Curiosity is the catalyst of human evolution. This relentless pursuit for answers is a driving force all researchers share. With its 1500 collaborating scientists, CERN’s ALICE Experiment is the perfect example. Our latest THINK Focus delves into this unique collaboration, as it seeks to uncover matter’s earliest building blocks, thanks to interviews with the University of Malta’s own ALICE contributors.
Coming back closer to home, we delve into diabetes’ prevalence among the Maltese population and the people trying to pare it back. Pivotal work is being conducted at the University of Malta thanks to the Diabetes Foot Research Group as they attempt to develop a new detector which could help professionals identify the disease earlier on in its development, enabling them to react much faster and better people’s lives.
The discussion on ameliorating lives continues, in a sense, with Prof. Pierre Mallia as he analyses death and end-of-life care. At a time when Malta’s government is faced with calls to make euthanasia available to those who need it, this article offers a perspective worth exploring.
Other research conducted at the University of Malta is also as varied as ever. Prof. Noellie Brockdorff talks risk and why people are so bad at determining threats to their well being. Another story focuses on how solar panels could be made more efficient, a definite plus in a country where the sun shines for the vast majority of the year.
THINK is also full of reviews, student stories, design and much more. Topics range from people's views on porn to maps, the MFA in Digital Arts’ L-Gh exhibition, migrant issues, the University of Malta’s brand new radio telescope and Malta’s first indigenous fundraising platform Zaar.
THINK, the University of Malta’s research magazine, can be picked up for free in newsagents around Malta and Gozo and in Agenda bookstores, it is available online at www.um.edu.mt/think, on Issuu or liked on Facebook.