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  • The early years of Judge Rosemarie Aquilina’s family in Michigan

    The early years of Judge Rosemarie Aquilina’s family in Michigan

    On January 24, 2018, Judge Rosemarie E. Aquilina of East Lansing, Michigan, US, became an instant American folk hero when, in a half-hour statement, she sentenced Larry Nassar to up to 175 years in prison for sexual assault. Almost immediately,...

  • Cospicua’s Risen Christ – L-Irxoxt ta’ Bormla (2)

    Cospicua’s Risen Christ – L-Irxoxt ta’ Bormla (2)

    The statue’s state of conservation In 2015, Cospicua parish church chose to commission a professional investigation of the statue and asked restoration company Atelier del Restauro to carry out a thorough condition assessment. Led by Maria Grazia...

  • Reducing health inequalities

    Reducing health inequalities

    Many times, when we think about health, we tend to think of the services being offered to manage specific conditions. However, what determines health goes far beyond this. The World Health Organisation considers that the health status of a...

  • Cospicua’s Risen Christ – L-Irxoxt ta’ Bormla (1)

    Cospicua’s Risen Christ – L-Irxoxt ta’ Bormla (1)

    The Sunday procession The procession of the resurrection originated and developed in the cities close to the Grand Harbour. The promotion of this cult may be attributed to the Greeks, who came here with the Knights of St John in 1530. In Cospicua,...

  • Wound healing science

    Wound healing science

    Patients with red blood cells diseases such as thalassemia and sickle cell disease are more prone to suffer from leg ulcers due to their lower hemoglobin level. Diabetic patients are also prone to these due to their chronic inflammatory state. The...

  • Myth Debunked: Going bananas

    Myth Debunked: Going bananas

    Bananas do not grow on trees. Rather, they grow from a root structure that produces an above-ground stem.  The plant is specifically classified as an arborescent (tree-like) perennial herb; in fact, it is the largest herbaceous flowering...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    Perhaps the most famous conference was the October 1927 Fifth Solvay International Conference on Electrons and Photons, where the world’s most notable physicists met to discuss the newly formulated Quantum Theory. The leading figures were Albert...

  • Actor Redmayne reads at funeral of Stephen Hawking

    Actor Redmayne reads at funeral of Stephen Hawking

    Actor Eddie Redmayne gave a reading at the funeral of Professor Stephen Hawking, as well-wishers lined the streets and applause broke out as the renowned physicist's coffin was carried into the church. Redmayne, who played the role of Professor...

  • Irish pubs open on Good Friday for the first time in 91 years

    Irish pubs open on Good Friday for the first time in 91 years

    Pubs in Ireland were open on Good Friday for the first time in almost a century after the repeal of a law banning sales of alcohol on the Christian holiday. The Intoxicating Liquor Act, passed in 1927, prohibited sales in shops and bars on three...

  • In Finland, robots are teaching children languages

    In Finland, robots are teaching children languages

    Elias, the new language teacher at a Finnish primary school, has endless patience for repetition, never makes a pupil feel embarrassed for asking a question and can even do the "Gangnam Style" dance. Elias is also a robot. The language-teaching...

  • Ultra-thin sun shield could protect Great Barrier Reef

    Ultra-thin sun shield could protect Great Barrier Reef

    An ultra-fine biodegradable film some 50,000 times thinner than a human hair could be enlisted to protect the Great Barrier Reef from environmental degradation, researchers said Tuesday. The World Heritage-listed site, which attracts millions of...

  • Wow vows

    Wow vows

    It’s a (reasonably plausible) fact that most engaged couples spend more time arguing about what flavour wedding cake they want than thinking about the eternal vows that they are going to exchange in front of family and friends. But fast-forward a...

  • Beach bride

    Beach bride

    Going for a ceremony on the shores? From traditional bridal staples to looks that are slightly outside the bridal box, Alina Asinimova discovers the inspiration for a beach affair. When it comes to a beach wedding, what comes to mind? Perhaps we...

  • The bride and groom wore blue

    The bride and groom wore blue

    I think that most of you who got married can agree on one thing: your wedding day is over in a flash. It takes months, sometimes even years to plan, only for it to go by so fast that you find yourself restraining from blinking for fear of missing...

  • Edmund Gilling Hallewell: adjutant and artist

    Many British servicemen took to their watercolours while stationed in Malta, but few were fortunate enough to have a champion and influential supporter within the family. The following is an account of an artist-officer who left a considerable...

  • We need a big brain to age

    We need a big brain to age

    As a species, survival is our only ambition. The only way that successive generations prosper is if they are a good fit with their environment and for them to survive long enough to create another generation. That is how our genes remain...

  • A different do

    A different do

    If you’re getting married, then you may well be looking forward to your stag or hen do – a night of debauchery to mark the end of your single days once and for all. If, on the other hand, you’re dreading the idea of heading out for a night on the...

  • History beneath the blue

    History beneath the blue

    Malta is steeped in history at every turn. With three UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and many more historical towns, streets, and buildings on this small, 360 square kilometre island, the rich history is part of everyday life. But is there a hidden...

  • Myth Debunked: Are cats actually liquid?

    Myth Debunked: Are cats actually liquid?

    The internet is awash with ‘if it fits, I sits’ memes. Cats seem able to take any form, fitting into boxes, jars, sinks and any other place they can make themselves comfortable. The ability for cats to adapt their shape to fit any container is...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    The IC 4710 is a dwarf irregular galaxy. These galaxies are thought to be similar to the first galaxies that formed the universe. Studying them could help us unlock secrets of our evolution. NASA has released new deep space images taken by the...