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  • Kilin: ‘an innocent child, energetic human being, a genuine Catholic’

    Kilin: ‘an innocent child, energetic human being, a genuine Catholic’

    Author Mikiel Spiteri, known as Kilin, passed away eight years ago. Lorella Fava meets his youngest daughter, Rosalie Caruana, to remember an author, an artist, and a father Kilin’s daughter, Rosalie Caruana, the youngest of seven children, reads...

  • A hobby that sticks

    A hobby that sticks

    Football sticker collecting used to be only for children. But children, of course, grow up, and in the run-up to Euro 2016, fans of all ages are turning back to that childhood hobby of swapping stickers. Football stickers have a way of bringing...

  • Look who’s not talking

    Look who’s not talking

    Communicating has never been easier. Gadgets, apps and tools offer us various platforms on which to communicate – we are so dependent on these tools that we find it hard to imagine a present, or future, without e-mail, mobiles and social...

  • Obama’s Hiroshima visit looks to future amid critics’ charges of selective amnesia

    Obama’s Hiroshima visit looks to future amid critics’ charges of selective amnesia

    Japan and the US are presenting President Barack Obama’s visit to Hiroshima as an affirmation of a strong alliance and a step towards world denuclearisation, but critics see selective amnesia and paradoxes on nuclear policy. Aides have said Obama...

  • Atomic bomb survivors: Obama apology was nice, but priority disarmament

    Atomic bomb survivors: Obama apology was nice, but priority disarmament

    Japanese atomic bomb survivors say an apology from President Barack Obama for the US bombing of Hiroshima would be welcome, but their priority is on ridding the world of all nuclear weapons forever. Obama’s visit to Hiroshima, after he attends a...

  • Despite continual setbacks, Frères remain faithful to Malta

    Despite continual setbacks, Frères remain faithful to Malta

    On February 18, 1908, Bro. Emman­uel Giordano asked Gozo Bishop Giovanni Camilleri for permission to open an institute on Malta’s sister island to provide religious and civil education. On February 22, 1909, Mgr Camilleri welcomed the request and...

  • Knee problems: a dislocated patella

    Knee problems: a dislocated patella

    Last week we operated on Poppy’s knee. Poppy is a charcoal, medium-sized chihuahua, first brought into the clinic about a week ago. Despite being only one-and-a- half years old, Poppy’s owner said her dog had been, on and off, suffering from a...

  • Tinker, Maker: How to boil an egg inside out

    Tinker, Maker: How to boil an egg inside out

    Next time you have someone over for dinner, why not serve them an inside out egg? The technique, made popular by Japanese chef Yama Chaahan, requires a bit of preparation, but will guarantee impressed guests. Luckily, you will probably find all...

  • Robots in the classroom

    Robots in the classroom

    Reuben Ferrante, a University of Malta engineering graduate and founder of eeRoot, has developed a small robot called eeMod, that is built from only two modules stacked on top of each other. The bottom module is a ‘sensor hub’ that can sense the...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    This prosthetic hand is a replica of an actual human hand by the Neurobotics Lab at University of Washington. Currently researchers are working on integrating it with the human nervous system to eventually replace lost limbs. Credit: University of...

  • How tech companies are helping in crisis situations

    How tech companies are helping in crisis situations

    As the refugee crisis was unfolding in Europe last year, the social impact team at professional networking site LinkedIn had an idea: why not use its expertise to connect the new arrivals with companies willing to employ them? Early this year,...

  • Unprecedented levels of sexual exploitation

    Unprecedented levels of sexual exploitation

    Portugal, Moldova and Ukraine in Europe, and Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam in Asia have emerged as new child sex tourism destinations, prompting activists to call for governments to include measures to protect children in their tourism plans. Sex...

  • St John Baptist De La Salle and the Frères in Malta

    St John Baptist De La Salle and the Frères in Malta

    Over a million students around the world who attend Lasallian schools are today celebrating the feast of St John Baptist De La Salle, the patron saint of educators. John Baptist, the first-born son of wealthy parents, was born in Rheims, France,...

  • Valletta Dominican church marks its title anniversary

    Valletta Dominican church marks its title anniversary

    While Valletta is commemorating the 450th anniversary since the city’s foundation stone was laid, the Dominican friars of Valletta are celebrating the 200th anniversary since the church of Our Lady of Porto Salvo and St Dominic was honoured with...

  • Expiry date stamped on our genes

    Expiry date stamped on our genes

    One answer to why we have different lifespans is genetic. Cynthia Kenyon – at the Hillblom Centre for the Biology of Ageing at the University of California, San Francisco – working with flatworms found that if she knocks out the gene that produces...

  • Tinker, Maker: How to make a mock volcano

    Tinker, Maker: How to make a mock volcano

    Ever wanted to build a mock volcano or to model how an eruption happens? Well it’s simple, and you probably already have everything at home. The first step is to create the volcano model, which can easily be done with papier mâché. As most of...

  • Microwave oven, a health hazard or a great benefit?

    Microwave oven, a health hazard or a great benefit?

    If you are the sort of person with a very busy life, where every minute counts, then you probably use a microwave oven quite often. It saves time when you want to cook or warm up food, sterilise a baby’s dummy or simply make popcorn while watching...

  • Theory vs experiment

    Theory vs experiment

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  • Women’s wisdom ‘crucial’ to beating climate change

    Women’s wisdom ‘crucial’ to beating climate change

    In the Indian community of Mahewa, when monsoon floods come, women start to eat and drink as little as possible. But the change has nothing to do with the availability of clean water and food. Instead, it’s about minimising visits to the toilet at...

  • Artistic and architectural landmarks in Città Vittoriosa

    Artistic and architectural landmarks in Città Vittoriosa

    The medieval city of Birgu (Città Vittoriosa) lies on a promontory flanked by two ancient seaports – Porto delle Galere (now Dockyard Creek) and Porto degli Ebrei (now Kalkara Creek), protected by the impregnable Castrum Maris (Fort St Angelo)...

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