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  • Author becomes an open book

    Author becomes an open book

    As a child James Vella Bardon had always wanted to write a stand-alone novel. He tells Stephanie Fsadni he never dreamt he’d be promoting a pentalogy. A Maltese-born author is currently toasting to his hard-fought success: not only did his debut...

  • Daphne was our friend - here's how we remember her

    Daphne was our friend - here's how we remember her

    On the first anniversary of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia’s assassination, Samira Jamil gathers family and friends from far afield to honour her memory, while others continue to try and annihilate it, showing readers a side to...

  • NASA wants to send humans to Venus – here's why that's a brilliant idea

    NASA wants to send humans to Venus – here's why that's a brilliant idea

    Popular science fiction of the early 20th century depicted Venus as some kind of wonderland of pleasantly warm temperatures, forests, swamps and even dinosaurs. In 1950, the Hayden Planetarium at the American Natural History Museum were soliciting...

  • Presentation on cancer control

    Presentation on cancer control

    A presentation by David Saliba on the body’s natural defence mechanism against cancer cells, entitled ‘White blood cell communication’, will be held tomorrow at 7.30pm. The presentation is part of Malta Café Scientifique, a series of informal...

  • Causes of world hunger

    Causes of world hunger

    On World Food Day, Colm Regan explores 10 myths about the causes of world hunger. Among others, he finds that there does not seem to be a global shortage of food and that women’s rights play an important role. There simply isn’t enough food in the...

  • Did you know that leading 16th century author was a courtesan?

    Did you know that leading 16th century author was a courtesan?

    A 12th-century queen consort, patron and politician, Eleanor d’Aquitaine, is credited with having invented the built-in fireplace after she found Northern France too cold for her liking. And Veronica Franco, a Venetian courtesan tried for...

  • Should vegans avoid avocados and almonds?

    Should vegans avoid avocados and almonds?

    A video recently doing the rounds on Facebook included a segment from the BBC comedy quiz show QI. The video asks which of avocados, almonds, melon, kiwi or butternut squash are suitable for vegans. The answer, at least according to QI, is none of...

  • Touch, but not see

    Touch, but not see

    Tactile, a Valletta 2018 exhibition featuring 12 concealed sculptures intended to never be seen, aims to reverse any preconceived notions of the ‘normal’ process of perceiving visual art exclusively through sight. Set up at the University’s...

  • Malta and the Battle of Lepanto – October 7, 1571

    Malta and the Battle of Lepanto – October 7, 1571

    On September 16, 1571, a combined Christian fleet sailed from Messina in Sicily to seek out its Muslim counterpart. Prayers were offered by people who feared their culture, religion and perhaps their very lives depended on the fleet’s success. The...

  • Will March be the last time we move the clock?

    Will March be the last time we move the clock?

    The EU is moving very fast on the question of daylight savings time, promising to have a definite decision early next year. By the end of March 2019, if a consensus is reached to abolish the seasonal clock change, it will be up to each country to...

  • Independence Day marked in Dubai

    Independence Day marked in Dubai

    Malta’s Independence Day was celebrated in Dubai with a visit by a high-level delegation headed by President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca and including ministers Carmelo Abela and Ian Borg and parliamentary secretary Chris Agius. This coincided with...

  • Car sharing goes to Science in the City

    Car sharing goes to Science in the City

    GoTo, which will next month roll out its first national car-sharing fleet of electric cars, took part in this year’s edition of Science in the City, in Valletta, where it had the chance to explain the technology behind this new service. This €8...

  • Food safety

    Food safety

    In today’s convenience driven lifestyle, ready-to-eat (RTE) food products are becoming an inevitable need. Food items such as prepared salads, cooked meats and dairy products like milk, cheese and spreads that do not require further cooking can be...

  • Myth debunked: You lose most of your body heat through your head

    Winter is approaching and, inevitably, temperatures drop making us feel colder. Perhaps you’re thinking about donning on a hat to keep warm, as our family members keep on insisting that unless we wear a hat we will get very cold. This popular myth...

  • Photo of the week - October 14, 2018

    Photo of the week - October 14, 2018

    A tryptic soya agar plate inoculated with liquidised ġbejna contaminated during manufacture. The cheese is home to a variety of bacteria and fungi, including Penicillium sp., which yield the fuzzy blue-green colonies seen on the agar plate.

  • 'I was diagnosed with dyslexia at 10, and no one knew what to do with me'

    'I was diagnosed with dyslexia at 10, and no one knew what to do with me'

    Lara Sierra meets inspiring young dyslexics who have been told they have a disability their whole lives. They are learning, however, that dyslexia is a positive tool, which can be a starting point for a bright and visionary future. This is their...

  • Climate change: 1.5°C is worth striving for – but is it feasible?

    Climate change: 1.5°C is worth striving for – but is it feasible?

    When the Paris Agreement in December 2015 called for the IPCC to put together a “Special Report” on Global Warming of 1.5°C, scientists knew very little about the exact differences that half a degree makes (1.5°C versus 2°C). Never before have so...

  • Sight-impaired people could use more technology - if only it were cheaper

    Sight-impaired people could use more technology - if only it were cheaper

    Since the advent of home broadband, smartphones and other internet-enabled devices, there has been a shift in how we communicate with each other. The internet has certainly made many aspects of life easier, but for those with a disability, digital...

  • Should you hide negative emotions from children?

    Should you hide negative emotions from children?

        From crying in the toilet to leaving the house in a rage, many parents and carers don’t want their children to see them getting emotional. But is this the right thing to do, or should you come clean about your fear of spiders or how angry you...

  • ‘Not a day went by when I didn’t wish my father by my side’

    ‘Not a day went by when I didn’t wish my father by my side’

    Former Labour MP Karl Chircop passed away 10 years ago today. His son Jan, a medical doctor who has followed in his father’s footsteps, talks to Simonne Pace about the joy of being able to relive his father through his profession. Jan Chircop was...