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  • Maltese photographer chronicles 'a date that will live in infamy'

    Maltese photographer chronicles 'a date that will live in infamy'

    On the morning of Sunday, December 7, 1941, at exactly 7.48am, the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service launched a surprise attack on the United States naval base at Pearl Harbour, Hawaii. The date, which was famously proclaimed by President...

  • Prince Harry reveals decades-long struggle to confront grief of mother's death

    Prince Harry reveals decades-long struggle to confront grief of mother's death

    Prince Harry has revealed he sought counselling after two years of "total chaos" having spent nearly 20 years "not thinking" about the death of his mother. Harry was 12 years old when Diana, Princess of Wales, was killed in a car crash but he said...

  • Ivory: A natural material reflecting the purification from sin

    Ivory: A natural material reflecting   the purification from sin

    On April 30, 2016, a huge bonfire was set alight in Nairobi where €99 million worth of poached elephant tusks, thought to result from 6,000 illegally slaughtered elephants, went up in flames. Many believe that as long as a legal ivory market...

  • Qormi’s medieval pala d’altare – a plea for its restoration

    Qormi’s medieval pala d’altare – a plea for its restoration

    One of the few existing medieval retables in Malta is a dismembered pala d’altare at the Qormi parish church of St George that dates to approximately the middle of the 15th century. This retable’s four component parts are, however, still extant...

  • Are we what we eat?

    Are we what we eat?

    We know that we do not eat as well as we should. As recently as 2016 an international team of dietary experts published The Healthy Plate – Dietary Guidelines for Maltese Adults. This study defined a simple healthy approach to eating. And the...

  • Restoring art to its former glory

    Restoring art to its former glory

    The science of conservation and restoration provides the chance for society to enjoy various works of art for centuries. As we celebrate Easter today different statues adorn our churches. However, variations in temperature and humidity provide...

  • Myth debunked: Exercise does not work for me!

    Myth debunked: Exercise does not work for me!

    Most people have heard about the importance of exercise and the need to exercise regularly. However, some people claim that exercise doesn’t seem to be doing much to them. Everyone responds to exercise differently. If one had to take a sample of...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    Maria Grazia Zenzani and Valentina Lupo during the consolidation intervention of the paint layer carried out under vacuum on an 18th century papier-mâché Neapolitan tondo painting.

  • Ask a stranger if you want to pick your most flattering selfie, study shows

    Ask a stranger if you want to pick your most flattering selfie, study shows

    Picking a flattering photo for an online dating or networking site is best left to a stranger, a study has shown. Selfie images people select themselves are less likely to convey a favourable first impression, say psychologists. Previous research...

  • Growing on trees

    Growing on trees

    Childhood memories simmered and then bubbled in my mind as a coppery coloured karamella melted in my mouth. Its distinct luscious taste reminded me of the sheer relief and delight I felt as a child when this carob caramel delicacy was the only...

  • We were watching Luftwaffe planes... when a bomb fell right where we were

    We were watching Luftwaffe planes... when a bomb fell right where we were

    The bombs that fell on the Mosta Dome during World War II missed some boys by mere metres – because Frankie Calleja and his friends were up in the church belfry watching dogfights at the time, he tells Jennifer Grech on the 75th anniversary of the...

  • Mobility-challenged pets

    Mobility-challenged pets

    This week, Fulu was welcomed by his new family in Germany. Fulu is an eight-month-old Pharaoh Hound puppy. A couple of months ago, Fulu was hit by a passing car. The damage caused to his spine was irreparable and he was left paralysed from the...

  • Maritime ex-voto paintings: linking seafaring and faith

    Maritime ex-voto paintings: linking seafaring and faith

    In Malta, as in other coastal cultures, mari­time man does not rely on technological knowhow alone. He has also set up a mechanism of a different kind, believing in a sanctified order in which the Lord is a refuge from sea stroms, with the saints...

  • Damned lies?

    Damned lies?

    In the issue of February 26, we gave an example to illustrate Simpson’s Paradox. The data in  the table shows that 70 per cent of students from one school, St Giles, passed their SEC exams, while 60 per cent of students from another school, St...

  • The birthday paradox

    The birthday paradox

    How many people should there be in a group so that the probability of at least two of them having the same birthday (that is, they were born in the same month and on the same day) is at least 50 per cent? Perhaps an immediate guess would be half...

  • Explore, think, imagine

    Preparations are well under way to ensure that children have an exciting Easter. But what about activities for adults? Esplora comes up with some fun experiments involving science to try out… Do you know you can use vinegar to make eggs bouncy?...

  • The future of transport

    The future of transport

    Technological innovation has led to a growing demand for a new mobility service as the sector responds to the need for safer and more sustainable transport A new driverless shuttle bus is hitting the streets of Greenwich, London, in the next three...

  • Family books entire cruise ship for fairy-tale wedding

    Family books entire cruise ship for fairy-tale wedding

    The 1970s television series Love Boat has inspired many to tie a glamorous couple and a cruise ship into a wedding at sea. Yet one family has taken this a step further and booked an entire cruise ship to celebrate a fairy-tale wedding. Before...

  • Giving a new spark to old Maltese songs

    Giving a new spark  to old Maltese songs

    Etnika recently performed in Australia, where they were warmly welcomed by Maltese and international audiences. Stephanie Fsadni listens to their latest album, which marks a new musical direction for the band – one they like to call...

  • A knight of Malta’s 1588 homicide

    A knight of Malta’s   1588 homicide

    The desolately luxuriant criminal energies prevalent in Malta during the first century of the rule by the Order of St John have not been properly studied so far. Many reasons account for this information blackout – mostly the poor documentation...

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