Killer summer heat kills hundreds in Pakistan

Nearly 300 have died in four major hospitals in the port city of Karachi, the provincial capital, a senior health official, Saeed Mangnejo, told the media.

Meteorological officials say the temperature in Karachi reaches 45 degrees which is a record since 1979.

Head of the Karachi’s main state-run Jinnah Hospital, Dr Semi Jamal, said 200 . . . → Read More: Killer summer heat kills hundreds in Pakistan

Quetta getting contaminated water supply

Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch has directed the chief secretary to investigate claims of sewage mixing with drinking water and contaminating piped supplies in Quetta.

The issue was placed before the Balochistan Assembly by PMLN-N legislator Rahila Hameed Durrani. She pointed out that some water pipelines of WASA were contaminated after sewage leaks . . . → Read More: Quetta getting contaminated water supply

India’s air causing permanent lung damage

FOR weeks the breathing of my 8-year-old son, Bram, had become more labored, his medicinal inhaler increasingly vital. And then, one terrifying night nine months after we moved to this megacity, Bram’s inhaler stopped working and his gasping became panicked.

My wife called a friend, who . . . → Read More: India’s air causing permanent lung damage

Bottled water or poison?

In an experiment to test the purity of two highly reputable mineral water brands namely aquafina and nestle, water samples were collected. Then charged electrodes were inserted in both the samples so that the mineral compounds that were present in the water could be broken down. As the minerals were ionized they started to change . . . → Read More: Bottled water or poison?

Heatwave death toll rises above 1,100 in India

More than 1,100 people have died in a major heatwave sweeping India, authorities said Wednesday, as forecasters warned searing temperatures would continue.

Southern India has borne the brunt of the hot, dry conditions and many of the victims are construction workers, elderly or homeless people unable to heed official advice to stay indoors.

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A giant leap in medical science

A man has been able to control a robotic limb with a mind-reading chip implanted in his brain.

It allowed Erik Sorto, from California, to sip a drink unaided for the first time in 10 years.

The details, published in Science, reveal how complex bursts of electrical signals in his brain could be interpreted . . . → Read More: A giant leap in medical science

How close are we to Star Trek medical science

In the Sky1 series Critical, surgery often looks pretty similar to butchery. Is it feasible that medical science will ever reach the level it does in sci-fi shows and films from Star Trek to Prometheus, where the patient is simply laid out in a glass cubicle and repaired by what look like magical healing energy . . . → Read More: How close are we to Star Trek medical science

Don’t miss out on Yoga!

In an event on the first International Day of Yoga on June 21, Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, an Indian mystic and humanitarian, stressed the relevance of yoga in today’s world saying it helps make life a pleasant experience.

“While we may be the generation that enjoys most comforts and conveniences, we are . . . → Read More: Don’t miss out on Yoga!

What would humans eat in the future

Richard Morgan, a writer in New York, is the author of a forthcoming memoir, “Born in Bedlam.”

For all its cross-cultural and technological prescience, “Star Trek” — the most prestigious science-fiction universe of all time — was absolutely awful when it came to food. Captain Jean-Luc Picard had the galaxy’s cookbook at his . . . → Read More: What would humans eat in the future

Eating eggs can protect you from diabetes

It is said that an apple a day keeps the doctor away but now the same statement should be used for eggs as well because eating them daily gives you protection from diabetes.

A study by the University of Eastern Finland shows that eggs are a really useful addition to a . . . → Read More: Eating eggs can protect you from diabetes