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  • Catwalk at St Elmo for fashion week's day five

    Catwalk at St Elmo for fashion week's day five

    The fifth day of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Malta ended with three brilliant collections showcased at Fort St Elmo.Suzana Peric from Serbia was the first designer of the night followed by Nathan Micallef who presented a very interesting collection...

  • Cheaper flights for Erasmus students as Ryanair announces strategic partnership

    Cheaper flights for Erasmus students as Ryanair announces strategic partnership

    Students taking part in the EU's Erasmus exchange programme are to benefit from reduced fares and free checked-in bags when flying Ryanair as part of a strategic partnership announced by the budget airline.  The Erasmus partnership will offer...

  • Why electric cars are here to stay

    Why electric cars are here to stay

    Battery Electric Vehicles, or just Electric Vehicles (EVs), run on an on-board battery usually placed centrally at the base of the chassis. They still have a motorised engine that turns the wheels but it is fuelled by electrical energy instead of...

  • Malta and the Imperial Japanese Navy’s Second Special Squadron in WWI

    Malta and the Imperial Japanese Navy’s Second Special Squadron in WWI

    War came to Malta before the formal British declaration of war on Germany on August 4, 1914, as the Royal Navy had just left the Grand Harbour in pursuit of the German battle cruiser Goeben. The British Mediterranean Fleet, located in Malta, was...

  • Zeno’s famous paradox and modern variants

    Zeno’s famous paradox and modern variants

    Here is a version of one of Zeno’s famous paradoxes. Achilles will run eight metres. He can cover four metres in one second. But this means that in the first second he is half way there, in the next half of a second he covers two more metres, then...

  • Myth Debunked: The Monty Hall Problem

    Myth Debunked: The Monty Hall Problem

    The Monty Hall Problem gets its name from the host of the popular television game show Let’s Make a Deal, which originated in the United States in 1963 and has been produced in many countries. The problem is as follows. Suppose you are on the...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    Torobo-kun, the robot mentioned in the Sound Bites section, writing answers on paper during a demonstration in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo, on November 14, 2016. The robot was developed by Denso Corporation, a maker of auto parts.

  • A drop of life

    A drop of life

    Over 300,000 people in Malta can donate blood but only five per cent do. Tony Micallef explains to Ronald Cassar how this altruistic gesture can save lives. Like air and water, blood is one of those underestimated elements whose importance is only...

  • Brother Louis Camilleri FSC – a legacy to be remembered

    Brother Louis Camilleri FSC – a legacy to be remembered

    Some think that sanctity is to close your eyes and to look like a holy icon. No! Sanctity is something greater. Indeed, it is precisely in living with love and offering one’s own Christian witness in everyday affairs that we are called to become...

  • A tiny but precious puppy

    A tiny but precious puppy

    This week I visited a precious puppy. The patient was a female Yorkshire terrier of only four days and weighing about 100 grams.  She was so young that she had not yet opened her eyes and not even been given a name. This tiny puppy was not...

  • Supernovae: the stellar explosions in the cosmos

    Supernovae: the stellar explosions in the cosmos

    The renewed threat of an arms race has elicited a revision to the dreaded Doomsday Clock, a harbinger to nuclear and climate change disaster. The clock now stands at two-and-a-half minutes to midnight, the closest to midnight since 1953, when...

  • Myth Debunked: Why is the sky blue?

    Since ancient times, many have questioned why the sky appears blue, rather than any other colour, especially since the sun gives off light in all the different ranges of visible light. It was initially thought that the sky appears blue because of...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    Stephen Brincat, a Maltese astrophotographer, captured this image of a Type 1a supernova (SN2014J) which occurred in the Cigar galaxy in 2014. At just 11 million light years away, this supernova was one of the closest to earth for the last few...

  • A century of faith

    A century of faith

    “I came to ask you to come here on the 13th day of each month for six months at the same time, and then I will return here a seventh time.” On May 13, 1917, the Virgin Mary appeared to Lucia Dos Santos, 10, and her cousins, Francisco, 9, and...

  • Pope Francis to make Fatima siblings saints

    Pope Francis to make Fatima siblings saints

    Pope Francis will make two Portuguese shepherd children saints today, crowning a belief that started with reported visions of the Madonna 100 years ago which have turned the Shrine of Fatima into one of the most famous in Christianity. Up to a...

  • More snippets from Malta during World War I – June 1917

    More snippets from Malta during World War I – June 1917

    Charles Debono, curator of the National War Museum, provides more snippets from newspapers published in Malta a century ago to provide snapshots of some of the most significant stories in Malta during June 1917. Sir Gerald Strickland returns to...

  • The benefits of canine massage

    The benefits of canine massage

    Think of the relief you get from a really good massage. The crick in your neck eases off… the tension in your back is reduced… and you’re left with a sense of well-being, which means you simply feel better overall. Personally, I wish I could...

  • Service, therapy dogs enhance well-being and quality of life

    Service, therapy dogs enhance well-being and quality of life

    Banif Bank has entered into a three-year collaboration with Service Dogs Malta Foundation to sponsor three dogs in their development – from puppyhood to their full certification as therapy or service dogs. Depending on the aptitude of the dog,...

  • The cancer-preventive properties of aspirin

    The cancer-preventive properties of aspirin

    First manufactured over a century ago by the pharmaceutical company, Bayer, the drug aspirin stands as one of the oldest over-the-counter pharmaceuticals still in use today. Originally marketed as a remedy for headaches, mild fever and rheumatism,...

  • Myth Debunked: Energy consumption

    Myth Debunked: Energy consumption

    We all have a relative who is always unplugging appliances and switching off unused plugs to ‘save the planet’. Of course, doing our bit for the environment is a duty we should not shy away from. But perhaps if we really want to make a difference...

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