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  • CO₂ capture technology is not the magic bullet against climate change

    CO₂ capture technology is not the magic bullet against climate change

    According to a recent major UN report, if we are to limit temperature rise to 1.5 °C and prevent the most catastrophic effects of climate change, we need to reduce global CO₂ emissions to net zero by 2050. This means eliminating fossil fuel use...

  • Power of persuasion goes way beyond mere advertising

    Power of persuasion goes way beyond mere advertising

    There was a time when persuasion was easy to recognise. It was the stuff on billboards and flyers or between the articles in newspapers and magazines. It interrupted TV and radio programmes and it was obviously trying to sell us something. We...

  • Why are we so moved by the plight of the Notre Dame?

    Why are we so moved by the plight of the Notre Dame?

    Scrolling through news of the Notre Dame fire on social media feeds was like watching a real-time archive of grief in the making, as people expressed their dismay and sorrow at the damage wrought. Why is it that some heritage places publicly...

  • Easter: what the Catholic Church teaches about bread and wine

    Easter: what the Catholic Church teaches about bread and wine

    On the Thursday before Easter, more than two billion Christians worldwide observe the Eucharist, a special ritual that commemorates the Last Supper – a meal hosted by Jesus Christ for his friends 2,000 years ago, the night before he was arrested...

  • Four simple ways to make life better for tenants

    Four simple ways to make life better for tenants

    Everyone knows how important it is to have a home. It’s no surprise that being homeless is bad for a person’s health: it can even kill. And it’s just as obvious that housing which is damp, cold, overcrowded or riddled with toxins is a recipe for...

  • Upskirting is illegal - but 1 in 10 men don't think of it as sexual harassment

    Upskirting is illegal - but 1 in 10 men don't think of it as sexual harassment

    Upskirting – taking a photo or filming underneath a skirt or dress without consent – has finally become a criminal offence in England and Wales (it was already an offence in Scotland from 2010). Yet despite this progress, a recent report conducted...

  • Journalism's Assange problem: will it result in attacks against press freedom?

    Journalism's Assange problem: will it result in attacks against press freedom?

    These days, anybody with an internet connection can be a publisher. That doesn’t make everybody a journalist. This distinction has become more important than ever in light of two recent events. One was the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

  • Flying cars: automating the skies means playing with our lives

    Flying cars: automating the skies means playing with our lives

    Recent research suggests that flying cars could eventually be a sustainable way to free up roads. The first models are set to hit our skies in 2019 as personal playthings, while industry sees them as taxis and commuter vehicles of the future. But...

  • Microplastics found a remote corner of the Pyrenees

    Microplastics found a remote corner of the Pyrenees

    Microplastics have been discovered in a remote area of the French Pyrenees mountains. The particles travelled through the atmosphere and were blown into the once pristine region by the wind, according to a new study published in Nature...

  • The Passion statues

    The Passion statues

    World War I in 1918 had just ended when the newly appointed parish priest of Żebbuġ, Gozo, Fr Anton Grima, ordered a set of eight statues to be used in the Good Friday procession. The statues were to be done in papier mâché by artist Augustine...

  • Retrial: errors in judgments

    Retrial: errors in judgments

    Our system of legal redress adopts a two-tier structure; cases are first heard before and decided upon by the courts of first instance (such as the Court of Magistrates and the Civil Court, First Hall, in case of civil matters). Thereafter, any...

  • Carlo Darmanin: a pioneer in Good Friday iconography

    Carlo Darmanin: a pioneer in Good Friday iconography

    Our forefathers constantly showed interest and devotion during the pious days commemorating the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. A characteristic feature of Holy Week in Malta is undoubtedly the processions held in Maltese and...

  • The Australian historical mission in Malta in 1919

    The Australian historical   mission in Malta in 1919

    In January 1919 the Australian Historical Mission travelled to Turkey by way of Italy and Malta to clarify some of the unresolved questions relating to Australia’s participation in the Gallipoli campaign. The all-Australian mission was headed by...

  • The cremation conundrum

    The cremation conundrum

    I’m giving everybody prior warning: it’s going to be a thorny one today. With much fanfare, cremation is finally being ushered into the Maltese islands with the blessing of the Archbishop. I am personally somewhat diffident to this event, partly...

  • The tax man will be all over the British royal baby

    The tax man will be all over the British royal baby

    Talk about being born with a silver spoon in your mouth: the royal baby of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will have a particularly glittery one. And US tax authorities will be keen to know how much that utensil is worth. That's because the baby...

  • Using the cloud for spreadsheet accounting

    Using the cloud for spreadsheet accounting

    Enterprises have been transferring their data storage and processing to the cloud in an effort to benefit from its economic advantage and service availability. Accountants and, in particular, small business owners, are affected by this trend as...

  • Myth debunked: Dinosaurs today?

    Myth debunked: Dinosaurs today?

    Some people think that the dinosaur extinction happened due to their failure to adapt to the changing environment. In reality, dinosaurs were diverse for more than 100 million years, with fossils found in North and South America, Asia, Europe,...

  • Photo of the week - April 14, 2019

    Photo of the week - April 14, 2019

    A newly identified species of a 150 million-year-old marine crocodile, Cricosaurus bambergensis, has given insights into how a group of ancient animals evolved. The ancestor of today’s crocodiles belonged to a group of animals that developed a...

  • GCC assists in breast cancer screening in India

    GCC assists in breast cancer screening in India

    An iBreast Exam (iBE) device recently donated by a Malta-based NGO is enabling a charity in India to provide free breast cancer screening in remote villages in Wardha district where currently only six per cent of underprivileged Indian women know...

  • Film screening for students

    Film screening for students

    As part of an intercultural programme, a screening of a locally-produced short film, Camilla, was organised by NSTS and St Edward’s College for international students. Camilla, produced in late 2018, was funded by the National Book Council and...