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  • Francesca Teresa Parlar: A life eminently and exclusively ascetic

    Francesca Teresa Parlar: A life eminently and exclusively ascetic

    Francesca Teresa Parlar was born in Valletta on November 24, 1842, and baptised that same day by Fr Salvatore Pace OP, in the parish church of Our Lady of Porto Salvo, Valletta. Her godparents were Don Luigi Fernandez, parish priest of Żabbar, and...

  • Dog bites and their effects

    Dog bites and their effects

    This week Barry was lucky to survive. Barry is a young seven-month-old wirehaired terrier. His owners had taken him out for a walk when they chanced upon another dog walker and they stopped to allow their dogs to greet one another. Unfortunately,...

  • Combinatorial mathematics in Malta and a conference

    Combinatorial mathematics in Malta and a conference

    Combinatorial mathematics, or combinatorics for short, is the study of structures consisting of a finite number of objects. It mainly has three forms: enumerative (counting the number of structures of a given kind), extremal (establishing how...

  • Myth Debunked: Are men better at math than women?

    Google recently fired the engineer James Damore for a memo that claimed that women on average have more neuroticism and that men in general may be biologically more suited to coding jobs than women. Damore said that “the distribution of...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    A photo of the organisers (this page’s authors) and participants of The Second Malta Conference in Graph Theory and Combinatorics. The opening of the conference was marked by a ceremony addressed by Education Minister Evarist Bartolo, MTA chairman...

  • President tours General Soft Drinks plant

    President tours General Soft Drinks plant

    President Marie Louise Coleiro Preca has praised General Soft Drinks Ltd.'s support to the Malta Community Chest Fund Foundation.  During a visit to the company's premises in Malta, the president said both employees and management were always...

  • Alone in the social media universe

    Alone in the social media universe

    Gone are the days when childhood was one long summer – toes, feet, ankles and legs all itching to burst out of the classroom and race to some abandoned field, where juvenile dreams would be transformed into camps, races and hours poring over some...

  • Admiralty Floating Dock No. 8 – What goes around comes around

    Admiralty Floating Dock No. 8 – What goes around comes around

    In Grand Harbour the first docking in AFD 8 attracted the attention of the novelist Ursula Bloom (1892-1984). In 1925, she married Charles Gower Robinson, RN, who was serving on HMS Royal Oak when the ship went into the floating dock on April 15,...

  • Eclipses won’t last forever!

    Eclipses won’t last forever!

    Of all the cosmic events that can be seen with the naked eye from Earth, few can parallel the beauty of lunar and solar eclipses. Once believed to be bad omens and harbingers of impending disasters, eclipses are today understood in their entirety...

  • Myth Debunked: Why does the Earth have seasons?

    Myth Debunked: Why does the Earth have seasons?

    Many erroneously believe the change in seasons to be the result of a change in Earth’s distance from the sun, with the warmer summer season being a result of a shorter distance between us and our star. If this were true, however, it would mean...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    Maltese astrophotographer Leonard Ellul Mercer captured the following sequence of images from a previous partial lunar eclipse visible from Malta that occurred in 2008.

  • Strickland House: a powerhouse of controversy

    Strickland House: a powerhouse of controversy

    A powerhouse of controversy at so many stages of the island’s social and political life, Strickland House has attracted as much support as antagonism, not only in Lord Strickland’s time but also in later years, especially in the time of the...

  • Staying alive: WhatsApp finds new uses in conflict zones

    Staying alive: WhatsApp finds new uses in conflict zones

    These days, the word on the street in war-torn Syria is that hospitals are best avoided - even if you're injured. "Sometimes we hear that people feel the home is safer than the hospital," said Mohamed Elamein, an information officer at the World...

  • La Belle Musique returns to Malta

    La Belle Musique returns to Malta

    International brand La Belle Musique returns to Malta this coming weekend for the third year running, with the first of three events starting on Saturday.  La Belle Musique Malta 2017 will begin with a special sunset session at open-air venue...

  • Admiralty Floating Dock No. 8 – From Kiel to Corradino

    Admiralty Floating Dock No. 8 – From Kiel to Corradino

    From time immemorial, marine craft requiring painting, repair, careening and demolition have been pulled ashore on sandy beaches. As ships got larger, they were keeled over to port and starboard by shifting ballast to one side. Later, the Chinese...

  • Parking, no problem!

    Parking,  no problem!

    Have you ever tried parking a car in Sliema at 9am? Upon arriving at a desired location, drivers are often unable to find available parking spaces and waste time cruising the destination, searching for a vacant parking spot. This scenario results...

  • Myth Debunked: Do negative calorie foods exist?

    Myth Debunked: Do negative calorie foods exist?

    The science behind nutrition is a treasure trove of myths and speculation. One such tale is the existence of negative calorie foods, which use up more calories to be digested than they provide to the body, therefore causing you to lose weight. If...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    On July 16, 2017, NASA’s Terra satellite captured this image of a mid-latitude (extratropical) cyclone off the coast of Portugal. Hot, dry, continental areas typically see lower pressure (thermal lows) than the nearby ocean. Sometimes these...

  • Italian Navy sailing training ship in Malta

    Italian Navy sailing training ship in Malta

    The Italian Navy's sailing training ship Palinuro will be arriving in Malta on Tuesday and berthing at Pinto Wharf, where it will remain until the early morning of August 5. The port visit in Valletta marks the start of the 53rd training campaign...

  • Caribbean island life could soon belong in the history books

    Caribbean island life could soon belong in the history books

    As if hurricanes were not menacing enough, small Caribbean islands risk losing their entire way of life unless they urgently strengthen defences against a raft of future disasters, according to a climate change official. "You don't even need to...

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