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  • All too hard: understanding Brexit, Theresa May and the British humiliation

    All too hard: understanding Brexit, Theresa May and the British humiliation

    In a recent poll, 90% of the British public agreed that the way Brexit negotiations were being handled was a “national humiliation”. A lot of people have described the current situation as a constitutional crisis but they are wrong: the word...

  • Thawing permafrost is triggering thousands of landslides across the Arctic

    Thawing permafrost is triggering thousands of landslides across the Arctic

    Early spring temperatures in the town of Deadhorse, on the north coast of Alaska, average -17°C. But with global warming affecting the Arctic more than anywhere, things are changing fast. At the end of March 2019, temperatures in Deadhorse hit...

  • Should you share pictures of your children online?

    Should you share pictures of your children online?

    Gwyneth Paltrow – who has 5.3m Instagram followers – reportedly ran into a spot of trouble with her daughter, Apple Martin, recently when the 14-year-old called out her mother for posting a picture of her on social media. Whoever you sympathise...

  • Smacking children: ban the practice - or breach human rights law

    Smacking children: ban the practice - or breach human rights law

    Should smacking a child be against the law? That’s the fierce debate reaching a vital stage in Scotland at present, where the parliament’s equalities commitee will announce on April 4 whether it will back legislation to make smacking a criminal...

  • May and Corbyn to meet to seek a Brexit compromise

    May and Corbyn to meet to seek a Brexit compromise

    There is some good news about Brexit. The magic eye picture of Britain’s policy is beginning to emerge from the random pixels of the referendum campaign’s promises and threats to a shadowy image of compromise. But there are three problems:...

  • The Maltese Presidency and its connection with St George

    The Maltese Presidency and  its connection with St George

    Swedish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard once said that ‘Life is best understood backwards’ and he could not have been nearer to the truth. For writers, researchers and historians, the proverb is of the utmost importance since they all base their...

  • How 3D printing is transforming our relationship with cultural heritage

    How 3D printing is transforming our relationship with cultural heritage

    A few years ago, we were promised that 3D printing would transform the world. In 2011, The Economist featured a 3D-printed Stradivarius violin on its front page, claiming that 3D printing “may have as profound an impact on the world as the coming...

  • 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,...