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  • Scandal in the Grand Harbour: Codrington v Codrington and Anderson

    Scandal in the Grand Harbour: Codrington v Codrington and Anderson

    An entertaining story always has a literary ‘hook’ from which to hang. This can apply equally to non-fiction as to fiction, as is the case with today’s article. The hook today is a seemingly run-of-the-mill photograph of a military officer simply...

  • Skyline ball raises €32,700 for protection of Malta’s heritage  

    Skyline ball raises €32,700 for protection of Malta’s heritage  

    The Skyline Ball at Palazzo Parisio has raised an outstanding €32,700 to help safeguard Valletta’s iconic skyline. Guests gathered in the magnificent gardens to enjoy an exquisite evening of fine dining and dancing, while supporting the Valletta...

  • Barracuda Restaurant celebrates 40th anniversary

    Barracuda Restaurant celebrates 40th anniversary

    Barracuda Restaurant celebrated its 40th anniversary – another milestone in its successful story. Having also recently introduced a revamped summer menu featuring some classics and a number of new creations with a modern twist by its executive...

  • Lija altar boys visit Grand Harbour

    Lija altar boys visit Grand Harbour

    After the feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord celebrated in Lija earlier this month, altar boys from Lija parish were treated to a cultural visit of the Grand Harbour.

  • Water on Mars

    Water on Mars

    Prior to the age of space exploration, the red planet was deemed to almost be like another earth, with telescope observations showing surface features that looked akin to water canals and seasonally changing water bodies. The red planet was...

  • Myth Debunked: Does Mars ever appear as big as the moon?

    Myth Debunked: Does Mars ever appear as big as the moon?

    Mars is one of the smaller planets in the solar system, with its diameter measuring around 6,700km at the equator. The distance of Mars from earth varies considerably depending on the positions of the planets in their orbit around the sun. Mars...

  • Photo of the week - August 19, 2018

    Photo of the week - August 19, 2018

    An image of Mars taken from Birkirkara on its closest approach to earth since 2003 on July 31. The southern pole region can easily be identified. Taken with a 0.2m telescope by Josef Borg.

  • Understanding the allure of routines

    Understanding the allure of routines

    Former US president Barack Obama famously had a wardrobe full of identical suits. As a world leader, life presents more than enough big decisions – Obama’s reasoning was that it made sense to minimise the complexity of the small decisions. Artists...

  • Serena Williams learned sister's killer had been freed minutes before worst defeat

    Serena Williams learned sister's killer had been freed minutes before worst defeat

    Tennis star Serena Williams says she found out the man convicted of killing her half-sister had been released from prison minutes before her worst-ever career defeat. The 23-time Grand Slam singles champion suffered the worst defeat of her career,...

  • Teaching, learning and doing good

    Teaching, learning and doing good

    A group of seven committed, passionate and hard-working Maltese volunteers are currently in Lesotho, Africa, where they helped set up a training programme for locals. It’s the peak of winter in the high-altitude mountain kingdom of Lesotho, which...

  • Would doing good one time make you feel better about doing bad the next?

    Would doing good one time make you feel better about doing bad the next?

    We all like to think of ourselves as morally sound individuals. However, in doing so we often assume that morality is static – that we are consistently moral to some extent over time. In reality, research suggests that most of us will behave in...

  • A safe digital space for youths

    A safe digital space for youths

    Digital spaces are a double-edged sword with endless potential for growth as well as posing risks and challenges to gender equality. Now more than ever it is time to invest in youth and create safe spaces for further development, says Renee...

  • The pain of ageing

    The pain of ageing

    More than half of older adults experience some moderate or intense pain on a monthly basis – a fact that has been recorded across the world. Although older adults are very different – which is why ageism is so hurtful – there is a sizeable number...

  • Black day for 261 Squadron – five British fighter pilots disappear

    Black day for 261 Squadron – five British fighter pilots disappear

    Pilot Officer John Southwell was fighting for his life. Tracer shells were streaking by the Hawker Hurricane he was flying. He flung his aircraft in a tight turn in order to try to evade the enemy aircraft that was shooting at him. So tight was...

  • Seeking cures for terrible brain diseases

    Seeking cures for terrible brain diseases

    Proteins are the biological workhorses of the cell responsible for crucial processes that sustain life. To become functionally active, a protein molecule must fold into a complex and precise three-dimensional structure. However, the folding...

  • Jazz king in Malta concert

    Jazz king in Malta concert

    Italy’s king of jazz and soul music Mario Biondi performed at St Elmo in Valletta on August 8. He is seen here with Calypso Radio and Xejk TV presenter Twanny Scerri (right). The concert was organised by Music Hall Events.

  • Myth debunked: OMG it’s a cockroach!

    Myth debunked: OMG it’s a cockroach!

    It is that time of the year again, when a shout in the middle of the night means my wife spotted one of the most nefarious and vicious insects in the kitchen.  But is the cockroach’s reputation and its ability to evoke fear, justified?  Here are...

  • Photo of the week - August 12, 2018

    Photo of the week - August 12, 2018

    Photographer Sean Scott was flying his drone over a large school of bait fish that was attracting whaler sharks and managed to get this shot off a remote West Australian beach.

  • 'Why I had to turn my abusive son in to police'

    'Why I had to turn my abusive son in to police'

    We hear a lot about child abuse, but rarely about parents who are the victims at the hands of their kids. Lara Sierra meets a mother who has been physically assaulted by her son, but has plucked up the courage to report him to the police and share...

  • Gene-editing startups ignite the next 'Frankenfood' fight

    Gene-editing startups ignite the next 'Frankenfood' fight

    In a suburban Minneapolis laboratory, a tiny company that has never turned a profit is poised to beat the world's biggest agriculture firms to market with the next potential breakthrough in genetic engineering - a crop with "edited" DNA. Calyxt...