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  • Solar plane departure postponed

    Solar plane departure postponed

    A solar-powered plane carrying no fuel has postponed its departure from central Japan for Hawaii due to worse than expected weather conditions. Swiss pilot and project co-founder Bertrand Piccard said the weather window for the flight early...

  • True bugs, flies and other insects

    True bugs, flies and other insects

    If we want to talk about biodiversity then where better to look than at the insect world where there are more species than any other kind of animal or plant on Earth. The recently released annual bulletin (volume 7) of the Entomological Society of...

  • Networking to promote students’ ocean literacy

    Networking to promote students’ ocean literacy

    Students from the Bishop’s Conservatory, Victoria, St Ignatius College secondary school, Ħandaq, Qormi, and San Andrea school, L-Imselliet, Mġarr, took part in the first Perseus@school event at the national aquarium, Qawra, an initiative that...

  • Ancient management of water resources

    Ancient management of water resources

    In an interview for University Matters on Campus FM 103.7, Patricia Camilleri, Keith Buhagiar talks about the ancient management of water in Malta. He talks about how water was used in late medieval Malta and later centuries for irrigation...

  • Lack of funds halting climate initiatives in poorest nations

    Lack of funds halting climate initiatives in poorest nations

    Urgent plans to help the world’s poorest people become more resilient to extreme weather and rising seas are on hold because of a lack of cash in a UN climate fund set up for least developed countries, amid fierce competition for limited...

  • Kangaroos are lefties

    Kangaroos are lefties

    Research on wild kangaroos in Australia is challenging the notion that having a strong hand preference is a trait that developed primarily in people and other primates. Scientists said that these Australian marsupials displayed a natural...

  • Elephant poaching hotspots pinpointed

    DNA testing on tons of ivory seized from traffickers has identified two elephant poaching ‘hotspots’ in Africa in a development scientists hope will spur a crackdown on the illegal trade decimating the population of earth’s largest land...

  • Striving for Blue Flag

    Striving for Blue Flag

    Now that the Blue Flag season has opened, Ronald Cassar takes a look at what’s new on our shores. He finds that there are now more managed beaches than ever before, offering more facilities and activities for everyone. Since the Malta Tourism...

  • Dunes of waste

    Dunes of waste

    Various environmental campaigns seem to be falling on deaf ears as the Cleansing Services Directorate can attest. Stephanie Fsadni digs into the tons of waste that are removed from beaches to find anything from cigarette butts to syringes to dead...

  • Jellyfish spotting and reporting as necessary as ever

    Jellyfish spotting and reporting as necessary as ever

    The Spot the Jellyfish citizen science campaign seaside boards are up along beaches for the sixth consecutive summer. This year, more than ever, as explained by coordinator Alan Deidun, the initiative is being bolstered through a close...

  • Bitterns ‘bouncing back’ in Britain

    Bitterns ‘bouncing back’ in Britain

    Once-extinct bitterns are bouncing back as a breeding bird in the UK, conservationists said after more than 150 males were recorded in surveying this year. The bittern, a type of heron known for the “booming” call of the males, were extinct in the...

  • The praying mantis: a very able hunter

    The praying mantis: a very able hunter

    Mantises are tropical insects and most of the existing 2,200 mantis species are found only in the warmer parts of the world. The praying mantis is related to cockroaches but they are not feared like the ubi-quitous American cockroach which often...

  • Anti-Ħondoq front evaporates

    Anti-Ħondoq front evaporates

    The premature unveiling of proposals by the Milan office of Chapman Taylor for the redevelopment of the unsightly quarry at Tas-Simar along the south-eastern coast of Gozo opened a veritable can of worms and has concurrently revealed the...

  • Richness of Malta’s simple plants

    Richness of Malta’s simple plants

    Bryophytes are the second largest group in the plant kingdom, comprising between 15,000 and 25,000 species, with around 126 in the Maltese islands. Yet there is a general lack of interest in bryophyte ecology and conservation in the Maltese...

  • Water purifier wins green challenge

    Water purifier wins green challenge

    An eco-friendly water purification system developed by University of Malta student Antoine Galea has won the first edition of the Innovation Challenge: Go Green, a competition in which young people aged between 17 and 30 had to identify an...

  • Rain hampers Nepal landslide search

    Rain hampers Nepal landslide search

    Rescuers are searching through piles of rocks and debris after a landslide swept through six mountainous Nepalese villages, killing at least 24 people and leaving dozens missing. Heavy rain hampered the search in Taplejung district, about 310...

  • 21 dead after landslide in Nepal

    A landslide triggered by heavy rainfall has killed at least 21 people and left dozens missing in six villages in Nepal. Rescuers dug out the bodies and searched the rubble for survivors in Taplejung district, about 310 miles east of the capital,...

  • Briton ‘sorry’ for nude summit pic

    A British graduate blamed for triggering an earthquake by posing naked on a sacred mountain knows what she did was “stupid and disrespectful and is very sorry for the offence that she has caused”, her father said today. Eleanor Hawkins, 23, is...

  • Mt Kinabalu: sacred – and dangerous – mountain

    Mt Kinabalu: sacred – and dangerous – mountain

    To the local community living at its foot, Mount Kinabalu is seen as the resting place of their ancestors. The mountain, the highest between the Himalayas and New Guinea, sits in Kinabalu Park which became a Unesco World Heritage site in 2000. The...

  • Maltese rock centaury

    Maltese rock centaury

    The name Maltese rock centaury gives this plant away as a Maltese endemic. It is in fact found only in the Maltese islands with related species in Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Morocco and Algeria, as well as in the Canary Islands. This is one...

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