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  • World should be ‘ashamed’ of Syria humanitarian crisis

    World should be ‘ashamed’ of Syria humanitarian crisis

    UN aid chief in strongly-worded appeal about nation’s ‘massive suffering’, where people are facing ‘appalling’ desolation, hunger and starvation The UN says the world should be “ashamed” after warning people in Syria are starving without medical...

  • Good coders are from Venus too

    Good coders are from Venus too

    Women have a positive track record in the ICT Industry. Just consider Ada Lovelace, daughter of the famous poet Lord Byron, who programmed the first mechanical computer created by Charles Babbage. Today, the president and chief executive officer...

  • Malta and World War I during the first months of 1916

    Malta and World War I during the first months of 1916

    1916 opened with the final phase of the evacuation of the Allied troops from Gallipoli, in the Ottoman Empire. The last troops left Cape Helles beach on January 9 without loss of life. The evacuations were the most successful part of a campaign...

  • The first Maltese pilot, 100 years ago

    The first Maltese pilot, 100 years ago

    Wyndham Levy-Grech was born in 1890, the son of Mr and Mrs T. Levy Grech of Valletta. He graduated in law from the University of Malta in 1913 and proceeded to England where he joined the Royal Flying Corps and was gazetted a 2nd Lieutenant...

  • The silent killer in cats

    The silent killer in cats

    Last week, unfortunately, Diamond’s results came back. I say unfortunately because it really was very bad news and quite unexpected: a client came in with two of the most beautiful British Shorthair cats I have ever seen. One male, called Diamond,...

  • Introducing mindfulness in schools

    Introducing mindfulness in schools

    In Malta, as in most countries around the world, we are seeing an increase in young people drinking more alcohol, experimenting with drugs and self-harming. All these behaviours stem from the effects of anxiety, stress and depression. Mindfulness...

  • Tinker, Maker: How to build your own airbrush

    Tinker, Maker: How to build your own airbrush

    Have you ever wanted to spray paint your own wall? Cannot afford an airbrush or spray paint cans? Fear not. You can use this not-quite-the-same-but-good-enough technique. First, dissolve some watercolors in a glass of water. Then cut a straw in half.

  • Dinosaurs: decline 50m years earlier

    Dinosaurs: decline 50m years earlier

    The mass extinction of dinosaurs has been featured in movies, books and cartoons. Usually an asteroid smashes into the earth and wipes them out. Recent studies now show that this may not be the only reason. Through the use of new analytical...

  • Photos of the week

    Photos of the week

    Top: First demonstration of sexual selection in dinosaurs identified in Protoceratops andrewsi. Pictured is a cast of a skeleton of Tyrannosaurs Rex in the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. Right: First demonstration of sexual selection...

  • Humble Gozitan priest with a generous heart

    Humble Gozitan priest with a generous heart

    A great amount of literature has been written about the life and ecclesiastical career of the late Mgr Ġużeppi Mercieca, who was archbishop of Malta from 1976 to 2006. Charles Buttigieg’s monumental biography of Mgr Mercieca, Ilkoll Aħwa Fi Kristu.

  • A new template for celebrating outdoor festivities

    A new template for celebrating outdoor festivities

    The new game of soccer had special needs to be seen to. It required suitable grounds to be played on and a group of people, or committee, to run and manage the team. Committees ushered into local prominence a group of people who hitherto had been...

  • Amoris Laetitia – rekindling the joy of family love

    Amoris Laetitia – rekindling the joy of family love

    In the fourth year of his pontificate, Pope Francis gave us a special gift. Precisely on March 19 this year, the solemnity of St Joseph, during the extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, he released the document Amoris Laetitia – The Joy of Love. Amoris...

  • Tinker, Maker: Making a water bottle lava lamp

    Tinker, Maker: Making a water bottle lava lamp

    Everyone gets the same wonder and curiosity when seeing a lava lamp in action, but how does it work? Well, the mechanisms involved are centred around the idea that denser fluids settle under lighter ones. What this means is that for a particular...

  • Earthquake early warning systems

    Earthquake early warning systems

    Currently no system can predict the date or time when an earthquake will occur. But the technology behind earthquake early warning systems can be used to prevent some of the earthquake-related damage by alerting the public when an earthquake...

  • Photo of the Week

    Photo of the Week

    This computer-simulated image shows a supermassive black hole at the core of a galaxy. The black region in the center represents the black hole’s event horizon, where no light can escape the massive object’s gravitational grip. The black hole’s...

  • Claudia Koll: from the stage to God

    Claudia Koll: from the stage to God

    The Magnificat (Malta) Chapter will be hosting TV personality Claudia Koll on May 7 to brunch with Mass, starting at 9.30am at The Palace hotel, Sliema, where she will give a testimony. Magnificat is a Catholic ministry for women whose aim is to...

  • True love knows no age

    True love knows no age

    It seems there is no age limit when it comes to falling in love. Stephanie Fsadni meets a newly-wed British septuagenarian couple who never ever thought they would fall in love again after losing their respective spouses... until they met each...

  • Iraqi women, girls face risks in displaced camps

    Iraqi women, girls face risks in displaced camps

    Fearing for the safety of her four children in battles between Iraqi security forces and Islamic State militants, Umm Rayyad left everything she once owned and last month fled her hometown of Khurbardan, in northern Iraq. The start of a military...

  • The Irish and 19th-century British Malta: a rethink of perceptions

    The Irish and 19th-century British Malta: a rethink of perceptions

    On December 10, 1799, the first 700 Irish soldiers ever to set foot on Malta, disembarked on the island. They tip-toed into the island incognito and without any fuss. These men and other Irish brethren who were to follow them throughout the 1800s...

  • The dog with no name

    The dog with no name

    This week is one of those weeks where the story ends unhappily. But it has to be told. It was late one evening, just before clinic closing time, when I received a distress phone call from a man who asked whether I could wait for him to get there...

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