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  • Manuscripts tell new story on Senglea’s Christ the Redeemer

    Manuscripts tell new story on Senglea’s Christ the Redeemer

    An analysis of 2,000 pages of newly-discovered manuscripts shed new historical light on one of the most devout statues in Malta, including how its cult status evolved. This emerged during the launch on Wednesday of a new publication titled...

  • Spring bird migration in the Maltese islands

    Spring bird migration in the Maltese islands

    Bird migration is without doubt one of the most spectacular events in a bird’s life. Twice a year, a large number of species undertake a perilous journey thousands of kilometres long from summer to winter quarters and back again. Although spring...

  • From outrage to icon: Paris marks 30 years of Louvre's pyramid

    From outrage to icon: Paris marks 30 years of Louvre's pyramid

    It was once decried as an architectural "obscenity", but as the Louvre's glass pyramid turns 30 on Friday, it has become a cherished icon of the French capital. One eminent writer called for revolt in the streets when French president Francois...

  • Feud rages over book about how big business aided Nazis

    Feud rages over book about how big business aided Nazis

    The US historian Robert Paxton is famous for dismantling French myths. He demolished the idea that its collaborationist wartime regime had "passively resisted" German occupiers in his 1972 book "Vichy France", which also delivered the bombshell...

  • Beware: direct eye contact might not mean that someone is trustworthy

    Beware: direct eye contact might not mean that someone is trustworthy

    We usually interpret someone looking us straight in the eye during an interaction as a sign of trustworthiness. In fact it can be rather unsettling when someone avoids eye contact. This is at least the case in the Western world, where we use eye...

  • ‘New’ organ for Nazzarenu church

    ‘New’ organ for Nazzarenu church

    A fine Danish pipe organ that needed a home caught the eye of local organ builder and restorer Robert Buhagiar, who was terribly keen on bringing it to Malta. “Its design is elegant and features wood carvings on the front. Its builder – Frobenius...

  • When is a spouse legally responsible for estranged partner's debts?

    When is a spouse legally responsible for estranged partner's debts?

    "I promise to be true to you in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health. I will love you and honour you all the days of my life.” We have all been there, listening carefully to a young couple nervously reciting those words that are set to...

  • A teacher in a remote Kenyan village is named the world's best

    A teacher in a remote Kenyan village is named the world's best

    A maths and physics teacher from a secondary school in a remote village in Kenya's Rift Valley has won the $1 million Global Teacher Prize for 2019, organisers have said. Peter Tabichi, who organisers say gives away 80 percent of his monthly...

  • It happened this month: Giuseppe Garibaldi in Malta – March 1864

    It happened this month: Giuseppe Garibaldi in Malta – March 1864

    Undoubtedly, the mere mention of the unification of Italy in the 19th century conjures visions of Giuseppe Garibaldi, the soldier-patriot who selflessly did so much to further the unity of his homeland. Initially, his efforts were unsuccessful –...

  • History of survival analysis

    History of survival analysis

    The term ‘survival analysis’ has been used for data involving time to a certain event such as death, onset of a disease or relapse of a condition. The development of survival analysis dates back to the 17th century with the first life table ever...

  • Myth debunked: Hazardous survival myths

    There are several misconceptions about specific survival situations, some of which have been articulated for decades and ingrained in our culture. Although it can be difficult to discriminate bet­ween facts and myths, it is possible, through...

  • Mcast signs CSR agreement with Marigold Foundation

    Mcast signs CSR agreement with Marigold Foundation

    A corporate social responsibility (CSR) agreement was signed last Friday between the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (Mcast) and the Mari­gold Foundation. The agree­ment was signed at the Institute for Applied Sciences on the...

  • Belair Property opens Mellieħa office

    Belair Property opens Mellieħa office

    Belair Property recently announc­ed the opening of a new office in Triq Sant’ Anna, Mellieħa, to better cater for the island’s northern region. The office and new team are led by director Victoria Spiteri, in partnership with director-partners...

  • Priest celebrates diamond jubilee of ordination

    Priest celebrates diamond jubilee of ordination

    Mgr Arthur Said Pullicino marked his 60th anniversary of his priestly ordination with a solemn concelebrated sung Mass at Stella Maris parish church, Sliema, on March 19, Solemnity of St Joseph. The Jubilate Deo Choir performed during the Mass...

  • Photo of the week - March 24, 2019

    Sir David Cox was born in Birmingham in 1924. He studied mathematics at St John’s College, Cambridge, and obtained his PhD from Leeds University in 1949. In 1955, Cox published his seminal work on the Cox process, where the time-dependent...

  • Big gods came after the rise of civilisations - not before

    Big gods came after the rise of civilisations - not before

    When you think of religion, you probably think of a god who rewards the good and punishes the wicked. But the idea of morally-concerned gods is by no means universal. Social scientists have long known that small-scale traditional societies – the...

  • Six simple ways to fill your wardrobe with sustainable clothing

    Six simple ways to fill your wardrobe with sustainable clothing

    The environmental impact of fashion waste is overwhelming. Every year the UK alone sends 350,000 tones of clothing to landfill. And as the majority of garments are made from oil-based materials like polyester – 22.67 tonnes of polyester clothing...

  • ‘We take water for granted’

    ‘We take water for granted’

    Water is very scarce in Malta. We rank among the top five countries having the least amount of renewable water per capita, ahead even of desert countries like Libya. This is attributed to three factors: a small catchment area (the country’s...

  • Study sheds light on one of physics' biggest mysteries

    Study sheds light on one of physics' biggest mysteries

    Why do we exist? This is arguably the most profound question there is and one that may seem completely outside the scope of particle physics. But our new experiment at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider has taken us a step closer to figuring it out. To...

  • Back to the future: cassettes launch comeback tour

    Back to the future: cassettes launch comeback tour

    The humble cassette - that tiny little plastic rectangle containing the homemade mixtapes of yesteryear - is back, joining vinyl as a darling of audiophiles who miss side A and side B. But as top musicians including Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber...