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  • The painting of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Valletta

    The painting of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Valletta

    On our island, the devotion to the painting of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in the basilica sanctuary in Valletta dates back many years. When the Carmelites entered Valletta after the Great Siege in 1570, they built a church dedicated to Our Lady of...

  • Keeping dementia at bay

    Keeping dementia at bay

    In November 1901 a 51-year-old woman developed a cluster of mental symptoms which included memory impairment. She was admitted to the Hospital for the Mentally Ill and Epileptics, Frankfurt am Main, under the care of Dr Alois Alzheimer who had...

  • Myth Debunked: Are chemtrails a secret spraying plot?

    Myth Debunked: Are chemtrails a secret spraying plot?

    Some groups and individuals erroneously believe that the long-lasting condensation trails, or contrails, left behind aircraft are evidence of a secret large-scale spraying programme. They call these imagined features ‘chemtrails’. Adherents of...

  • Nanobot wars

    Nanobot wars

    Researchers from Polytechnique Montréal, Université de Montréal and McGill University have just achieved a spectacular breakthrough in cancer research. They have developed new nanorobotic agents capable of navigating through the bloodstream to...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    The Grand Canyon and other ones like it are some of earth’s most marvellous formations. It turns out these canyons may not be unique to our planet. Researchers announced last week that the Cassini spacecraft has identified canyons on Saturn’s moon...

  • Writing notes from an island

    Writing notes from an island

    An island’s boundaries free the mind, says Anne Glusker, an author and former editor at The Washington Post who spent three weeks as an artist in residence in Gozo. The journey presented itself like one from a fairy tale: a long, narrow road that...

  • The lost generation that refuses to cry

    The lost generation that refuses to cry

    Herman Grech witnessed the terrible conditions of Cambodian children living in slums, the homeless and orphans, some of whom have been given a lifeline by Maltese NGOs and donors. A naked child plays with a toxic battery lying on a dirt track...

  • To build a railway line (1870-1883)

    To build a railway line (1870-1883)

    The railway was late in coming to Malta but when it did, it initiated urban sprawl that continues unabated. Mechanised rail transport had been firmly established in Europe since the 1820s but constructing a railway on such a small island did not...

  • Ferdinand VII’s Spain after the Napoleonic wars and Anton Schranz’s departure

    Ferdinand VII’s Spain after the Napoleonic wars and Anton Schranz’s departure

    In the second part of his article on Anton Schranz, John J. Schranz reformulates the question surrounding the artist’s coming to Malta with his family from Why did they settle in Malta? to Why did they leave Spain so suddenly? Anton Schranz’s...

  • Il-Karmelu – the Carmelite magazine issued since 1935

    In July 1935 the Carmelite friars published the first edition of their monthly magazine Il-Karmelu. In the first publication, the editor wrote: “One of the best means for improved progress and education to take place is through the press. On one...

  • ‘When the Lord wants to take me...’

    ‘When the Lord wants to take me...’

    Ask any older adult in Malta about their end-of-life strategy and you get an embarrassed silence. “When the Lord wants to take you...” The topic of death might not be the most encouraged topic in Malta because the Catholic Church has a very exact...

  • Constipated pets: the bottom line

    Constipated pets: the bottom line

    Last week, Marley was forced to endure one of those procedures vets and their assistants least enjoy – an enema. Marley is a two-year-old boxer, the life and joy of his owners, and usually unstoppable. But for the past two days, Marley had been...

  • Running the olive oil trail in Żejtun

    Running the olive oil trail in Żejtun

    Malta was always a key ingredient in the development of the Mediterranean diet, specifically due to its prominent role in the production of olive oil. Since Roman times, olive oil production in Malta was a very lucrative business, with large...

  • Myth debunked: Are dogs colour blind?

    Myth debunked: Are dogs colour blind?

    Many believe that humans’ best friends can only see in various shades of grey. While it is true that their colour range is limited, dogs can still appreciate sunsets, rainbows and forests. They just see everything a little differently. The...

  • The Maltese Martian

    The Maltese Martian

    Mars is the biggest contender for a second earth in the solar system. But what would it take to live there? For this thought experiment, let’s send a Maltese person to Mars. The optimal time to start our mission is when Mars is closest to earth.

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    An artistic representation of how Mars may have looked 4 billion years ago. Huge oceans cover the surface and could potentially allow life to exist. Maybe we can bring our red neighbour back to its former glory by terraforming it in the...

  • Barmy Brexit and Maltese women whose lives it might upend

    Barmy Brexit and Maltese women whose lives it might upend

    Helen Raine finds Brexit could leave Maltese in the lurch. She speaks to three women whose future in the UK is now full of uncertainty, wrapped up in lots of red tape.  Britain’s vote to leave the EU has massive implications not just for Britons,...

  • 'Millions' of VW, Skoda, Seat and Audi cars can be unlocked by hackers

    'Millions' of VW, Skoda, Seat and Audi cars can be unlocked by hackers

    Millions of cars sold by the Volkswagen Group since 1995 can be unlocked by using a £30 homemade radio to spy on key fob signals.  The hack is effective on various models of the group's Volkswagen, Audi, Skoda and Seat brands and the company has...

  • Dom Mintoff – on the centenary of his birth

    On August 6, 1916, Ċetta tax-Xiħ from the heart of Il-Bastjun, Cospicua, gave birth to her third child, her first son. It was the day of St Dominic’s demise, but the feast of Our Saviour according to the liturgical calendar. She and her husband...

  • Dormition of the Blessed Virgin

    Dormition of the Blessed Virgin

    In the western Gozitan countryside, known as Id-Deżert, lying west of the Citadel of Victoria, on a rise at the edge of an inland cliff, there arose a chapel of unknown date. The chapel lay near the hamlet of Ta’ Għammar, between the village of...

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