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  • The Battle of Verdun and the Battle of Jutland

    The Battle of Verdun and the Battle of Jutland

    In late April 1916, the Germans launched another attack, this time against the British on the Western Front. The attack, which was effectively a gas attack, was launched between April 27 to 29, 1916. Just before dawn on April 27 the British troops...

  • Birkirkara basilica’s St Joseph statue given a new lease of life

    Birkirkara basilica’s St Joseph statue given a new lease of life

    The Collegiate Basilica of Birkirkara’s outstanding 19th-century wooden polychrome statue of St Joseph, which dates back to 1826, stands impeccably conserved. A notable work of art by leading architectural sculptor Vincenzo Dimech (1768-1831), it...

  • The forces that shape our daily lives

    The forces that shape our daily lives

    There is no doubt that health and illness are determined not only by individual factors such as personal habits or simply bad luck, but also by factors that fall under the rubric of ‘social determinants of health’, which have been defined by the...

  • Tinker, Maker: How to observe the Mercury transit

    On May 9, 2016, a transit of Mercury across the face of the Sun takes place. Mercury transits are relatively rare events which can be observed from much of the world. However, since they involve viewing the sun, extreme caution must be taken. A...

  • Planet of the machines

    Planet of the machines

    In 1984, director James Cameron brought The Terminator to cinemas across the world, featuring artificial intelligence called Skynet which sent a machine back through time to kill the future leader of the human resistance (obviously, fighting...

  • Photo of the Week

    Photo of the Week

    Astronaut Tim Peake captured an image of the Klyuchevskaya volcano on the Kamchatka Peninsula in eastern Russia. The tip of the conical volcano can be seen poking out from the surrounding clouds and a plume of smoke is rising from it. The volcano...

  • World should be ‘ashamed’ of Syria humanitarian crisis

    World should be ‘ashamed’ of Syria humanitarian crisis

    UN aid chief in strongly-worded appeal about nation’s ‘massive suffering’, where people are facing ‘appalling’ desolation, hunger and starvation The UN says the world should be “ashamed” after warning people in Syria are starving without medical...

  • Good coders are from Venus too

    Good coders are from Venus too

    Women have a positive track record in the ICT Industry. Just consider Ada Lovelace, daughter of the famous poet Lord Byron, who programmed the first mechanical computer created by Charles Babbage. Today, the president and chief executive officer...

  • Malta and World War I during the first months of 1916

    Malta and World War I during the first months of 1916

    1916 opened with the final phase of the evacuation of the Allied troops from Gallipoli, in the Ottoman Empire. The last troops left Cape Helles beach on January 9 without loss of life. The evacuations were the most successful part of a campaign...

  • The first Maltese pilot, 100 years ago

    The first Maltese pilot, 100 years ago

    Wyndham Levy-Grech was born in 1890, the son of Mr and Mrs T. Levy Grech of Valletta. He graduated in law from the University of Malta in 1913 and proceeded to England where he joined the Royal Flying Corps and was gazetted a 2nd Lieutenant...

  • The silent killer in cats

    The silent killer in cats

    Last week, unfortunately, Diamond’s results came back. I say unfortunately because it really was very bad news and quite unexpected: a client came in with two of the most beautiful British Shorthair cats I have ever seen. One male, called Diamond,...

  • Introducing mindfulness in schools

    Introducing mindfulness in schools

    In Malta, as in most countries around the world, we are seeing an increase in young people drinking more alcohol, experimenting with drugs and self-harming. All these behaviours stem from the effects of anxiety, stress and depression. Mindfulness...

  • Tinker, Maker: How to build your own airbrush

    Tinker, Maker: How to build your own airbrush

    Have you ever wanted to spray paint your own wall? Cannot afford an airbrush or spray paint cans? Fear not. You can use this not-quite-the-same-but-good-enough technique. First, dissolve some watercolors in a glass of water. Then cut a straw in half.

  • Dinosaurs: decline 50m years earlier

    Dinosaurs: decline 50m years earlier

    The mass extinction of dinosaurs has been featured in movies, books and cartoons. Usually an asteroid smashes into the earth and wipes them out. Recent studies now show that this may not be the only reason. Through the use of new analytical...

  • Photos of the week

    Photos of the week

    Top: First demonstration of sexual selection in dinosaurs identified in Protoceratops andrewsi. Pictured is a cast of a skeleton of Tyrannosaurs Rex in the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. Right: First demonstration of sexual selection...

  • Humble Gozitan priest with a generous heart

    Humble Gozitan priest with a generous heart

    A great amount of literature has been written about the life and ecclesiastical career of the late Mgr Ġużeppi Mercieca, who was archbishop of Malta from 1976 to 2006. Charles Buttigieg’s monumental biography of Mgr Mercieca, Ilkoll Aħwa Fi Kristu.

  • A new template for celebrating outdoor festivities

    A new template for celebrating outdoor festivities

    The new game of soccer had special needs to be seen to. It required suitable grounds to be played on and a group of people, or committee, to run and manage the team. Committees ushered into local prominence a group of people who hitherto had been...

  • Amoris Laetitia – rekindling the joy of family love

    Amoris Laetitia – rekindling the joy of family love

    In the fourth year of his pontificate, Pope Francis gave us a special gift. Precisely on March 19 this year, the solemnity of St Joseph, during the extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, he released the document Amoris Laetitia – The Joy of Love. Amoris...

  • Tinker, Maker: Making a water bottle lava lamp

    Tinker, Maker: Making a water bottle lava lamp

    Everyone gets the same wonder and curiosity when seeing a lava lamp in action, but how does it work? Well, the mechanisms involved are centred around the idea that denser fluids settle under lighter ones. What this means is that for a particular...

  • Earthquake early warning systems

    Earthquake early warning systems

    Currently no system can predict the date or time when an earthquake will occur. But the technology behind earthquake early warning systems can be used to prevent some of the earthquake-related damage by alerting the public when an earthquake...

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