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  • Paradise found

    Paradise found

    Close your eyes. Think of one thing: Thailand. Many envisage happy locals, pristine beaches lined with coconut trees, mouth-watering curries and virgin rainforest with monkeys busy chattering and swinging from a playground of branches. After...

  • Exposing time and place

    Exposing time and place

    Photos of traditional trades, village cores, chapels and endemic plants form part of an exhibition aimed at raising awareness on the importance of safeguarding our heritage An exhibition focusing on disappearing aspects of Malta aims to not only...

  • Answers remain elusive

    Answers remain elusive

    Two years after Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared, answers remain elusive with international investigators yet to arrive at a conclusion over what happened to the jet. The international team looking into the aircraft’s disappearance said...

  • At a higher risk of poverty

    At a higher risk of poverty

    Women need to think ahead when it comes to making their career choices. Working fewer hours or opting for lesser-paid jobs or precarious work due to family responsibilities is leading to a gender wage gap and is increasing their risk of poverty.

  • Mothers at work

    Mothers at work

    On March 8, 1857, garment workers in New York City marched and picketed, demanding improved working conditions, a 10-hour day and equal rights for women. Their ranks were broken up by the police. Fifty-one years later, on March 8, 1908, their...

  • Securing human rights

    Securing human rights

    The human rights agenda in Malta has been developing and strengthening for over 60 years and continues to do so. Renee Laiviera discusses the initiatives being taken by the government to reinforce the national equality structure by transforming...

  • A holistic treatment for your pets

    A holistic treatment for your pets

    Homeopathic medicine is increasingly gaining popularity as an alternative or complementary treatment to conventional medicine. Stephanie Fsadni gets to grips with its basic principles and why it can work on pets as much as on humans. Homeopathic...

  • The sinking of HMS Glorious and the Maltese men who lost their lives while serving on it

    The sinking of HMS Glorious and the Maltese men who lost their lives while serving on it

    When the news reached Malta that HMS Glorious had been sunk by the German battleships Sharnhorst and Gneisenau, many families felt the pain of the tragedy that war brings with it. World War II had just begun and Malta had suffered its worst naval...

  • Italy considers capturing Malta during invasion of Abyssinia

    Italy considers capturing Malta during invasion of Abyssinia

    On December 31, 1935, Italian aircraft operating over southern Abyssinia bombed the Swedish Red Cross unit near Dolo and another unit at Daggah Bur on January 4, 1936. In the first raid, 50 people were killed. The wounded were flown to Addis...

  • Courier bots

    Courier bots

    If you have never heard about Starship Technologies, we won’t blame you. We didn’t either until a while ago. You may think it’s the name of an enterprise that’s trying to build a next generation space shuttle of sorts. But you’d be wrong. Because...

  • How to make artificial clouds

    How to make artificial clouds

    There’s no need to look up to see the clouds in the sky when you can make a fun cloud of your own at home! Try this easy experiment to create a cloud in a bottle. The few supplies you will need are a two-litre transparent plastic bottle (with...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    This image of the Milky Way has been released to mark the completion of the Apex Telescope Large Area Survey of the Galaxy (ATLASGAL), working in conjunction with the Max Planck satellite.

  • Pets may suffer from stress too

    Pets may suffer from stress too

    Pets’ welfare depends on their physical and environmental situation and any changes can lead to stress. Lorella Fava learns how to recognise the symptoms. Stress has today become somewhat of a cliché – some people complain about their stress...

  • Choosing the right nutrition for your puppy

    Choosing the right nutrition for your puppy

    Cat, dog and horse nutritionist Fiona Picton says each puppy needs a specific diet depending on its breed and size for healthy growth. She gives a number of tips on what and how to feed it. Puppies need more energy than adult dogs to support their...

  • ‘Church made enormous mistakes over sex abuse’

    ‘Church made enormous mistakes over sex abuse’

    Australian Cardinal George Pell, the highest-ranking Vatican official to testify on Catholic Church abuse, said the Church made “enormous mistakes” and “let people down” in its handling of systemic child sex abuse by priests. Giving evidence in...

  • The Maltese colonisation of Pachino, Sicily

    The Maltese colonisation of Pachino, Sicily

    “Davanti a Pachino c’è Melita […] e l’isola di Gaudo, entrambi distanti 88 miglia dal capo” (Strabone). Pachino is a small town of about 22,000 inhabitants, located in the extreme southeast of Sicily, in the province of Syracuse. Before its birth,...

  • The Maltese Temple Period’s unique religious significance

    The Maltese Temple Period’s unique religious significance

    Ever since I discovered the ground-breaking book The Cognitive Origins of Art, Religion and Science by Steven Mithen, Professor of Archeology at the University of Reading, I have been fascinated with the genesis of formal religion. I have been...

  • The curious case of ‘puppy strangles’

    The curious case of ‘puppy strangles’

    Last week I came across a condition I had not encountered for some 15 years. My patient was a tiny toffee-coloured female Chihuahua puppy named Sophie. What was very clear was that this puppy was in a lot of pain. Any attempt I made to hold her...

  • How to make a chocolate teapot

    How to make a chocolate teapot

    Chocolate melts. A scientific phenomenon that led to the British-coined phrase “as useless as a chocolate teapot”. Did the Brits get it right? Or, can you brew a nice cuppa in a chocolate teapot? To find out you need 1.5kg of chocolate. Dark...

  • Sharing secrets with light

    Sharing secrets with light

    Light is everywhere. Even the darkest of rooms in our homes contain a handful of blinking LEDs. But what is light? Few of us ever stop to think about this question. Around a hundred years ago scientists discovered that light comes in granules,...

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