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Boasting a "bat tracker", a bat sign projector for the night-time sky, smoke guns and an array of other devices, a Batman costume fitted with 23 gadgets has earned a place in the Guinness World Records book.
Qulb mentioned by Sufis is generally known as heart. It is not true as Qulb, in reality, has different physical facet than a mere anatomical structure placed in the chest and pumping blood. Its actuality was first reported when investigations revealed that a few heart recipients found changes in their personalities resembling characteristics of the donors. Further investigations showed close linkages between certain areas of brain and heart constituted consciousness, mindfulness or simply mind.
With meat-lovers' favourite Eid just round the corner, conversation with a Sindhi colleague at the Karachi Press Club automatically turned to the influence Karachi has had in introducing city style eating habits in the rest of the province. The ball got rolling when I recalled a city-based Sindhi friend going to visit his family in the village. He had packed tins of powdered milk and vegetable oil/ghee. He explained his children were so citified they could not digest pure milk and ghee available in his village. That was in the 1960s; now these products are easily available in every nearby town and need not be carted all the way from Karachi. The popularity of these products was that servants saw the waderas using the stuff and believed they should also do the same.
Some of the world's leading conservation groups are violating the rights of indigenous people by backing projects that oust them from their ancestral homes in the name of environmental preservation, a top UN expert said this week.
Watercolour is one of the oldest and respected medium in painting dating to the cave paintings of Palaeolithic Europe, and has been used for manuscript illustration since Egyptian times and also used in European Middle Ages. Afterwards printed books and domestic art contributed to the growth of the medium from the late 18th century through the 19th century.
A torch on his head, Jason Sandy scours the night-time London foreshores of the Thames river, searching for objects that could offer a glimpse of life in the British capital hundreds of years ago. As the occasional party boat passes by, its music blasting and lights flashing, the 42-year-old architect only has a few hours while the tide is low to make his finds.
Scientific techniques that can wipe out invasive species or alter mosquitoes' ability to carry disease are pushing ahead, raising concerns about the ethics of permanently changing the natural world, experts say.