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  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    Hundreds of years ago, owls gobbled down small mammals called Nesophontes and regurgitated pellets of their remains. That mammal is now extinct, but an analysis of the pellets reveals how it evolved from some of the earliest mammals 70 million...

  • Remembering those who forget

    Remembering those who forget

    I recently locked myself out – I had left the front door keys on the kitchen table as I was going out and only realised my mishap on my return home. We all suffer such instances of forgetfulness. But what if these became regular occurrences? And...

  • What's hot at London Fashion Week

    What's hot at London Fashion Week

    A new fashion week season has rolled around once again bringing with it a host of new trends to absorb. During this period, the frenzy literally takes over Soho in London and industry players fly in from all over the world. It is time for us to...

  • Malta proud of its choral book collections

    Malta proud of its choral   book collections

    In medieval Europe, church music was extremely popular. It was invariably expressed in song and prayers, in poems and exquisite paintings. In fact, choral books emerged as one of the artistic triumphs of the Middle Ages, an expression of pious...

  • The bride wore white… and so did everyone else!

    The bride wore white… and so did everyone else!

    I used to be of the firm belief that there was a limit to human absurdity. That little misconception was soon dispelled after a few ill-fated afternoons when I joined a number of Facebook groups about fashion, beauty and everything else in...

  • Myth debunked: An apple a day keeps the doctor away?

    Myth debunked: An apple a day keeps the doctor away?

    Well everyone knows or has heard of this saying before, especially when we were young, but does eating an apple a day really keep the doctor away? Let us look at the facts. Apples are good sources of vitamin C and fibre. A healthy start, but is it...

  • Science over a cuppa

    Science over a cuppa

    Since scientific knowledge is impacting society it is imperative that scientists and society recognise what kind of social impact their research is having on society. This is why scientific awareness of various audiences is crucial to informal...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    Legend has it that coffee was discovered by a goat herder, Kaldi. There is a popular Ethiopian legend that has it that coffee was discovered by Kaldi, who found his goats frolicking and full of energy after eating the red fruit of the coffee shrub.

  • Malta and LGBTIQ equality, one year on

    Malta and LGBTIQ equality, one year on

    Yesterday was the 85th anniversary of the death of Lili Elbe, the first person to undergo sex reassignment surgery. One year after the introduction of the Gender Identity Act, Malta has become a protagonist in the fight for the equality and...

  • Older but happier

    Older but happier

    There is a joke about an unusual celebration in heaven. There are rarely celebrations in heaven. The uncommon merriment is brought about by the first Maltese person entering heaven. And the rarity of that event is because Maltese are always...

  • Celebrating Żabbar’s many graces, renewing the parish spirit

    Celebrating Żabbar’s many graces, renewing the parish spirit

    In 1943, the parish of Żabbar providentially passed into the hands of Fr Joseph Zarb, a 31-year-old priest, who was considered both a dreamer and charismatic leader. In his first publication in 1947, Fr Zarb had shown the great impact Dun Xand...

  • Eyes have it: canine keratitis

    Eyes have it: canine keratitis

    This week, Jethro was brought to the clinic under protest. Jethro is a male poodle, quite elderly, but still sprightly despite his age. It was clear that Jethro did not want to be at the veterinary clinic.  What was also very obvious was that...

  • Myth debunked: The art of mathematics

    Myth debunked: The art of mathematics

    Mathematics is often described as exact and abstract, and labelled as austere, cold, and even boring. Perhaps most people regard mathematics as a purely scientific discipline that does not allow much room for creativity. Some may not even see it...

  • Beautiful theorems

    Beautiful theorems

    Bertrand Russell said, “Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty.” The remarkable mathematician Paul Erdos said, “Why are numbers beautiful? It’s like asking why is Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony beautiful. If you...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    A photo of Professor Sir Andrew Wiles outside the Oxford University Mathematical Institute building, named in his honour. Three whole numbers a, b, and c form a Pythagorean triple if a2 + b2 = c2 (see the figure above); for example, 3, 4, and 5.

  • Discovering the nightlife of bats in Malta

    Discovering the nightlife of bats in Malta

    Why should we be working to protect bats? These mythical animals, popularly known as blind vampires, are dangerous, stick to your hair and basically don’t matter. However, after a one-month internship working with bats as a volunteer intern with...

  • Turning the wheels of faith

    Turning the wheels of faith

    Beyond the legendary Tour de France and the Giro d’Italia, there are many countries in the world that boast to be the ‘spiritual’ home of cycling. However, for Maltese riders, nothing can really claim the spiritual tag like tomorrow’s traditional...

  • Facebook slammed for censoring iconic Vietnam war photo

    Facebook slammed for censoring iconic Vietnam war photo

    Facebook's decision to censor a historic photograph of the Vietnam war has been slammed by Norway's largest newspaper in a front-page open letter.  In the letter, Aftenposten editor-in-chief Espen Egil Hansen called on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg...

  • Devotion out of a stone

    Devotion out of a stone

    Three generations of a family from Għargħur have taken it upon themselves to continue celebrating a special feast that started over two decades ago. Fireworks manufacturer Bertu Fenech, then in his late 50s, together with his friend Karmnu...

  • Taking cold beer and grilled meat to the next level

    Taking cold beer and grilled meat to the next level

    On a warm summer evening, few things beat a cold beer and the sizzling sound of meat on a grill.  But what if you could swap that watery lager and sorry-looking frozen burger for top-shelf brews and meat cuts?  A beer and meat pairing event set to...

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