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  • World's first plastic-free supermarket aisle unveiled in Amsterdam

    World's first plastic-free supermarket aisle unveiled in Amsterdam

    One aisle inside a pilot store of Dutch supermarket chain Ekoplaza includes meat, rice, sauces, dairy, chocolate, cereals, fruit and vegetables - but no plastic packaging. Environmental campaign group A Plastic Planet, which came up with the...

  • 'Man's best friends' being rewarded at Crufts' 2018 Friends For Life

    'Man's best friends' being rewarded at Crufts' 2018 Friends For Life

    A rescue Border Terrier, a working Border Collie and a "heroic" Labrador Retriever who helps his owner complete over a hundred daily tasks are among the finalists for Crufts' 2018 Friends For Life award. A total of five furry helpers, including a...

  • The elephant’s surprising family tree

    The elephant’s surprising family tree

    The most comprehensive elephant genome study ever conducted is offering some surprises about the family tree of the world's largest land animal, while also settling a debate about Africa's elephants. The scientists sequenced the genomes covering...

  • Small-scale fisheries are throwing away fish that could feed those in poverty

    Small-scale fisheries are throwing away fish that could feed those in poverty

    Waste not, want not. Benjamin Jones, Author provided   At least 7.3m tons of fish (usually dead or dying) are thought to be discarded each year from marine fisheries around the world. But these estimates come mostly from observations of...

  • When ‘talkies’ were all the rage

    When ‘talkies’ were all the rage

    Prior to the advent of television, the ‘talkies’ were the most popular form of entertainment. John Guillaumier reminisces about movie theatres in the 1950s and his own ‘adventures’ at the cinema. In the 1950s, the major towns in Malta had at least...

  • Don Nazzareno Camilleri: a shining Salesian beacon

    Don Nazzareno Camilleri: a shining Salesian beacon

    Don Nazzareno Camilleri was a wonderful figure of a Salesian and a priest. He devoted his life to the teaching of theology and the formation of souls. Equipped with a thoughtful human manner and divine attention, he profoundly enjoyed friendship,...

  • Food science:inter-disciplinarity and innovation

    Food science:inter-disciplinarity and innovation

    Food processing and preservation traces its origins in the early Mesopotamian and Egyptian civilisation. Some of the most common examples of processed food included the production of beer and wine. Since then, a lot of developments occurred while...

  • Myth debunked: Animalesque behaviour

    We have all heard about that old dog being colour blind, or lemmings jumping off a cliff (remember that old video game from 1991?). But is there substance behind these claims? People falsely believe cats and dogs can only see black and white. In...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    Have you ever mixed up salt and sugar? Their crystal shapes are quite different from each other. These images of sugar and salt crystals were shot using a Scanning Electron Microscope.

  • Are religious people happier than non-religious people?

    Are religious people happier than non-religious people?

    Happiness and life satisfaction levels vary across different religious groups. Pexels   What makes people happy? This question can be difficult to answer. Happiness has been discussed throughout history. Philosophers, thinkers and activists, such...

  • Discarded refugee clothing used in Canterbury Cathedral exhibition

    Discarded refugee clothing used in Canterbury Cathedral exhibition

    Artwork created using the clothing of refugees and suspended in mid-air has been placed in a cathedral to highlight their suffering. Suspended by Arabella Dorman is a collection of hundreds of items of refugee clothing found mainly on beaches on...

  • How you type on your smart phone can reveal your age

    How you type on your smart phone can reveal your age

    When computers hit the mainstream, the older guy in the office would always be sniggered at when bashing away on his QWERTY keyboard, only using his two index fingers to type. To the amusement of his younger, tech-savvy colleagues, he would almost...

  • How 21 artists graffitied one man's property, made it famous, sued him when he knocked it down and won $6.7m

    How 21 artists graffitied one man's property, made it famous, sued him when he knocked it down and won $6.7m

    Nigel Morris/Flickr, CC BY-SA   It’s an extraordinary tale with a whiff of Banksy about it, although surprisingly, he was not involved. In a landmark ruling, 21 New York street artists have sued and won US$6.7m in damages from the owner of a...

  • Nature in a bite

    Nature in a bite

    Julianne Ponan, 28, is anaphylactic, meaning she suffers from a serious allergic reaction. One of her main issues was struggling to find any allergen free snack bars which are healthy but also taste good. With her passion and drive to change...

  • Film company shines light on taboo subjects

    Film company shines  light on taboo subjects

    Mike Tabone, a young doctor who set up a maverick film company five years ago, talks to Simonne Pace about the creativity behind this exciting venture and its latest production, Cancer Warriors. Five years ago, a bunch of creative minds got...

  • Intriguing stories behind John Wilson Carmichael’s The Grand Harbour of Malta from the Corradino Point painting

    Intriguing stories behind John Wilson Carmichael’s The Grand Harbour of Malta from the Corradino Point painting

    A few months ago, I had the good fortune to view an oil painting that had just been cleaned and conserved. The painting, in its ornate carved and gilded frame, is splendid; it depicts an early morning view of the Grand Harbour; however, in...

  • Kids need fun during exams

    Kids need fun during exams

    After dry January, or ‘Veganuary’, depending which generation you form part of, parents of school-going children enter February dragging their heels. A colleague of mine recently remarked that the phenomenon of shouldering the responsibility of...

  • 2018: the Year of Multimodality

    2018: the Year of Multimodality

    Change is coming to transportation and some early adopters have already been, or are currently, testing innovative technologies within the transport sector. These technologies are set to change the way we plan and pay for our journey and how we...

  • Myth debunked

    In practical terms, there isn’t any road – narrow or wide – that can’t be made safe and attractive for cycling. The solutions aren’t always politically simple, but physical space is rarely an insurmountable problem. It is true that some roads may...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    This drone is designed using an origami-inspired structure that makes it light and at the same time capable to deliver packages of 500 grams for distances of up to 2km. It is intended to be used in real life search and rescue situations and can be...