Silicon application can minimize cadmium accumulation in wheat




Si is beneficial in healthy growth and development of plant. Different studies have proved that plant growth significantly increased by Si application. Beneficial effects of Si are prominent when plants subjected to multiple stresses (biotic and abiotic stress). It reduces toxicity of heavy metals, accumulation and uptake in plants. Si makes plant resistant against diseases caused mostly due to fungi and bacteria. It optimises the hormones and enzymatic balance in plants which helps in

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Dr. Naweed Syed – First Pakistani to connect Brain cells to a Silicon Chip


Another Pakistani we can be proud of …

First Scientist in the World to Connect Brain Cells to a Silicon Chip



With Dr. Naweed’s Silicon Chip, we can send and receive messages to and from the brain. Diseases related to the brain can be cured. Feelings of a human can be incorporated inside a machine. But this does not limit itself here. As said by the great scientist, he is expecting a great number of devices in the near future which can have feelings.



When asked about

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Role of silicon in rice blast resistance




Rice is the second most important food crop after wheat in Pakistan. In last few years rice yield has been found diminishing and nutritional imbalance has been reported as one of major reasons. In a more specific study of nutrients; the micronutrients have now have been found equally important as macronutrients although they are required in a minute quantity. Balancing the micronutrients for rice cultivation enhances the quality and yield. Micronutrients such as silicon are the most

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Pakistani re-inventing internet in Silicon Valley




MONITORING REPORT ISB: Wedge is part of the Open Compute Project (OCP) which is being led by Najam Ahmad, the Director of Technical Operations at Facebook. Najam, who was born in Karachi, holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from NED University of Engineering and Technology and later on went to do his Master of Science in Telecommunication Protocols and Computer Science from George Washington University.
Prior to Facebook, Najam was General Manager of Global Networking Services at

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Pakistani startups with rich ideas in Silicon Valley




MONITORING REPORT ISB: VIVID Technologies, a UK based Pakistani startup, has qualified for Blackbox Connect 2014 and secured 30 million rupees seed funding from UK investors.
Blackbox Connect is an initiative by Google for Entrepreneurs’. It’s a two week programme, where startups from outside the US are brought to Silicon Valley and given a chance to interact with like-minded entrepreneurs, executives and investors through intensive workshops and meetings.
Another Pakistani

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Could Silicon Valley be made in Pakistan?

By Muhammad ShafqatPALO ALTO is a rustic California county, once commonly known as the Valley of Heart’s Delight for its apricots and apples, was transformed by a pipe dream of single visionary Leland Stanford into the birth-place of cutting edge technologies.Silicon Valley now makes up the world’s 8th largest economy in the world, home to some of the most valuable companies like Apple, Microsoft, HP, Intel and more. It has been the benchmark for countries when it comes to cluster

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