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The Dark Age of the Muslim World

A survey of Muslims’ institutes of higher learning finds them lagging behind the world when it comes to providing quality science and technology education. It is a well-known fact that 1.6 billion Muslims contribute a disproportionately smaller share to the world’s knowledge. …Continue reading

Higher Education: Past, Present and Future

Pakistan is grouped in the technologically marginalized and innovation deficient countries in the global rankings. Unless laboratory level research is translated into marketable products, a knowledge economy can’t be promoted. There are four pillars of progress in knowledge economy; high quality education, …Continue reading

Stop Emissions!

A climate scientist argues that it should no longer be acceptable to dump carbon dioxide in the sky. Many years ago, I protested at the gates of a nuclear power plant. For a long time, I believed it would be easy to …Continue reading

Lyft’s Search for a New Mode of Transport

We were all in the car with Alexandr, listening to techno, which was his choice. He was driving; it was his car. As we crawled east across Los Angeles, through Hollywood, the two strangers seated behind me argued about whether you could …Continue reading

India’s Energy Crisis

An old man wakes on the floor of a hut in a village in southern India. He is wrapped in a thin cotton blanket. Beside him, music wails softly on a transistor radio. A small wood fire smolders on the floor, filling …Continue reading