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  • WWI newspaper snippets from Malta during 1917

    WWI newspaper snippets from Malta during 1917

    During 1917, while World War I continued cruelly and aggressive­ly on the western and eastern fronts in mainland Europe, the atmos­phere in Malta was gene­rally calm. But the island’s inhabitants were reminded that the country was on a war footing.

  • Hoarding: a siege mentality

    Hoarding: a siege mentality

    We all like collecting knick knacks. Small things that adorn our cabinets. What are sideboards for if not to store such mementos? We have a lifetime of collecting things that make us feel comfortable and secure. Perhaps they remind us of past...

  • If they could talk: pet resolutions

    If they could talk: pet resolutions

    This is the week when many of us take stock of the past year and draw up a list of New Year’s resolutions. But while our pets are oblivious to the fact that one year has come to an end and another is about to kick off, there are a few resolutions...

  • Universities of Malta, Palermo collaborate on research for prevention of balding and treatment for pet tumours

    The University of Malta announced its ongoing research in collaboration with the University of Palermo in the fields of baldness and cancer immunotherapy for pets. Researchers, headed by Prof. Pierre Schembri-Wismayer, are developing a therapeutic...

  • Myth debunked: Doing away with Christmas myths

    Myth debunked: Doing away with Christmas myths

    While Christmas is over, myths regarding Christmas (Xmas?) still float around during the festive season. We are eager to dispel such myths. If you believe in Father Christmas, let this warning act as a spoiler alert! Jesus was born on December 25.

  • So long, thanks for all the fish!

    So long, thanks for all the fish!

    It is that time of the year again, for brief introspection and a long list of unattainable resolutions. In this vein, we would like to review the weekly science tidbits 2016 brought to you through this page. We have had a fair bit of physics pieces.

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    ‘Premature baby receiving light therapy’ by David Bishop at the Royal Free Hospital. This newborn baby was born prematurely and has jaundice, a common condition that turns the skin and eyes yellow. The baby is being treated by being placed under...

  • Shedding light on a 10,000-hour labour of love

    Shedding light on a 10,000-hour labour of love

    Projected on the façade of the Grandmaster’s Palace, A Tale of Strings took over 10,000 hours to complete. Marija Schranz goes behind-the-scenes. The Grandmaster’s Palace in Valletta has been given a Christmas makeover thanks to Mcast students who...

  • Right on cue

    Right on cue

    Legendary professional snooker and pool player Tony Drago has been challenging local snooker enthusiasts to a game at their local social club on Sunday mornings. Ronald Cassar finds the right angle. Social clubs across the island organised a...

  • 12 years after Asia tsunami, 400 bodies unidentified in Thailand

    12 years after Asia tsunami, 400 bodies unidentified in Thailand

    At least 400 victims of Asia’s 2004 tsunami that killed 226,000 people remain unidentified in Thailand 12 years on, police said yesterday. The 9.15 magnitude December 26 earthquake triggered a tsunami across the Indian Ocean in one of the biggest...

  • Remembering Wyndham Grech, lawyer and Malta’s pioneer pilot

    Remembering Wyndham Grech,  lawyer and Malta’s pioneer pilot

    The year 2016 marks two related anniversaries: the first is the centenary of the first Maltese to register as a pilot and fly in the Royal Flying Corps, and the second, the death of that pilot, Squadron leader Wyndham Grech, 60 years ago. Grech’s...

  • Sanctuary law in Malta

    Sanctuary law in Malta

    In the past, churches and chapels were places of refuge where wrongdoers could seek sanctuary from arrest. This idea had its roots in recorded references in the Old Testament to people seeking sanctuary at the altar of temples. By around the...

  • Shining a light on life’s grey areas

    Shining a light on life’s grey areas

    While the Church takes clear-cut positions on a number of moral issues, such as the moment when life begins, and that intentional abortion is wrong, there are many grey areas where Christians must take decisions based on the scientific information...

  • Myth debunked: The White Christmas myth

    Myth debunked: The White Christmas myth

    Most people would bet their house on this one: the sky is blue and snow is white. Right? Well, not quite. Water in pure form is clear and snowflakes are just a collection of ice crystals formed from frozen water. So what’s going on? The way we see...

  • The Einsteinian Santa Claus

    The Einsteinian Santa Claus

    How does Santa Claus slide down so many chimneys, deliver presents to 700 million children in one single night, without being seen or heard? This mystery has now been solved by a physicist at the University of Exeter, Dr Kathy Sheen, who used...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of  the week

    The world’s largest Christmas tree is found in Rio de Janeiro. The Christmas tree here is unusual in that it isn’t grounded. In fact, this wonder floats on the Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon. Illuminated by 2.5 million lights, this gorgeous tree holds...

  • Couples bloom on Christmas Eve – study

    Couples  bloom on  Christmas Eve – study

    A recent survey of 10,000 people shows that 31 per cent of people think that Christmas Eve is the most romantic day of the year to propose, followed by New Year’s Eve, that is  preferred by 19 per cent. These figures chime with  the surge in...

  • Watch: Warning issued as e-cigarette battery explodes in man's pocket

    Watch: Warning issued as e-cigarette battery explodes in man's pocket

    Fire crews have released CCTV footage of the moment an e-cigarette battery exploded in the user's pocket - inches from a baby's pram. Images captured inside the Trinity shopping centre in Leeds show the man casually unaware of the plume of smoke...

  • What do you want for Christmas?

    What do you want for Christmas?

    Aarush Anand, seven, was tasked with writing a letter about his Christmas wishes and said the recent events in Aleppo were in his mind as he put pencil to paper. In the letter, the year three pupil at Nottingham High School said: “The only thing I...

  • ‘The indefaticable Maltese artist Antonio Schranz’

    ‘The indefaticable Maltese artist Antonio Schranz’

    John Schranz’s fourth article leading to the 2018 Schranz Artists Bicentenary celebrations focuses on Anton Schranz’s second son Antonio Schranz – a true bohemian and impassioned Romantic, whose boundless energy enabled him to undertake...

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