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  • Should you hide negative emotions from children?

    Should you hide negative emotions from children?

        From crying in the toilet to leaving the house in a rage, many parents and carers don’t want their children to see them getting emotional. But is this the right thing to do, or should you come clean about your fear of spiders or how angry you...

  • ‘Not a day went by when I didn’t wish my father by my side’

    ‘Not a day went by when I didn’t wish my father by my side’

    Former Labour MP Karl Chircop passed away 10 years ago today. His son Jan, a medical doctor who has followed in his father’s footsteps, talks to Simonne Pace about the joy of being able to relive his father through his profession. Jan Chircop was...

  • Mount Etna is sliding towards the sea and now we know why

    Mount Etna is sliding towards the sea and now we know why

    The southeast flank of Mount Etna in Sicily is sliding towards the sea at a rate of several centimetres a year. This might not sound like much, but the kind of stress that this movement creates inside volcanoes can cause devastating landslides.

  • International Day of the Girl Child: Empowering future women

    International Day of the Girl Child: Empowering future women

    ‘With her: A skilled girl force’ recognises that today’s girls need to be prepared to enter a world of work that is being transformed by innovation and technology. This is the theme chosen for 2018 by the United Nations for the International Day...

  • Ditch meat and save the world

    Ditch meat and save the world

    The world could feed its growing population without causing irreparable damage to the environment if people ate less meat, halved food waste and adopted better farming practices, scientists said. But failing to implement even one of those actions...

  • The psychology of closure – and why some need it more than others

    The psychology of closure – and why some need it more than others

    Imagine your partner unexpectedly changes their Facebook status from “in a relationship” to “single” and then refuses to communicate with you. This sounds awfully cruel, completely robbing you of your right to find out why you have been dumped so...

  • Migration: new map of Europe reveals real frontiers for refugees

    Migration: new map of Europe reveals real frontiers for refugees

    Since the EU declared a “refugee crisis” in 2015 that was followed by an unprecedented number of deaths in the Mediterranean, maps explaining the routes of migrants to and within Europe have been used widely in newspapers and social media. Some of...

  • Scottish pupils learn to 'make life better' as ethical entrepreneurs

    Scottish pupils learn to 'make life better' as ethical entrepreneurs

    When an 87-year-old man fell down outside their primary school, the children brainstormed how to help elderly people in their Scottish village. And their conclusion was to start a business. Going door-to-door, the children had already noticed that...

  • Bumper harvest gives English winemakers extra fizz

    Bumper harvest gives English winemakers extra fizz

    Forget green fields and clouds. Blazing sunshine and rows of grapevines are now a growing part of the English countryside, leading to a rise in locally produced sparkling wine - boosted this year by a bumper harvest. At the Chapel Down winery in...

  • Protecting marine areas could have insidious political effects

    Protecting marine areas could have insidious political effects

    Zones of ocean known as Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) are all the rage. They have no single or agreed definition, but essentially they are areas of sea in which human activity is restricted or prohibited in order to preserve and protect marine...

  • Indonesian islanders fight developer with snorkels and homestays

    Indonesian islanders fight developer with snorkels and homestays

    S yahrul Hidayat's family has lived on the Indonesian island of Pulau Pari for four generations, fishing in its clear blue waters and selling seaweed to supplement their incomes. But their lives and livelihoods have come under threat in recent...

  • Giuseppe Calì at Valletta’s Basilica of Our Lady of Porto Salvo

    Giuseppe Calì at Valletta’s Basilica of Our Lady of Porto Salvo

    An apse representing the crowning of the Holy Virgin and a main vault painting, representing the Dominican Pope St Pius V beseeching the intercession of the Virgin Mary at the time of the Battle of Lepanto, have just been restored. The works by...

  • Reuniting families of first post-war Maltese emigrants across the Atlantic

    Reuniting families of first post-war Maltese emigrants across the Atlantic

    Commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Maltese women and children who arrived in Canada to join the men who had emigrated in May and June 1948 The Sunday Times of Malta’s June 17, 2018, edition contained an account of the men who went to Canada...

  • A day of relaxation and development

    A day of relaxation and development

    As part of its HR programme, the Atlas Group recently held the fourth edition of Atlas Day, a day of development and relaxation for all its staff members. “On Atlas Day, the aim is to celebrate our achievements and our people’shard work,” said the...

  • GasanMamo Insurance at Pride Malta

    GasanMamo Insurance joined Malta’s LGBTIQ members and endorsed a celebration of pride for the local LGBTIQ community during the annual popular parade. This was a successful event as Valletta turned into a tapestry of colour. Over 4,000 people...

  • Fun mathematics at Science in the City

    Fun mathematics at Science in the City

    Science in the City was held in Valletta on September 28. The author, together with eight other local mathematicians, had an activity, entitled Fun Mathematics at one of the tables in the Science Fair section. The team presented a variety of...

  • Myth debunked: Maths is not supposed to be fun

    Many find it hard to associate fun with mathematics. Perhaps they see maths as an austere discipline that one needs to master to some extent for some purpose or another. An element of helplessness is also common. The famous British mathematician G.

  • Photo of the week - October 7, 2018

    Photo of the week - October 7, 2018

    Sir Michael Atiyah, 89, is a British-Lebanese mathematician. He grew up in Sudan and Egypt but spent most of his academic life at University of Oxford and University of Cambridge (UK), and at the Institute for Advanced Study (US). He was President...

  • Hey there, leave them germs alone!

    Hey there, leave them germs alone!

    There are many rational reasons that motivate consumers to spend $65 billion annually on household cleaning products. But non-rational mechanisms are nevertheless still at work in the cleaning products market, as in all others. Advertisements for...

  • It’s fun to learn

    It’s fun to learn

    As Malta's only marine park, Mediterraneo Marine Park promotes marine life conservation against the stunning backdrop of the Mediterranean Sea. By combining entertainment with a valuable and unique learning experience, the Mediterraneo has become...