April 19, 2019
By US Desk

FeedbackHi Ed,In the issue of April 5, ‘Why people who can have an impact should stay in Pakistan’ by Usman Riaz caught my attention. Brain drain has become a permanent thing and we lose our cream to western countries. But, can we really blame our people? They are talented, smart and qualified but can’t get good jobs in their own country. Let’s accept the fact that the amount of money made by Pakistanis in USA, other western countries and the Middle East help the economy of our country. So we should not expect people to remain in the country if they have the option of going abroad. As for us, we have immense human resource and not...


By SG

The first black hole image Scientists recently produced the first real image of a black hole, in a galaxy called Messier 87. The image is not a photograph but an image created by the Event Horizon Telescope project. Using a network of eight ground-based telescopes across the world, the EHT collected data to produce the image. The black hole itself is unseeable, as it’s impossible for light to escape from it; what we can see is its event horizon. The EHT was also observing a black hole located at the centre of the Milky Way, but was unable to produce an image. While Messier 87 is further away, it was easier to observe, due to its...


By Ashna Kashif

STORYThe first thing she saw in the small room was a book on a wide marble platform. Walking towards it, she noticed that it wasn’t dusty like the others. Its gold-carved title read: A Piece of Peace - JOY In shock, Joy took a step back. Julian peered over Joy’s shoulder to get a better look and said, ‘Take the book, Joy. You must read it to find out your purpose of being here.’After returning to the castle, Joy locked herself in her room to read the book. She desperately wanted to know her mission and the way back home. The book was all about her life. From her birth till that moment she started reading it. The book...


By Tooba Ghani

LEXICOLOGYBefore magazines make an exit in the wake of this deadly digitalization, let’s follow the trail of history and see how “magazine” made it to the English dictionary.The journey starts with the versatile Arabic word khazana meaning to store up. . Then comes makhzan, a noun meaning storehouse and its plural makhazin. This Arabic word travelled across Mediterranean and like polizzino and tramezzino , became the Italian magazzino.Next stop was France where “magazzino” turned into French “magasin”. And obviously, who could stop magasin from heading to Britain after that? Finally, in England, people began to say and write...


By S. K

Poems foreverOde to the West WindBy Percy Bysshe Shelley Make me thy lyre, even as the forest is: What if my leaves are falling like its own! The tumult of thy mighty harmonies Will take from both a deep, autumnal tone, Sweet though in sadness. Be thou, Spirit fierce, My spirit! Be thou me, impetuous one! Drive my dead thoughts over the universe Like wither’d leaves to quicken a new birth! And, by the incantation of this verse, Scatter, as from an unextinguish’d hearth Ashes and sparks, my words among mankind! Be through my lips to unawaken’d earth The trumpet of a prophecy! O Wind, If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?Miracles...


By Sameen Amer

Coming SoonOut this week* Albums In the End by The Cranberries: Final album by the Irish alternative rock band, their first release since the death of singer Dolores O'Riordan in 2018; comes after their seventh studio set Something Else ; includes the songs 'All Over Now', 'The Pressure', and 'Wake Me When It's Over'.Also out this week: The Balance, the third album by the Welsh band Catfish and the Bottlemen; Matchbox Twenty singer Rob Thomas's fourth solo album, Chip Tooth Smile; American pop singer Pink's eighth album, Hurts 2B Human; Love + Fear, the fourth record by Welsh singer Marina; and For the Throne: Music Inspired by the...


By US Desk

PICTORIALCar boats Many people in the mid-1900s thought that they were going to be the future, and judging by the lack of boat cars on the roads, that doesn’t look like it happened. For now, this invention has been relegated back to novelty collectors.Flying tank The original plan was to tow these flying tanks behind aircraft, then glide them into battle to support infantry troops. Troops would be airdropped in and then the tanks would glide in afterward. The project was abandoned after there wasn’t any aircraft powerful enough to tow the crafts.Blizzard Mask In 1941, a blizzard mask was introduced. Basically, it was a...


By US Desk

My communication skills are poorHey Guru! I have written to you twice and your advice always proved right for me. Thank you so much for that. Now, once again I need your suggestion. I belong to a middle-class family and I studied in an ordinary school where I had to study on my own. Then I did my Intermediate in pre-engineering and through sheer hard work I was able to get admission in one of the best engineering universities of Pakistan. Guru, I have always been a brilliant student and I get good scores in written exams but my issue is that I cannot communicate in English. I can read, write and understand, but when it comes to spoken...


By Usama Rasheed

Technology problems One of my friends works in the customer service call centre of a national pager company. He deals with the usual complaints regarding poor pager operation, as well as the occasional crank callers demanding to be paged less often, more often, or by more interesting people. The best call came from a man who repeatedly complained that he kept being paged by Lucille. He was instructed that he would have to call her and tell her to stop paging him. “She never leaves her number, so I can’t call her back,” he said. After three such calls, someone thought to ask how he knew it was Lucille if she didn’t leave a...