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  • Black day for 261 Squadron – five British fighter pilots disappear

    Black day for 261 Squadron – five British fighter pilots disappear

    Pilot Officer John Southwell was fighting for his life. Tracer shells were streaking by the Hawker Hurricane he was flying. He flung his aircraft in a tight turn in order to try to evade the enemy aircraft that was shooting at him. So tight was...

  • Seeking cures for terrible brain diseases

    Seeking cures for terrible brain diseases

    Proteins are the biological workhorses of the cell responsible for crucial processes that sustain life. To become functionally active, a protein molecule must fold into a complex and precise three-dimensional structure. However, the folding...

  • Jazz king in Malta concert

    Jazz king in Malta concert

    Italy’s king of jazz and soul music Mario Biondi performed at St Elmo in Valletta on August 8. He is seen here with Calypso Radio and Xejk TV presenter Twanny Scerri (right). The concert was organised by Music Hall Events.

  • Myth debunked: OMG it’s a cockroach!

    Myth debunked: OMG it’s a cockroach!

    It is that time of the year again, when a shout in the middle of the night means my wife spotted one of the most nefarious and vicious insects in the kitchen.  But is the cockroach’s reputation and its ability to evoke fear, justified?  Here are...

  • Photo of the week - August 12, 2018

    Photo of the week - August 12, 2018

    Photographer Sean Scott was flying his drone over a large school of bait fish that was attracting whaler sharks and managed to get this shot off a remote West Australian beach.

  • 'Why I had to turn my abusive son in to police'

    'Why I had to turn my abusive son in to police'

    We hear a lot about child abuse, but rarely about parents who are the victims at the hands of their kids. Lara Sierra meets a mother who has been physically assaulted by her son, but has plucked up the courage to report him to the police and share...

  • Gene-editing startups ignite the next 'Frankenfood' fight

    Gene-editing startups ignite the next 'Frankenfood' fight

    In a suburban Minneapolis laboratory, a tiny company that has never turned a profit is poised to beat the world's biggest agriculture firms to market with the next potential breakthrough in genetic engineering - a crop with "edited" DNA. Calyxt...

  • Childhood bullying can cause lifelong psychological damage

    Childhood bullying can cause lifelong psychological damage

    Childhood bullying is so common that it may not seem like a big deal. Up to 35% per cent of people are estimated to have experienced it at some point. By adulthood, we are generally expected to have “got over” it. But the mental health effects of...

  • Other people are having way, way less sex than you think they are

    Other people are having way, way less sex than you think they are

    Research shows we think young people have a lot more sex than they do in reality – and men have a particularly skewed view of the sex lives of young women. As part of Ipsos’ long-running studies on misperceptions, to be released in a new book, The...

  • Watch: Quiet Alessia, 13, absolutely masters the piano

    Watch: Quiet Alessia, 13, absolutely masters the piano

    Moments after lifting her fingers from the piano keys and receiving a round of applause, Alessia Bonnici retyped the piece of music from memory on her laptop. She hit the playback button and beamed at her awestruck audience, who had followed her...

  • When life gives you lemons

    When life gives you lemons

    When Sicilian farmer Rosolini Palazzolo first started growing papayas 11 years ago, hardly any of his neighbours even knew what they were. Now, the southern Italian island famed for its picturesque orange and lemon groves is dotted with the kind...

  • Disabled women and girls are ‘doubly vulnerable’ – aid groups

    Disabled women and girls are ‘doubly vulnerable’ – aid groups

    Women and girls with disabilities are doubly vulnerable in conflict or crisis situations, aid groups warned at a recent global conference on disability in London. An estimated one billion people around the world have a disability according to...

  • A spiritual message of hope

    A spiritual message of hope

    On July 5, Fr Raymond Abdo, the Provincial of the Discalced Carmelite Fathers in Lebanon and counsellor of the Carmelite Sisters in the Holy Land, visited the convent of the Carmelite sisters in Aleppo, Syria. He had this to say about them: “They...

  • Porto Salvo parishioners were ‘mix of different people’

    Porto Salvo parishioners were ‘mix of different people’

    An interesting aspect emerging from the birth certificates study, between 1870 and 1875, at Porto Salvo parish church is that all the details of the children being baptised were recorded, even in cases of unknown fathers or illegitimate...

  • Maltese sailors to take part in international sailing competition

    Maltese sailors to take part in international sailing competition

    Four young Maltese sailors will be taking part in the Meisha Campus Topper Worlds Adventure in Shenzhen, China, between August 14 and 21. The sailors from the Viking Sailing Club – Sean Zahra, Julia Portanier and brother and sister Andrea and...

  • Wedding at Our Lady of Loreto chapel

    Wedding at Our Lady of Loreto chapel

    Married recently at Our Lady of Loreto Chapel in Gwardamanġa were Stephanie Desjardins, daughter of Michael and Mariosa Desjardins, and Mark Tanti, son of Paul and Christine Tanti. Nupital Mass was celebrated by Fr Charles Tabone, OP. Keith Tanti,...

  • The web and brain signals

    The web and brain signals

    As internet users, we are all accustomed to reading the news online, buying stuff online and interacting with friends and family through social networks. We all share one common factor that allows us to do so – we can all move our hands, enough to...

  • Myth Debunked: Left brain vs right brain

    Myth Debunked: Left brain vs right brain

    We often hear that the left-hemisphere of the brain is responsible for our logical, analytical functions, while the right hemisphere is more about creativity and broad-mindedness. There are a number of surveys online promising to assess which side...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    This photo shows the stem cells in a gecko medial cortex. Researchers have discovered the type of stem cell allowing geckos to create new brain cells, providing evidence that these lizards may be able to regenerate parts of the brain after injury.

  • ‘If women network, they’ll take over’

    ‘If women network, they’ll take over’

    In her 50 years in the industry, television pioneer Gloria Mizzi has interviewed hundreds of women from all walks of life. She talks about the talent she unearthed, the poverty that still exists, and how women need to believe in themselves. As...