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Computer Science Faculty Member – IQRA University – Karachi

Spot Huge Asteroid Pallas in the Night Sky This Week

Although asteroids figure prominently in doomsday predictions, science-fiction stories and video games, most stargazers have never actually seen one with their own eyes. This week you will get an excellent opportunity to observe one of the largest asteroids, Pallas, as it passes close to Earth. (Don’t worry — there is no chance the enormous space […]

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A Closer Look at Satya Nadella, the New CEO of Microsoft

When it comes to name recognition, he’s no Stephen Elop (former CEO of Nokia), Alan Mulally (CEO of Ford) or even Julie Larson-Green (Executive Vice President at Microsoft). The new CEO of Microsoft, however, is a familiar face in the hallowed halls of Redmond. For those of us not familiar with the innards of Microsoft, […]

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Jupiter’s icy moon Europa ‘spouts water’

Water may be spouting from Jupiter’s icy moon Europa – considered one of the best places to find alien life in the Solar System.Images by the Hubble Space Telescope show surpluses of hydrogen and oxygen in the moon’s southern hemisphere, say astronomers writing in Science journal. If confirmed as water vapour plumes, it raises hopes […]

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Ison: The comet of the century

If we’re lucky, then in just a few days time we could witness one of the most spectacular sights in the night sky for a generation or more. Astronomers hope that on 3 December a comet will appear on the eastern horizon – Comet Ison. For the whole month of December, millions of people across […]

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A Sneak Peek at the Next-Gen Exascale Operating System

There are several scattered pieces in the exascale software stack being developed and clicked together worldwide. Central to that jigsaw effort is the eventual operating system to power such machines. This week the Department of Energy snapped in a $9.75 million investment to help round out the picture of what such as OS will look […]

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New Type of Quasar Found, Baffling Scientists

The most luminous objects in the universe keep getting more mysterious. Astronomers have discovered a new type of quasar — an incredibly bright galactic core powered by a super massive black hole — that current theory fails to predict. Models predict that a quasar’s light and heat should push nearby gas out from the center […]

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Bizarre Asteroid with Six Tails Spotted by Hubble Telescope

Astronomers have spotted a never-before-seen phenomenon in our solar system’s asteroid belt: a space rock with six tails, spewing dust from its nucleus like spouts of water radiating from a lawn sprinkler. For further reading visit http://news.yahoo.com/bizarre-asteroid-six-tails-spotted-hubble-telescope-photos-214743038.html

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World Space Week

Pakistan Space & Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) is celebrating World Space Week 2013. For more information visit http://www.suparco.gov.pk/pages/wsw-k-home.asp .

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Firefox address bar & search box customization in Ubuntu

You must have noticed that on Windows platform when ever you click the address bar or search box in Firefox, it automatically select all existing text and once you start typing, the selected text is substituted by your new text. However if you are a user of Ubuntu, the Firefox will not exhibit the same […]

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The importance of significant value addition in electronic re-intermediation

Most of the world’s steal demand is fulfilled by large steel mills. Those steel mills produce large batches of different types of steels to cut down the production cost. Their production is driven by the estimated demand forecast rather than the actual market needs. This leads to overproduction of some items and unwanted occupancy of […]

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