January 25, 2009

100,000MW solar energy Resource estimated in Pakistan

By SALMAN ABDUHOO

LAHORE – The solar energy resource has been calculated at 800 million megawatt while its estimation for our country is about 100,000 megawatts, as Pakistan is the 6th luckiest country in the world where sun-availability is up to 16 hours on average.
This was stated by Jawaid Tariq Khan, Chairman Highnoon Group of Companies, while talking to The Nation here on Saturday.
Mr Jawaid asked the govt to pay special attention for launching solar energy projects to overcome the rising energy needs in the country.
He said that the solar energy intensity in the sun belt is approximately 1,800-2,200 KWh per square meter with an annual sunshine duration of 8 to 8.5 hours. Read More »100,000MW solar energy Resource estimated in Pakistan

Apples, juice help sharpen brain

ISLAMABAD: Eating apples and drinking apple juice could keep you mentally sharp despite ageing, researchers say.

Researchers from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell found that there is something in apples and apple juice that protects brain cells in normal aging, reported science portal EurekAlert. Read More »Apples, juice help sharpen brain

Cost of war- Dr Farrukh Saleem

We are 6.7 billion. Of the 6.7 billion, 1.2 billion are extremely poor (at or below $1 a day). Of the 1.2 billion extremely poor citizens of the world, some 550 million live in India and Pakistan combined. Wow; India and Pakistan are home to half of the world’s population that lives at or below $1 a day. The single largest chunk of extremely poor human beings lives in India –some 500 million. Should India and Pakistan be fighting each other or fighting poverty together? Read More »Cost of war- Dr Farrukh Saleem

Rheumatoid Arthritis affects women more often

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) might affect women more often and more severely than men, new research suggests.

In a study of more than 6,000 people from around the world who had RA, about 79 per cent of them were women, Finnish researchers found that women had poorer outcomes in key measures such as symptoms and severity, especially in areas based on their responses to questionnaires.Read More »Rheumatoid Arthritis affects women more often

Islamabad: Young scientists awarded for innovative research projects

Saadia Khalid
With the air filled with joy and enthusiasm dozens of young scientists are bestowed with awards as recognition of their innovative research based projects in the various fields of science and technology.

In an auspicious ceremony organised Saturday on the premises of National Library to mark the closing of nation-wide science competitions with the Intel National Science Olympiad.
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Indus dolphins at risk due to receding water, shortage of feed

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dolphinBy Jan Khaskheli
Rare dolphins have been found dead or injured in canals off the Indus River. Officials from the Sindh Wildlife Department (SWD) believe that receding river water and a shortage of feed might be the cause of these deaths.

“The number of dolphins in the Indus River has increased sufficiently overall, but persistent water shortage and decreasing amount of fish in the reserve are causing them to die,” Hussain Bakhsh Bhagat, Sindh Wildlife Conservator, told The News. The Indus River dolphin (Platanista minor), locally known as Bhulan, is one of the rarest mammals in the world, and the second most endangered freshwater river dolphin. During monsoon rains, it migrates upstream into the smaller tributaries and downstream to the main channels in the dry season, sometimes carrying its young on its back above the surface of the water. Very sensitive to its local environment, it cannot survive for long in other waters, as the governments of China, Switzerland and Japan discovered in the seventies when taking away rare mammals from the Indus River for research purposes. Read More »Indus dolphins at risk due to receding water, shortage of feed