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  • Big gods came after the rise of civilisations - not before

    Big gods came after the rise of civilisations - not before

    When you think of religion, you probably think of a god who rewards the good and punishes the wicked. But the idea of morally-concerned gods is by no means universal. Social scientists have long known that small-scale traditional societies – the...

  • Six simple ways to fill your wardrobe with sustainable clothing

    Six simple ways to fill your wardrobe with sustainable clothing

    The environmental impact of fashion waste is overwhelming. Every year the UK alone sends 350,000 tones of clothing to landfill. And as the majority of garments are made from oil-based materials like polyester – 22.67 tonnes of polyester clothing...

  • ‘We take water for granted’

    ‘We take water for granted’

    Water is very scarce in Malta. We rank among the top five countries having the least amount of renewable water per capita, ahead even of desert countries like Libya. This is attributed to three factors: a small catchment area (the country’s...

  • Study sheds light on one of physics' biggest mysteries

    Study sheds light on one of physics' biggest mysteries

    Why do we exist? This is arguably the most profound question there is and one that may seem completely outside the scope of particle physics. But our new experiment at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider has taken us a step closer to figuring it out. To...

  • Back to the future: cassettes launch comeback tour

    Back to the future: cassettes launch comeback tour

    The humble cassette - that tiny little plastic rectangle containing the homemade mixtapes of yesteryear - is back, joining vinyl as a darling of audiophiles who miss side A and side B. But as top musicians including Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber...

  • One million expected at blockbuster Paris Tutankhamun show

    One million expected at blockbuster Paris Tutankhamun show

    At least one million people are expected to flock to a "once in a generation" exhibition about the Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun which opens in Paris this weekend. More than 150 treasures from the boy king's tomb - including 60 which have never...

  • Plastic, not so fantastic

    Plastic, not so fantastic

    There are second-long decisions that every person makes in the course of a single day. You rush to the office – late again – and stop for a takeaway espresso. For lunch, you eat a quick salad from a disposable container. On your way home, you stop...

  • World’s largest radio telescope moves from concept to reality

    World’s largest radio telescope moves from concept to reality

    The world’s largest radio telescope hit a milestone this month as 15 countries, including Malta, met in Rome to set up a global intergovernmental body that will oversee and operate the gigantic Square Kilometre Array. Spanning three continents,...

  • All aboard Italy's 'Trans-Siberian' railway

    All aboard Italy's 'Trans-Siberian' railway

    Destroyed first by the Nazis and then by government cuts, Italy's very own "Trans-Siberian" railway has reopened thanks to the work of hobbyists, taking travellers back in time through the snowy Abruzzo mountains. Today, lovingly restored, almost...

  • How to stand out from the crowd in a very competitive job market

    How to stand out from the crowd in a very competitive job market

    The employment market is saturated with graduates who have good degrees and the right qualifications. So the question on many recruiters’ minds is: what else can this candidate offer? Employers have been reporting a “skills gap” in graduates for a...

  • Drought wipes a lake in Chile off the map

    Drought wipes a lake in Chile off the map

    The cows and horses would have come for the last blades of grass. Now their bones are scattered on the cracked earth, victims of drought that wiped Santiago's weekend playground Lake Aculeo from the map. Lake Aculeo's demise is so sudden and...

  • Social media could stop spread of hateful content in aftermath of terror attacks

    Social media could stop spread of hateful content in aftermath of terror attacks

    The deadly attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, in which 50 people were killed and many others critically injured, was streamed live on Facebook by the man accused of carrying it out. It was then quickly shared across social media...

  • Driverless cars: how will you use free time?

    Driverless cars: how will you use free time?

    One of the most attractive things about driverless cars is their potential to free up the time spent driving from A to B. Like passengers on trains or buses, it’s expected that people travelling by driverless cars will be able to spend their time...

  • A truly inclusive society requires political restraint

    A truly inclusive society requires political restraint

    Terrible tragedies test leaders to the full. Anyone watching from afar must be impressed with the way in which Jacinda Ardern has dealt with the aftermath of the Christchurch horror. Ardern has kept her shocked population regularly updated, walked...

  • Brexit: what happens next?

    Brexit: what happens next?

    It’s been a turbulent few weeks in the Palace of Westminster and while Britons may all be bored silly by the sight of MPs arguing about what they think the people actually want, the drama shows no sign of stopping. What’s happened so far Since MPs...

  • Dealing with no shows

    Dealing with no shows

    There was nothing particularly remarkable about the facts in the case of Reactilab Limited vs Caroline Debattista (1038/2018GM – decided on March 12). It was the typical debt-collection dispute, plenty of which are heard by our courts every day.

  • The heroism of Captain Andrew Moynihan

    The heroism of Captain Andrew Moynihan

    In Gordon Caruana Dingli’s article ‘Moynihan House bites the dust’ (Times of Malta, March 2) and Prof. Joseph Galea’s letter to the editor ‘Save Moynihan House’ (The Sunday Times of Malta, March 10), both correspondents made impassioned pleas for...

  • Musing on Ta’ Xbiex’s origin and past…

    Musing on Ta’ Xbiex’s origin and past…

    On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Ta’ Xbiex as a parish, it is interesting to look at the locality’s origins and history. First and foremost the locality’s name, etymology and the relationship between the two, or its ‘borgata’, remains an...

  • Sliema grew with the ferries – Part 2

    Sliema grew with the  ferries – Part 2

    The barklori protested against the threat to their livelihood posed by the new ferries of The Sliema Valletta Ferry Service Company set up by Julius (Giulio) Goldseller; they demonstrated in front of the Governor’s Palace in Valletta on May 25,...

  • The search for another earth

    The search for another earth

    Earth is the cradle of humankind, but one can’t stay in a cradle forever. The famous words of Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, a Russian rocket scientist born in the 19th century, were perhaps once seen as the mere utterings of science fiction. Tsiolkovsky...