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  • We do need this education

    We do need this education

    Our students need to feel that they are loved, appreciated and taken seriously, says Claire De Bono, Head of School at St Clare College Sliema Primary. Beyond the obvious function of classroom education, what role does a primary school play in the...

  • Catching the ever-changing beauty of waves

    Catching the ever-changing beauty of waves

    Even though I paint the sea over and over again, there are always new scenes to create, new colours to blend, new moods to express, says Sliema artist Alexia Coppini. What is your first memory of art? I have been drawing ever since I could hold a...

  • Scum hampers sea's ability to suck carbon dioxide out of atmosphere

    Scum hampers sea's ability to suck carbon dioxide out of atmosphere

    An invisible layer of scum on the sea surface reduces carbon dioxide exchange between the atmosphere and the oceans by 50%, scientists have discovered. Researchers from Heriot-Watt, Newcastle and Exeter universities say the findings, published in...

  • This Sliema boy is still young at heart

    This Sliema boy is still young at heart

    The fact that former MP George Pullicino asks me to refer to him as a “Sliema boy” says a lot. Firstly, and obviously, the degree to which he identifies with his home town, but secondly, and quite endearingly that he is, and will always be, young...

  • The sound of success

    The sound of success

    Lufthansa Technik Malta is celebrating its 15th anniversary with the participation of the Lufthansa Orchestra. CEO Marcus Motschenbacher and Maltese violinist Maxine Scicluna give Jessica Arena a preview. The Lufthansa Technik Malta hangars are...

  • All demented sinners

    All demented sinners

    In 2011 Heiko Braak and his colleagues did something no one else had done before. He looked at dementia in the brains of young children. By dissecting 2,332 brains ranging in age from one to 100, what he found was to change how we see...

  • A rare publication by Grand Master Hompesch’s head of secretariat

    A rare publication by Grand Master Hompesch’s head of secretariat

    In 2011, Joe Scicluna published‘The Doublet Memoirs’ and the ‘Poussielgue Report’ in a book titled Malta Surrendered – An Eyewitness Account of Napoleon’s Invasion in 1798. In his introduction, Scicluna wrote that some knights, exiled in Russia...

  • Jupiter: From Galileo to Juno

    On a winter night in January 1610, Galileo pointed a small refractor telescope at the largest planet in our solar system, Jupiter. What he saw forever changed our understanding of the universe. In observations he carried out between January and...

  • Myth Debunked: Would a spacecraft have a hard time passing through the asteroid belt?

    Myth Debunked: Would a spacecraft have a hard time passing through the asteroid belt?

    We have all probably stumbled upon a movie, or a video game, emphasising that great skill is needed to navigate through the asteroid belt’s supposed high concentration of asteroids. The asteroid belt has long been depicted as a densely populated...

  • Photo of the week

    Maltese planetary astrophotographer Alexei Pace captured this image of Jupiter with his 0.35m diameter telescope in Rabat, Malta, on May 14. The Great Red Spot is easily visible south of Jupiter’s equator. Ganymede, one of the Jupiter’s four...

  • Social media in trouble after data protection laws come into force

    Social media in trouble after data protection laws come into force

    Complaints have been filed against Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram and Google within hours of new EU data laws taking effect. Privacy group Noyb said it filed the complaints because it believes the technology companies are using what it calls...

  • Understanding why our data needed to be protected

    Understanding why our data needed to be protected

    Thanks to the EU’s new rules on data protection, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Europeans have more control over how their personal data is collected and used, as well as better protection if data is leaked. When you go online to...

  • New EU data protection rules take effect on Friday

    New EU data protection rules take effect on Friday

    New EU data protection rules strengthening citizens' rights and simplifying rules for companies in the digital age will take effect on Friday. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), adopted in April 2016, will apply fully as of Friday. The...

  • Scared of revenge porn? Send Facebook your naked photos

    Scared of revenge porn? Send Facebook your naked photos

    Facebook is encouraging UK users to send the social network their naked photos as part of a new tool that will block the images from being shared online. As part of a trial scheme designed to tackle revenge porn, the social media giant is working...

  • Memorja project reaches out to people and the past

    Memorja project reaches out to people and the past

    For hundreds of years, the recording of the past focused on public records, statistical data and the lives of prominent people. Yet in recent decades, the spotlight turned onto the public and its memories in order to provide a more accurate...

  • Pilgrim’s progress

    Pilgrim’s progress

    Having just completed the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage trail, Josette Falzon feels alive and invigorated. She tells Simonne Pace that the friendships she has built on this amazing journey will walk with her forever. Everyone sets goals and nurses...

  • Sir Francis Douglas: a forgotten Governor?

    Sir Francis Douglas: a forgotten Governor?

    Francis Campbell Ross Douglas served as Governor Malta for a period just short of three years: from July 10, 1946, to June 16, 1949, and despite the fact that the first Constitution granting self-government to Malta was implemented during his...

  • More contemporary works of art of teachers’ patron saint

    More contemporary works of art of teachers’ patron saint

    Considered to be Mosta’s Don Bosco, Dun Anġ Camilleri was a man who dedicated over 50 years to the apostolate among children and young people, and undoubtedly was of inspiration to many others. His name remains most deeply engraved in the history...

  • Surfing brain waves

    Surfing brain waves

    ‘Millions of flashing shuttles weave a dissolving pattern, always a meaningful pattern though never an abiding one’. In this earlier description of the brain, neuroscientist Charles Sherrington points out two striking aspects of the brain. On one...

  • Myth Debunked: Espresso, please

    Myth Debunked: Espresso, please

    This week we debunk myths concerning the most popular drug of choice, caffeine.  Found abundantly in coffee, it is the world’s most widely consumed psychoactive drug. Unlike many other psychoactive substances however, it is legal and unregulated...