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  • Guided tour of Msida Bastion Cemetery

    Guided tour of Msida Bastion Cemetery

    Msida Bastion Cemetery’s warden Paolo Ferrelli leads a guided tour around the Cemetery today from 10am. Patrons will hear interesting stories regarding duels, suicides and heroism as they travel back through the last 400 years of Maltese...

  • Extreme weather in Europe linked to less sea ice and warming in the Barents Sea

    Extreme weather in Europe linked to less sea ice and warming in the Barents Sea

    The cold, remote Arctic Ocean and its surrounding marginal seas have experienced climate change at a rate not seen at lower latitudes. Warming air, land and sea temperatures, and large declines in seasonal Arctic sea ice cover are all symptoms of...

  • Yet more consequences of failure to reform

    Yet more consequences of failure to reform

    It has been reported that Germany and France are considering offering Turkey a financial lifeline. Well, what a surprise. What this means, of course, is that they are considering using their taxpayers’ money to achieve two things: bail out their...

  • Sharing the weight of a dream: crowdfunding sportswoman eyes Olympics

    Sharing the weight of a dream: crowdfunding sportswoman eyes Olympics

    Malta’s most recent Sportswoman of the Year, weightlifter Yazmin Zammit Stevens, spends seven to eight hours a day training in a gym, preparing for a series of events in the run-up to the Olympics in Tokyo in 2020. Ms Zammit Stevens, 25, recently...

  • Facebook's trustworthiness score should go further

    Facebook's trustworthiness score should go further

    Facebook has reportedly started giving users a secret trustworthiness score in its attempt to tackle fake news. According to the Washington Post, the score is partly based on users’ ability to correctly flag and report inaccurate news items on the...

  • Ageing populations could boost economic productivity

    Ageing populations could boost economic productivity

    Peple are generally living longer than previous generations across most parts of the world. Rising life expectancy is a result of advances in medicine as well as improving living standards and healthier lifestyles. But while this should be...

  • Half the world's schools lack clean water, toilets and handwashing

    Half the world's schools lack clean water, toilets and handwashing

    Nearly half the world's schools lack clean drinking water, toilets and handwashing facilities, putting millions of children at risk of disease, experts warned on Monday. Almost 900 million children have to contend with a lack of basic hygiene...

  • Discussion on sustainable fishing

    Discussion on sustainable fishing

    The Salina Nature Reserve, in collaboration with Birdlife Malta, will be hosting their fourth nature meet-up with a focus on sustainable fishing on Wednesday. The educational talk aims to generate discussion about how the fish we consume goes from...

  • Embroidery artefacts at the Senglea Basilica

    ‘Ecclesiastical embroidery’ refers to the fine stitch work executed exclusively for use in worship such as altar linens and vestments. Scripts, such as the Liber Pontificalis, confirm that liturgical vestments, enriched and ornately embroidered,...

  • 20 Maltese in yet another touching, inspiring project

    20 Maltese in yet another touching, inspiring project

    The young volunteers of the Order of Malta hosted the 35th International Summer Camp for Young Disabled, which took place in Britain. This is a wonderful week, held each year in a different country, focusing on the young disabled who are not...

  • €5,000 go to Siġġiewi home

    €5,000 go to Siġġiewi home

    Fr Martin Micallef, director of Id-Dar tal-Providenza, was presented with a €5,000 donation by Pierre Vella Petroni and Anne Marie Xuereb, organisers of an annual barbecue, now in its sixth year. The sum collected will help the home, which offers...

  • Memorable experience in Lourdes 

    Memorable experience in Lourdes 

    The Association of Lyceum Past Students (ALPS) recently organised a visit to Lourdes, France. The group travelled together on a five-day pilgrimage. ALPS president George Stagno Navarra, accompanied by Mgr Laurence Gatt, arranged for three Masses...

  • Organisers call for volunteers

    Organisers call for volunteers

    For seven years, Science in the City has been building bridges between researchers and artists to organise a night of wonder. Dazzling artworks, inspired by Malta’s most relevant research, have become synonymous with the festival’s magenta logo.

  • Fractals and dimensions

    Fractals and dimensions

    “Clouds are not spheres, mountains are not cones, coastlines are not circles and bark is not smooth nor does lightning travel in straight line.” - B. Mandelbrot in The Fractal Geometry of Nature (1982). When we studied Euclidean Geometry at...

  • Photo of the week - August 26, 2018

    Photo of the week - August 26, 2018

    Benoit Mandelbrot was born in Poland on November 20, 1924, but when still a boy of 12, his family emigrated to France. He studied Mathematics and practical sciences first in France and later in the US, obtaining his Master’s degree in aeronautics...

  • Packed programme for Science in the City 2018

    Packed programme for Science in the City 2018

    Malta’s science and arts festival, Science in the City, returns to Valletta on September 28 from 6pm to midnight. This year’s message is a simple one – everyone starts at zero. We are born with practically no knowledge of the world around us but...

  • Myth debunked: It is impossible to count the number of grains of sand in the world!

    This myth comes from the Ancient Greeks, for whom the only way to do this would be to sit on the beach and count each grain one at a time! This would take a very long time and they would not be able to write down or describe such a big number. The...

  • The powerhouses at the Palazzo

    The powerhouses at the Palazzo

    The current and former curators of Palazzo Falson – Caroline Tonna and Francesca Balzan – grab a coffee with Iggy Fenech to discuss friendship, history, and the past and present of one of the brightest gems on Malta’s heritage crown. It’s a sunny...

  • Sobriety tags: how alcohol monitoring could become the new norm

    Sobriety tags: how alcohol monitoring could become the new norm

    In a bid to crack down on alcohol-related violence, the British government is preparing a new strategy to reduce the risks associated with excessive drinking. Crime fuelled by alcohol is estimated to cost £11 billion per year in the UK, and 40% of...

  • Treasures below the ground

    Treasures below the ground

    In the heat of summer, the grounds of St Paul’s Missionary College are as awash with life as though the school year was already in session. The voices of children ring throughout the halls and grounds, their enthusiasm not dampened by the...