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  • What to expect in Places: Design & Living magazine

    What to expect in Places: Design & Living magazine

    How to steal space in small houses is the subject of the December issue of Places: Design & Living, which squeezes into one-bedroom abodes, both locally and abroad, that have been cleverly grown to comfortably accommodate more. The last edition...

  • Sunday Circle turns to gender

    Sunday Circle turns to gender

    Gender violence on women with a public profile takes the spotlight in the December 2 issue of Sunday Circle, with interviews held with leading female members of the media revealing how misogyny and harassment remain rampant. The focus stays on...

  • Big prizes to be won in The Sunday Times

    Reading the Sunday paper could prove to be more rewarding than usual over the next weeks, with multiple prizes to be won in competitions.  The Sunday Times of Malta will be running one-off competitions to reward its readers on December 3 and 10,...

  • How to help children recover from the trauma of disaster

    How to help children recover from the trauma of disaster

    In any culture, children hit by a natural disaster will see family members undergo huge amounts of stress and worry. They may be forced to live in temporary accommodation, and experience many changes to their usual routines and social circles. And...

  • You don't need to build a rocket to prove the Earth isn't flat

    You don't need to build a rocket to prove the Earth isn't flat

    Could 2,000 years of belief be wrong? Are we in fact living on a disc rather than a globe? One believer from the Flat Earth Society is determined to find out. “Mad” Mike Hughes is all set to build his own rocket to see for himself that the Earth...

  • It’s great that Blue Planet II is pushing hard on plastic pollution in the oceans

    It’s great that Blue Planet II is pushing hard on plastic pollution in the oceans

    On Sunday night we gasped in awe at the latest stunning images of marine life in BBC’s marvellous Blue Planet II. Blue sharks dodged great whites to scavenge on oceanic carrion; a baby turtle took its chance to shelter on some remote piece of...

  • Swords in the stone of Fort St Angelo

    Swords in the stone of Fort St Angelo

    If you associate fencing with the Olympic sport and immediately think of the foil, épée and sabre, think again. Over the weekend, 22 associations from 13 countries converged at Fort St Angelo, using some very different kind of weapons. They were...

  • The Prince of Wales’ visit to Malta in 1876

    The Prince of Wales’ visit to  Malta in 1876

    King Edward VII made several visits to Malta both as King and Prince of Wales. His first visit was in 1862 when he was 21 years old. After the death of Prince Albert, Queen Victoria withdrew from public life and so it was decided that the heir...

  • Is that software running correctly?

    Is that software running correctly?

    Dystopias seem to be in fashion. Consider the demise of humanity due to the rise of artificial intelligence – the fancily named ‘singularity’, when machines will be our equal, beyond which we will play second fiddle to the machines’ first. Fear of...

  • Myth Debunked: Programming does not allow any creativity

    Myth Debunked: Programming does not allow any creativity

    Programming is as much an art form as it is a science. It involves creating solutions for observed problems. Some programmers get lost in their world of coding just like writers do when writing. Artists make things based on their interests,...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    Photomosaic as a conservation and analysis tool: These images are formed from 2,500-3,500 individual images. The analysis of the mosaics has led to the discovery that coral colonies on Palmyra’s reed are arranged in a non-random way and that...

  • Why saving our blue planet may lie in the hands of citizen scientists

    Why saving our blue planet may lie in the hands of citizen scientists

    Some 95% of the ocean is completely unexplored, unseen by human eyes. That naturally means that there are many marine environments that we don’t know much about, but that we’re still putting at risk from damaging activities such as bottom trawling.

  • Cities could save billions while saving the planet - here's how

    Cities could save billions while saving the planet - here's how

    National governments have historically led efforts to address climate change; setting the targets, planning the actions and then succeeding (or often failing) to achieve climate action goals. But increasingly, local, city and regional authorities...

  • On a mission in Albania

    On a mission in Albania

    Fr Emanuel Cutajar has been a parish priest in the north of Albania for 17 years. He has often found himself grappling with pastoral and social problems in four remote villages, mainly Catholic, in the Torovice valley. Here he gives a first-hand...

  • Sannat bombing survivor recounts fateful day 75 years ago

    Sannat bombing survivor recounts fateful day 75 years ago

    Toni Xiberras and his older brother Kelinu were flying their kites on the roof of their grandmother Peppa’s farmhouse in Sannat on a normal Saturday in 1942. Their sister Margaret had decided to tag along with them that day. Not being a school...

  • Malta’s transport policy driving against climate change direction

    Malta’s transport policy driving against climate change direction

    Maria Attard tells Joseph Grech traffic is this country’s biggest challenge in terms of the island’s greenhouse gas contribution to global warming. The government’s current plans to widen existing roads and build new ones to cater for the...

  • Speeding up time in older age

    Speeding up time in older age

    Our bodies are sophisticated watches that seem to get faster with age. The psychologist William James at the turn of the 20th century observed that years seem to pass more rapidly as we grow older. In 1937 French biophysicist Lecomte du Nouy...

  • An 1840 procession of St Paul – devotion and scandal

    An 1840 procession of St Paul   – devotion and scandal

    The years 1838 and 1839 started and ended in Malta as if winter had forgotten what its function really was. What little rain, what clouds beckoned, appeared more derisory than comforting. A sense of defeat, maybe desolation, riveted the people.

  • The art of science communication

    The art of science communication

    Right now, Malta is a buzzing hive of science communication with public engagement events cropping up all over the island. These include science film and informal cafe events targeted at adults, fun science workshops for kids and puzzle escape...

  • Myth debunked: How to debunk myths

    Myth debunked: How to debunk myths

    A lot of science myths persist in popular culture, and this column has tried to address some of them over the past few years. Yet, how do you actually debunk myths? Is there any way to convince people of scientific facts that go against their...