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  • More forgotten industrial heritage: Admiralty Floating Dock No.35 – Return to the Far East

    More forgotten industrial heritage: Admiralty Floating Dock No.35 – Return to the Far East

    Admiralty Floating Dock (AFD) 35 was ready for use in July 1948 but the hulk of AFD 8 was still at the berth planned for it at Magazine Wharf. It was ironic that the Royal Navy had ships stemmed for docking but was unable to use its newest and...

  • Our cracking earth

    Our cracking earth

    It was only 50 years ago when scientists had tangible evidence that continents drift around the earth’s surface and established what drives their movement. The evidence revolved around several observations such as the map of the earth, which looks...

  • Myth Debunked: More money means more happiness!

    Myth Debunked: More money means more happiness!

    “Money can buy you lots of things but money can’t buy you love” are lyrics from a famous song. While true, money can buy you happiness – to a certain extent. For decades research has been trying to figure out if money is linked to happiness. In...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    The shape of the Atlantic Ocean’s seafloor wedged between the Americas, Europe and Africa. The red box shows the location of PI-LAB (Passive Imaging of the Lithosphere and Asthenosphere Boundary), which is an experiment using state-of-the-art...

  • Physically active learning 'should be integral part of school teaching'

    Physically active learning 'should be integral part of school teaching'

    Children should be more active in schools to help boost their academic results in the classroom, it has been suggested. Active lessons - such as where pupils move around the class or take part in physical activity - rather than simply sitting down...

  • 'Public will be eyes and ears for police on Royal wedding day'

    'Public will be eyes and ears for police on Royal wedding day'

    Royal wedding watchers will be the "eyes and ears" to report any suspicious activity to police on the big day, the officer in charge of the transport security plan has said. Armed officers will be on patrol as part of an enhanced police presence...

  • Spacecraft for detecting 'Marsquakes' set for rare California launch

    Spacecraft for detecting 'Marsquakes' set for rare California launch

    After decades exploring the surface of Mars, NASA is set for the weekend launch of its first robotic lander dedicated to studying the red planet's deep interior, with instruments to detect planetary seismic rumblings never measured anywhere but...

  • It's ok, you are not going to fall: Spacewalk astronaut reveals heights fear

    It's ok, you are not going to fall: Spacewalk astronaut reveals heights fear

    Nasa astronaut Joseph Acaba has revealed he held on tight while doing a spacewalk during a recent trip to the International Space Station as he is afraid of heights. "If you look at the pictures, I'm holding on to the railing," he told a crowd at...

  • Quality journalism has a history of survival

    Quality journalism has a history of survival

    Donald Trump’s insistence that any challenges to the actions and utterances of the president are “fake news” is particularly chilling because it resembles a tactic used by authoritarian regimes seeking ways to silence independent...

  • Two thirds of EU cities have climate change plans

    Two thirds of EU cities have climate change plans

      Around the world, cities endeavour to cut greenhouse gas emissions, while adapting to the threats – and opportunities – presented by climate change. It’s no easy task, but the first step is to make a plan outlining how to meet the targets set...

  • More than 10,000 endangered tortoises rescued in Madagascar

    More than 10,000 endangered tortoises rescued in Madagascar

    International conservationists in Madagascar have been treating more than 10,000 critically endangered radiated tortoises that were seized from traffickers who had crammed them into a house with no access to food or water. The Turtle Survival...

  • Recognising the signs of power and control

    Recognising the signs of power and control

    Anyone can experience domestic violence, says Edith Sciberras. She debunks some myths about domestic violence and discusses the possible repercussions for the well-being of victims. According to the Istanbul Convention, the term ‘domestic...

  • More forgotten industrial heritage: Admiralty Floating Dock No.35 – The Indian connection

    More forgotten industrial heritage: Admiralty Floating Dock No.35 – The Indian connection

    The story of Admiralty floating docks (AFDs) in Malta should have ended with the sinking and eventual long-drawn-out salvage and demolition of AFD 8 between 1940 and 1950 (see The Sunday Times of Malta, July 30 and August 6, 2017). In 1946, the...

  • The secret passages of Żejtun’s old parish church

    I refer to Fiona Vella’s article on the secret passages in the old parish church of St Catherine of Żejtun (The Sunday Times of Malta, March 25) and wish to add a footnote. In the article, Charles Debono gives a detailed and correct account of the...

  • Probing soil

    Probing soil

    The applications of Time Domain Reflectometry (TDR) probes in engineering and the natural sciences has been of interest since the 1930s, where it was a recognised technique to test electrical connections in cables. This probe detects signals that...

  • Myth Debunked: Do Chameleons change colour to blend in?

    Myth Debunked: Do Chameleons change colour to blend in?

    Chameleons are fascinating creatures, with their super-curly tails and distinctive eyes. Have you ever wished you could blend in the background? An added feature of this magnificent lizard is its ability to change colours. It was believed that...

  • Azimut showcases La Dolce Vita 3 in Milan

    Azimut showcases La Dolce Vita 3 in Milan

    For its debut at the Fuorisalone in Milan, Azimut Yachts selected Triennale Design Week to show off a 21-metre yacht, the S7, which took pride of place at the Palazzo dell’Arte in the area next to the main entrance. The impressive installation,...

  • Dangers of selective breeding

    Dangers of selective breeding

    On World Veterinary Day, Carmel Lino Vella highlights the health and welfare issues resulting from the breeding of dogs with excessive traits and/or genetic disorders. In recent years, veterinarians of companion animals have been regularly faced...

  • London's Royal Parks to get a Maltese touch

    London's Royal Parks to get a Maltese touch

    A Maltese architect's award-winning UK studio has been commissioned to create a fleet of free-standing kiosks for London's Royal Parks.  The nine Mizzi Studio-designed kiosks will cater to hungry and thirsty patrons in iconic London sites Hyde...

  • Atlas encompasses wide-ranging topics relating to plastic pollution

    Atlas encompasses wide-ranging topics relating to plastic pollution

    A new book has gathered a variety of information about plastic pollution, hoping to provoke more action to tackle this scourge. Through 60 topics, the Plastic Soup Atlas of the World highlights this global environmental problem. The first 30...