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  • Art exhibition in aid of charity

    Art exhibition in aid of charity

    Maria Schaerrer Busuttil hosted her second local art exhibition entitled Earth Elements at her private residence in Għargħur. The exhibition showcased her latest works and included bronzes, ceramic sculptures and paintings. Profits from the sale...

  • Who is science for?

    Who is science for?

    Science is a way of understanding ourselves, our surroundings and quenching our thirst for the unknown. A researcher is someone who asks and attempts to answer questions. Isn’t that the same as the rest of society? So, why do we need to...

  • Myth debunked: Alcohol kills brain cells

    Myth debunked: Alcohol kills  brain  cells

    Whether you’re 17 and just had your first ever vodka-red bull shot, or if 15 years later you’ve had a rough week at work and resort to some whisky to forget about your unfinished paperwork, we’ve all heard and ignored the phrase ‘alcohol kills...

  • Photo of the week - December 2, 2018

    Photo of the week - December 2, 2018

    A small-spotted catshark (Scyliorhinus canicula) swimming in the sea for the first time during Shark-Lab Malta’s most recent shark release, during which they released their 300th shark.

  • Are you what you drink?

    Are you what you drink?

    The chic magic of Parisian cafes has long captured our imagination as emblematic of a culturally rich time where creativity is rife and enigmatic conversation is to be had on any corner that can fit a table and two chairs under a street lamp. The...

  • Can you handle the noise?

    Can you handle the noise?

    The theatre scene in Malta is thriving and who other to speak to than Edward Mercieca – legendary actor, talented scriptwriter and key dame in many an FM Panto. Kristina Cassar Dowling discovers more. Meeting with Edward Mercieca – a theatre buff...

  • Resilient politician, intrepid journalist

    Resilient politician,  intrepid journalist

    Mabel Strickland, who died 30 years ago today, will always be remembered for her courage and resilience in the face of adversity, both as a politician and journalist. Two former editors of Allied Newspapers, Victor Aquilina and Laurence Grech,...

  • World's first gene-edited babies? Premature, dangerous and irresponsible

    World's first gene-edited babies? Premature, dangerous and irresponsible

    A scientist in China claims to have produced the world’s first genome-edited babies by altering their DNA to increase their resistance to HIV. Aside from the lack of verifiable evidence for this non peer-reviewed claim, this research is premature,...

  • Manure management: A holistic solution under way

    Manure management: A holistic solution under way

    A research project is presently ongoing aimed at developing a holistic solution for the management of manure and slurry from livestock on the Maltese Islands. Although solutions have already been proposed, these focus solely on the liquid manure...

  • Excelsior

    Excelsior

    My father, Spiru, was a seafaring man, and I was always fascinated by his descriptions of places he had visited in the far reaches of the world in his travels. When I was eight years old, he gave me a small stack of comic books which he brought...

  • It happened this month: The foundation of the Jesuit college – November 12, 1592

    It happened this month: The foundation of the Jesuit   college – November 12, 1592

    In 1563, among the provisions enacted by the final sessions of the Council of Trent, there was specific legislation for the education of the clergy. Each diocese was charged with founding a seminary for the spiritual and cultural education of all...

  • Why had Mabel Strickland switched support to PN?

    Why had Mabel Strickland switched support to PN?

    On the 30th anniversary of the death of Mabel Strickland on November 29, Victor Aquilina answers a frequently asked question: why had Mabel Strickland broken away from her party and switched support to the PN? She may not have risen to great...

  • Car-sharing project launch

    Car-sharing project launch

    A lovely event held to launch the new international car sharing project GOTO took place at the Corinthia Palace Hotel in Attard.

  • Akustika in the dark

    Akustika in the dark

    Project Akustika is designed to fill the knowledge gaps on local bat species in Malta and Gozo. It will set the first steps towards gaining a national overview of what bat species are present, their distribution and status in 2018 and 2019. This...

  • Myth debunked: Common bat myths

    The most common myth about bats is that they are blind, in fact we even have a saying ‘blind as a bat’. In reality, this depends on the bats species. Certain bats can actually see up to three times better than humans, but none are actually blind.

  • Lions Club Sliema charter anniversary

    Lions Club Sliema charter anniversary

    Lions Club Sliema celebrated their 44th charter anniversary earlier this month with a gala dinner at the Grand Hotel Excelsior. Several members and Lions from twinned Italian clubs Bosco Marengo Santa Croce, Licata and Trieste were present for the...

  • Photo of the week - November 25, 2018

    Photo of the week - November 25, 2018

    The picture shows a Gaisler’s long-eared bat released by being placed on to a tree trunk. This specimen was captured using a method called ‘mist nets’. These are commonly used in bat studies and are specially-designed fine mesh, targeting bats in...

  • Empowerment: 16 days of activism

    Empowerment: 16 days of activism

    Thousands of women all over the world are voicing their traumas, raising awareness about gender-based violence, writes Renee Laiviera, commissioner, National Commission for the Promotion of Equality. ‘Orange the World: #Hearmetoo’ is the chosen...

  • Debut solo show at new art bistro in Valletta

    Debut solo show at new art bistro in Valletta

    There are a number of art spaces and galleries that have sprouted in the capital city over the past few years. St James Cavalier Centre for Creativity (now Spazju Kreattiv) and the National Museum of Fine Arts (rebranded as MUŻA) have comprised...

  • Scientists weigh up stratospheric sunlight barrier to curb warming

    Scientists weigh up stratospheric sunlight barrier to curb warming

    Spraying sun-dimming chemicals high above the Earth to slow global warming could be "remarkably inexpensive", costing about $2.25 billion a year over a 15-year period, according to a study by US scientists. Some researchers say the geo-engineering...