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  • International students on British drinking: 'people don't know when to stop'

    International students on British drinking: 'people don't know when to stop'

    Of the 2.3 million students starting courses at UK universities each autumn, well over 400,000 are international students from non-UK countries. The scale and importance of international students to the UK higher education sector is now well...

  • Mediterranean wildfires will increase by 40% with global warming

    Mediterranean wildfires will increase by 40% with global warming

      Europe’s Mediterranean regions have strong sunshine, bright blue seas, beautiful beaches, and pretty holiday houses immersed in pine forests that provide welcome shade. It sounds very inviting, but such a scenario is also perfect for severe...

  • The optical tweezer technology that changed biology and won Nobel glory

    The optical tweezer technology that changed biology and won Nobel glory

    The 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to three pioneers of the laser technology that has made a big impact on the world. Gérard Mourou and Donna Strickland were recognised for their method of generating high-intensity, ultra-short...

  • International Day of Older Persons 2018: 20% of world’s population will be 60 or older by 2050

    International Day of Older Persons 2018: 20% of world’s population will be 60 or older by 2050

    In 1990 the UN General Assembly designated October 1 as International Day of Older Persons. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. So the theme chosen by the UN – ‘Celebrating older human rights...

  • How we can turn plastic waste into green energy

    How we can turn plastic waste into green energy

    In the adventure classic Back to the Future, Emmett “Doc” Brown uses energy generated from rubbish to power his DeLorean time machine. But while a time machine may still be some way off, the prospect of using rubbish for fuel isn’t too far from...

  • Sleep yourself to a longer, healthier life

    Sleep yourself to a longer, healthier life

    Sleep is the best medicine. Although older adults need as many hours of sleep as younger adults – between seven to nine hours each night – we often hear the commonly held but mistaken belief that you need less sleep as you age. Disruption of sleep...

  • The 1938 Czech crisis and the situation in Malta

    The 1938 Czech crisis and the situation in Malta

    On March 28, 1938, Konrad Henlein, the leader of the Sudeten German Party in Czechoslovakia, met German Chancellor Adolf Hitler during which the former was instructed to put pressure on the Czech government regarding the rights of the three...

  • Eight fascist propaganda posters for wartime Malta

    Eight fascist propaganda posters for wartime Malta

    A considerable number of Maltese nationals were stranded, or opted to remain, in Italy when war with the UK broke out at midnight of June 10-11, 1940. That was my fourth birthday, embellished by air raids, bombs, fires, explosions and searchlights.

  • Corinthia veterans get together

    Corinthia veterans get together

    Twelve Corinthia Veterans – so called because they joined Corinthia when it first launched in the 1960s – met up in September to enjoy an evening of cocktails and canapés in the new Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa Executive Lounge. The veterans had...

  • Real estate firm’s adventures on the beach

    Real estate firm’s adventures on the beach

    Frank Salt Real Estate staff and consultants from all branches recently came together for a great outdoor team-building adventure at Għadira Bay. Participants had to face several challenges including ball, mind and physical games that gave the...

  • Seasonal skies

    Seasonal skies

    Our ancestors had a deeply profound knowledge of the skies visible from our islands, and this was indeed paramount for their survival. Prior to the introduction of calendars, the different seasons could only be told apart with any precision from...

  • Myth debunked: Are stars in constellations close to each other?

    Myth debunked: Are stars in constellations close to each other?

    When we look up towards the stars, some constellations have stars appearing very close to each other from our perspective on Earth. Does this necessa­rily mean that these stars are really close to each other in space? Not at all! Constellations...

  • Photo of the week - September 30, 2018

    The Milky Way galaxy, photographed on September 1 from Perth, Australia, by a Maltese astronomer.

  • Degree in environmental health launched

    Degree in environmental health launched

    A new degree programme will provide candidates with the knowledge, skills and competencies on how to assess, analyse, devise and implement efficient solutions to environmental health issues. MCAST has worked with the Environmental Health...

  • Urban transformation: shopping by kayak in Denmark's greenest neighbourhoods

    Urban transformation: shopping by kayak in Denmark's greenest neighbourhoods

    Kayaking along canals to pick up your groceries, walking a few minutes to the metro station, or cycling down pedestrianised streets to meet the neighbours: if you want to live in Copenhagen's North Harbour, a car would be obsolete. That, at least,...

  • Hey Dude, don't be afraid: McCartney pens book for his grandchildren

    Hey Dude, don't be afraid: McCartney pens book for his grandchildren

    Paul McCartney has written a children's book called "Hey Grandude!", a name the 76-year-old former member of The Beatles says came from one of his grandchildren. "I’ve got eight grandchildren and they’re all beautiful and one day one of them said...

  • Women masons help build stronger homes in quake-hit Nepal

    Women masons help build stronger homes in quake-hit Nepal

    On a recent summer morning, Suntali Rai was busy counting and stacking zinc sheets as she prepared to lay them on the roof of the house she had started building a month earlier. If it didn't rain, she planned to finish the roofing in a couple of...

  • 'I no longer see her as my baby with Down Syndrome'

    'I no longer see her as my baby with Down Syndrome'

    Children with Down syndrome go on to live happy, healthy and successful lives. Yet, outdated notions of the condition still persist, says Sandra Borg, whose daughter was born with the condition. One in 100, said the gynaecologist, those were my...

  • Greenwashing: corporate tree planting generates goodwill but may sometimes harm the planet

    Greenwashing: corporate tree planting generates goodwill but may sometimes harm the planet

    Trees do a lot more for us than you probably think. Their roots prevent soil from eroding, their canopies provide shade and their leaves decompose into nutrients for crops, which feed livestock. Trees provide homes for a diverse range of wildlife...

  • UK food giants to halve waste by 2030

    UK food giants to halve waste by 2030

    Major supermarkets, food manufacturers and restaurants on Tuesday backed a drive to halve Britain's food waste by 2030 and save the nation at least £10 billion a year. Tesco, Nestle and Coca-Cola were among at least 70 leading companies to sign up...