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  • People are taking a huge toll on the plains of the Serengeti-Mara

    People are taking a huge toll on the plains of the Serengeti-Mara

    The 40,000 sq km Serengeti-Mara plain that straddles the border of Kenya and Tanzania is famous for its abundant and diverse wildlife. It is also home to one of the wonders of the world: the Serengeti-Mara wildebeest migration. Each year about two...

  • Methane on Mars: a new discovery or just a lot of hot air?

    Methane on Mars: a new discovery or just a lot of hot air?

    The discovery of life on Mars would get pretty much everyone excited. But the scientists hunting for it would probably be happy no matter what the outcome of their search – whether life turned out to extinct, dormant or extant. They’d even...

  • Has technology killed our ability to talk face-to-face?

    Has technology killed our ability to talk face-to-face?

    What with Facetime, Skype, Whatsapp and Snapchat, for many people, face-to-face conversation is used less and less often. These apps allow us to converse with each other quickly and easily – overcoming distances, time zones and countries. We can...

  • Could Malta's future buses look like the past?

    Could Malta's future buses look like the past?

    What if Malta’s iconic buses could return to local roads as electric, air conditioned, comfortable and accessible vehicles? The idea sounds outlandish, but a local designer has crafted a vision to do just that. Come July, parliament building will...

  • Seaweed could help climate change in a most unexpected way

    Seaweed could help climate change in a most unexpected way

    Demand for food is increasing rapidly – the global population is expected to reach 11.2 billion by 2100. To keep up with the additional mouths to feed, intensive farming practices have maximised production, but often at the expense of the...

  • Eviction by retirement? - Carlos Bugeja

    Throughout the years, it has been a staple in our Law of Lease that a property rented must be utilised according to the use for which it is rented. By way of example, a property rented as a garage cannot be transformed into a snack bar without the...

  • Gio Domenico Ottonelli on lechery in Malta

    Gio Domenico Ottonelli on lechery in Malta

    Not one of the biographies of Gio Domenico Ottonelli mentions the fact that this complex and influential opinion maker spent part of his life in Malta. Yet in one of his lesser-known works published in 1646, Ottonelli repeatedly refers to his stay...

  • The first statue of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Malta

    The first statue of Our Lady of   Mount Carmel in Malta

    The Oratory of Our Lady of Mount Carmel has for centuries been a well-known landmark in Old Theatre Street, Valletta. When one looks inside, one is immediately struck by the statue of Our Lady of Mount Carmel that surmounts the main altar. One is...

  • The importance of being quantum

    Quantum-based technologies are making headlines around the world, with researchers reporting teleportation experiments involving satellites, quantum computers on the eve of designing new drugs and quantum cryptography employed for keeping messages...

  • Myth Debunked: Women and men’s brains are different!

    Myth Debunked: Women and men’s brains are different!

    Women are better at multi-tasking, and men are better at parking cars. Women are better at dealing with their emotions; men are good at fixing stuff; this is true for all men and women. Well, not quite. Stereotyping does not stop at distinguishing...

  • Photo of the week - March 31, 2019

    Photo of the week - March 31, 2019

    An international team of scientists, including ones based at the University of Malta, used very stable lasers to detect the microscopic motion of the earth by measuring its effect on the optical fibers owned by Enemalta plc and Melita Ltd, which...

  • Maurice Mizzi donates €70,000 to help Cottonera children

    Maurice Mizzi donates €70,000 to help Cottonera children

    On March 18, businessman Maurice Mizzi presented a €70,000 donation to The Spiro Mizzi Foundation. The event took place during Celebration Day at Santa Margerita Primary School in Senglea and was joined by guests of honour, President Marie-Louise...

  • First woman to win Afghan Star reality show to fight Taliban with her music

    First woman to win Afghan Star reality show to fight Taliban with her music

    The first woman to win the Afghan version of American Idol says she will fight the Taliban with her music, embracing a victory rich in symbolism as her country faces an uncertain future. Zahra Elham won the 14th edition of Afghan Star last week,...

  • Manuscripts tell new story on Senglea’s Christ the Redeemer

    Manuscripts tell new story on Senglea’s Christ the Redeemer

    An analysis of 2,000 pages of newly-discovered manuscripts shed new historical light on one of the most devout statues in Malta, including how its cult status evolved. This emerged during the launch on Wednesday of a new publication titled...

  • Spring bird migration in the Maltese islands

    Spring bird migration in the Maltese islands

    Bird migration is without doubt one of the most spectacular events in a bird’s life. Twice a year, a large number of species undertake a perilous journey thousands of kilometres long from summer to winter quarters and back again. Although spring...

  • From outrage to icon: Paris marks 30 years of Louvre's pyramid

    From outrage to icon: Paris marks 30 years of Louvre's pyramid

    It was once decried as an architectural "obscenity", but as the Louvre's glass pyramid turns 30 on Friday, it has become a cherished icon of the French capital. One eminent writer called for revolt in the streets when French president Francois...

  • Feud rages over book about how big business aided Nazis

    Feud rages over book about how big business aided Nazis

    The US historian Robert Paxton is famous for dismantling French myths. He demolished the idea that its collaborationist wartime regime had "passively resisted" German occupiers in his 1972 book "Vichy France", which also delivered the bombshell...

  • Beware: direct eye contact might not mean that someone is trustworthy

    Beware: direct eye contact might not mean that someone is trustworthy

    We usually interpret someone looking us straight in the eye during an interaction as a sign of trustworthiness. In fact it can be rather unsettling when someone avoids eye contact. This is at least the case in the Western world, where we use eye...

  • ‘New’ organ for Nazzarenu church

    ‘New’ organ for Nazzarenu church

    A fine Danish pipe organ that needed a home caught the eye of local organ builder and restorer Robert Buhagiar, who was terribly keen on bringing it to Malta. “Its design is elegant and features wood carvings on the front. Its builder – Frobenius...

  • When is a spouse legally responsible for estranged partner's debts?

    When is a spouse legally responsible for estranged partner's debts?

    "I promise to be true to you in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health. I will love you and honour you all the days of my life.” We have all been there, listening carefully to a young couple nervously reciting those words that are set to...