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  • John Watson’s ‘Belvedere’ and the Malta Protestant College

    John Watson’s ‘Belvedere’ and the Malta Protestant College

    One of the earliest British merchants who came to Malta in the early 19th century was John Watson, who made a name for himself on the island and, in a special way, in the history of St Julian’s. Although he was a prominent citizen of Malta, very...

  • Prime numbers and cryptography

    You are given a number n, and you are asked to find the two whole numbers a and b, both greater than 1, such that a times b is equal to n. If I give you the number 21, say, then you would tell me “that is 7 times 3”. Or, if I give you 55, you...

  • Myth debunked: Is 1 a prime number?

    Myth debunked: Is 1 a prime number?

    If this question was asked before the start of the 20th century, one would have invariably received a ‘yes’. Most mathematicians before the 20th century listed 1 as one of the prime numbers. However, at the start of the 20th century, 1 was...

  • Photo of the week

    The front page of the very first printed version of the mathematical treatise Elements. The Elements is a 13-volume book entirely written by Euclid of Alexandria (circa 300BC). This treatise is considered to contain the very first study of prime...

  • Fine art in the flesh: Paris gallery welcomes nudists

    Fine art in the flesh: Paris gallery welcomes nudists

    A leading Paris gallery has thrown prudishness to the winds by announcing it will welcome nudist visitors in May. The Palais de Tokyo, a contemporary art centre situated across the Seine river from the Eiffel Tower, has teamed up with the Paris...

  • In Congo, voting machines raise suspicions among president's foes

    In Congo, voting machines raise suspicions among president's foes

    When election officials unveiled voting machines that resemble large tablet computers in Democratic Republic of Congo, they hailed them as the solution to a multitude of problems. The new technology, they said, would cut costs, help reduce...

  • Fast and loose - study finds fake news six times quicker than truth on Twitter

    Fast and loose - study finds fake news six times quicker than truth on Twitter

    False information - or fake news - travels around Twitter six times quicker than true stories, researchers have suggested. Three scholars from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology analysed the spread of more than 126,000 stories shared on the...

  • Meghan Markle baptised ahead of royal wedding - report

    Meghan Markle baptised ahead of royal wedding - report

    US actress Meghan Markle has been baptised by the leader of the Church of England ahead of her marriage to Prince Harry in May, the Daily Mail reported on Thursday. Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby performed the 45-minute ceremony at London's...

  • Behind the scenes at Egypt's new museum

    Behind the scenes at Egypt's new museum

    These gilded animal figures decorate the furniture of one of the most famous boy-kings of the ancient world, King Tutankhamun, who ruled Egypt about 3,000 years ago. Discovered in 1922, King Tut’s tomb is one of the best-preserved of any Egyptian...

  • Nestlé celebrates National Cereal Day

    Nestlé celebrates National Cereal Day

    We all know the old adage: breakfast is the most important meal of the day. After all, breakfast fuels the body after an overnight fast and kick-starts the metabolism. But it’s important not just to eat any breakfast but to choose a meal that’s...

  • First woman to command Japanese warship squadron

    First woman to command Japanese warship squadron

    Japan's navy on Tuesday appointed the first woman to command a warship squadron, including the flagship Izumo helicopter carrier, as it tries to lure more females to make up for a dearth of male recruits in graying Japan. Ryoko Azuma, will command...

  • Finding your perfect home decor match

    Finding your perfect home decor match

    Interiors are increasingly becoming a reflection of who we are – and so they should be. And even storage, a necessity in today’s day and age, should showcase your own personality. Emma Mercieca Cristiano from BoConcept Malta shows how to find the...

  • Mumpreneur: the modern superhero

    Mumpreneur: the modern superhero

    Mums are like superheroes, only without the cape. I know for a fact that being a mother is challenging. It is the hardest yet one of the most rewarding jobs in the history of humankind. Nowadays, mothers are not only running households but also...

  • The Schranz family of artists – a journey of rediscovery, 1818-2018

    The Schranz family of artists – a journey of rediscovery, 1818-2018

    The exhibition of the Schranz artists’ works at Fort St Elmo, Valletta, opens on Friday. The exhibition, entitled The Schranz Family of Artists – A Journey of Rediscovery, celebrates the 200th anniversary of the Schranz artists’ family’s arrival...

  • To be or not to bees 

    A surprisingly large number of parents would rather build a life-size model of the Millennium Falcon out of six billion Lego pieces, than get into the nitty gritty when it comes to human reproduction. But it’s a mistake to presume that school or...

  • A return to intimacy 

    A return to intimacy 

    After you’ve had a baby, sex and intimacy may not be top of your agenda – but you shouldn’t put your relationship on the back burner. Counsellor Matthew Bartolo shares his advice with Jo Caruana. All sorts of challenges arise in relationships...

  • Where do we come from? Are we alone?

    Where do we come from? Are we alone?

    One of the age-old questions for which an answer has long eluded humankind is the story of our origin. Current scientific knowledge has enabled us to trace our evolutionary history back through the earth’s past, thanks to fossil records from...

  • Myth debunked: Does all life on earth depend on the sun?

    Myth debunked: Does all life on earth depend on the sun?

    Although it is true that nearly every organism on earth depends, in one way or another, on the sun for energy, this is not true for all life. Photosynthesis plays a key role in nearly all ecosystems on earth, with plants using up light energy from...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    Saturn, imaged last year by Maltese astrophotographer Michael Nolle from San Lawrenz.

  • World's last male northern white rhino is dying

    World's last male northern white rhino is dying

    Sudan made international headlines when Tinder named him the "most eligible bachelor in the world" in 2016.  But the 45-year-old northern white rhino's luck appears to be running out - and if he dies, so too do many hopes for his subspecies'...