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  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    A photo of Professor Sir Andrew Wiles outside the Oxford University Mathematical Institute building, named in his honour. Three whole numbers a, b, and c form a Pythagorean triple if a2 + b2 = c2 (see the figure above); for example, 3, 4, and 5.

  • Discovering the nightlife of bats in Malta

    Discovering the nightlife of bats in Malta

    Why should we be working to protect bats? These mythical animals, popularly known as blind vampires, are dangerous, stick to your hair and basically don’t matter. However, after a one-month internship working with bats as a volunteer intern with...

  • Turning the wheels of faith

    Turning the wheels of faith

    Beyond the legendary Tour de France and the Giro d’Italia, there are many countries in the world that boast to be the ‘spiritual’ home of cycling. However, for Maltese riders, nothing can really claim the spiritual tag like tomorrow’s traditional...

  • Facebook slammed for censoring iconic Vietnam war photo

    Facebook slammed for censoring iconic Vietnam war photo

    Facebook's decision to censor a historic photograph of the Vietnam war has been slammed by Norway's largest newspaper in a front-page open letter.  In the letter, Aftenposten editor-in-chief Espen Egil Hansen called on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg...

  • Devotion out of a stone

    Devotion out of a stone

    Three generations of a family from Għargħur have taken it upon themselves to continue celebrating a special feast that started over two decades ago. Fireworks manufacturer Bertu Fenech, then in his late 50s, together with his friend Karmnu...

  • Taking cold beer and grilled meat to the next level

    Taking cold beer and grilled meat to the next level

    On a warm summer evening, few things beat a cold beer and the sizzling sound of meat on a grill.  But what if you could swap that watery lager and sorry-looking frozen burger for top-shelf brews and meat cuts?  A beer and meat pairing event set to...

  • The clicks of creation

    The clicks of creation

    Our children will grow up in a world with ever more technology at their fingertips. But parents need to make sure their kids’ skills go beyond the ability to use the devices. Simonne Pace finds out about a local coding programme for parents and...

  • Saint Teresa of Calcutta - a Mother to all

    Saint Teresa of Calcutta - a Mother to all

    Mother Teresa was called a living saint. Today, 19 years after her death, she will hold the title officially. Two prominent Maltese priests recall with tenderness their encounters with her. Former Jesuit provincial Fr Paul Chetcuti spoke to Ronald...

  • Senglea – a gem enclosed by spectacular bastions

    Senglea – a gem enclosed by spectacular bastions

    During the years 1523-1530, the Knights of the Sovereign Military Order of St John were in search of a new home, since in December 1522 they had forced to surrender Rhodes to the Ottomans following a six-month-long siege. By a decree dated March...

  • Myth debunked: Do fans cool our homes?

    Myth debunked: Do fans cool our homes?

    How do fans work and do they make our rooms any cooler? No, fans simply make us feel cooler since they are moving the same air over our skin. In fact, if the room is closed the fan may actually raise the room temperature but only very slightly.

  • Will driverless vehicles be the key to the future of transport?

    Will driverless vehicles be the key to the future of transport?

    We are still along way off from the computer controlled highways of the classic 2004 iRobot film. However, the first steps toward a not too dissimilar reality may not be that far away. In 2012 Google had already crossed the half a million...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    The future of autonomous cars is not yet known but they may one day make that time spent on the trip to the office much more useful. This would revolutionise the way people work and make remote working much more important. On the other hand it may...

  • This man makes curries so hot, you have to sign a waiver to eat them

    This man makes curries so hot, you have to sign a waiver to eat them

    South Korea is proud of its spicy food. It is one of very few cold weather countries to embrace the chili pepper. Foreigners are often incredulously asked, "You can eat that?" when tucking into a bowl of kimchi jjigae or a plate of fire...

  • Żabbar’s constant development as a parish

    Żabbar’s constant development as  a parish

    The concept of the formation of Christian communities has passed through various developments. The seed sown by the Gospel, enlivened by the apostles and first disciples, began to grow in various grounds in different ages. In time these...

  • Victories, retreats and stalemates during August-December 1916

    Victories, retreats and stalemates during August-December 1916

    On August 27, 1916, Romania declared war on the Central Powers and began the invasion of Austria-Hungary through the Carpathian Mountains. The Romanians advanced 50 miles into Transylvania. A day later, Italy declared war on Germany, thus...

  • Marking 800 years of Dominican legacy

    Marking 800 years of Dominican legacy

    This year, the Dominican order, or order of preachers, or even still, the black friars, are celebrating the 800th anniversary of its foundation by Dominic of Guzman – a humble friar who came from the small village of Kalruega in Spain, who managed...

  • Can elderly care standards be enforced?

    Can elderly care standards be enforced?

    As Malta begins moving towards providing more services to an ever-increasing number of older adults, the government is also radically changing how these services are provided. Initiated in 2015 with the termination of contracts with the Malta...

  • Injuries to the footpads

    Injuries to the footpads

    Last week, Gravy had an encounter with a door. Gravy is a two-year-old smooth-haired female miniature dachshund, very well proportioned with a lovely, pointed nose. The name dachshund is a literal translation of the German term for ‘badger dog’.

  • Myth debunked: Climate change deniers

    Myth debunked: Climate change deniers

    Despite the soaring temperatures, rapid-melting ice-creams, and frequent ‘Hottest [insert your favourite month here] ever recorded!’ headlines, people still remain sceptic about the (human-induced) change in climate across the world. The deniers’...

  • Art and science tie the knot

    Art and science tie the knot

    Picture the renaissance – a time of enlightenment reflected in a leap in artistic development; art that has vastly outlived its creators, become a staple in our collective memory and a pride of human achievement. Now picture what the renaissance...

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