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  • Coming to terms with the loss of your pet

    Coming to terms with the loss of your pet

    Dr Edward Curmi explores why human beings are so attracted to adopting a domesticated animal and how they can deal with their loss – a prospect that can put people off getting a pet in the first place, but, in his view, really shouldn’t. Pets mean...

  • Madame Tussauds unveils Meghan Markle waxwork

    Madame Tussauds unveils Meghan Markle waxwork

    A waxwork figure of Meghan Markle has been unveiled less than a fortnight before the royal wedding. The likeness of the American actress, standing alongside her groom Prince Harry, is the latest addition to Madame Tussauds London. Ms Markle's...

  • What do black Britons think of Meghan's marriage to Harry?

    What do black Britons think of Meghan's marriage to Harry?

    Lawyer Gaile Walters has no time for the British monarchy but still believes the wedding of American actress Meghan Markle to Queen Elizabeth's grandson Prince Harry marks an important moment for Britain's black community. "It has to be significant.

  • A different way of dying

    A different way of dying

    Vanessa Macdonald was deeply disturbed as she watched her partner’s Dutch mother prepare for death and undergo palliative sedation to hasten the moment. In a blow-by-blow account of the intense, emotional and uncomfortable experience, she tries to...

  • The day a Spitfire came crashing down into a Lija street

    The day a Spitfire came crashing down into a Lija street

    On May 9, 1942, an Australian pilot, Gordon Russell Tweedale, son of Edward Wellington and Isa Tweedale of Clayfield, Queensland, crashed his Spitfire (BR248, squadron 185) in a Lija street, while trying to fly the aircraft all the way from Grand...

  • Love yourself? Help yourself!

    Love yourself? Help yourself!

    At the office, the running joke is to be grateful for Mother’s Day – being the only day of the year when we get a guilt-free lie-in. Since organising the day is left in the hands of the male contingent, past Mother’s Day celebrations have...

  • More forgotten industrial heritage: Admiralty Floating Dock No.35 – Return to the Far East

    More forgotten industrial heritage: Admiralty Floating Dock No.35 – Return to the Far East

    Admiralty Floating Dock (AFD) 35 was ready for use in July 1948 but the hulk of AFD 8 was still at the berth planned for it at Magazine Wharf. It was ironic that the Royal Navy had ships stemmed for docking but was unable to use its newest and...

  • Our cracking earth

    Our cracking earth

    It was only 50 years ago when scientists had tangible evidence that continents drift around the earth’s surface and established what drives their movement. The evidence revolved around several observations such as the map of the earth, which looks...

  • Myth Debunked: More money means more happiness!

    Myth Debunked: More money means more happiness!

    “Money can buy you lots of things but money can’t buy you love” are lyrics from a famous song. While true, money can buy you happiness – to a certain extent. For decades research has been trying to figure out if money is linked to happiness. In...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    The shape of the Atlantic Ocean’s seafloor wedged between the Americas, Europe and Africa. The red box shows the location of PI-LAB (Passive Imaging of the Lithosphere and Asthenosphere Boundary), which is an experiment using state-of-the-art...

  • Physically active learning 'should be integral part of school teaching'

    Physically active learning 'should be integral part of school teaching'

    Children should be more active in schools to help boost their academic results in the classroom, it has been suggested. Active lessons - such as where pupils move around the class or take part in physical activity - rather than simply sitting down...

  • 'Public will be eyes and ears for police on Royal wedding day'

    'Public will be eyes and ears for police on Royal wedding day'

    Royal wedding watchers will be the "eyes and ears" to report any suspicious activity to police on the big day, the officer in charge of the transport security plan has said. Armed officers will be on patrol as part of an enhanced police presence...

  • Spacecraft for detecting 'Marsquakes' set for rare California launch

    Spacecraft for detecting 'Marsquakes' set for rare California launch

    After decades exploring the surface of Mars, NASA is set for the weekend launch of its first robotic lander dedicated to studying the red planet's deep interior, with instruments to detect planetary seismic rumblings never measured anywhere but...

  • It's ok, you are not going to fall: Spacewalk astronaut reveals heights fear

    It's ok, you are not going to fall: Spacewalk astronaut reveals heights fear

    Nasa astronaut Joseph Acaba has revealed he held on tight while doing a spacewalk during a recent trip to the International Space Station as he is afraid of heights. "If you look at the pictures, I'm holding on to the railing," he told a crowd at...

  • Quality journalism has a history of survival

    Quality journalism has a history of survival

    Donald Trump’s insistence that any challenges to the actions and utterances of the president are “fake news” is particularly chilling because it resembles a tactic used by authoritarian regimes seeking ways to silence independent...

  • Two thirds of EU cities have climate change plans

    Two thirds of EU cities have climate change plans

      Around the world, cities endeavour to cut greenhouse gas emissions, while adapting to the threats – and opportunities – presented by climate change. It’s no easy task, but the first step is to make a plan outlining how to meet the targets set...

  • More than 10,000 endangered tortoises rescued in Madagascar

    More than 10,000 endangered tortoises rescued in Madagascar

    International conservationists in Madagascar have been treating more than 10,000 critically endangered radiated tortoises that were seized from traffickers who had crammed them into a house with no access to food or water. The Turtle Survival...

  • Recognising the signs of power and control

    Recognising the signs of power and control

    Anyone can experience domestic violence, says Edith Sciberras. She debunks some myths about domestic violence and discusses the possible repercussions for the well-being of victims. According to the Istanbul Convention, the term ‘domestic...

  • More forgotten industrial heritage: Admiralty Floating Dock No.35 – The Indian connection

    More forgotten industrial heritage: Admiralty Floating Dock No.35 – The Indian connection

    The story of Admiralty floating docks (AFDs) in Malta should have ended with the sinking and eventual long-drawn-out salvage and demolition of AFD 8 between 1940 and 1950 (see The Sunday Times of Malta, July 30 and August 6, 2017). In 1946, the...

  • The secret passages of Żejtun’s old parish church

    I refer to Fiona Vella’s article on the secret passages in the old parish church of St Catherine of Żejtun (The Sunday Times of Malta, March 25) and wish to add a footnote. In the article, Charles Debono gives a detailed and correct account of the...