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  • Are we alone?

    Are we alone?

    US F/A-18 footage of a UFO (circled in red). Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license. Parzival191919, CC BY-NC-SA Are we alone? Unfortunately, neither of the answers feel satisfactory. To be alone in this vast universe...

  • A former slave is running for office in Mauritania

    A former slave is running for office in Mauritania

    Born into slavery and kept as a servant for 30 years, Haby Mint Rabah is now running for parliament in Mauritania to fight for freedom in a nation with one of the world's worst slavery rates. Rabah's candidacy is a first for the West African...

  • Taking band music to a higher level

    Taking band music to a higher level

    From filling streets decorated with rope lights and garlands to churches gleaming in ancestral gold, the music of your village banda now also has its own place among the most hallowed halls of our educational institutions. A collaboration between...

  • Where can you go for a bit of peace and quiet?

    Where can you go for a bit of peace and quiet?

    Malta sticks out for having the lowest potential for quiet in a recent EU study. Noise maps identify the only quiet havens away from noise pollution as limited to remote cliff areas and Comino. The European Union is looking to “significantly”...

  • Valletta – a multicultural community

    Valletta – a multicultural community

    In a recent study, I focused on the demographic characteristics of the parish of Porto Salvo in Valletta between 1870 and 1875. Due to the voluminous data found in the church archives, I had to narrow it down to five years. Nevertheless, it gives...

  • Made up memories?

    Made up memories?

    If I was to ask you to recall your first memory, what would it be? Maybe you remember being pushed in your pram, playing with a favourite toy or maybe something more dramatic – your first fall? Well, it turns out it may not be a memory at all.

  • Myth Debunked: Blind as a bat?

    We’ve all heard the common saying ‘blind as a bat’ but how blind, actually, are bats? Well, not very. It turns out bats can see almost as well as, and sometimes better than, us humans. Although some do prefer navigating with their ears. The myth...

  • Photo of the week - July 29, 2018

    Photo of the week - July 29, 2018

    Scientists have found the remains of a 100-million-year old baby snake preserved in amber. It lived before the time of T-rex – making it the world’s oldest baby snake fossil.

  • Total eclipse of the moon

    Total eclipse of the moon

    Eclipses have posed a sense of mystery and wonder since the very first humans that roamed Earth. They were also considered a bad omen, a sign of gloom and doom in ancient cultures, such as the Maya’s. An eclipse of the moon is a rare phenomenon...

  • Blood moon: lunar eclipse myths from around the world

    Blood moon: lunar eclipse myths from around the world

    Millions of people will have the opportunity to see a lunar eclipse – an event popularly known in the media as a “blood moon” – on Friday July 27. Visible for most of the world – only North America and Greenland are expected to miss out – it’s set...

  • Could technology clean the oceans of plastic?

    Could technology clean the oceans of plastic?

    Our oceans are threatened by three major challenges: climate change, overfishing and pollution. Plastic pollution is of growing concern, and has gained international attention from governments, media and large sections of the public, partly...

  • Vanilla villainy eats away at Madagascar's sweet reputation

    Vanilla villainy eats away at Madagascar's sweet reputation

    Soaring global prices of vanilla should have been good news for Jao Nasaina, a 58-year-old farmer of the luxury spice on the northeast tip of Madagascar. Instead, it has brought poverty, stress and sleepless nights patrolling his little patch of...

  • Five stereotypes about older workers debunked

    Five stereotypes about older workers debunked

    Legislation to outlaw discrimination on the basis of age was first introduced in the UK in 2006. It was designed to protect people of all ages from discrimination, but older workers are more likely to be adversely affected by age-related stereotypes.

  • Breakthrough could end animal testing in carcinogen research

    Breakthrough could end animal testing in carcinogen research

    Animal testing has been at the heart of chemical safety assessments since the 1970s. Looking at the most recent figures, in 2011, more than a million animals were used to test whether chemicals would be harmful to humans in Europe alone. While in...

  • Death: why children should be taught about it in school

    Death: why children should be taught about it in school

    Have you ever thought about how you’d like your funeral to be? Or what dying might feel like? Or what should happen to your body? If you’re anything like the majority of people living in the Western world, chances are you haven’t given much...

  • Virtual reality games could help young patients­ with cancer treatment

    Virtual reality games could help young patients­ with cancer treatment

    Virtual reality games could be used in hospitals to help children deal with the pain of cancer treatment, artificial intelligence lecturer Alexiei Dingli believes. International studies have confirmed that virtual reality has a strong effect on...

  • On a mission: Professor Cleghorn and the de Meuron Regiment

    On a mission: Professor Cleghorn and the de Meuron Regiment

    During the French Revolutionary Wars (1793-1802) and the Napoleonic Wars (1803-1815), Great Britain embarked on a number of strategies for defeating France and its allies: one was to engage foreign regiments as mercenary forces in the pay of the...

  • Celebrating the arrival in Malta of the Schranz artists’ family in 1818

    Celebrating the arrival in Malta of the Schranz artists’ family in 1818

    John Schranz’s epilogue, the 12th in his series of articles that have appeared in The Sunday Times of Malta over the past 26 months, follows the closure, five days ago, of the Heritage Malta exhibition at Fort St Elmo marking the bicentenary of...

  • Brain technology for independence

    Brain technology for independence

    Individuals with significant physical impairments rely on assistive technology to communicate and control devices within their environment. Any reliable movement or muscle activation that the individual can perform can be used to activate...

  • Myth Debunked: 7 human years equivalent to 1 dog year?

    Every dog owner is aware that dogs age differently than humans; that is that one dog year is equivalent to seven human years. Reality is not as clear and the origins of this myth are quite vague. Some say it was a marketing strategy to educate the...