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  • Myth debunked: Does pride really come before a fall?

    Myth debunked: Does pride really come before a fall?

    If you think too highly of yourself, beware! ‘Pride comes before a fall’, a proverb that predicts that at some point something is bound to happen to make the egomaniacal think twice, or fall (we sincerely hope this article will be read by...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    A thermal image of human flatulence. The release of gas is red showing that it is warmer than the surrounding air, due to it being expelled rapidly at body temperature. Photo: Thierry Berrod, Mona Lisa Production/Science Photo Library

  • The right for freedom of movement for workers in EU

    The right for freedom of movement for workers in EU

    A total of 25,115 EU nationals were registered as working in Malta at the end of September 2016. Official statistics show that the largest number of EU workers were coming from Italy followed by the UK. With freedom of movement in the EU, citizens...

  • Christmas earworms: the science behind our love-hate relationship with festive songs

    Christmas earworms: the science behind our love-hate relationship with festive songs

      The best-selling Christmas song of all-time: White Christmas. In the run-up to Christmas, we’re subjected to a daily barrage of festive music – on the radio and television, in shops, train stations, restaurants, pubs and bars. In the UK, old...

  • Heralding the Word of God with the crib

    Heralding the Word of God with the crib

    When the last month of the year steals its way into our hearts, we find ourselves in a world of light, colours, dreams, hopes and Christmas… and nothing symbolises the Christ­mas spirit better than the Nativity scene captured in a traditional...

  • Our taste buds at Christmas

    Our taste buds at Christmas

    ‘It’s the most wonderful time of the year.’ A time where our taste buds go on a whirlwind of emotions, from your mum’s imbuljuta to your grandma’s Christmas turkey. By the time you manage to get to dessert – the famous Christmas log full of...

  • Myth Debunked: Feeling cold in Malta

    Whenever I tell friends from other parts of Europe that I am feeling cold, the reaction is the same: a dismissive head shake. Living on an island in the Mediterranean that boasts very mild winter temperatures, the assumption is that I cannot...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    Some Christmas crackers use a chemical called silver fulminate which is a very shock-sensitive substance. The cracker contains two long, narrow strips of cardboard, one of which is painted with some silver fulminate and the other contains a...

  • Reuters pictures of the year - 2017

    Reuters pictures of the year - 2017

    Warning: contains some graphic images The most memorable pictures taken by Reuters photographers around the world this year, including Donald Trump's presidency, the Rohingya refugee crisis, the fight against Islamic State and the total solar...

  • Charles Dickens did not invent Christmas – but his seasonal ghosts are still relevant

    Charles Dickens did not invent Christmas – but his seasonal ghosts are still relevant

    Photo: Shutterstock At this time of year, readers worldwide turn to Charles Dickens, and A Christmas Carol in particular. Such is Dickens’ association with the season that a new film has even credited him with being “The Man Who Invented...

  • Chocolate can be your dog's Christmas nightmare – here's the science

    Chocolate can be your dog's Christmas nightmare – here's the science

    There is a significant increase in the risk of chocolate poisoning in dogs over the festive period, our latest study reveals. Chocolate contains a caffeine-like chemical called theobromine that is toxic to dogs (and cats) because they cannot...

  • Disappearing Malta ­– Crafts, Trades and Traditions 360˚

    Disappearing Malta ­– Crafts, Trades and Traditions 360˚

    Miranda Publishers have had more than 45 books printed over the last 30 years. However, none has given them as much pleasure and satisfaction as the two volumes of Disappearing Malta ­– Crafts, Trades and Traditions 360˚. Their second volume of...

  • De La Salle students to explain role of culture in Brussels

    De La Salle students to explain role of culture in Brussels

    Cottonera's De La Salle college is one of 33 schools from across Europe which will send a delegation to Brussels next March to tell European institutions  what role they see culture playing in Europe's future. They will brainstorm, debate and vote...

  • Rise to crescendo

    Rise to crescendo

    Comparisons are odious yet hard to avoid. A 19th-century bel canto masterpiece, Norma showcases the beauty of the human voice – it uses a score replete with vocal pyrotechnics to tell the story of a druid priestess, the double life she lives and...

  • Remembering Captain Sir Robert Cavendish Spencer

    Remembering Captain Sir Robert Cavendish Spencer

    Many British servicemen lie buried in Malta, yet one, Robert Cavendish Spencer, has been rewarded with two monuments: one at Blata l-Bajda and the other in Valletta. This article investigates who this naval officer was and why he was honoured in...

  • Fear of death and purpose of living

    Fear of death and  purpose of living

    The reality is that you will die. This remains our only exit strategy from life. So let’s work backwards. How do you want to die? We feel very uncomfortable with that question. Most readers have already stopped reading. Not you it seems, so there...

  • The Schranz bottega… and its ‘in-house product’

    The Schranz bottega… and its     ‘in-house product’

    In this eighth, and penultimate article leading to the bicentenary celebrations of the Schranz artists in Malta, John Schranz, a direct descendant of Anton Schranz via Giovanni, his great-great-grandfather, takes a bird’s-eye view of Anton’s...

  • An unknown description of Malta’s surrender in June 1798 by Giovanni Nicolò Muscat

    An unknown description of Malta’s surrender     in June 1798 by Giovanni Nicolò Muscat

    The swift capitulation of the Maltese islands – considered as fortified to the point of being impregnable – has been the subject of a myriad of studies which have delved into the variety of causes that, in combination, led to that momentous...

  • Do girls count?

    Do girls count?

    Concern about gender differences in mathematics achievement is a serious issue because maths is a skill one needs to master in order to function in life and an important ‘filter’ to higher paid jobs. Up to a few decades ago, boys were reported as...

  • Myth debunked: Is mathematics just for ‘maths people’?

    A serious misconception about mathematics is the pop­ular belief that one has to have a ‘maths brain’ to learn mathematics. This often leads many to be convinced that they can never learn mathematics as they are not ‘maths people’. Perhaps not...