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  • Let’s get reading

    Let’s get reading

    What is a school if it does not promote a love of reading? San Andrea School, in the limits of Żebbiegħ, has always taken books and reading seriously.  Evidence of this is the annual Book Week during which a flurry of book-related activities take...

  • Facebook enhances memorialised user accounts

    Facebook enhances memorialised user accounts

    Facebook on Tuesday improved features of social network accounts kept as memorials to deceased members of the online community. Memorialised accounts are intended to serve as venues for friends and family to share memories and thoughts of those...

  • Scientists set to unveil first images of black holes

    Scientists set to unveil first images of black holes

    Massive, ravenous, powerful beyond measure -– physicists are convinced that black holes exist, even if no one has directly observed one.  But that's about to change. On Wednesday, scientists in six cities on three continents are poised to...

  • Houses through time: some homes can reflect a century of social change

    Houses through time: some homes can reflect a century of social change

    If you live in a house for which you are not the first occupant, you often come across traces of the previous residents in the exterior and interior of the house. More than a third of the UK’s housing stock dates back before World War II and,...

  • Technology may be making us unhealthy and miserable – governments must act

    Technology may be making us unhealthy and miserable – governments must act

    Social media and screens are omnipresent. Many are concerned about the amount of time we – and our children – spend on devices. Soon to be a father, Prince Harry recently suggested that “social media is more addictive than drugs and alcohol, yet...

  • Students present their school experience

    Students present their school  experience

    The old hall at St Margaret College Secondary School Verdala, Cospicua, was a hive of activity yesterday as students, teachers and guests attended the launch of the school’s annual exhibition. Titled The Verdala Experience, it features creative...

  • Music streaming has worse carbon footprint than records and CDs

    Music streaming has worse carbon footprint than records and CDs

    It is easy to get nostalgic for the era when most music lovers bought LPs. They would save their pennies for a Saturday trip to the local record store, before heading home clutching their glorious new vinyl in a plastic bag to drop the needle on...

  • Cross-party Brexit talks are probably heading nowhere

    Cross-party Brexit talks are probably heading nowhere

    The decision by the UK prime minister, Theresa May, to engage in talks with the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, in an attempt to settle Brexit took everyone by surprise. It cheered those seeking a soft Brexit, while enraging Leavers in her own party.

  • War artist Frank Mason in Malta and his April 1919 exhibition

    War artist Frank Mason in Malta and his April 1919 exhibition

    Twenty-six years ago The Sunday Times of Malta published an article by A. E. Abela entitled Frank Mason and the Malta Convoy. Since the article was published on August 16, 1992, it was timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Santa...

  • Tragic accidents in our history that claimed young lives

    Tragic accidents in our history that claimed young lives

    The first tragedy since 1800 that claimed young lives was the Vittoriosa magazine explosion which occurred on July 18, 1806. The magazine was located close to Porta Marina and the explosion killed around 200 people, and more than 100 others were...

  • How to spend two hours

    How to spend two hours

    I have just googled “things that you can do in two hours” and apparently, taking a nap, a hot bubble bath or doing a spot of yoga are not activities beyond the realm of possibility. What definitely should not be in the realm of possibility is...

  • AX steps up for Parkinson’s

    AX steps up for Parkinson’s

    Parkinson’s is a serious neurogenerative disease that affects the way body parts move. The disease occurs due to problems with certain nerve cells in the brain. These nerve cells are usually producing the neurotransmitter dopamine, which is...

  • Malta’s groundwater drought

    Malta’s groundwater drought

    Water. It’s everywhere. As a country with clean water supply all around the archipelago, it’s easy to take it for granted. But the current situation for our groundwater is anything but refreshing. The Maltese islands have 18 main groundwater bodies.

  • Myth debunked: Autism myths

    In honour of Autism Awareness Day (held on April 2) and everyone who has this condition, this week’s Myth Debunked is going to tackle some of the most persistent fallacies surrounding it. Myth: Repetitive jobs are best suited for people with...

  • Photo of the week - April 7, 2019

    Photo of the week - April 7, 2019

    A Hoopoe (Daqquqa tat-toppu) pictured in Għadira.

  • French Garfield beach phone mystery highlights plastic pollution

    French Garfield beach phone mystery highlights plastic pollution

    For more than 30 years bright orange "Garfield" phones have been washing up on the French coast to the bemusement of local beach cleaners, who have finally cracked the mystery behind them. Locals had long suspected a lost shipping container was to...

  • India fights to save its heritage havelis in the desert

    India fights to save its heritage havelis in the desert

    The resplendent mansions of Bikaner once hosted royalty and wealthy merchants passing through India's deserts with their caravans, but centuries later these bygone architectural masterpieces are crumbling. Made from distinctive red sandstone,...

  • Japan probe blasts asteroid, seeking clues to life's origins

    Japan probe blasts asteroid, seeking clues to life's origins

    A Japanese probe on Friday launched an explosive device at an asteroid, aiming to blast a crater in the surface and scoop up material that could shed light on how the solar system evolved. The explosive mission is the riskiest yet attempted by the...

  • Dogs in the classroom – coming to a school near you soon?

    Dogs in the classroom – coming to a school near you soon?

    When you think about your own school days, you might have had a furry friend to keep you company in the classroom – maybe a school hamster, rabbit or guinea pig. But what about a school dog? That’s what’s being suggested by the vice chancellor of...

  • Keep your voice down when on a wildlife tour

    Keep your voice down when on a wildlife tour

    Anyone who has ever spent time observing wild animals in nature will know that silence is golden. Wildlife tours recommend that people stay quiet in order to see more, but research on Tibetan macaques suggests that high levels of noise from...