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  • The Maltese Martian

    The Maltese Martian

    Mars is the biggest contender for a second earth in the solar system. But what would it take to live there? For this thought experiment, let’s send a Maltese person to Mars. The optimal time to start our mission is when Mars is closest to earth.

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    An artistic representation of how Mars may have looked 4 billion years ago. Huge oceans cover the surface and could potentially allow life to exist. Maybe we can bring our red neighbour back to its former glory by terraforming it in the...

  • Barmy Brexit and Maltese women whose lives it might upend

    Barmy Brexit and Maltese women whose lives it might upend

    Helen Raine finds Brexit could leave Maltese in the lurch. She speaks to three women whose future in the UK is now full of uncertainty, wrapped up in lots of red tape.  Britain’s vote to leave the EU has massive implications not just for Britons,...

  • 'Millions' of VW, Skoda, Seat and Audi cars can be unlocked by hackers

    'Millions' of VW, Skoda, Seat and Audi cars can be unlocked by hackers

    Millions of cars sold by the Volkswagen Group since 1995 can be unlocked by using a £30 homemade radio to spy on key fob signals.  The hack is effective on various models of the group's Volkswagen, Audi, Skoda and Seat brands and the company has...

  • Dom Mintoff – on the centenary of his birth

    On August 6, 1916, Ċetta tax-Xiħ from the heart of Il-Bastjun, Cospicua, gave birth to her third child, her first son. It was the day of St Dominic’s demise, but the feast of Our Saviour according to the liturgical calendar. She and her husband...

  • Dormition of the Blessed Virgin

    Dormition of the Blessed Virgin

    In the western Gozitan countryside, known as Id-Deżert, lying west of the Citadel of Victoria, on a rise at the edge of an inland cliff, there arose a chapel of unknown date. The chapel lay near the hamlet of Ta’ Għammar, between the village of...

  • Climax to triple anniversary year

    Climax to triple anniversary year

    As President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca arrives for the Pontifical High Mass at the Basilica of St Dominic in Valletta this morning, she will be leading the congregation in the climax of celebrations in this parish’s triple anniversary year. The...

  • New Master degree shifts focus to teaching practice in schools

    New Master degree shifts focus to teaching practice in schools

    Teaching is becoming a more demanding and complex undertaking and assessing learning that takes place even more so. In the midst of all the developments taking place within the profession, locally and internationally, teacher educators play a...

  • Treating Maltese limestone

    Treating Maltese limestone

    Our landscape of stone. We readily connect with the beautiful ones. Those in the historical palaces of the city, the parish churches of the older villages and those shaping the cliffs on the coast. We disconnect just as quickly however, when those...

  • Myth debunked: Detoxing

    Myth debunked: Detoxing

    We all feel the aftermaths of a few days of heavy eating on junk food or the odd beer session. However, do detoxing juices and meals help in any way? No, but first of all what exactly are toxins? Toxins are the chemicals in our bodies that...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    The pink iguana is only found on one of the Galápagos islands. It is one of the species Charles Darwin used as evidence for his theory of evolution and is now classified as an endangered species. Credit: Larry Moore

  • UK mum celebrates surviving tumour op by buying lottery ticket - and wins millions

    UK mum celebrates surviving tumour op by buying lottery ticket - and wins millions

    A mother who felt lucky after surviving a tumour operation in the US has described how she rang her daughter back home to insist she bought a lottery ticket - and won £61.1 million. Sonia Davies, 53, who was in Florida with partner Keith Reynolds,...

  • Anton Schranz – from revolution to revolution

    Anton Schranz – from revolution to revolution

    In his second article leading up to an exhibition in 2018 marking the bicentenary of the Schranz artists’ arrival in Malta, John J. Schranz considers hypotheses of why Anton Schranz came to Malta, framing his life in Menorca in the context of the...

  • Ignatius of Loyola – founder of the Society of Jesus and leading figure of the counter-Reformation Church

    Ignatius of Loyola – founder of the Society of Jesus and leading figure of the counter-Reformation Church

    Ignatius Loyola (1491-1556), more precisely Don Iñigo de Oñaz y Loyola, the youngest son of a Basque nobleman, was born in the Castle of Loyola, in the province of Guipuzcoa. He received courtly training on the virtues of gentlemanly conduct in...

  • The way we die: elderly need end-of-life options

    The way we die: elderly need end-of-life options

    It is illegal to help someone kill themselves in Malta. But what if someone is dying in great pain? Opioids usually administered in these times are sometimes not enough to stop the agonal stage of death. Agony comes from the Greek word ‘to struggle’.

  • Pollutant on Oskar: a right sticky mess

    Pollutant on Oskar: a right sticky mess

    Last week, Oskar got himself in a right sticky mess. Oskar is a cream-coloured seven-year-old labrador with a gentle face that seemed to be laughing at me. Or maybe he was laughing at himself. Because when I met him, he reeked of marine engine oil...

  • Myth debunked: How many senses do we have?

    Myth debunked: How many senses do we have?

    Answer: Not only five. I clearly remember my biology teacher, quizzing us about senses on a torrid June afternoon. We were asked to list them, and the class was surprised to learn there were only five of them since the blackboard was full of...

  • My genome: reading the entire DNA sequence of an individual

    My genome: reading the entire DNA sequence of an individual

    We are who we are thanks to our genes and the environment we grew up in. While the environment undoubtedly plays a role in shaping the individual, it is the genome which determines many of our characteristics… the colour of our hair and eyes, our...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    Kat Styles, Thermal Engineer, operates Bruno the ExoMars rover prototype on the Mars test area at Airbus Defence & Space in Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Bruno belongs to a ‘family’ of three British rover prototypes which are testing planetary...

  • Addressing gender imbalance in top decision-making posts

    Addressing gender imbalance in top decision-making posts

    The online Directory of Professional Women, launched last year, aims to give visibility to qualified women in various sectors of the economy. NCPE Commissioner Renee Laiviera tells Stephanie Fsadni more about its scope. Over 200 women have...

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