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  • Going, going, gone

    Going, going, gone

    Lorella Fava sits down with auctioneer Pierre Grech Pillow as Obelisk Auction House gets ready for yet another grand auction of antiques and artworks. Pierre Grech Pillow is getting his hammer ready as he prepares for yet another exciting...

  • Empowering survivors of gender-based violence

    Empowering survivors  of gender-based violence

    Inequalities between genders may increase the risk of acts of violence against women, says Renee Laiviera. The Commissioner of the National Commission for the Promotion of Equality highlights various initiatives and the support available to...

  • The day of the great deceit

    The day of the great deceit

    Conspiracy theories sprout like ivy and savagely grow to obfuscate the truth. One such theory – eventually debunked with the release of a key file from the Public Record Office in Kew, the UK – claimed that British Prime Minister Winston Churchill...

  • A 1636 murder in Vittoriosa – and its far-reaching fallout

    A 1636 murder in Vittoriosa – and its far-reaching fallout

    On a dark night in November 1636, a worthless reprobate murdered, with premeditated perfidy, an oil merchant in his home in Vittoriosa. Francesco Scarlatta had been charitably providing assistance, meals and lodging to Nicolò Ciardi, a Sicilian...

  • Exploratory abdominal surgery

    Exploratory abdominal surgery

    This week it was touch and go for Ozzy.  Ozzy is an eight-month-old Beagle/Tal-Kaċċa cross, very loving with his owners and even possessive of them. His eyes are usually very expressive but when he was brought to the clinic they were dull and he...

  • World Cat Show at Smart City today

    World Cat Show at Smart City today

    Cat lovers will have the time of their life at the MFGC World Cat Show being held today, organised by the Malta Feline Guardians Club at Smart City Malta. The event kicked off yesterday. A display of 95 cats of many breeds from various countries...

  • 50% fewer centenarians in Malta than rest of Europe

    50% fewer centenarians in Malta than rest of Europe

    A hundred years ago in 1918, Alexander Graham Bell started looking at centenarians – those who live up to and beyond 100 years. Earlier studies looked at families in 14th-19th century China and Swedish families between 1500 and 1829. But Bell’s...

  • Myth debunked: Is Mathematics a thing of the past?

    Myth debunked: Is Mathematics a thing of the past?

    When people think of a mathematician, what do they picture? Probably, they would visualise a person (invariably male) in front of a blackboard chock-full of numbers and esoteric, intimidating symbols. Maybe someone with un­kempt hair, quirky...

  • Divisibility rules

    Divisibility rules

    We represent a number by a sequence of digits. For example, 532 represents a number made up of five 100s, three 10s and two units. Three 10s (30) is divisible by two, because 10 is. Similarly, 500 is divisible by two because 100 is. 1,000, 10,000,...

  • Photo of the Week

    Photo of the Week

    A domino computer built by Matt Parker and his team in 2014. Matt Parker is an Australian mathematician and stand-up comedian based in London. He is also the Public Engagement in Mathematics Fellow at Queen Mary University of London. Matt set out...

  • Parents urged to stop telling kids Father Christmas is real

    Parents urged to stop telling kids Father Christmas is real

    Parents have been urged to stop pretending Father Christmas is real in case the “lie” damages relations with their children. Spinning stories about Santa risks undermining a child’s trust and is morally suspect, according to two experts. Social...

  • Amadeo Preziosi – a talented Maltese artist who thrived in Turkey

    Amadeo Preziosi – a talented Maltese artist who thrived in Turkey

    By birth a member of the wealthy, aristocratic, strongly Catholic families of Malta, Amadeo, Fifth Count Preziosi, was born in Malta on December 2, 1816, and baptised in the parish church of Porto Salvo in Valletta with the names of Aloysius,...

  • About pastries and this year’s Nobel prize in physics

    About pastries and this year’s Nobel prize in physics

    Doughnuts and pretzels are, in many respects, at two opposite sides of the pastry world: a doughnut is soft and sweet while a pretzel is crunchy and savoury. However, the most note­worthy difference between a doughnut and a pretzel (at least from...

  • Myth debunked: Does the moon have a dark side?

    Myth debunked: Does the moon have a dark side?

    The moon makes a complete orbit once every 27.3 days. Early in its history, the moon’s rotation slow­ed and became tidally locked in its orientation with Earth. The energy it used to use to rotate relative to Earth quick­ly dissipated as heat,...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of  the week

    Saturn’s rings captured by the Cassini space probe in late 2015. The Cassini mission was sent to Saturn to study the planet, its rings and its many natural satellites. In the background of the photo we see Enceladus and Tethys in perfect...

  • Black market and other illegal activities between Malta and Gozo, 1940-43

    Black market and other illegal activities between Malta and Gozo, 1940-43

    In 1942, Malta was surrounded by Axis and oc­cupied territories. Very few convoys were managing to reach Malta and many merchant ships were being sunk by Axis aircraft and naval units. Although three merchant ships arrived with Convoy Operation...

  • Villers-Bretonneux and the Mellieħa connection, 1918

    Villers-Bretonneux and the Mellieħa connection, 1918

    The Somme offensive Some 16 kilometres east of the French town of Amiens, just south of the River Somme, lies the small village of Villers-Bretonneux, set in the middle of extensive green fields and empty spaces. Like all other French country...

  • Poisoning by medication

    Poisoning by medication

    This week I received a panic call from Loopy’s owner. Loopy is a large two-year old tan-coloured male cross breed. His owner told me that while she was out, her dog had got to her medication, torn up the packet and chewed on the foil inside. She...

  • Myth debunked: Chewing on dietary myths

    Myth debunked: Chewing on dietary myths

    Most people enjoy eating and loathe dieting. It is perhaps unsurprising that given this popular activity many food and nutrition-related myths have surfaced through the ages. Here are some food facts for you to digest. Many are fed the myth that...

  • Tackling kidney disease – towards a new era

    Tackling kidney disease – towards a new era

    Kidneys are bean-shaped organs that primarily serve to filter blood from waste products and extra water in the body, producing urine. When this filtering mechanism fails to function properly, high levels of waste may accumulate in the blood, which...

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