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  • Photo of the week - February 24, 2019

    These shiny golden baubles are the eggs of a Coreid bug. Their glint may help camouflage them among dewdrops on the leaf surface.

  • Obsession with plastic pollution distracts from bigger environmental challenges

    Obsession with plastic pollution distracts from bigger environmental challenges

    By now, most of us have heard that the use of plastics is a big issue for the environment. Partly fuelled by the success of the BBC’s Blue Planet II series, people are more aware than ever before about the dangers to wildlife caused by plastic...

  • 150-year-old mystery of zebra's stripes solved

    150-year-old mystery of zebra's stripes solved

    Zebras are famous for their contrasting black and white stripes – but until very recently no one really knew why they sport their unusual striped pattern. It’s a question that’s been discussed as far back as 150 years ago by great Victorian...

  • My teenager has started dating - how do I manage this transition?

    My teenager has started dating - how do I manage this transition?

    The way teens date and fall in love today may have changed due to technology and social media, but it is still as popular as ever. Edward Curmi consoles worried parents that the positives far outweigh the negatives in these uncomfortable...

  • 'I was given a second chance to live with Drew’s heart'

    'I was given a second chance to live with Drew’s heart'

    Nothing can prepare you for a change of life when your child dies. Kenneth and Sharon Abela tell Adriana Bishop how they are “moving with” the loss of their son Drew after donating his organs to save seven other people. This is a story about life...

  • Skateboarding makes the city a playground for all

    Skateboarding makes the city a playground for all

    Skateboarding today is a global phenomenon, with around 50 million riders and thousands of skate parks worldwide – it will even feature as a sport in the 2020 Olympic Games. From the full on testosterone of Thrasher skateboard magazine to the...

  • Tiny T-rex sheds light on prime dino predators

    Tiny T-rex sheds light on prime dino predators

    A tiny cousin of T-rex discovered in the United States could provide a key missing link in understanding how the apex predators evolved to top the food chain, scientists who unearthed the dinky dinosaur said Thursday. The Moros intrepidus,...

  • Sharks reel in fans in Eastern Mediterranean winter waters

    Sharks reel in fans in Eastern Mediterranean winter waters

    The wind was blowing, clouds blocked the sun and the sea was choppy and cold, but Hagai Mayer and his two friends didn't care. They wanted to see the sharks. Every winter, as sea temperatures drop, sharks seeking warmer waters head to a northern...

  • 'Paradise on Earth': Ghost of North Korea propaganda still haunts

    'Paradise on Earth': Ghost of North Korea propaganda still haunts

    Harunori Kojima still remembers the hot tears of joy that warmed his face against the sleet as he watched two Soviet ships set sail in December 1959 from Japan's Niigata port. Destination: North Korea, which lured nearly 100,000 Koreans from Japan...

  • Facebook needs regulation – here's why it should be done by algorithms

    Facebook needs regulation – here's why it should be done by algorithms

    Facebook has been likened to a “digital gangster” by a critical parliamentary report into disinformation and fake news. One witness in the 18-month inquiry into the way digital platforms have transformed the flow of information describes the...

  • British consumers discard 680 million items of clothing a year

    British consumers discard 680 million items of clothing a year

    Clothing in Britain is increasingly characterised by a high volume/low value approach to business. Judging by past precedent, consumers will discard some 680m items of clothing when they spring clean their wardrobes this year. Replacements are...

  • Brexit: journalists must now focus on policy not personalities

    Brexit: journalists must now focus on policy not personalities

    Seven MPs leaving the Labour party was always going to dominate the news cycle but, given that the UK currently stands to exit the EU without a deal, political journalists should be wary about getting sucked into ongoing speculation about further...

  • Making cities more walkable: how other people influence our journeys

    Making cities more walkable: how other people influence our journeys

    Cities around the world are changing to become more “walkable”. As more and more people move to cities, the benefits of encouraging people to walk are clear. Aside from making the urban environment more pleasant, safer and less polluted, improving...

  • What happens to the natural world if all the insects disappear?

    What happens to the natural world if all the insects disappear?

    There are an awful lot of insects. It’s hard to say exactly how many because 80% haven’t yet been described by taxonomists, but there are probably about 5.5 million species. Put that number together with other kinds of animals with exoskeletons...

  • A child’s right to family

    A child’s right to family

    There is a saying which goes: “Parental love is the only love that is truly selfless, unconditional and forgiving”. So what about the love that foster carers give to children who are not their own from birth, asks Joanne Cocks. Just stop for a...

  • Interior design of the future will seem like magic

    Interior design of the future will seem like magic

      Imagine a house where the walls change colour depending on your mood, or your tablecloth changes shape when you’re having a dinner party. A house where every item, from your cushions to your lampshades, interact with you. This might sound like...

  • Hugely successful Mars mission is helping us design the next Rover

    Hugely successful Mars mission is helping us design the next Rover

    NASA’s Opportunity rover on Mars has been officially pronounced dead. Its amazingly successful mission lasted nearly 15 years, well beyond its initial three-month goal. Opportunity provided the first proof that water once existed on Mars and...

  • Virus-infested fungus could help cut chemical pesticides

    Virus-infested fungus could help cut chemical pesticides

    The evidence against chemical pesticides is mounting. An estimated 7m people are at risk from exposure to pesticides globally, while a million a year suffer or die from pesticide associated diseases. And that says nothing of the damage they are...

  • Lend me your name

    Lend me  your name

    The concept of ‘prestanome mandate’ is often misconstrued, perhaps due to the wrong impression had by many that it is necessarily a product of illicit intentions. Prestanome mandate is a legal mechanism by virtue of which an ‘apparent owner’ is...

  • It happened this month: The consecration of St John’s conventual church in 1578

    It happened this month: The consecration of St John’s conventual church in 1578

    After the great victory of 1565, the Order of St John proceeded with the building of the new city of Valletta. During their sojourn in Vittoriosa between 1530 and 1571, the Order had made use of that city’s parochial church of St Lawrence for...