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Year Roundup: TR Pakistan’s Top Five Stories in 2017

Year Roundup: TR Pakistan’s Top Five Stories in 2017

As we bid farewell to 2017, MIT Technology Review Pakistan looks back at some of its most popular stories in the year. These stories cover a diverse range of topics, from e-commerce and cryptocurrencies to medical research. Lunda goes online in Pakistan: …Continue reading

Combating Pregnancy Disorders Through Low-Cost Tech Interventions

“There is no word for pre-eclampsia in prominent regional languages like Sindhi. Unlike other childbirth complications, signs of pre-eclampsia cannot be identified easily which limits the chances of early detection and leaves many pregnant women vulnerable to its dangerous complications,” says Dr …Continue reading

The Dawn of Pakistan’s Fintech Boom

After spending 18 years in the commercial banking sector, Qasif Shahid recently quit his job and started his own company. He raised $1 million in venture capital to introduce a digital wallet that will allow users to minimize their reliance on hard …Continue reading

Paying with Your Face

Shortly after walking through the door at Face++, a Chinese startup valued at roughly a billion dollars, I see my face, unshaven and looking a bit jet-lagged, flash up on a large screen near the entrance.

Is the Future of Money Digital?

Imagine a currency which could threaten to render the fiat monetary system redundant and end governments’ monopolies on issuance of money. Such a currency is no longer an abstract, futuristic idea. In fact, this digital currency is now eight-years old and, since …Continue reading

Pakistani Scientists Develop Low-Cost Skin Substitute to Heal Deep Burn Wounds

A team of Pakistani scientists has developed a low-cost nanoparticle that can heal burned skin and chronic ulcer wounds. Dr Muhammad Yar and his team at the Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Biomedical Materials (IRCBM) at COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) have …Continue reading

Dolphins, Technology and the Indus River

Madiha and Mujtaba’s parents were anxious. Both their children were blind and depressed. The couple felt that their children needed motivation so that they did not spend their lives consumed by their disability. The parents found a unique way for the children …Continue reading

Reinforcement Learning

Inside a simple computer simulation, a group of self-driving cars are performing a crazy-looking maneuver on a four-lane virtual highway. Half are trying to move from the right-hand lanes just as the other half try to merge from the left.

Hot Solar Cells

Solar panels cover a growing number of rooftops, but even decades after they were first developed, the slabs of silicon remain bulky, expensive, and inefficient. Fundamental limitations prevent these conventional photovoltaics from absorbing more than a fraction of the energy in sunlight. …Continue reading

Researchers Discover Plastic-Eating Worms

Over a trillion plastic bags are used every year, most of them eventually ending up in landfills and polluting the environment. Since the synthetic polymers that make up the plastic bags are mostly resistant to biodegradation, it has become necessary to look …Continue reading

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