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  • Between faith and culture: the new museum at St John’s Co-Cathedral

    Between faith and culture: the new museum at St John’s Co-Cathedral

    The Foundation of St John’s Co-Cathedral has embarked on building its new museum. This flagship project will recast the ageing display of the Co-Cathedral’s treasures. The museum will set the tone for what promises to be a primary exhibition of...

  • The failed Italian motor torpedo boat attack on Grand Harbour

    The failed Italian motor torpedo boat attack on Grand Harbour

    The Grand Harbour breakwater was the main target of an attack by Italian motor torpedo boats on July 26, 1941, by the Decima Flottiglia Mezzi d’Assalto (MAS), the 10th Assault Vehicle Flotilla, a commando frogmen unit of the Regia Marina (Italian...

  • The Carmelites in Santa Venera

    The Carmelites will celebrate the feast day of Santa Venera next Sunday. Devotion towards St Venera dates back many years in Malta. It suffices to mention that in Rabat there are catacombs dedicated to this saint, who according to tradition came...

  • Keeping children safe online

    Keeping children safe online

    The internet has connected us with the rest of the world in a way that we never imagined. It is a marvellous tool, offering children and young people an endless amount of information, entertainment and communication opportunities. Like all tools,...

  • Myth debunked: Can lightning strike the same place twice?

    Myth debunked: Can lightning strike the same place twice?

    The old saying that ‘lightning never strikes the same place twice’ is a myth that any veteran storm observer or researcher has seen nature defy. Lightning can strike any location more than once. In fact, given enough time, it is actually inevitable.

  • Reaching for the stars

    Reaching for the stars

    The ambitious Square KilometRE Array (SKA) project has started to bear fruit. Despite being only a quarter of its final size, the MeerKAT radio telescope under construction in the Karoo region in South Africa has already delivered a fresh...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    A montage of the MeerKat radio telescope’s First Light image with four zoomed-in insets – the two panels to the right show distant galaxies with massive black holes at their centres; at lower left is a galaxy approximately 200m light years away...

  • Prince George is three - new pictures issued

    Prince George is three - new pictures issued

    New pictures showing Prince George at play on a swing and with the family dog Lupo have been released by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to mark their son's third birthday. William and Kate thanked well-wishers for messages of support they have...

  • President ‘evaded death by minutes’, official says

    President ‘evaded death by minutes’, official says

    At the height of the attempt to overthrow Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, the rebel pilots of two F-16 fighter jets had Erdogan’s plane in their sights. And yet he was able to fly on. The Turkish leader was returning to Istanbul from a holiday...

  • School out of reach for nearlyone in 10 children worldwide

    School out of reach for nearlyone in 10 children worldwide

    Unesco report reveals that millions of children across globe are not getting an education, yet situation has improved considerably since the year 2000 Some 263 million children worldwide, nearly one in 10, do not go to school, posing a daunting...

  • 17 Le Corbusier buildings named world heritage sites

    17 Le Corbusier buildings named world heritage sites

    Seventeen buildings designed by Swiss-French architecture pioneer Le Corbusier have become UNESCO world heritage sites, the Swiss government has said, opening up the chance of more funding for conservation. The structures include the Maison...

  • The tragic prince of Abyssinya in Malta

    The tragic prince of Abyssinya in Malta

    A frail and melancholic seven-year-old boy was marched through the door of Malta’s leading photographer to have his portrait taken. He was the crown-prince of a defeated empire and a spoil of war, like the jewels from the State treasury or the...

  • The Benedictine nuns’ monastery in Vittoriosa

    The Benedictine nuns’ monastery in Vittoriosa

    I come from Vittoriosa, and as a child I was an altar boy in the church of the St Scholastica monastery, Vittoriosa, prior to becoming a Carmelite friar. My vocation was inspired by the Benedictine nuns at this monastery. The nuns who live in St...

  • How burying the dead is polluting the living

    How burying the dead is polluting the living

    Traditionally in Malta, burying the dead was sustainable. We had a few plots dotted around Malta, but the primary one is the Our Lady of Sorrows ‘Addolorata’ cemetery in Paola built in 1869. This cemetery, designed by Emanuel Galizia (1830-1906),...

  • Your pet… and food additives

    Your pet… and food additives

    Last week Rocco had a relapse.  Not a serious one. But it was a sufficient reminder and further evidence that he is a sensitive dog suffering from food allergy and food intolerance. Rocco is a one-and-a-half-year-old, black and white springer...

  • Myth debunked: Are GMOs dangerous?

    Myth debunked: Are GMOs dangerous?

    The concept of genetically modi­fied (GM) food might bring up an image of evil scientists in a lab concocting ways to poison our food for company profit. Some GMs might have that aim, but much research has been in­vested trying to create crops...

  • Is soil-less farming the future of agriculture?

    Is soil-less farming the future of agriculture?

    Soil-less farming, or hydroponics, is a plant growth system that replaces soil with nutrient-rich water. The system allows crops to access the required mine­rals and nutrients for growth directly, eliminating some plant stressors, as they no...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    Bio-Hybrid Stingray Robot – This tiny stingray is a robot powered by rat muscle cells. After going to the aquarium, lead scientist Kit Parker told his teammate: “We’re going to build a ray, we’re going to build it out of a rat, and we’re going to...

  • Frustration for Pokemon Go gamers as servers crash

    Frustration for Pokemon Go gamers as servers crash

    Fans of the gaming phenomenon Pokemon Go were in despair today when its servers appeared to have crashed. The craze, an augmented reality game which has exploded in popularity, uses the phone's GPS location data to allow players to roam the real...

  • How to volunteer and where to do it

    How to volunteer and where to do it

    Volunteering allows you to meet different people, boost your CV, and update your skills, says Helen Raine. When you’re fresh out of school or university and looking for a job, submitting applications and getting nowhere can be pretty discouraging.

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