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  • Seven charts that show the world is actually becoming a better place

    Seven charts that show the world is actually becoming a better place

    Swedish academic Hans Rosling has identified a worrying trend: not only do many people across advanced economies have no idea that the world is becoming a much better place, but they actually even think the opposite. This is no wonder, when the...

  • Why we want to build a machine that can predict a person's attractiveness

    Why we want to build a machine that can predict a person's attractiveness

    It is an age-old question – what makes someone attractive? We often say things like “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” but while this romantic notion may bring comfort to those dealt a poor hand in life, it also gives the impression that the...

  • Our obsession with taking photos is changing how we remember the past

    Our obsession with taking photos is changing how we remember the past

    Last year I visited the Hermitage in St Petersburg, Russia – one of the best art museums in the world. I was expecting to serenely experience its masterpieces, but my view was blocked by a wall of smart phones taking pictures of the paintings. And...

  • Total isolation has countless negative effects on us

    Total isolation has countless negative effects on us

    Imagine being confined to a small, dark room, with no social interaction whatsoever for 30 days. Not many people would jump at this opportunity. But, in November 2018, a professional US poker player Rich Alati bet $100,000 that he could survive 30...

  • Bren Gun Carriers, bridges and ditches

    Bren Gun Carriers, bridges   and ditches

    Mellieħa during the 1930s was an isolated village. The only traffic in its streets were mules and carts and the occasional military truck and private car. However, as war approached, to the villagers’ amazement, steel monsters took to the...

  • Don’t let anyone place you in the wrong category

    Don’t let anyone place you in the wrong category

    A negative stereotype that older adults become forgetful and sluggish in thought has been around since early civilisation. This statement results both from autobiographical accounts as well as observations throughout history. In 1921 Robert...

  • The 1901 royal pageant in Grand Harbour

    At least one person in Malta was hoping that the forthcoming royal visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York would turn propitious. Vincent Farrugia of Strada Saluto, Valletta, lately an assistant engineer at the Dockyard, had been asked...

  • Maltese generous once again with Id-Dar tal-Providenza

    Maltese generous once again with Id-Dar tal-Providenza

    A record sum of €1,275,442 was raised during the Feast of Generosity by Id-Dar tal-Providenza on New Year’s day. The dry but rather cool weather did not dampen the enthusiasm of the large crowds that made it to Siġġiewi to make their donation...

  • HSBC Malta employees’ Christmas party

    HSBC Malta employees’ Christmas party

    HSBC Malta employees and management gathered at the Portomaso Suite at the Hilton Malta for the eagerly-awaited cocktail party. The event featured live music, free-flowing drinks and food.

  • Four new candidates for the priesthood

    Four new candidates for the priesthood

    Four seminarians who are currently in their fifth year of studies at the Archbishop’s Seminary will ask Archbishop Charles Scicluna to accept them officially as candidates for the Ordination to the diaconate and the priesthood. This celebration...

  • Floating architecture and art for Maltese coastal waters

    Floating architecture and art for Maltese coastal waters

    We have yet to explore in fullness the opportunity of our surrounding waters in ways that respect its nature and work with its flow. As a team of architects and resear­chers, we are currently looking into the opportunity of working with our...

  • Myth debunked: Beware of the poisonous poinsettias!

    Myth debunked: Beware of the poisonous poinsettias!

    Poinsettias are a favourite plant during the Christmas season. Its bright red leaves are the most common out of the different coloured bracts, making it a popular decoration in our houses. The common myth that poinsettias are poisonous if ingested...

  • Photo of the week - January 6, 2019

    Photo of the week - January 6, 2019

    The picture represents the Hawaii lantern floating ceremony of 2016. The floating lantern ceremony takes place every year on Memorial Day since 1999. The event was originally held at Ke’ehi Lagoon on the south shore of O’ahu, but was moved a few...

  • Plastic waste: floating parks made from it could unite communities to tackle pollution

    Plastic waste: floating parks made from it could unite communities to tackle pollution

    The equivalent of one truck of plastic waste is dumped into the ocean every minute, but what if it could be caught and removed before it drifted out to sea? One such solution, called the Recycled Park Project, is being floated in Rotterdam.

  • Should we engineer the climate?

    Should we engineer the climate?

    Ekaterina Karpacheva/Shutterstock.com   This is an article from Head to Head, a series in which academics from different disciplines chew over current debates. Let us know what else you’d like covered – all questions welcome. Details of how to...

  • Climate change: six positive news stories you probably missed in 2018

    Climate change: six positive news stories you probably missed in 2018

    Climate change news can be incredibly depressing. In 2018 alone, The Conversation covered the loss of three trillion tonnes of ice in Antarctica; Brazil’s new president and why he will be disastrous for the Amazon rainforest; a rise in global CO₂...

  • Five reasons why 2018 was a big year for palaeontology

    Five reasons why 2018 was a big year for palaeontology

    The dinosaur Ledumahadi mafube - reconstructed in this illustration - made headlines in 2018. Viktor Radermacher   A lot happened in the world of palaeontology in 2018. Some of the big events included some major fossil finds, a new understanding...

  • NASA succeeds in historic flyby of faraway world

    NASA succeeds in historic flyby of faraway world

    NASA rang in the New Year on Tuesday with a historic flyby of the farthest, and quite possibly the oldest, cosmic body ever explored by humankind - a tiny, distant world called Ultima Thule - in the hopes of learning more about how planets took...

  • Comics illustrate cultural heritage

    Comics illustrate cultural heritage

    What can cultural heritage and comics have in common? A recent collaboration between Heritage Malta and Wicked Comics has proven that there are no boundaries to cultural appreciation and expression. In recent years, Wicked Comics have nourished...

  • Msida graffiti is The Economist's second most popular image of 2018

    Msida graffiti is The Economist's second most popular image of 2018

    A photo showing graffiti sprayed in Msida recalling Daphne Caruana Galizia's murder emerged as The Economist magazine's second most popular image of 2018. The sprayed words 'Speak the truth, even if your voice shakes' stand above the date October...