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  • Frederick W. Ryan – An Irishman who fell in love with Malta

    Frederick W. Ryan – An Irishman   who fell in love with Malta

    The 1930s were as politically turbulent for Malta, and Frederick Ryan, though seemingly unwilling to challenge doctrines then still current on the redeeming destiny of the em­pire, had genuine sympathy for those Maltese who did not suffer colonial...

  • Extreme heat, cold can kill older adults in their homes

    Extreme heat, cold can kill older adults in their homes

    Both extreme cold and hot weather kill older adults. The US Centres for Disease Prevention and Control report that between 2006 and 2010 deaths from cold weather for older adults (aged 65 and older) were three times those caused by heat. Cold...

  • Myth debunked: Interstellar: fact or fiction?

    Myth debunked: Interstellar: fact or fiction?

    In Interstellar, director Christopher Nolan takes Matthew McConaughey and his team on a trip through a worm hole to find a habitable planet for humanity but what’s the science behind it? A worm hole is simply a black hole that connects two...

  • Dark matter, the strongmen keeping the galaxies together

    Dark matter, the strongmen keeping the galaxies together

    On clear nights in non-light polluted areas, maybe after a tasty barbecue or out camping, one can view the majestic starry night. If the conditions are right, a foggy white band will be visible (especially in areas such as Dwejra and Miġra l-Ferħa).

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    This example of a Hoag-type galaxy is 600 million light years away and found in the constellation of Serpens. The circular gas ring appears to be the result of a nearby dwarf galaxy being stretched round the central galaxy. This may shed light on...

  • Our second chance at love

    Our second chance at love

    Kristina Chetcuti and Marielouise Caruana Galea talk openly about their respective second chances at love and the building of their big, blended families.  Publishing editor and columnist Kristina Chetcuti's partner is Opposition leader Simon...

  • Flights of fancy

    Flights of fancy

    Carnival aficionados give their all for their ‘pastime’, sometimes going to extremes to turn their pipe dream into reality. Stephanie Fsadni talks to one such enthusiast, whose love of dancing led her into the carnival arena. Stephania Gellel has...

  • A Roman’s last journey in Rabat

    A Roman’s last  journey in Rabat

    Young and old were yesterday treated to a day of cultural entertainment and discovery at St Paul’s Catacombs in Rabat. Heritage Malta held a full day event, highlighting among others the Roman feast of Agape – a meal held to celebrate the memory...

  • Tesco launches price check in UK after probe reveals multi-buy overcharging

    Tesco launches price check in UK after probe reveals multi-buy overcharging

    Tesco is to check the prices of all items in every store in UK after an investigation found customers were being short-changed on promotions. An undercover reporter for BBC Inside Out was overcharged on multi-buy offers at two-thirds of stores...

  • Frederick W. Ryan – Great historian and even greater visionary

    Frederick W. Ryan – Great historian and even greater visionary

    On July 9, 1938, British Governor Sir Charles Bonham-Carter, sitting in the Palace, received a visitor who needled him no end. Frederick W. Ryan came to waste his precious time with “his dreams for a great university in Malta to act as a...

  • Legg Calvé-Perthes: a hip joint disease

    This week, Gretel was diagnosed with a disease that is common to dogs and even humans. Gretel is an eight-month-old teacup Yorkshire terrier with a lovely temperament. Her owners brought her to the clinic because they had become increasingly...

  • The best gift I have ever given my son

    The best gift I have ever given my son

    I invited my son Tristan to a father-son power weekend to discover and celebrate his gifts, strengths and talents. This weekend not just redefined him, it affirmed our mission together and inspired us to hold a workshop for other fathers and sons...

  • Myth debunked: How do I find my (romantic) soulmate?

    Myth debunked: How do I find my (romantic) soulmate?

    In a nutshell, you don’t. This idea that there is a single perfect soulmate for each one of us in the whole universe has been floated quite often, not only in romantic comedies. And being close to St Valentine’s we thought we would investigate...

  • ALS: unfinished business

    ALS: unfinished business

    Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, better known by its acronym ALS, is a household name. It all began with the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, which became the world’s largest global social media phenomenon. During the summer of 2014, more than 17 million...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    Literally, a blast from the past.  Nuclear bomb testing, 1957.

  • The Pauline cult on our islands

    The Pauline cult  on our islands

    Fr Hermann Duncan, O.Carm, looks at how the devotion to St Paul spread in the Maltese islands and lists the churches and chapels dedicated to the saint The Acts of the Apostles relates the account of St Paul and his shipwreck on Malta, which took...

  • Mothers more likely to control the family budget, UK survey shows

    Mothers more likely to control the family budget, UK survey shows

    Mothers are more likely to have control over their family's purse strings than fathers, a survey in the UK has found. More than a third of women (38 per cent) say they manage the budget, compared with around a quarter (27 per cent) of men,...

  • St Paul’s voyage and shipwreck: the ship and its wise captain

    St Paul’s voyage and shipwreck: the ship and its wise captain

    This week in our churches we will be celebrating the feast of St Paul’s shipwreck. As usual, the Mass readings will be chapters 27 and 28 of the Acts of the Apostles. Chapter 27 is all about the voyage and shipwreck, and many researchers refer to...

  • More women land top jobs

    More women land top jobs

    Women have conquered the working world and are increasingly found in senior positions. Three smart women entrepreneurs tell Simonne Pace their journey to the top has given them both the personal and career satisfaction they were looking for. For...

  • Myth debunked: Intelligence means consciousness

    Myth debunked: Intelligence means consciousness

    The main thing AI is known for is intelligence, but due to miscommunication and misunderstanding, many feel that it results in the development of a consciousness. However, this is far from the truth. Roman Yampolskiy, director of the CyberSecurity...

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