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  • Fugitives who escaped to Malta

    Fugitives who escaped to Malta

    Throughout history, Malta has served as a refuge and safe haven for many who had fallen foul of the law, or who were being pursued and persecuted for various other reasons in their home country. From the pre-Christian era right up to the present,...

  • Shining a light on some patrons of photographer Leandro Preziosi

    Shining a light on some patrons of photographer Leandro Preziosi

    Early photography in Malta is receiving well deserved scrutiny. One of the earliest Maltese pioneers of photography worthy of serious research was Leandro Preziosi (1820-1869), younger brother of the better known watercolourist Count Amadeo...

  • Weight-loss ‘no-nos’ are all on display in new TV reality show

    Weight-loss ‘no-nos’ are all on display in new TV reality show

    The long-awaited Revenge Body with Khloé Kardashian pilot, aired January 13 on E! Network after its announcement in 2015, has had an audience split ever since its premier. Revenge Body features two struggling individuals looking to lose weight to...

  • Myth debunked: You’ve got the memory of a goldfish!

    Myth debunked: You’ve got the memory of a goldfish!

    Are you quite forgetful? Have you ever used the term having the memory of a goldfish? Well if you have, you are not being all that scientifically correct. This also depends whether one is talking about the working memory or the attention span. Let...

  • On a science journey

    On a science journey

    Whether you’re a science student, graduate, academic or simply interested in the local flora and fauna, one can easily take part in collecting data. This is exciting news for science enthusiasts who would like to contribute to updating the...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    This photo is of the Maltese Freshwater Crab (Il-Qabru in Maltese) and is endemic to the Maltese Islands. This was taken in Baħrija at the bottom of the valley near the freshwater spring. Il-Qabru lives where there is a permanent source of...

  • Euthanasia debate stems from our failure to deal with end-of-life care, says bioethics expert

    Euthanasia debate stems from our failure to deal with end-of-life care, says bioethics expert

    The introduction of euthanasia would show a failure of humanity to deal with dying people, says bioethics expert Pierre Mallia. He spoke to Simonne Pace about a research project with a profoundly important aim: to make the end of life comfortable...

  • Objects lost, music found

    Objects lost, music found

    Having just hosted Dutch experimental luthier and musician Yuri Landman as its latest Artist-in-Residence (AiR), Spazju Kreattiv is now holding an open jam session with instruments made by him and workshop participants. Landman built his first...

  • More stories linking P&O and Malta for 180 years

    More stories linking P&O and Malta for 180 years

    P&O continued to provide liner servi­ces during World War I. German submarines operating in the Mediterranean took their toll, the ships being targeted on outward and homeward voyages to the Orient and Australia, often after the usual Malta call.

  • Tribute to a gentleman journalist: Lino Bugeja

    Tribute to a gentleman journalist: Lino Bugeja

    The sad news of Lino Bugeja’s passing, although not unexpected, shocked me and others, notably my colleagues at the Tumas Fenech Foundation for Education in Journalism, who worked closely with Lino over the last 18 months. Lino was keen to...

  • Operations: caring for your pet

    Last week, Pippin’s owner finally and reluctantly took the decision to spay her cat. Pippin is a three-year-old grey female Persian with a pair of large golden eyes. Pippin’s owner decided she did not want her cat mated, so for health reasons it...

  • Myth debunked: Why do we need to learn maths if we have calculators?

    Myth debunked: Why do we need to learn maths if we have calculators?

    This common complaint has an adult version, “Why do we need mathematicians if we have (statistics) software?” Apart from the notoriously wrong political polls of last year, the following story may provide a partial answer: In 1943, at the peak of...

  • How does a CT scan work?

    Tomography is the imaging of the interior of an object from information obtained outside it. A familiar example is a CT scan in which a slice of the brain or other organ is imaged from X-ray scans of it. It is not a simple X-ray of the brain but...

  • Photo of the week

    James Cooley (1926 – 2016) died in June of last year. He invented, with John Tukey, the Fast Fourier Transform, sometimes described as “the most important numerical algorithm of our lifetime” because it speeds up time-critical calculations in...

  • It’s not just another day

    It’s not just another day

    For many people, one look at the calendar today will make them very nervous. Some will nurse mild anxiety while others will suffer full-blown panic attacks and reschedule all their meetings. And yet, for others, Friday 13 is no different than any...

  • Rescued from South Korea meat market, dogs head for new homes in the US, UK and Canada

    Rescued from South Korea meat market, dogs head for new homes in the US, UK and Canada

    "You're OK, you're OK," Lola Webber, a campaign manager with the Humane Society International (HSI), whispers to a lab-mix puppy, cradling her in a jacket as dozens of dogs bark in nearby cages. The puppy is moved from a rusty cage on a dog-meat...

  • Celebrating 180 years of the P&O-Malta connection

    Celebrating 180 years of the P&O-Malta connection

    P&O Cruises’ Aurora will call at Malta after she leaves Southampton on January 9 for a circumnavigation of the globe. The cruise, which has been described as having been 180 years in the making, will celebrate the foundation of P&O in 1837. Aurora...

  • Help your child excel in life

    Help your child excel in life

    A resilience programme targeted at vulnerable and marginalised children helps foster the skills needed to overcome difficulties and adversity in the real world. Simonne Pace discovers how perseverance can be nurtured. As much as academic...

  • Myth Debunked: Is Pluto a planet?

    What really is a planet? Our solar system is host to thousands of objects ranging from planets to asteroids to comets, and many others. In recent years, however, there’s been a focus on how many planets the solar system contains, eight or nine? On...

  • The accelerating universe: dark energy or new physics?

    The accelerating universe: dark energy or new physics?

    Looking out at the universe we see stars and galaxies, as well as many other less luminous objects, but what’s interesting to cosmologists is how and why they are moving. On small scales such as in the solar system we see planets orbit about the...

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