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  • Film stars under the moon

    Film stars under the moon

    A love of cinema, music, wine and Valletta is what brought a group of foreigners in Malta together and inspired them to set up an open-air film festival six years ago. Antonio Villa Castelo and Ed Wilkinson form part of a group of friends who...

  • Extinction is a natural process... but

    Extinction is a natural process... but

    shutterstock When Sudan the white rhino was put down by his carers earlier this year, it confirmed the extinction of one of the savannah’s most iconic subspecies. Despite decades of effort from conservationists, including a fake Tinder profile...

  • Women's health at risk from relentlessly trying to be perfect

    Women's health at risk from relentlessly trying to be perfect

    These days, the health of a woman seems to be less about the absence of illness and more about being someone who works on their body and mind in order to meet modern society’s expectations of looks and abilities. This is not just a neat...

  • World’s fish consumption unsustainable, UN warns

    World’s fish consumption  unsustainable, UN warns

    A third of the world’s oceans are overfished and fish consumption is at an all-time high, raising fears over the sustainability of a key source of protein for millions around the world, the UN warned in a report yesterday. Overfishing is...

  • Why even cold desserts could cause problems in summer

    Why even cold desserts could cause problems in summer

    You might take every precaution when barbecuing burgers and grilling chicken wings, but food poisoning could be lurking where you least expect it: in the cold desserts we turn to after a long day in the sun. During the summer, more people cook...

  • World's fish consumption unsustainable, UN warns

    World's fish consumption unsustainable, UN warns

    A third of the world's oceans are overfished and fish consumption is at an all-time high, raising fears over the sustainability of a key source of protein for millions around the world, the United Nations warned in a report on Monday. Overfishing...

  • Building artistic relationships

    Building artistic relationships

    A multifaceted, two-year project that started in 2017 is helping to build relationships between Maltese and international artistic networks through a series of cross-border exchanges. The project, titled Transformer Malta, includes curatorial...

  • Cultural visit marks end to Ramblers’ walking season

    Cultural visit marks end to Ramblers’ walking season

    The Ramblers’ Association of Malta organises countryside walks – during autumn, winter and spring – across sites which are of archaeological, historical, geological, scenic or cultural interest. During a walk it is always welcome to pause for a...

  • Downs and ups of tourism to Malta in the 1950s

    Downs and ups of tourism   to Malta in the 1950s

    “I suppose no one goes to Malta unless he is sent,” wrote R.N. Bradley in 1914. Robert Noel Bradley loved Malta, torts, warts and all, though he had a thoroughly ambivalent rapport with its inhabitants: admiring, defeated, condescending,...

  • Süleyman 1565: Malta as a stepping stone for Sicily, Italy and Europe?

    Süleyman 1565: Malta as a stepping stone for Sicily, Italy and Europe?

    Süleyman the Magnificent’s decision to attack Malta was taken in October 1564. By mid-January 1565, Süleyman was busy activating his contacts with all the prospective protagonists of the Malta campaign. At the beginning of February 1565 Süleyman...

  • Total lunar eclipse: T minus 19 days

    Total lunar eclipse: T minus 19 days

    In just 19 days, Malta will bear witness to one of the more sought after astronomical spectacles visible to the naked eye. On Friday, July 27, the moon will enter the Earth’s shadow as it transits to its full phase, with the full moon disc slowly...

  • Myth Debunked: Is there no gravity on the moon?

    Clips of astronauts bouncing on the lunar surface have created a widespread misconception regarding gra­vity on the moon. Many understand this to mean that there is no gravity on the lunar surface, and that astronauts are free to bounce around...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    Maltese astrophotographer Leonard Ellul Mercer captured this image of the moon during a partial lunar eclipse, visible from Malta in 2014.

  • Social cooperatives ‘a way to lift people out of poverty’

    Social cooperatives ‘a way to lift people out of poverty’

    Encouraging people to set up and run their own cooperative societies may be key to allowing them to lift themselves out of poverty, according to sociologist Godfrey Baldacchino. The university professor believes that this may be an alternative...

  • Persecuted Christians return to Syrian and Iraq to rebuild their lives

    Persecuted Christians return to Syrian and Iraq to rebuild their lives

    As the conflicts get quieter in parts of Syria and northern Iraq, persecuted Christians are returning to their home towns, where their houses were partially or completely destroyed. Aid to the Church in Need, which stood by the displaced when they...

  • Anne Frank's family 'tried to escape to US'

    Anne Frank's family 'tried to escape to US'

    The family of Anne Frank, the world famous Jewish diarist who died in the Holocaust, attempted to immigrate to the United States and also later to Cuba, research suggests. Their efforts were thwarted by America's restrictive immigration policy and...

  • How to take a penalty like a pro

    How to take a penalty like a pro

    Pexels World Cup fever is well and truly underway – there have already been highs, the lows, and definitely a few penalties. And scoring a penalty can be the deciding factor of many important football matches. Previous major championships, such...

  • Surviving hot weather and work - and still get on with your colleagues

    Surviving hot weather and work - and still get on with your colleagues

    When I am too hot at work I like to open a window, retrieve an ice lolly from the kitchen and kick off my shoes. But for many people, this is not an option. Finding the right temperature can make a big difference to how happy – and productive – we...

  • Orangutans have been adapting to humans for 70,000 years

    Orangutans have been adapting to humans for 70,000 years

    Don Mammoser / shutterstock If you are very lucky you might have seen an orangutan in the wild. Most people have only seen them on television. In either case the animal was probably deep in some remote forest, as yet untainted by people. This is...

  • More than eight million IVF babies born since world's first, data suggests

    More than eight million IVF babies born since world's first, data suggests

    More than eight million IVF babies have been born in the last 40 years, researchers suggest. Louise Brown became the world's first "test tube baby" when she was born at Oldham General Hospital in Manchester on July 25, 1978. Since then, more than...