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  • Cart rut tour to be held next Saturday

    A two-hour tour of Malta's most well-known cart rut sites is to be held on Saturday October 22.  The 'Clapham Junction Cart Rut Experience' tour is part of Din l-Art Ħelwa's series of tours of heritage sites and properties. It has been coordinated...

  • Malta has deepest red coral

    Malta has deepest red coral

    Malta has set a new world record for hosting the deepest growing precious red coral in the world. Numerous colonies of the red coral (Corallium rubrum) was found to be growing at depths of 1,016 metres in the sea around Malta – over 200m deeper...

  • Presentations at European Marine Biology Symposium

    Presentations at European Marine Biology Symposium

    Prof. Alan Deidun from the Department of Geosciences of the University’s Faculty of Science recently took part in the week-long 51st European Marine Biology Symposium in Rhodes. He delivered a presentation on the expansion of the range of a number...

  • PV research published in two prestigious journals

    PV research published in two prestigious journals

    A lecturer at the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (Mcast) has had scientific articles published in two leading prestigious scientific photovolatiacs and energy journals, Progress in Photovoltaics and Solar Energy Materials and Solar...

  • Shakespeare’s shrub

    Shakespeare’s shrub

    “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” wrote William Shakespeare in Romeo and Juliet in 1600. The world this year marked the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death. Roses are the most-often mentioned flower in the texts of Shakespeare,...

  • A thistle in the daisy family

    A thistle in the daisy family

    The stemless atractylis is a common plant found in garigue and rocky steppe habitats. It is a Mediterranean species most common in countries along the southern coasts of the Mediterranean as well as in Greece and Sardinia. This plant has several...

  • More bugs, beetles and wasps

    More bugs, beetles and wasps

    Another bulletin of the Entomological Society of Malta has just been published, expanding our knowledge further on the Maltese insect world. This year’s bulletin provides information on 235 insects found in the Maltese islands and nearly a third...

  • UN sets limits on airline emissions amid dissent

    UN sets limits on airline  emissions amid dissent

    A UN agency approved a landmark accord on Thursday to curb aviation pollution amid criticism that the deal, which will cost the industry billions of dollars, fails to trim emissions enough on international flights. The International Civil Aviation...

  • The autumn grape hyacinth

    The autumn grape hyacinth

    The autumn grape hyacinth is a small plant that flowers in autumn in response to the arrival of the Mediterranean rainy season. A solitary flower is not easily seen but the plants tend to grow close together and form small carpets of delicate blue...

  • Bees ‘highly intelligent’

    Bees ‘highly intelligent’

    Scientists in Britain have managed to teach bumblebees to pull strings to get to food and then pass on what they have learned to others in their colony – showing a high level of intelligence despite their tiny brains. Researchers at Queen Mary...

  • Ramblers explore trails and coasts

    Ramblers explore trails and coasts

    The Ramblers Association has launched its autumn walks programme just at the right time when Malta’s countryside takes a new look after the first rains and the cool sea breezes are more welcoming. As this is the start of the rambling season all...

  • Reclaiming land for even more luxury apartments

    Reclaiming land for even more luxury apartments

    Scouring through the new master plan unveiled for Paceville which is currently open for public consultation, one stumbles across the proposals for site 6 – Portomaso. Despite being given the green light in 2014 to develop 46 bungalows around an...

  • WWII heritage and solar loopholes

    WWII heritage and solar loopholes

    A number of objections were received by the Planning Authority over an application in San Gwann for apartments which would obliterate a rare World War II observation post. The defensive structure was purpose-built to mimic a farm building and gain...

  • GreenPak putting glass waste genie back in the bottle

    GreenPak putting glass waste genie back in the bottle

    GreenPak Coop Society is running a daily service to collect empty glass bottles in three localities on a trial basis until next Sunday. The service, available for bars and restaurants, runs along the seafront between Manoel Island, passing through...

  • Promoting water’s many benefits

    Doctors recommend drinking eight cups, or two litres, of water a day, pointing out that hydration is essential to sustain a healthy metabolism, to maintain a constant body temperature, blood pressure and heart rate. It also keeps the skin glowing,...

  • True bugs

    The true bugs are insects belonging to a large order known as Hemiptera. I prefer to use the scientific name because many insects belonging to other orders are called bugs and also because for many people the word ‘bug’ has many negative...

  • Day zero for ballast water treatment

    Day zero for ballast water treatment

    Just over a week ago, Finland ratified the Ballast Water Management Convention (BWMC) drawn up by the IMO (International Maritime Organisation), a specialised agency of the UN. This, in itself, might not have hogged the limelight on media portals,...

  • Business centre pedals way to clean energy generation

    Business centre pedals way to clean energy generation

    Skyparks Business Centre has unveiled its own power station, giving people the chance to charge their phones while cycling. The bike station serves the dual purpose of promoting a more active lifestyle and the generation of cleaner energy, mainly...

  • New ocean sanctuaries

    New ocean sanctuaries

    More than 20 countries designate 40 marine territories to limit commercial fishing, oil and gas drilling among other human activities that harm ecosystems More than 20 countries joined forces on Thursday to create 40 new marine sanctuaries around...

  • US environment watchdog says weed killer glyphosate is 'probably not carcinogenic'

    The US Environmental Protection Agency has said its current position on glyphosate, the key ingredient in Monsanto Co's Roundup herbicide, is that the chemical is not likely carcinogenic to humans. The agency's "proposed" position on the...

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