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  • Microwave oven, a health hazard or a great benefit?

    Microwave oven, a health hazard or a great benefit?

    If you are the sort of person with a very busy life, where every minute counts, then you probably use a microwave oven quite often. It saves time when you want to cook or warm up food, sterilise a baby’s dummy or simply make popcorn while watching...

  • Theory vs experiment

    Theory vs experiment

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  • Women’s wisdom ‘crucial’ to beating climate change

    Women’s wisdom ‘crucial’ to beating climate change

    In the Indian community of Mahewa, when monsoon floods come, women start to eat and drink as little as possible. But the change has nothing to do with the availability of clean water and food. Instead, it’s about minimising visits to the toilet at...

  • Artistic and architectural landmarks in Città Vittoriosa

    Artistic and architectural landmarks in Città Vittoriosa

    The medieval city of Birgu (Città Vittoriosa) lies on a promontory flanked by two ancient seaports – Porto delle Galere (now Dockyard Creek) and Porto degli Ebrei (now Kalkara Creek), protected by the impregnable Castrum Maris (Fort St Angelo)...

  • Hemivertebra: spinal defects in dogs

    Hemivertebra: spinal defects in dogs

    Last week Pasha suddenly developed a limp on her right hind leg. Pasha is a three-year-old female French bulldog that looks like an animated soft toy. Full of character, French bulldogs are a small breed of dog that have recently become more...

  • Tinker, Maker: Float a metal paperclip

    Time for some magic. Fill a bowl with tap water and drop a paper clip in it. Unsurprisingly, this will sink right to the bottom. Tear a piece of tissue paper (the size of half a €5 note). Gently place this flat on the surface of the water. Again,...

  • Nature’s fundamental elements

    Nature’s fundamental elements

    The ancient Greeks believed that all matter consisted of tiny particles that could not be broken down further, which they called atomos, meaning indivisible. However, scientists had no evidence that atoms were in turn made up of smaller particles...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    Comet 67P continues to drift away from the Rosetta spacecraft, which has been studying the comet since August of 2014. Rosetta will study the comet until September, at which point it will make a rough landing and likely lose all contact with...

  • The Battle of Verdun and the Battle of Jutland

    The Battle of Verdun and the Battle of Jutland

    In late April 1916, the Germans launched another attack, this time against the British on the Western Front. The attack, which was effectively a gas attack, was launched between April 27 to 29, 1916. Just before dawn on April 27 the British troops...

  • Birkirkara basilica’s St Joseph statue given a new lease of life

    Birkirkara basilica’s St Joseph statue given a new lease of life

    The Collegiate Basilica of Birkirkara’s outstanding 19th-century wooden polychrome statue of St Joseph, which dates back to 1826, stands impeccably conserved. A notable work of art by leading architectural sculptor Vincenzo Dimech (1768-1831), it...

  • The forces that shape our daily lives

    The forces that shape our daily lives

    There is no doubt that health and illness are determined not only by individual factors such as personal habits or simply bad luck, but also by factors that fall under the rubric of ‘social determinants of health’, which have been defined by the...

  • Tinker, Maker: How to observe the Mercury transit

    On May 9, 2016, a transit of Mercury across the face of the Sun takes place. Mercury transits are relatively rare events which can be observed from much of the world. However, since they involve viewing the sun, extreme caution must be taken. A...

  • Planet of the machines

    Planet of the machines

    In 1984, director James Cameron brought The Terminator to cinemas across the world, featuring artificial intelligence called Skynet which sent a machine back through time to kill the future leader of the human resistance (obviously, fighting...

  • Photo of the Week

    Photo of the Week

    Astronaut Tim Peake captured an image of the Klyuchevskaya volcano on the Kamchatka Peninsula in eastern Russia. The tip of the conical volcano can be seen poking out from the surrounding clouds and a plume of smoke is rising from it. The volcano...

  • World should be ‘ashamed’ of Syria humanitarian crisis

    World should be ‘ashamed’ of Syria humanitarian crisis

    UN aid chief in strongly-worded appeal about nation’s ‘massive suffering’, where people are facing ‘appalling’ desolation, hunger and starvation The UN says the world should be “ashamed” after warning people in Syria are starving without medical...

  • Good coders are from Venus too

    Good coders are from Venus too

    Women have a positive track record in the ICT Industry. Just consider Ada Lovelace, daughter of the famous poet Lord Byron, who programmed the first mechanical computer created by Charles Babbage. Today, the president and chief executive officer...

  • Malta and World War I during the first months of 1916

    Malta and World War I during the first months of 1916

    1916 opened with the final phase of the evacuation of the Allied troops from Gallipoli, in the Ottoman Empire. The last troops left Cape Helles beach on January 9 without loss of life. The evacuations were the most successful part of a campaign...

  • The first Maltese pilot, 100 years ago

    The first Maltese pilot, 100 years ago

    Wyndham Levy-Grech was born in 1890, the son of Mr and Mrs T. Levy Grech of Valletta. He graduated in law from the University of Malta in 1913 and proceeded to England where he joined the Royal Flying Corps and was gazetted a 2nd Lieutenant...

  • The silent killer in cats

    The silent killer in cats

    Last week, unfortunately, Diamond’s results came back. I say unfortunately because it really was very bad news and quite unexpected: a client came in with two of the most beautiful British Shorthair cats I have ever seen. One male, called Diamond,...

  • Introducing mindfulness in schools

    Introducing mindfulness in schools

    In Malta, as in most countries around the world, we are seeing an increase in young people drinking more alcohol, experimenting with drugs and self-harming. All these behaviours stem from the effects of anxiety, stress and depression. Mindfulness...

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