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  • Italy considers capturing Malta during invasion of Abyssinia

    Italy considers capturing Malta during invasion of Abyssinia

    On December 31, 1935, Italian aircraft operating over southern Abyssinia bombed the Swedish Red Cross unit near Dolo and another unit at Daggah Bur on January 4, 1936. In the first raid, 50 people were killed. The wounded were flown to Addis...

  • Courier bots

    Courier bots

    If you have never heard about Starship Technologies, we won’t blame you. We didn’t either until a while ago. You may think it’s the name of an enterprise that’s trying to build a next generation space shuttle of sorts. But you’d be wrong. Because...

  • How to make artificial clouds

    How to make artificial clouds

    There’s no need to look up to see the clouds in the sky when you can make a fun cloud of your own at home! Try this easy experiment to create a cloud in a bottle. The few supplies you will need are a two-litre transparent plastic bottle (with...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    This image of the Milky Way has been released to mark the completion of the Apex Telescope Large Area Survey of the Galaxy (ATLASGAL), working in conjunction with the Max Planck satellite.

  • Pets may suffer from stress too

    Pets may suffer from stress too

    Pets’ welfare depends on their physical and environmental situation and any changes can lead to stress. Lorella Fava learns how to recognise the symptoms. Stress has today become somewhat of a cliché – some people complain about their stress...

  • Choosing the right nutrition for your puppy

    Choosing the right nutrition for your puppy

    Cat, dog and horse nutritionist Fiona Picton says each puppy needs a specific diet depending on its breed and size for healthy growth. She gives a number of tips on what and how to feed it. Puppies need more energy than adult dogs to support their...

  • ‘Church made enormous mistakes over sex abuse’

    ‘Church made enormous mistakes over sex abuse’

    Australian Cardinal George Pell, the highest-ranking Vatican official to testify on Catholic Church abuse, said the Church made “enormous mistakes” and “let people down” in its handling of systemic child sex abuse by priests. Giving evidence in...

  • The Maltese colonisation of Pachino, Sicily

    The Maltese colonisation of Pachino, Sicily

    “Davanti a Pachino c’è Melita […] e l’isola di Gaudo, entrambi distanti 88 miglia dal capo” (Strabone). Pachino is a small town of about 22,000 inhabitants, located in the extreme southeast of Sicily, in the province of Syracuse. Before its birth,...

  • The Maltese Temple Period’s unique religious significance

    The Maltese Temple Period’s unique religious significance

    Ever since I discovered the ground-breaking book The Cognitive Origins of Art, Religion and Science by Steven Mithen, Professor of Archeology at the University of Reading, I have been fascinated with the genesis of formal religion. I have been...

  • The curious case of ‘puppy strangles’

    The curious case of ‘puppy strangles’

    Last week I came across a condition I had not encountered for some 15 years. My patient was a tiny toffee-coloured female Chihuahua puppy named Sophie. What was very clear was that this puppy was in a lot of pain. Any attempt I made to hold her...

  • How to make a chocolate teapot

    How to make a chocolate teapot

    Chocolate melts. A scientific phenomenon that led to the British-coined phrase “as useless as a chocolate teapot”. Did the Brits get it right? Or, can you brew a nice cuppa in a chocolate teapot? To find out you need 1.5kg of chocolate. Dark...

  • Sharing secrets with light

    Sharing secrets with light

    Light is everywhere. Even the darkest of rooms in our homes contain a handful of blinking LEDs. But what is light? Few of us ever stop to think about this question. Around a hundred years ago scientists discovered that light comes in granules,...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    The newly identified cave gecko species Goniurosaurus kadoorieorum whose location was kept hidden by researchers because of poaching. Image Credit: copyright Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden

  • The Maltese migrants of New Caledonia

    The Maltese migrants of New Caledonia

    Many in Malta, especially those who were not around during the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, tend to trivialise Malta’s migration history. Their comments and observations invariably draw erroneous comparisons to the existing situation in Malta brought...

  • For veteran smuggler, only army can stop migrant flow

    For veteran smuggler, only army can stop migrant flow

    Demand has never been higher for the services of Turkish smuggler Dursun, who has taken migrants to Europe for more than a decade, and he says nothing short of an army could stamp out his illicit trade. The EU is counting on Ankara to stem the...

  • Restoration and rehabilitation of Vittoriosa’s land-front ditch

    Restoration and rehabilitation of Vittoriosa’s land-front ditch

    Recent years have seen Città Vittoriosa, victorious once again, not over an armed enemy but rather over the ravaging effects of time. Since 2008, Vittoriosa has been undergoing significant restoration and rehabilitation projects undertaken by the...

  • George Martin – Senglea’s prolific musician, composer, bandmaster

    George Martin – Senglea’s prolific musician, composer, bandmaster

    Music is considered by the erudite in art and literature as the innate language of any nation. This is because music, like language, demonstrates and explains the thoughts of the mind, the feelings of the heart and the spirit of the soul of every...

  • Charge up while working out

    Charge up while working out

    If you are the sort of person with a very busy life, where every activity has to be well scheduled, then listen up. Soon you will be able to charge battery-powered devices while working out. A group of MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)...

  • 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...

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