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  • Tinker, Maker: Balancing act, trick

    Tinker, Maker: Balancing act, trick

    Here is a way how to get hailed as a great conjurer at your next dinner party. You will need a toothpick, two identical forks, a piece of cork (taken from a dutifully drunk bottle of wine) and an empty glass. First, you will need to insert the two...

  • Determining protein structures in processes through the years

    Determining protein structures in processes through the years

    Proteins are found in all biological organisms and are involved in many processes within biological systems that include supporting biochemical reactions, transporting and storing chemical compounds, signalling information from other proteins,...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    A Kenya Wildlife Service team take measurements of a male lion’s teeth while they prepare to fit the animal with a GPS tracking collar in Nairobi National Park.

  • Almost 46 million people remain trapped in slavery

    Almost 46 million people remain trapped in slavery

    Almost 46 million people are living as slaves globally with the greatest number in India but the highest prevalence of slavery in North Korea, according to the third Global Slavery Index released yesterday. The index, by Australia-based human...

  • Breaking borders

    Breaking borders

    The Malta Communications Authority, in collaboration with the TakeOff Business Incubator and a number of key players on the tech start-up scene are working together to launch Zest, Malta’s biggest digital business event. Spread over two days, the...

  • Servicing the big guns of the Royal Navy in Malta and the invention of the Armstrong Mitchell 160-ton hydraulic dockside crane

    Servicing the big guns of the Royal Navy in Malta and the invention of the Armstrong Mitchell 160-ton hydraulic dockside crane

    For the world of warships, harbours and armaments, the second half of the 19th century was an exciting chicken-and-egg time. Iron, and later steel, replaced wood; steam replaced sail, and old and new nations vied with each other for command of the...

  • Painting travels of four Schranz artists

    Painting travels of four Schranz artists

    In this first in a series of articles leading up to an exhibition and publication in 2018 marking the bicentenary of the Schranz artists’ arrival in Malta, John J. Schranz looks at the travels of Anton, Giovanni, Antonio and Giuseppe Schranz in...

  • Cemetery guardians on the go

    Cemetery guardians on the go

    A group of guardians forming part of the Braxia and Addolorata army, an NGO working on bringing cemeteries back to life, are now tackling the Jewish part of the Addolorata. NGO founder Ruth Bezzina explains what the members are doing and what they...

  • Tinker, Maker: The coin drop

    Tinker, Maker: The coin drop

    Dropping a coin into an empty glass sounds pretty ordinary at first. How about trying out a more creative and scientifically sound way to get a penny into a cup? This experiment will demonstrate Newton’s law of inertia. You will need a notecard,...

  • Lost in translation

    Lost in translation

    Most of us can speak at least two languages. Perhaps three, four or five if you’re a language geek. But mostly, we’re confined to international and business languages. What about trying to get by in a foreign country with no grasp of the local...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    This 100x photograph features a liverwort (Lepidolaena taylorii) plant showing modified leaves (water sacs), which are often home to aquatic microorganisms such as rotifers. It received an honorable mention in the 2015 Nikon Small World...

  • The misunderstood city

    The misunderstood city

    The messages, asking me if I was fine, flooded in. I was – however, a street away from my hotel, in Istanbul’s Beyoglu district, a suicide bombing had left five people dead, including the attacker, and 36 people injured. Unfortunately, Istanbul...

  • Kilin: ‘an innocent child, energetic human being, a genuine Catholic’

    Kilin: ‘an innocent child, energetic human being, a genuine Catholic’

    Author Mikiel Spiteri, known as Kilin, passed away eight years ago. Lorella Fava meets his youngest daughter, Rosalie Caruana, to remember an author, an artist, and a father Kilin’s daughter, Rosalie Caruana, the youngest of seven children, reads...

  • A hobby that sticks

    A hobby that sticks

    Football sticker collecting used to be only for children. But children, of course, grow up, and in the run-up to Euro 2016, fans of all ages are turning back to that childhood hobby of swapping stickers. Football stickers have a way of bringing...

  • Look who’s not talking

    Look who’s not talking

    Communicating has never been easier. Gadgets, apps and tools offer us various platforms on which to communicate – we are so dependent on these tools that we find it hard to imagine a present, or future, without e-mail, mobiles and social...

  • Obama’s Hiroshima visit looks to future amid critics’ charges of selective amnesia

    Obama’s Hiroshima visit looks to future amid critics’ charges of selective amnesia

    Japan and the US are presenting President Barack Obama’s visit to Hiroshima as an affirmation of a strong alliance and a step towards world denuclearisation, but critics see selective amnesia and paradoxes on nuclear policy. Aides have said Obama...

  • Atomic bomb survivors: Obama apology was nice, but priority disarmament

    Atomic bomb survivors: Obama apology was nice, but priority disarmament

    Japanese atomic bomb survivors say an apology from President Barack Obama for the US bombing of Hiroshima would be welcome, but their priority is on ridding the world of all nuclear weapons forever. Obama’s visit to Hiroshima, after he attends a...

  • Despite continual setbacks, Frères remain faithful to Malta

    Despite continual setbacks, Frères remain faithful to Malta

    On February 18, 1908, Bro. Emman­uel Giordano asked Gozo Bishop Giovanni Camilleri for permission to open an institute on Malta’s sister island to provide religious and civil education. On February 22, 1909, Mgr Camilleri welcomed the request and...

  • Knee problems: a dislocated patella

    Knee problems: a dislocated patella

    Last week we operated on Poppy’s knee. Poppy is a charcoal, medium-sized chihuahua, first brought into the clinic about a week ago. Despite being only one-and-a- half years old, Poppy’s owner said her dog had been, on and off, suffering from a...

  • Tinker, Maker: How to boil an egg inside out

    Tinker, Maker: How to boil an egg inside out

    Next time you have someone over for dinner, why not serve them an inside out egg? The technique, made popular by Japanese chef Yama Chaahan, requires a bit of preparation, but will guarantee impressed guests. Luckily, you will probably find all...

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