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  • Spring, El Khader, Islam and the Resurrection - Fr Geoffrey Attard

    Spring, El Khader, Islam and the Resurrection - Fr Geoffrey Attard

    Many people – especially those who suffer from SAD, an abbreviated form for both Solar Affective Disorder as well as Seasonal Affective Disorder, feel more than happy when February begins to near its end and March is around the corner, with its...

  • Why protesters should be wary of '12 years to climate breakdown' rhetoric

    Why protesters should be wary of '12 years to climate breakdown' rhetoric

    I was invited to speak to a group of teenagers on climate strike in Oxford recently. Like many scientists, I support the strikes, but also find them disturbing. Which I’m sure is the idea. Today’s teenagers are absolutely right to be up in arms...

  • Notre Dame: how Christ's Crown of Thorns has survived over and over again

    Notre Dame: how Christ's Crown of Thorns has survived over and over again

    When the spire of Notre Dame cathedral collapsed in a fiery blaze on Monday April 15, it looked as if the priceless treasures inside would be lost forever. This includes sacred paintings, tapestries, sculpture, stained glass windows, as well as a...

  • New scourge from Panama: quest to save the banana from extinction

    New scourge from Panama: quest to save the banana from extinction

    Panama disease, an infection that ravages banana plants, has been sweeping across Asia, Australia, the Middle East and Africa. The impact has been devastating. In the Philippines alone, losses have totalled $400m. And the disease threatens not...

  • South Africa still waiting on post-apartheid promises

    South Africa still waiting on post-apartheid promises

    The election 25 years ago of South Africa's first black president, the late Nelson Mandela, who inspired the struggle against apartheid, was a time of soaring hope that the bruised country would reconcile after decades of discrimination and...

  • Greek researchers enlist EU satellite against Aegean sea litter

    Greek researchers enlist EU satellite against Aegean sea litter

    Knee-deep in water on a picture-postcard Lesbos island beach, a team of Greek university students gently deposits a wall-sized PVC frame on the surface before divers moor it at sea. Holding in plastic bags and bottles, four of the 5...

  • It happened this month: Construction and inauguration of Wignacourt’s aqueduct 1610-1615

    It happened this month: Construction and inauguration of Wignacourt’s aqueduct 1610-1615

    On April 21, 1615, Grand Master Alof de Wignacourt inaugurated the first freshwater supply system to Valletta. Hitherto, the supply of water to Malta’s capital city had been a big problem because only negligible subterranean freshwater reserves...

  • Best in Europe

    I’m always fascinated, if not ever so slightly concerned, by the obvious bipolarism and ingrained inconsistency that seem to dominate the Maltese psyche. We love our dogs and cats yet we voted, via referendum no less, to keep taking potshots at...

  • Culture deconstructed

    Culture deconstructed

    I cried when I saw pictures of the blown up Buddhas of Bamiyan; I cried again when I saw what IS did to Palmyra and this week, my heart broke all over again when I saw Notre-Dame on fire. Like most of the world, I sat in abject horror looking at...

  • Conservation of L-Irxoxt ta’ Bormla – the Lord’s triumph over death

    Conservation of L-Irxoxt ta’ Bormla – the Lord’s triumph over death

    Thanks to its recent conservation, today the statue of the Risen Christ of Cospicua, commonly known as L-Irxoxt ta’ Bormla, one of Malta’s most important wooden polychrome statues, can once again perform the devotional function for which it was...

  • Global Capital Life Insurance honours sales team

    Global Capital Life Insurance honours sales team

    GlobalCapital Life Insurance had plenty to celebrate as it popped the bubbly to recognise its most deserving sales representatives during its fifth gala awards ceremony. A total of 10 awards – which ranged from best performer to the most promising...

  • Perfect Mother’s Day Gift Fair returns

    Perfect Mother’s Day Gift Fair returns

    The Perfect Mother’s Day Gift Fair, one of the most popular events of the Corinthia Palace Hotel’s springtime season, returns on May 1.  However, given the consistently-growing popularity of this event, the fair has outgrown the Corinthia Palace...

  • Heartfelt reunion

    Heartfelt reunion

    Joseph and M’Assunta Caruana of Vittoriosa got married over a century ago and raised a close-knit family of nine siblings. The Caruanas’ grandchildren held a successful reunion two years ago with no other objective than that of celebrating life...

  • Reasoning about the infinite

    Reasoning about the infinite

    Infinity. What is it? In a sense, we all have a basic understanding of the concept of infinity: the idea that some things go on forever, without end. The counting numbers 1,2,3,..., for example, have no end; in other words, there is no biggest...

  • Myth debunked: Maths is not a science

    Myth debunked: Maths is not a science

    Mathematics is not a science. The objective of science is to ask questions about the universe and attempt to answer them systematically through a scientific method. This entails formulating a hypothesis and searching for evidence, through...

  • Photo of the week - April 21, 2019

    Photo of the week - April 21, 2019

    Muscular white whale captured by whale watcher David Merron at the Cunningham River in Somerset Island, Canada. The beluga flexed its muscles as it emerged out of the water.

  • CO₂ capture technology is not the magic bullet against climate change

    CO₂ capture technology is not the magic bullet against climate change

    According to a recent major UN report, if we are to limit temperature rise to 1.5 °C and prevent the most catastrophic effects of climate change, we need to reduce global CO₂ emissions to net zero by 2050. This means eliminating fossil fuel use...

  • Power of persuasion goes way beyond mere advertising

    Power of persuasion goes way beyond mere advertising

    There was a time when persuasion was easy to recognise. It was the stuff on billboards and flyers or between the articles in newspapers and magazines. It interrupted TV and radio programmes and it was obviously trying to sell us something. We...

  • Why are we so moved by the plight of the Notre Dame?

    Why are we so moved by the plight of the Notre Dame?

    Scrolling through news of the Notre Dame fire on social media feeds was like watching a real-time archive of grief in the making, as people expressed their dismay and sorrow at the damage wrought. Why is it that some heritage places publicly...

  • Easter: what the Catholic Church teaches about bread and wine

    Easter: what the Catholic Church teaches about bread and wine

    On the Thursday before Easter, more than two billion Christians worldwide observe the Eucharist, a special ritual that commemorates the Last Supper – a meal hosted by Jesus Christ for his friends 2,000 years ago, the night before he was arrested...