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Can we fight COVID-19 without acknowledging the global social injustice?

Can we fight COVID-19 without acknowledging the global social injustice?

As I scroll through my twitter feed from the comfort of my home in Canada, there are countless tweets with hashtags: #stayhomeandsavelives and #flattenthecurve full of endless tips on how to deal with social isolation. This is the overarching strategy being adopted …Continue reading

The promise of genome editing

In December 2019, the Pakistan Biotechnology Information Center (Lahore Chapter) hosted a “National Dialogue on Agricultural Biotechnology for Food Security”, in which experts called for a science-based regulatory landscape for new methods in agricultural biotechnology, including genome editing. The dialogue also featured …Continue reading

Hot weather takes its toll on mental health

Researchers found that hot days increase the probability that an average adult in the U.S. will report bad mental health. Moreover, people are willing to pay several dollars to avoid each additional hot day in terms of its impact on self-reported mental …Continue reading

Caffeine boosts problem-solving ability but not creativity

Caffeine increases the ability to focus and problem solve, but a new study by a University of Arkansas researcher indicates it doesn’t stimulate creativity. “In Western cultures, caffeine is stereotypically associated with creative occupations and lifestyles, from writers and their coffee to …Continue reading

Govt launches Covid-19 helpline on WhatsApp

The news: Pakistan’s Ministry of Health has launched a Covid-19 helpline on WhatsApp. The helpline offers updates regarding the coronavirus outbreak as well as information about prevention and symptoms of the virus. It also offers a list of labs for testing in …Continue reading

Pangolins could be ‘missing link’ in coronavirus jump from bats to humans

As scientists scramble to learn more about the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, two recent studies of the virus’ genome reached controversial conclusions: namely, that snakes are intermediate hosts of the new virus, and that a key coronavirus protein shares “uncanny similarities” with an HIV-1 …Continue reading

Netflix bandwidth reduced in Pakistan

The news: Netflix has removed the highest bandwidth streams in Pakistan for 30 days. Following high internet usage in various countries during the COVID-19 outbreak, Netflix developed a method to reduce its traffic by 25%. This method was first deployed in Spain …Continue reading