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  • Will we rock down to Electric Avenue?

    Will we rock down to Electric Avenue?

    We live in a country of petrol heads. Nearly 400,000 petrol or diesel-powered cars choke our roads and lungs and guarantee long commutes, ever more asphalt and a shortened lifespan. If you happened to be a keen cyclist like me you’d know what it...

  • Scientists to make waves in Malta after groundbreaking discovery

    Scientists to make waves in Malta after groundbreaking discovery

    The year 2016 heralded the arrival of a new probe of nature – the first direct observation of gravitational waves that earned scientists the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics for this groundbreaking discovery. Sure, we had seen hints before; in fact,...

  • Precision medicine for Maltese colorectal cancer patients

    Colorectal cancer, also known as bowel cancer, affects about 250 Maltese men and women each year. These cancerous growths of the bowel wall develop for several reasons, but who we are (i.e., our genetic make-up) and what we are exposed to...

  • Myth debunked: Burying your head in the sand

    Myth debunked: Burying your head in the sand

    The phrase “burying your head in the sand”, is used frequently – even in the columns of this newspaper.  It is used when someone ignores obvious facts, or advice, while hoping that, given time, the problem at hand will simply go away. This phrase...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    This leopard seal in Antarctica is tearing up its dinner (a penguin).

  • French zoo's baby panda tumbles and cuddles in its public debut

    French zoo's baby panda tumbles and cuddles in its public debut

    France's five-month-old panda made its public debut on Saturday, delighting hundreds of visitors as it crawled, tumbled and cuddled with his mother. The small male cub, survivor of two babies born on August 4 at Beauval zoo about 250 km south of...

  • Watch: The dreams of children who fled their homes

    Watch: The dreams of children who fled their homes

    A new UNHCR project, The Dream Diaries, visualizes the dreams of children who have fled their homes and found a better life in Europe. Four young ‘online creators’ have travelled over 7,000 kilometres across Europe to meet a dozen refugee and...

  • Good luck banning fake news

    Good luck banning fake news

    Pants on fire. Lightspring   French president Emmanuel Macron’s recent pledge to make a new law to tackle perceived fake news has touched nerves in some corners with its potential impact on freedom of expression. Fake news is nothing new – there...

  • Why does the UK have so many accents?

    Why does the UK have so many accents?

    Let me guess where you’re from. Shutterstock   Where we come from matters. Our origins form an important part of a distinctive personality, which can become a group identity when we share these origins. More often than not, our use of language,...

  • Tap and donate: how a cashless society is creating jobs for the homeless

    Tap and donate: how a cashless society is creating jobs for the homeless

    A bitter January wind is biting in central London and passers-by shrink into their coats. But Liam, who is homeless, is still smiling as he tries to get people to stop and talk to him. Aside from his winning smile, he also offers intrigue - what...

  • The Maċina – from mast crane to boutique hotel

    The Maċina – from mast crane to boutique hotel

    With the Maċina mast crane’s new sheers in place, the wooden ones were removed from the building’s roof. Additional iron extensions on the roof reduced the need for support ropes and chains, although heavy cables were attached from the top of the...

  • Rare embroidered binding found at National Library

    Rare embroidered binding found at National Library

    A rare mid-18th-century embroidered binding was recently discovered at the National Library in Valletta. It is a welcome addition to the sizeable collection of fine bindings in the same library, listed in the catalogue titled Fine Bindings from...

  • Software that rewards itself

    Software that rewards itself

    The term Artificial Intelligence is becoming more commonplace in our everyday lives. How people react to AI depends very much on their actual interaction with it. People working in a knowledge-based industry see the value that AI can provide. AI...

  • Myth debunked

    Myth debunked

    Exercise Just in case one of your new year’s resolutions is to exercise, here are some myths debunked that will hopefully help you stay the course. No pain, no gain Muscle soreness is often expected after workouts, but pain or discomfort in your...

  • How our minds construct the past, present and future depends on our relationship with time

    How our minds construct the past, present and future depends on our relationship with time

    Pexels   New Year has arrived, or have we arrived at New Year? While both statements convey the same idea, they are viewed from two different perspectives on time. On the one hand, we may think of events as things that are on the move, heading...

  • The secret to creativity – according to science

    The secret to creativity – according to science

    Van Gogh’s The Starry Night. wikipedia, CC BY-SA   Whether you get mesmerised by Vincent van Gogh’s painting The Starry Night or Albert Einstein’s theories about spacetime, you’ll probably agree that both pieces of work are products of...

  • How to tell your new year fortune the Edwardian way

    How to tell your new year fortune the Edwardian way

    Photo: Leisha Kemp-Walker, Shutterstock   Whether snuggled up at home or out partying with family and friends, the dawn of the new year is something to toast to. But not so long ago, the people of Britain were commemorating the start of the...

  • We're volcano scientists – here are six volcanoes we'll be watching out for in 2018

    We're volcano scientists – here are six volcanoes we'll be watching out for in 2018

    Photo: Cristobal Garciaferro, Shutterstock   The eruption of Mount Agung on the island of Bali has sparked worldwide media interest, yet volcanic eruptions in Indonesia are nothing new. Of the country’s 139 “active” volcanoes, 18 currently have...

  • Old Bore’s almanack for 2018

    Old Bore’s almanack for 2018

    Yes, it’s that time of year again when – for the umpteenth year running – (30 actually) – this Old Bore, Sylvanus, gazes long and hard into his crystalballs and comes up with exactly what is going to occur in the following year. And… I have never...

  • It’s been 70 years

    It’s been 70 years

    As the Central Bank issues a coin commemorating universal suffrage, Roxanne Cristiano interviews Carmen Sammut on how the role of women inMaltese society has changed since they gained the right to vote. Universal suffrage – what do we understand...