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  • Myth Debunked: Invisibility and cloaking

    Invisibility has fascinated human imagination through time and cultures. In Greek mythology, the goddess Athena provided demigod Perseus with a cap of invisibility, which allowed him to sneak up on Medusa and slay her. In Plato’s Republic, Gyges...

  • Photo of the week

    An artist’s rendering of two merging neutron stars. The rippling space-time grid represents gravitational waves that travel out from the collision, while the narrow beams show the bursts of gamma rays that are shot out just seconds after the...

  • Challenging stereotypes surrounding older workers

    Challenging stereotypes surrounding older workers

    Renee Laiviera dispels some myths concerning older employees and says that treating them on par with other workers allows employers to utilise a valuable resource. An employer assumes that an older worker is too difficult to train and, in any...

  • Understanding the well-being and risks faced by sex workers

    Understanding the well-being and risks faced by sex workers

    A Maltese master’s student has conducted research on the well-being and risks faced by different categories of sex workers in the Netherlands, the findings of which could be adapted to the Maltese context if the country moved towards the...

  • On the road to sainthood

    On the road to sainthood

    The diocesan inquiry examining the case for beatification and canonisation of Fr Avertan Fenech ends today. Fr Hermann Duncan looks at the final days of the religious man. The Archbishop’s Curia recently issued a letter stating that the diocesan...

  • Watch: Wit and skill for The Hunt

    Watch: Wit and skill for The Hunt

      Updated 11.40am - Added video The second edition of the Times of Malta Motoring treasure hunt attracted more than 150 drivers and passengers in 37 cars. Participants met at the Allied Newspapers offices in Mrieħel, where they were briefed and...

  • Honor Frost: a legacy in the field of underwater archaeology

    Honor Frost: a legacy in the field of underwater archaeology

    Honor Frost’s death on September 12, 2010, brought an end to an era. She represented the heroic period of aqualung diving and was the first person to marry it to archaeology – a double pioneer. She was also the first to promote underwater...

  • Wish upon a shooting star!

    Wish upon a shooting star!

    All those who frequently use Facebook would have seen their newsfeed headed with a notification for the Orionid meteor shower last weekend. Shooting stars fill many with awe and wonder, especially since their appearance in the sky is sudden,...

  • Myth Debunked: Do we always see the same stars in our night sky?

    Myth Debunked: Do we always see the same stars in our night sky?

    Although the starry sky is something which has long captivated us, many never really realise that the stars visible in the night sky from a particular location on the earth’s surface change throughout the year. This means that from Malta, for...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    The Helix nebula, located around 700 light years away from earth, is a planetary nebula – the remnant of a sun-like star. The image was taken by Leonard Ellul Mercer, a Maltese astrophotographer.

  • Is laughter the best medicine against depression?

    Is laughter the best medicine  against depression?

    Hector Bruno has been absent from the stage for six years. On his comeback, he tells Jennifer Grech that even comedians can suffer from depression. Sunday marks the beginning of a five-month period of shorter, darker days. Putting the clocks back...

  • Tigers saved from Syria zoo get a new home in the Netherlands

    Tigers saved from Syria zoo get a new home in the Netherlands

    Tigers were rescued from a neglected zoo near the war-torn Syrian city of Aleppo to a big cat facility in Netherlands on Monday, giving them new beginnings. The rescue efforts led by an international animal welfare organisation Four Paws relocated...

  • Tackling illegal online content

    Tackling illegal online content

    Online platforms have now been provided with clear guidance from the European Commission as to the measures which they must take in order to prevent, detect and remove illegal online content inciting hatred, violence and terrorism. The EU’s...

  • In the ‘Arms’ of history

    In the ‘Arms’ of history

    Malta has just commemorated the granting of the George Cross, which 75 years ago seems to have resolved a pending headache for the government. On October 4, Prince Charles led the anniversary ceremony for the award, granted for acts of “the...

  • Pay gap to affect high-earning women's retirement lifestyle - study

    Pay gap to affect high-earning women's retirement lifestyle - study

    Young women with a well-paid job in the developed world will be almost 40% poorer than their male colleagues by the time they reach old age, as the pay gap limits women's ability to invest over time, a study said on Monday. On average a...

  • This week with the vet: Rodent ulcer in cats

    This week with the vet: Rodent ulcer in cats

    This week I attended to one of those cases that never fails to affect me. The patient was an eight-year-old white female shorthaired cat named Sweetie. Over the phone, Sweetie’s elderly owner told me that something was wrong with his cat’s face.

  • Esplora goes Halloween

    Esplora goes Halloween

    Halloween has long been associated with stories of horror and literature. Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Murnau’s Nosferatu have been the inspiration to many Halloween events, while vampires, deserted castles and werewolves are perfect ingredients for...

  • A productive and practical governor

    A productive and practical  governor

    Sir Henry Storks was one of the most effective and, therefore, popular governors of Malta. A sceptic might think that this was due to the brevity of his governorship: out of the total duration of 30 months, he spent 12 months in Jamaica where he...

  • 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation

    500th anniversary of the  Protestant Reformation

    October 31 marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, which was the greatest Christian movement since apostolic times. The Reformation, a tremendous revival of biblical and New Testament theology, officially began in 1517 when...

  • Daphne’s last magazine to go ahead

    Daphne’s last magazine to go ahead

    The monthly lifestyle magazine Taste&Flair, edited and published by Daphne Caruana Galizia, will still come out next month, featuring some of what could be her final work. André Camilleri, production manager at The Malta Independent, which...