speaker in my living room—an Echo Dot. My family uses it mostly to ask Amazon’s digital assistant, Alexa, to play music. But after I saw a report that an Alexa-enabled speaker owned by a family …Continue reading

Eliminating the Human

I have a theory that much recent tech development and innovation over the last decade or so has an unspoken overarching agenda. It has been about creating the possibility of a world with less human interaction. This tendency is, I suspect, not …Continue reading

Of unexplored avenues: Microbiology and Pakistan

Dr Shahida Hasnain is the founder and chairperson of the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at the University of Punjab (PU) in Lahore. In 2017, she was awarded the Carlos J. Finlay Prize by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural …Continue reading

Mixed signals – recent research in Pakistan’s mountain ranges

Although it is located on the far western side of the Hindukush-Karakoram-Himalaya (HKH) massif, Pakistan lies still at its center. It’s the only country with a share in all three mountain ranges and it lies at the bank of the Indus, a …Continue reading

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