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  • How to… light a room with a potato battery

    How to… light a room with a potato battery

    The world produces more than 360 million tonnes of potatoes every year. However, can some of this be used for more than just making a tasty bite to eat? Yes, in fact your average potato can produce enough electricity to light a small bulb.

  • Dogs can read our emotions

    Dogs can read our emotions

    Many dog owners believe their pets are able to pick up on their moods, but scientists have demonstrated once and for all that man’s best friend can actually recognise emotions in humans. Researchers found that by combining information from...

  • When hell was an air raid shelter

    When hell was an air raid shelter

    In spite of its inevitability, Italy’s declaration of war against Great Britain late in the evening of June 10, 1940, visibly shocked and stunned the residents of Vittoriosa. Suddenly there was much commotion; the main square, always the focal...

  • Stefano Lecchi tracked down to Malta in 1860s

    Stefano Lecchi tracked down to Malta in 1860s

    A camera artist, one seriously fundamental to the history of photography and of communication, disappears from his native Italy around 1860, presumed dead. But he is not dead at all. He had moved to Malta, established himself on the island and...

  • From Senglea to Mdina – WWII reminiscences

    From Senglea to Mdina – WWII reminiscences

    Every now and then, I go with my family to visit Mdina late in the evening. As we approach Mdina Gate a stream of memories come running to my mind, reminding me of my family’s stay in Mdina as refugees during World War II. I was a young boy at...

  • Toxoplasmosis and cats

    Toxoplasmosis and cats

    Last week, a woman brought in Blue for his six-monthly check-up and annual vaccination. Blue is a house cat in a good state of health and very pleasant temperament. During Blue’s check-up, his owner asked me if there was a way to prevent her cat...

  • WHO advises women on Zika, but no travel warnings

    WHO advises women on Zika, but no travel warnings

    The World Health Organisation advised women on how to protect themselves from Zika, particularly if pregnant, but also reassured them that most women in areas affected by the mosquito-borne virus will give birth to “normal infants.” The illness,...

  • A fine eye for detail

    A fine eye for detail

    The Society for Scale Modellers, the local representatives of the International Plastic Modellers Society, is holding its 35th annual exhibition at the Maritime Museum in Vittoriosa this week. Hundreds of models – from cars, bikes and trucks to...

  • Chinese welcome Year of the Monkey

    Chinese welcome Year of the Monkey

    Asian communities in China, Japan, the UK, Malta and elsewhere ringed in the start of the Chinese Lunar New Year of the Monkey yesterday. People flocked to temples to pray for good health and fortune on the first day of the Lunar New Year holiday...

  • Demolition, restoration and redevelopment at Grand Harbour

    Demolition, restoration and redevelopment at Grand Harbour

    French Creek: Palumbo Malta Shipyard/Yacht Yard, Boiler Wharf With no room for further expansion in Dockyard Creek, the Admiralty turned to French Creek, with its larger water area and shelter from most prevailing winds. The problem in 1859 was...

  • Childhood memories blighted by war

    Childhood memories blighted by war

    One cannot understand the impact of World War II on the Vittoriosa of my childhood without analysing the social, economic, educational and political aspects prevailing in the pre-war years in this ancient maritime city straddling two deep sea...

  • A carnival dress to impress

    A carnival dress to impress

    A little workshop in Tarxien is a hub of activity at this time of year as members of the Għaqda Kultura Armar Marija Annunzjata are busily preparing for their first major event this year – carnival. You’ll find members doing stencil work on large...

  • Preparing for carnival: the finishing touches

    Preparing for carnival: the finishing touches

    The backstage to carnival is a busy one, says Stephanie Fsadni, as she joins two carnival companies busily putting the finishing touches to their floats. As carnival floats parade along Valletta’s main streets during the annual defilé, many...

  • In Italian Mafia stronghold, football players take a stand

    In Italian Mafia stronghold, football players take a stand

    Locri, a seaside town in Italy’s deep south, has long been a hotbed for the Calabrian Mafia, which uses threats and violence to extort virtually every business, from the pizzerias to the fishmongers. But the 12 young women of the Sporting Locri...

  • Restoration, conservation of Safi’s titular statue of St Paul

    Restoration, conservation of Safi’s titular statue of St Paul

    The way some works of art look now is different from the way they did at the time they were made, and therefore not what the artists had intended. The aesthetic appearance of most polychrome wooden sculptures in Malta has been changed at some...

  • Grand Harbour: from a naval, commercial to a leisure port

    Grand Harbour: from a naval, commercial to a leisure port

    The revolution ushered in by 20-foot containers (TEU) and roll-on, roll-off coincided with the Maltese period in Grand Harbour’s history. The first loaded TEU left Malta in September 1969; ro-ro service by custom-built ferry started in November 1971.

  • Peelings turn into poetry

    Peelings turn into poetry

    A staple product of the Maltese diet has developed from an economic good into a cultural tie between two countries and an inspiration for poets. This is the outcome of the Poetry in Potato Bags project, which forms part of the run-up to the...

  • Are we reliving the Holocaust?

    Are we reliving the Holocaust?

    The international community is today marking the millions that disappeared during the Holocaust. The Holocaust, or Shoah, is the term used to describe the deliberate murder and desecration of millions of people prior to and during World War II in...

  • In real estate terms

    In real estate terms

    What contribution does the property and construction sector give to the local economy? Properties impact the general environment at several levels: they influence the city and region, the estate and neighbourhood, and the individual building...

  • Range for civil engineering applications

    Reliable systems with strong performance characteristics for drainage installations in traffic areas provide a long-term safeguard for our modern infrastructure. Mobility is ever more important in our society. To meet the demand, Hauraton Civils...

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