Muqabla-e-bait baazi

Kuch shair faqt unko sunanay kay liye hain…

Here comes the most anticipated and demanded event of the semester. Literally Society of TIP is commited to cultivate a ‘Poetic’ culture and for that, our next scheduled event is ‘Muqabla-e-bait baazi’. The event is scheduled on 26 March 2008 (Wednesday) TISF slot. Some of the key features of the event are:

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Clothes That Clean Themselves

Researchers at Monash University, in Victoria, Australia, have found a way to coat fibers with titanium dioxide nanocrystals, which break down food and dirt in sunlight. The researchers, led by organic chemist and nanomaterials researcher Walid Daoud, have made natural fibers such as wool, silk, and hemp that will automatically remove food, grime, and even red-wine stains when exposed to sunlight.

Wine be gone

Daoud says that “self-cleaning property will become a standard feature of future textiles.” For more, see the full article at MIT’s Technology Review.

It is interesting to note that titanium dioxide is used conventionally as a white dye/pigment. Its application as a self-cleaning photocatalyst is known in other materials such as glass. this is the first application on textile materials. This method of “self-cleaning” is different from previous attempts that neutralize bacteria using silver-based coatings or that improve soil and stain resistance with Teflon-based coatings. Imagine only having to hang your clothes in your closest while they clean themselves waiting for their next use!

Words of Wisdom Competition-Report

With the co-ordination of TISF and Syed Qamar Zaidi, the very first episode of “Words of Wisdom competition” was held on 20 February 2008 in the TISF slot. The happening featured eight participants where every participant came up with a quotation by any famous scholar followed by a short speech. We registered 15 participants out of which only 8 showed up at the time of event; however we managed to take the event up to 3:50 pm. Though some of the quotations quoted by participants were not up to the mark but overall the event turned to be an average one. The audience turn out was much better than expected which added to a lot of encouragement for participants. Our judges ( Sir Qamar Zaidi, Ms. Sehrish Fatima and Sir Yahya Ghazali) selected the best three quotations on the basis of authenticity, reference and style of presentation. Moreover prizes were given to first three best speakers. First, second and third prizes were given to Shoaib Ikram-TS4, Amna Khan-TDT1, Salman A Makhani-TS4 consecutively. Syed Qamar Zaidi and Sir.Yahya Ghazali declared the third position while Ms. Sehrish Fatima declared first and second positions followed by the distribution of prizes.

People who C.A.R.E can finally prove it

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The official meeting of the people who C.A.R.E was held on the 14th of February, a day where people care about themselves and sometimes that special someone, therefore it was a shock to see the turnover which proved that yes, people can come out of their self centered shells and actually C.A.R.E( no pun intended ☺) about people other then themselves. The main reason for the meeting was to actually discuss various ways to make the environment of TIP safer, while simultaneously fulfilling our quota of community service. It was to make people want to contribute and give something of themselves to the society.

The meeting started off with Asim or rather Sir Asim trying to prove certain allegations made against the people who C.A.R.E, wrong. It was said that their endeavors are usually a rush with complicated ‘angrezi‘ being the sole way to communicate. In defense Asim released strings of complicated Urdu words that left me confused, but made an impact that left no doubt that everyone would be ‘heard‘. C.A.R.E was providing a forum for everyone to give ideas and opinions irrespective of the language they wish to use.

In reference to the recent riots, as a result of the Bhutto death, and the 200 something people thrashing TIP, the people who C.A.R.E gathered to discuss ways that would prevent something like this happening at our institute again. Continue reading “People who C.A.R.E can finally prove it”

Pakistan’s Universities – Problems and Solutions (Part 2)

Reprinted below in full, an interview with Dr Qasim Mehdi on research in Pakistan, from DAWN Sci-tech World January 26, 2008 . This is the second part of a series of reprints on research and education in Pakistan.

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‘The problem with people here is that they neither work, nor let others work’ – Dr Qasim Mehdi

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I Am Writing… Only To Be Misinterpreted Once Again!

Yet another time I find myself in the midst of a controversy after expressing my views in my manner. Nonetheless, it is still my responsibility to clarify all that which is being misinterpreted with much enthusiasm. So here it goes; a bold attempt… to explain another!

There goes an old saying “Never judge a book by its cover”. The same applies in the current situation. Just because a publication has the impression of a couple sharing intimacy on its title, it does not in any case imply that the publication is rated or as some insist on calling it – a porn magazine. The cover of a magazine or a book, or for that matter even a DVD or CD, is normally made to be its selling point. And in this case, it is still not as extreme as an actual rated magazine would be. So please… enough with the overdoing! The cover was merely designed to grab the viewers’ attention and to compliment the editorial to a lesser extent. How you perceive it determines how perverted you are!

Talking Textures 2006-07 was conceived with the idea of being wholly and solely a ‘students’ magazine. It is a blatant reflection of the taste of the average college goers’ sense of humor. Continue reading “I Am Writing… Only To Be Misinterpreted Once Again!”

Nanowires Allow For Electricity-Generating Clothing

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“The latest development in the field of ‘energy harvesting’, which includes such opportunistic technology such as self-winding watches, generators implanted in soldier’s boots, and knee brace dynamos, is a cloth that generates electrical power. The cloth is newly developed by scientists in the US, and can produce up to 80 milliwatts per square metre. It is made from brush-like fibres composed of a Kevlar stalk surrounded by zinc oxide nanowire crystals that generate electricity through the piezoelectric effect. They can be grown on any substrate, including hair. The power harnessed from this effect could be used for anything from cosmetic components to the powering of medical devices.” Source: Slashdot

Quite a novel idea, utilizing a similar generation principle of that of a standard motor.