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  • Brain uploads

    Brain uploads

    Feeding knowledge directly into your brain, just like in sci-fi classic The Matrix, could soon take as much effort as falling asleep, scientists believe. Researchers claim to have developed a stimulator which can feed information directly into a...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    NASA just released this new Hubble image of two galaxy clusters about to collide. The result of this cosmic collision of galaxy clusters was the formation of a new, massive structure called MACS J0416, which lies roughly 4.3 billion light-years...

  • From Senegal to Libya: an African student joins IS

    From Senegal to Libya: an African student joins IS

    When Sadio Gassama decided to go into medicine, he started by giving free check-ups at his mosque in Senegal’s poor southern region of Casamance. Now, the 25-year-old medical student says he is treating Islamic State fighters in Libya. Until...

  • Winning the cup

    Winning the cup

    If you hear the sounds of plastic cups slapping table tops as children stack them into pyramids – first constructing them, them collapsing them, one cup inside the other, as fast as humanly possible – then you are witnessing a game which is taking...

  • Love is in the armpit

    Love is in the armpit

    Love at first whiff is the idea behind Smell Dating, a New York matchmaking service that promises to help single people sniff out their perfect match by breathing in the odours from dirty T-shirts. Artist Tega Brain, who teaches at New York’s...

  • Donald Trump’s 2016 bid has echoes of reality TV

    Donald Trump’s 2016 bid has echoes of reality TV

    Donald Trump had come to a run-down New York City apartment on an autumn day in 2003 to tape a scene for his new reality television show, The Apprentice. Suddenly, one of the contestants cried out in surprise. The young woman, Omarosa Manigault,...

  • Holy Week and Easter in a Maltese maritime city

    Holy Week and Easter in a Maltese maritime city

    Senglea, located on a promontory and nestled in the Grand Harbour at the head of a peninsula, is Malta’s smallest locality with an area of less than a square mile. The original town was built during the time of the Knights of St John in the 16th...

  • The Albrecht Durer Collection at the Mdina Cathedral Museum

    The Albrecht Durer Collection at the Mdina Cathedral Museum

    The Cathedral Museum in Mdina and its archives fully deserves its proud reputation of being a ‘crossroad of faith and culture’, epitomising the actual function of a church museum. This prestigious museum, which will soon mark its 50th anniversary,...

  • Ġanni Bonnici artworks in philately

    Ġanni Bonnici artworks in philately

    The Anzac Memorial at Argotti Botanical Gardens in Floriana, designed by the Maltese sculptor Ġanni Bonnici, features on an Australia Post prepaid postal stationery envelope, issued in May 2015, and designed by Sharon Rodziewicz from the Australia...

  • My cat is infested with maggots!

    My cat is infested with maggots!

    Last week, I had one of those cases that never ceases to impress me. My patient was Missy, a petite, five-year-old female Persian. Missy had an infestation of maggots. The term maggot is commonly used to describe the immature stage of various...

  • Tinker, Maker: How to open a wine bottle without a corkscrew

    Tinker, Maker: How to open a wine bottle without a corkscrew

    One of the most frustrating things that can happen in your life is settling down to a lovely view with a chilled Chablis as the sun sets… only to realise the corkscrew is still at home. There are many ways to solve this problem. A solution lies in...

  • Upgrade your DNA… soon

    Upgrade your DNA… soon

    The stuff of life is DNA. A simple four letter code written by chemicals that work like a book. Read a DNA chapter and instead of your favourite sonnet, a brain cell is produced or a blue eye. When it works, DNA makes a human being from a single...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    Histological tissue section from a sample of lung squamous carcinoma. Credit: NCI cancergenome.nih.gov

  • No water, no jobs

    No water, no jobs

    An estimated one out of two jobs globally are dependent on water, meaning that shortages and lack of access are likely to limit economic growth in the coming decades, the United Nations said yesterday. About 1.5 billion people – half the world’s...

  • Pastor who carried his cross with dignity

    Pastor who carried his cross with dignity

    Throughout his 30 years at the helm of the Church in Malta, Archbishop Joseph Mercieca was a shining example of a wise, prudent, humble and gentle pastor whose priorities included communicating and witnessing Christ, promoting evangelical values...

  • Relations with Dom Mintoff

    Relations with Dom Mintoff

    Mgr Joseph Mercieca became Archbishop of Malta at a time when Prime Minister Dom Mintoff was focused on proceeding with the introduction of a series of civic reforms he believed in. These included measures which were bound to create friction with...

  • Choosing between right and wrong

    Choosing between right and wrong

    There was a particular aspect of Christian life Archbishop Joseph Mercieca used to think about a lot, also after his retirement as leader of the Church in Malta. This aspect was the often difficult task of choosing between right and wrong. Mgr...

  • Delivering water safely

    Delivering water safely

    World Water Day, being marked today, is celebrating the workers that ensure the safe delivery of water. Stephanie Fsadni takes a look at what the Water Services Corporation does in this regard and at some of its projects currently under way. Tap...

  • UN aid workers undergo training for refugee crisis

    UN aid workers undergo training for refugee crisis

    Surrounded and dragged in all directions by hungry, sick and desperate refugees, the newly-arrived aid workers race between pregnant women and small children while negotiating with the military in an attempt to control the chaos. The soldiers...

  • Doodles, and more, at the Notarial Archives

    Doodles, and more, at the Notarial Archives

    Who has never, during a boring lecture, meeting, conference or telephone call, relieved the tedium by doodling – scribbling various pictorial or geometric shapes in the margins of the paper intended for taking notes? The more boring the topic one...

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