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  • Myth debunked: Beware of the poisonous poinsettias!

    Myth debunked: Beware of the poisonous poinsettias!

    Poinsettias are a favourite plant during the Christmas season. Its bright red leaves are the most common out of the different coloured bracts, making it a popular decoration in our houses. The common myth that poinsettias are poisonous if ingested...

  • Photo of the week - January 6, 2019

    Photo of the week - January 6, 2019

    The picture represents the Hawaii lantern floating ceremony of 2016. The floating lantern ceremony takes place every year on Memorial Day since 1999. The event was originally held at Ke’ehi Lagoon on the south shore of O’ahu, but was moved a few...

  • Plastic waste: floating parks made from it could unite communities to tackle pollution

    Plastic waste: floating parks made from it could unite communities to tackle pollution

    The equivalent of one truck of plastic waste is dumped into the ocean every minute, but what if it could be caught and removed before it drifted out to sea? One such solution, called the Recycled Park Project, is being floated in Rotterdam.

  • Should we engineer the climate?

    Should we engineer the climate?

    Ekaterina Karpacheva/Shutterstock.com   This is an article from Head to Head, a series in which academics from different disciplines chew over current debates. Let us know what else you’d like covered – all questions welcome. Details of how to...

  • Climate change: six positive news stories you probably missed in 2018

    Climate change: six positive news stories you probably missed in 2018

    Climate change news can be incredibly depressing. In 2018 alone, The Conversation covered the loss of three trillion tonnes of ice in Antarctica; Brazil’s new president and why he will be disastrous for the Amazon rainforest; a rise in global CO₂...

  • Five reasons why 2018 was a big year for palaeontology

    Five reasons why 2018 was a big year for palaeontology

    The dinosaur Ledumahadi mafube - reconstructed in this illustration - made headlines in 2018. Viktor Radermacher   A lot happened in the world of palaeontology in 2018. Some of the big events included some major fossil finds, a new understanding...

  • NASA succeeds in historic flyby of faraway world

    NASA succeeds in historic flyby of faraway world

    NASA rang in the New Year on Tuesday with a historic flyby of the farthest, and quite possibly the oldest, cosmic body ever explored by humankind - a tiny, distant world called Ultima Thule - in the hopes of learning more about how planets took...

  • Comics illustrate cultural heritage

    Comics illustrate cultural heritage

    What can cultural heritage and comics have in common? A recent collaboration between Heritage Malta and Wicked Comics has proven that there are no boundaries to cultural appreciation and expression. In recent years, Wicked Comics have nourished...

  • Msida graffiti is The Economist's second most popular image of 2018

    Msida graffiti is The Economist's second most popular image of 2018

    A photo showing graffiti sprayed in Msida recalling Daphne Caruana Galizia's murder emerged as The Economist magazine's second most popular image of 2018. The sprayed words 'Speak the truth, even if your voice shakes' stand above the date October...

  • UK appoints first food waste 'champion'

    UK appoints first food waste 'champion'

    Britain appointed its first food waste chief on Monday to help drive a campaign to reduce the millions of tonnes of food binned every year by restaurants, supermarkets and manufacturers. Ben Elliot, the nephew of Camilla the Duchess of Cornwall...

  • Old Bore’s Almanac for 2019

    Old Bore’s Almanac for 2019

    Yes, it’s me again. Once more, Sylvanus sets out to plot the happenings that are foretold in the year ahead. And, as always, you know that whatever I predict is bound to occur 100 per cent in the course of 2019. Or if not 100 per cent, then maybe...

  • The Michele Cuciniello nativity crib in Naples

    The Michele Cuciniello nativity crib in Naples

    Naples has been renowned for its tradition of nativity cribs for centuries and many talented and famous artists have used their craft in designing and recreating beautiful lifelike impressions of the scene of the nativity of Christ in Bethlehem,...

  • The case study of the Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum

    Traditionally, scientific research used two distinct methods: experimentation (or observation) and theory. However, recently, scientific computing is establishing itself as a distinct third method for scientific research. In this methodology, a...

  • Myth debunked: When computers were human

    Nowadays when we talk about a computer, we immediately think of an electronic device. This was not always the case. There was a time when the term computer referred to a profession. The term started to be used at least from the early 17th century...

  • Photo of the week - December 30, 2018

    Photo of the week - December 30, 2018

    As of November 2018, the faster supercomputer is Summit. It is found at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and is capable of carrying out 200,000 million million calculations per second or 200 petaflops. It has also been reported that it is the first...

  • New look for Concept Stadium

    New look for Concept Stadium

    The Concept Stadium unveiled its brand new visual identity, including a logo and website, to its clients and partners during an event held at their newly refurbished and expanded creative hub in Naxxar.

  • Palazzo de la Salle conservation project crowdfunds on Zaar

    Palazzo de la Salle conservation project crowdfunds on Zaar

    A crowdfunding campaign on the local platform Zaar has been launched to support the professional conservation of the baroque wall paintings of the chapel of Palazzo de la Salle in Valletta. Palazzo de la Salle was built in the late 16th century...

  • George Large iconic artwork donated to Malta Maritime Museum

    George Large iconic artwork donated to Malta Maritime Museum

    The extensive collection of the Malta Maritime Museum in Vittoriosa has been enhanced even further with the donation of a painting by renowned British artist George Large. In 1984, Large set up his first solo exhibition in Malta at the National...

  • Christmas lunch for employees

    Christmas lunch for employees

    For another year, the management and staff at The Palace and The Victoria Hotels in Sliema celebrated Christmas with an extravagant buffet lunch prepared by AX Hotels chefs. “Christmas is a time to show appreciation and gratitude to those in our...

  • Volunteers who work on the sidelines: the real heroes

    Volunteers who work on the sidelines: the real heroes

    Carmen Gatt Buchs has a hard time convincing volunteers, who work on the sidelines and away from any glamour, to speak about what they do. Like the many others offering their time and help to those in need, they may not be in the limelight – and...