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  • Astronomical highlights in May

    Astronomical highlights in May

    This month offers sky gazers plenty of opportunities to observe the planets of our own solar system. If the skies are clear on May 9 we shall see Mercury pass directly in front of the sun in an event called a solar transit. This event will last...

  • Building for tomorrow

    Building for tomorrow

    Development that will not endanger lives has become a hot topic in Malta. Poor standard of concrete has been detected in a number of buildings and a call has gone out for stricter standards in the building industry. Building safe sustainable...

  • Three-afternoon marine biology course in summer

    A short, intensive course spanning just three afternoons will be held during the summer by the AquaBioTech Group to give participants the basics of marine biology. The course will be run several times in June, July and August to allow different...

  • 425kg of litter collected from ecologically sensitive site

    425kg of litter collected from ecologically sensitive site

    A total of 425 kilos of waste, ranging from plastic bottles to fishing rope to household appliances, was recently collected in a corporate social responsibility event at the Marsaxlokk Saline Marshland Nature Reserve. The waste was collected in...

  • Malta in European wastewater reuse action

    Malta in European wastewater reuse action

    The Water Services Corporation’s Institute of Water Technology recently hosted a meeting at its Luqa head office of representatives of partners involved in a Cost action called New and Emerging Challenges and Opportunities in Wastewater Reuse...

  • Maltese seismologist joins expedition to Mid-Atlantic Ridge

    Maltese seismologist joins expedition to Mid-Atlantic Ridge

    Matthew Agius, who is undertaking a post-doctorate study at the University of Southampton, has been involved in the Passive Imaging of the Lithosphere and Asthenosphere Boundary (Pilab) project. The lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary represents...

  • The spiny hedgehog

    The spiny hedgehog

    The Algerian hedgehog is the only species of hedgehog in the Maltese islands. This species is found in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya and Spain and on several Mediterranean islands. It is the only species of African hedgehog that is found...

  • Marine knowledge now just a mouse click away

    Marine knowledge now just a mouse click away

    Besides maritime spatial planning and integrated maritime sur­veil­­lance, the EU Commission considers marine knowledge as one of the three essential cogs for ‘blue growth’. The importance that the Commission attaches to marine knowledge has...

  • May walks programme

    May walks programme

    Sunday, May 1. Mtaħleb and Miġra Ferħa. Time: 9am. Meeting place: St Dominic Square, Rabat. Duration: 4.5 hours. Rating: Moderate. The walk starts from Rabat and continues to the idyllic Wied Liemu past the wayside chapel of St Catherine. The...

  • Italian walkers hosted by Maltese ramblers

    Italian walkers hosted by Maltese ramblers

    A group of 28 Italian walkers from the regions of Emilia Romagna and Veneto recently concluded a series of cultural and scenic walks in Malta, hosted by the Malta Ramblers’ Association, which provided them guides and walk leaders. The association...

  • The striped hawk moth

    The striped hawk moth

    The striped hawk moth is one of seven species of hawk moths indigenous to the Maltese islands. It is found in most of Africa and large parts of Asia. It is also found throughout most of Europe but being an insect of tropical origin, it does not...

  • Study may solve panda diet mystery

    Study may solve panda diet mystery

    Britain’s only giant pandas, Tian Tian and Yang Guang, are taking part in an experiment to find out whether the famously faddy breed really does only eat shoots and leaves. The Edinburgh Zoo pair, whose names mean Sweetie and Sunshine in English,...

  • Wild tiger numbers rise for first time after decades of decline

    The number of tigers in the wild have increased for the first time after decades of decline, conservationists have said. A new global estimate based on the best available data suggests there are at least 3,890 wild tigers in the world, an increase...

  • Stop wasting food to curb climate change

    Stop wasting food to curb climate change

    Reducing food waste around the world would help curb emissions of planet-warming gases, lessening some of the impacts of climate change such as more extreme weather and rising seas, scientists said. Up to 14 per cent of emissions from agriculture...

  • An education that empowers youths to be agents for change

    An education that empowers youths to be agents for change

    Learning about developing sustainably is a far cry from discovering how to actually achieve it. Taking it home and owning the process is the way forward, allowing people to make the changes and adaptations they will need to live in a sustainable...

  • Discovering the genetic identity and diversity of life forms

    Discovering the genetic identity and diversity of life forms

    There is something in all living things that unites us all – the DNA molecule. This molecule is at the heart of each cell, it organises and guides the activities and needs to sustain life from the single cell to the whole organism.This molecule...

  • Quake Watch

    Quake Watch

    A 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck the southwest of Sumatra, Indonesia, on March 2. A tsunami alert was issued due to the shallow depth at which the quake occurred (around 10km below the surface). However, the tsunami warning was later lifted and...

  • Birds expected to adapt well to climate change show advantage

    Birds expected to adapt well to climate change show advantage

    Birds that were expected to do well due to climate change have out­performed other species in the past 30 years, a study of wildlife in Europe and the US has found. Scientists said they have shown that common bird populations thousands of miles...

  • Seas may rise higher than predicted, drenching coastal cities

    Seas may rise higher than predicted, drenching coastal cities

    Global seas could rise nearly twice as much as previous, widely accepted estimates, according to a study saying low-lying cities face possible disaster by the end ofthe century. Sea levels could surge more than 900cm by 2100 from melting Antarctic...

  • Constitutional protection for special areas

    Constitutional protection for special areas

    Breathes there the man with soul so dead,Who never to himself hath said:This is my own, my native land. Sir Walter Scott, The Patriot. As I impotently witness the ongoing rape of the Maltese islands, lip service shrouded in hypocrisy lulls us...

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