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  • 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...

  • Chimps may like alcohol

    Scientists have discovered a group of booze-loving apes who may hold the key to why humans enjoy drinking alcohol. Experts say they have found the first empirical evidence of “long- term and recurrent ingestion of ethanol” among apes in...

  • Elephant numbers down by 50%

    Elephant numbers down by 50%

    Conservationists say the elephant population in Mozambique has dropped nearly 50 per cent in the last five years because of poaching, but cite good news from Uganda, where the elephant population is increasing. Poachers have slaughtered tens of...

  • Malaysia quake death toll rises

    The death toll from an earthquake that trapped scores of climbers on Malaysia’s highest peak has risen to 16 as rescuers searched for two Singaporean climbers still missing. A magnitude-5.9 earthquake on Friday sent rocks and boulders raining down...

  • Engineers discuss future energy and transport

    Engineers discuss future energy and transport

    Challenges and opportunities in energy and transport was the theme of the this year’s annual conference of the Chamber of Engineers held last month. The conference coincides with a new era. For the first time, the Maltese electricity grid is...

  • Oceanography boot camp held

    Oceanography boot camp held

    University students conducted field work at Ħofra ż-Żgħira and Ħofra l-Kbira to study the thermal discharge of cooling water used by the Delimara power station. The research was conducted during a boot camp which forms part of the Master in...

  • Mcast to promote agritourism skills

    The Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Centre has embarked on an agritourism project to train students in the skills and know­ledge needed to be successful in agritourism industry. As part of this project, 10 students...

  • Conference on developing green economy in Malta

    Conference on developing green economy in Malta

    A conference on the theme ‘Developing the green economy in Malta’ will be held on Friday by the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology’s Institute of Applied Science at Mcast’s main campus in Paola. It will include presentations about how...

  • Biomass pilot plant, research centre set up

    A biomass pilot plant and a biomass research centre have been set up aimed at improving the sustainability of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) working in the building and construction sector. The plant and centre are part of a €2 million...

  • Quake Watch

    Quake Watch

    After the powerful earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25, another quake struck on May 12, this time of magnitude 7.3. The earthquake spread panic in the area, as buildings that were almost destroyed by the first quake were now brought down.

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