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  • Probing soil

    Probing soil

    The applications of Time Domain Reflectometry (TDR) probes in engineering and the natural sciences has been of interest since the 1930s, where it was a recognised technique to test electrical connections in cables. This probe detects signals that...

  • Myth Debunked: Do Chameleons change colour to blend in?

    Myth Debunked: Do Chameleons change colour to blend in?

    Chameleons are fascinating creatures, with their super-curly tails and distinctive eyes. Have you ever wished you could blend in the background? An added feature of this magnificent lizard is its ability to change colours. It was believed that...

  • Azimut showcases La Dolce Vita 3 in Milan

    Azimut showcases La Dolce Vita 3 in Milan

    For its debut at the Fuorisalone in Milan, Azimut Yachts selected Triennale Design Week to show off a 21-metre yacht, the S7, which took pride of place at the Palazzo dell’Arte in the area next to the main entrance. The impressive installation,...

  • Dangers of selective breeding

    Dangers of selective breeding

    On World Veterinary Day, Carmel Lino Vella highlights the health and welfare issues resulting from the breeding of dogs with excessive traits and/or genetic disorders. In recent years, veterinarians of companion animals have been regularly faced...

  • London's Royal Parks to get a Maltese touch

    London's Royal Parks to get a Maltese touch

    A Maltese architect's award-winning UK studio has been commissioned to create a fleet of free-standing kiosks for London's Royal Parks.  The nine Mizzi Studio-designed kiosks will cater to hungry and thirsty patrons in iconic London sites Hyde...

  • Atlas encompasses wide-ranging topics relating to plastic pollution

    Atlas encompasses wide-ranging topics relating to plastic pollution

    A new book has gathered a variety of information about plastic pollution, hoping to provoke more action to tackle this scourge. Through 60 topics, the Plastic Soup Atlas of the World highlights this global environmental problem. The first 30...

  • Hotel key cards, even invalid ones, help hackers break into rooms

    Hotel key cards, even invalid ones, help hackers break into rooms

    By getting hold of a widely used hotel key card, an attacker could create a master key to unlock any room in the building without leaving a trace, Finnish security researchers said in a study published on Wednesday, solving a 14-year-old...

  • First polar bear born in the tropics dies at 27 in Singapore zoo

    First polar bear born in the tropics dies at 27 in Singapore zoo

    Singapore on Wednesday mourned the death of the first polar bear born and bred in the tropical island city, put down by wildlife authorities after a five-year battle with health difficulties stemming from old age. Inuka, a 27-year-old animal who...

  • New recipes for greener concrete

    New recipes for greener concrete

    Getting more advanced high-performing concrete was the aim of an international conference this month, prodding the building materials industry to adopt standardisation for better sustainability. Anne Zammit reports. Concrete is the second most...

  • The Ximenes Cannon: from plunder to prize of war

    The Ximenes Cannon: from plunder to prize of war

    On July 12, 1798, Admiral John Jervis, first Earl of St Vincent (1735-1823) and Commander-in-Chief of the Mediterranean Fleet, issued the following order to the relevant officers of His Majesty’s Ordnance at Gibraltar from his flagship HMS Ville...

  • Dingli farming and traditions brought to life

    Dingli farming and traditions brought to life

    The 15th edition of Ħad-Dingli – Ħidma Agrarja u Tradizzjonijiet (Dingli – Farming and Traditions) is to be held next Sunday in Buskett, limits of Dingli. Local produce is exhibited and available to be bought throughout the day starting from 8am.

  • TimesEvents is on the hunt

    TimesEvents is on the hunt

    TimesEvents, the latest event planning team on the island, is being launched this weekend. From corporate parties, conferences and seminars to product launches, business lunches and dinners, networking events, executive retreats and VIP events,...

  • Of rabbits and mathematics

    Of rabbits and mathematics

    A news item that caught the first author’s attention last year was one that appeared on Mail Online (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5062993/Poland-tells-couples-multiply-like-rabbits.html), in which the Polish government was reported to...

  • Myth debunked: Mathematics is more than just calculation

    A common reaction I get upon telling someone that I am a mathematics teacher, is “I used to hate the subject at school.” The reason would be something like “I’m not good with numbers” or “I could never get the hang of long multiplication and long...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    The photo on the right shows Katryn Mizzi, a student from Gozo Middle School, who won first prize in the ninth edition of the Malta Mathematics Olympiad. Katryn is the second woman to win the individual competition after Rachel Farrell, pictured...

  • Fighting plastic: countries round the world taking action to curb waste

    Fighting plastic: countries round the world taking action to curb waste

    The British government has claimed the UK is taking a lead on tackling plastic waste, but countries from Costa Rica to Rwanda are already on the case. The latest plans could see plastic straws, drinks stirrers and cotton buds banned from sale in...

  • As fruit trees fall, a hunger threat looms in Kenya

    As fruit trees fall, a hunger threat looms in Kenya

    When Leah Mutembei was growing up in Kajuki, a village in central Kenya, most farms were dotted with avocado and mango trees. "But now they have all gone," the 32-year-old maize farmer said from her homestead, gesturing to the barren land...

  • Palumbo hosts event at its Senglea yard

    Palumbo hosts event at its Senglea yard

    Antonio Palumbo of Palumbo Superyachts Refit recently held a cocktail party at the dock in Senglea. The evening included a fashion show by Gilda featuring the spring/summer collections. Make-up was by Diego Della Palma, hair by Tony&Guy, the event...

  • Four athletes complete gruelling Sahara marathon for charity

    Four athletes complete gruelling Sahara marathon for charity

    The sweltering heat of the Sahara Desert was no match for four Maltese endurance runners who successfully completed the Marathon des Sables, a race made up of several stages in Morocco. The four athletes – Daniel Agius, Steve Chetcuti, Ben Mifsud...

  • Airlines mishandling 70.5% fewer bags over last decade - report

    Airlines mishandling 70.5% fewer bags over last decade - report

    Airlines are improving their baggage management practices, with the rate of mishandled bags falling by 70.5 per cent over the last decade to a record low as technology allows for better tracking, according to a report released on...