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  • Brexit: what parliament must do now to fix Theresa May's mess

    Brexit: what parliament must do now to fix Theresa May's mess

    Finally, after two tortuous years of negotiations, it looked like the UK’s elected representatives were about to vote on Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal. Then, despite vowing to go ahead, May decided to postpone the vote the day before.

  • Global Compact for Migration: what is it and why are countries opposing it?

    Global Compact for Migration: what is it and why are countries opposing it?

    The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) sets out a common, comprehensive approach to international migration. It aims at cooperation between states and promotes measures to strengthen regular migration pathways, to tackle...

  • Brexit deadlock: this three-way referendum design could break it

    Brexit deadlock: this three-way referendum design could break it

    The 2016 EU referendum resulted in a marginal victory for Brexit and a divided nation. After two years of negotiations, politicians and voters seem further divided. The final decision may now be put back in the hands of voters in another referendum.

  • Human rights belong to all

    Human rights belong to all

    “Everyone knows, or should know, why human rights are important.” This was the view of Canadian lawyer and scholar John Humphrey, one of the principal authors of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  December 10 marks Human Rights Day each...

  • It’s a kind of medieval magic

    It’s a kind of medieval magic

    Two of this year’s pantos take the middle ages as their inspiration. Veronica Stivala goes behind the frills, the glitter and the wonderful silliness of the dames’ costumes. She’s got beans! An axe, a toilet roll, a borma, a reusable shopping bag,...

  • Every picture tells a story (1): Marsamxett in the 1850s

    Every picture tells a story (1): Marsamxett in the 1850s

    Imagine Marsamxett in the 1850s: windmills on St Michael’s Bastion, Ponsonby’s Column, and Marsamxett Gate and Barracks. On the waterfront a baroque gate leads to the quarantine office, consisting of a parlatorio, fumigation rooms and stores; it...

  • Some deadly workplace tragedies of the past

    Some deadly workplace tragedies of the past

    Despite legislation regarding occupational health and safety, every year a number of employees are killed or injured at their place of work. Late last month, a 26-year-old Libyan plunged to his death after falling seven storeys at a construction...

  • The trial that led to cremation’s legalisation in the UK

    The trial that led to cremation’s legalisation in the UK

    A Bill to legalise cremation and introduce the first crematorium for humans in Malta is expected to be presented in Parliament at the beginning of next year. Eddie Attard gives some background on the subject and the trial that led to the...

  • Orchestrating light and controlling matter with optical tweezers

    Orchestrating light and controlling matter with optical tweezers

    Light has always played a crucial part in our lives. Already serving as the basis for a vast amount of technologies in our lives, every major breakthrough in understanding and controlling light enables future technologies. It is for this reason...

  • Myth Debunked: Lightning is only dangerous when it’s raining

    Myth Debunked: Lightning is only dangerous when it’s raining

    The variation of this myth is that lightning is only dangerous in wet conditions. This is not the case since lightning can strike out up to five kilometres outside of a thunderstorm. If you find yourself standing around outdoors during a lightning...

  • Photo of the week - December 9, 2018

    Photo of the week - December 9, 2018

    Researchers at SLAC and Stanford University are developing new accelerator-based technology that aims to speed up cancer radiation therapy by hundreds of times, thus reducing the side effects suffered by patients. It also aims at making related...

  • Reception marks 30th anniversary of Mabel Strickland’s death

    Reception marks 30th anniversary of Mabel Strickland’s death

    On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the death of Mabel Strickland, her nephew, Robert Strickland, and his wife hosted a reception at Villa Parisio in Lija on November 29. The reception was attended by distinguished guests including the...

  • Honorary Consular Corps reception

    Honorary Consular Corps reception

    The Honorary Consular Corps held their annual reception at Villa Arrigo, Naxxar. President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca and Michael Farrugia, Minister for Home Affairs and National Security, were among the many guests present. Those attending also...

  • Lifecycle boosts kidney research at University

    Lifecycle boosts kidney research at University

    Lifecycle (Malta) Foundation donated €25,000 to the University’s Research, Innovation and Development Trust (RIDT) to further the specialised medical programme in kidney research at the University of Malta. The money was initially received by...

  • Brexit: is it possible to stop it?

    Brexit: is it possible to stop it?

    Stopping Brexit is possible, but it’s complicated. I’m not arguing here that no Brexit is going to happen, only that it is legally and practically possible, and recent events render it slightly more likely. The only way Brexit can be stopped is if...

  • The Climate Clock: Counting down to 1.5℃ quicker than you think

    The Climate Clock: Counting down to 1.5℃ quicker than you think

    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5℃ has opened a window to limit global warming to 1.5℃ above pre-industrial levels, but carbon dioxide emissions are projected to increase in 2018 for the...

  • Hungarian artist dissects politics with wry riffs on iconic paintings

    Hungarian artist dissects politics with wry riffs on iconic paintings

    A Hungarian artist has a new exhibition depicting political leaders in the style of iconic paintings with the aim of shocking viewers and holding a mirror to current times. Bela Marias, or DrMarias, has been painting politicians for about a...

  • Their waters wrested away, Colombia's island fishermen lament - and learn

    Their waters wrested away, Colombia's island fishermen lament - and learn

    Casting his nylon fishing line into the waters off the Colombian island of San Andres, like generations before him, fisherman Oreste Howard points to the horizon of the turquoise blue Caribbean Sea and shakes his head. "Over there is a bank rich...

  • Climate change research too limited geographically

    Climate change research too limited geographically

    The first International Polar Year, held over 1882–1883, was an important event for science. The year was the brainchild of Austrian explorer Karl Weyprecht who, after a few years on different research missions, realised that scientists were...

  • Where de Valette met Baby Jesus

    Where de Valette met Baby Jesus

    Grandmaster Jean de Valette would probably have never thought that his oeuvre majeure could be the setting of a Nativity Scene. Yet not only does Valletta and some of its famous landmarks act as a backdrop to a crib, but the grandmaster himself...