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  • Design it, build it, race!

    Design it, build it, race!

    University of Malta Racing (UoMR) is a student’s association with a difference in that it designs and builds racing cars. Its history goes back to 2007, when it used to be known as the Maltese Falcon Racing Team, which took part in the first...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    The following image was taken during one of the dynamic events of the competition in Italy, the one with the highest weighting in terms of competition points. Timothy Debono is seen tackling the endurance event, consisting of 28 laps in which four...

  • Beckhams mark son's 18th birthday with series of photos

    Beckhams mark son's 18th birthday with series of photos

    David and Victoria Beckham have opened up the family album to celebrate their son Brooklyn's 18th birthday. The couple marked the milestone by posting snaps of Brooklyn on social media. David posted an image of Brooklyn as a newborn in his...

  • If the shoe fits, wear it

    If the shoe fits, wear it

    Back in the day an elegant outfit and a pair of high heels went hand-in-hand. Thankfully those ideas are long gone and in today’s world, even a pair of sneakers can look elegant. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the footwear presentations at...

  • Back to the 80s for Milan Fashion Week

    Back to the 80s for Milan Fashion Week

    All the big Italian names are in Milan to display their luxurious collections for the city's fashion week. The 80’s are a defining theme in next winter’s collections along with the punk and goth elements so prevalent in that decade. GrinkoThe...

  • A passionate audience at Milan Fashion Week

    A passionate audience at Milan Fashion Week

    With so many fashion weeks and different catwalk shows throughout the year, one would fear that over the years, the fashion crowd would tire of it and maybe lose their passion. The beauty of fashion, however, is that there’s always something new...

  • The Governor’s fancy dress carnival ball

    The Governor’s fancy    dress carnival ball

    Now that we are in the midst of Carnival celebrations it is fitting to glance back and remind ourselves of one aspect of Carnival in times gone by – the annual Carnival fancy dress ball at the Governor’s Palace in Valletta. Fortunately, the Malta...

  • Cynophobia: fear of dogs

    Cynophobia: fear of dogs

    Last week I received an unusual request. A reader of this column telephoned to ask whether it would be possible for me to write about people who are afraid of dogs. He said that he himself was terrified of dogs and that he’d been bitten twice this...

  • Whitewater rafting and the world teachers live in

    Whitewater rafting and the world teachers live in

    Whitewater rafting is an experience I would recommend to anyone. It raises your adrenaline; invokes the thrill of the unknown as you face new rapids and currents; it brings out skills and dispositions you may not even have been aware that you...

  • Myth Debunked: The STV Paradox: Should you convince supporters of the opposition to vote for you?

    Myth Debunked: The STV Paradox: Should you convince supporters of the opposition to vote for you?

    Did you know that you could lose a single transferable vote election if you convince supporters of an opponent to vote for you instead? Suppose Tom, Dick and Harry are contesting such an election and one seat is up for grabs. To keep numbers small...

  • Simpson’s paradox

    Simpson’s paradox

    I need to decide which secondary school I should send my child to. In the area where I live, two schools are available, St James School and St Giles School. Which school has the better track record of students obtaining at least five passes in the...

  • Photo of the Week

    Photo of the Week

    The two protagonists in the Sound Bites section: Paul Erdős teaching 10-year-old Terence Tao in 1985. Today, many consider Tao to be the current most brilliant mathematician. He obtained his PhD at the age of 20 and became a full professor at the...

  • Colour at play at London Fashion Week

    Colour at play at London Fashion Week

    The end of February can only mean one thing in London and that’s lots of traffic, lots of beautifully dressed people congregating in one place and lots of frantic hailing of taxis - fashion week. It’s the Autumn/Winter 2017/2018 collections that...

  • Frederick W. Ryan – An Irishman who fell in love with Malta

    Frederick W. Ryan – An Irishman   who fell in love with Malta

    The 1930s were as politically turbulent for Malta, and Frederick Ryan, though seemingly unwilling to challenge doctrines then still current on the redeeming destiny of the em­pire, had genuine sympathy for those Maltese who did not suffer colonial...

  • Extreme heat, cold can kill older adults in their homes

    Extreme heat, cold can kill older adults in their homes

    Both extreme cold and hot weather kill older adults. The US Centres for Disease Prevention and Control report that between 2006 and 2010 deaths from cold weather for older adults (aged 65 and older) were three times those caused by heat. Cold...

  • Myth debunked: Interstellar: fact or fiction?

    Myth debunked: Interstellar: fact or fiction?

    In Interstellar, director Christopher Nolan takes Matthew McConaughey and his team on a trip through a worm hole to find a habitable planet for humanity but what’s the science behind it? A worm hole is simply a black hole that connects two...

  • Dark matter, the strongmen keeping the galaxies together

    Dark matter, the strongmen keeping the galaxies together

    On clear nights in non-light polluted areas, maybe after a tasty barbecue or out camping, one can view the majestic starry night. If the conditions are right, a foggy white band will be visible (especially in areas such as Dwejra and Miġra l-Ferħa).

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    This example of a Hoag-type galaxy is 600 million light years away and found in the constellation of Serpens. The circular gas ring appears to be the result of a nearby dwarf galaxy being stretched round the central galaxy. This may shed light on...

  • Our second chance at love

    Our second chance at love

    Kristina Chetcuti and Marielouise Caruana Galea talk openly about their respective second chances at love and the building of their big, blended families.  Publishing editor and columnist Kristina Chetcuti's partner is Opposition leader Simon...

  • Flights of fancy

    Flights of fancy

    Carnival aficionados give their all for their ‘pastime’, sometimes going to extremes to turn their pipe dream into reality. Stephanie Fsadni talks to one such enthusiast, whose love of dancing led her into the carnival arena. Stephania Gellel has...

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