The construction business is guilty of environmental destruction and lends itself to corruption. Can concrete be reinforced with waste and become sustainable? Prof. Ruben Paul Borg tells Daiva and Chris how to transform concrete.

You can read Hans-Joachim Sonntag's original article in THINK magazine here: https://www.um.edu.mt/think/concrete-for-sustainability/

ReThink is produced by THINK magazine (https://www.um.edu.mt/think/) together with Campus FM (http://maltauniversitybroadcasting.com/), and hosted by Daiva Repeckaite and Chris Styles

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‘The typical care space in Malta is a corridor with rooms double banked on both sides, and a person will just walk up and down along it. It is a bit like having a hamster in a wheel going round in circles,’ explains architect Alexia Mercieca. Instead, she believes, care homes should be familiar and safe, where people with dementia can feel at home. She discusses dementia-friendly architecture with Chris and this episode's co-host, Claude.

You can read Claude Bajada's original article in the THINK magazine here: https://www.um.edu.mt/think/irrid-immur-id-dar-i-want-to-go-home/

ReThink is produced by THINK magazine (https://www.um.edu.mt/think/) together with Campus FM (http://maltauniversitybroadcasting.com/), and hosted by Dr Claude Bajada and Chris Styles. The show's producer is Daiva Repeckaite.

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Offshore groundwater has recently raised the interest of geoscientists, from New Zealand to Malta. Dr Aaron Micallef and his team are looking into the potential of these water resources. He talks to Daiva and Shruti, ReThink's hosts, about the progress of his research, as well as the risks of potential exploitation of this fossilised water.

You can read Dr Aaron Micallef's original article in the THINK magazine here: https://www.um.edu.mt/think/underwater-groundwater/

ReThink is produced by THINK magazine (https://www.um.edu.mt/think/) together with Campus FM (http://maltauniversitybroadcasting.com/), and hosted by Daiva Repeckaite and Shruti Sundaresan.

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Malta is rapidly losing green spaces to roads and buildings. But when vegetation is so scarce on the ground, could it move onto the Mediterranean island's flat roofs? Antoine Gatt is a landscape architect who is promoting this idea. He talks to Daiva and Chris, ReThink's hosts, about how the many delights a green roof can offer.

You can read Nigel Borg's original article in the THINK magazine here: https://www.um.edu.mt/think/bloomin-roofs-go-green/ and Antoine Gatt's earlier article about the MedLifeGreenRoof project here: https://www.um.edu.mt/think/green-roof-malta/

ReThink is produced by THINK magazine (https://www.um.edu.mt/think/) together with Campus FM (http://maltauniversitybroadcasting.com/), and hosted by Daiva Repeckaite and Chris Styles.

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Monique Chambers is a creative entrepreneur who draws inspiration from life to develop new and instantly popular projects. When she grew tired of keeping track of friends' diets, she built an app to manage dietary restrictions, whether originating from religion or belief, or from food intolerances. She talks to Daiva and Chris, ReThink's hosts, about the product's journey.

You can read Jessica Edwards's original article in the THINK magazine here: https://www.um.edu.mt/think/food-indulgence-theres-an-app-for-that/

ReThink is produced by THINK magazine (https://www.um.edu.mt/think/) together with Campus FM (http://maltauniversitybroadcasting.com/), and hosted by Daiva Repeckaite and Chris Styles.

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Informed individual choices are not enough for Malta to break out of the vicious circle of obsession with cars and unreliable public transport. Dr Marie Briguglio, an economist, a brave cyclist, and award-winning sustainability expert, talks to ReThink's hosts Daiva and Chris about how research shows what needs to be done instead. 

You can read Nika Levikov's original article in the THINK magazine here: https://www.um.edu.mt/think/the-case-for-a-sparsely-carred-island/

ReThink is produced by THINK magazine (https://www.um.edu.mt/think/) together with Campus FM (http://maltauniversitybroadcasting.com/), and hosted by Daiva Repeckaite and Chris Styles

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February 25, 2020

The philosophy of games

Studying the relationship between the player and the game world can teach us a lot about how games impact individuals, how to evaluate games critically, and even our own relationship with reality. After all, to make a good game, you need to know how your audience will interact with it. Dr Daniel Vella tells Daiva and Chris about the way he studies digital games through the prism of philosophy.

You can read Jasper Schellekens's original article in the THINK magazine here: https://www.um.edu.mt/think/transcendence-through-play/

ReThink is produced by THINK magazine (https://www.um.edu.mt/think/) together with Campus FM (http://maltauniversitybroadcasting.com/), and hosted by Daiva Repeckaite and Chris Styles.

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February 18, 2020

Blockchain of things

By integrating blockchain with the internet of things, consumers could enjoy more assurances of real-world physical processes. For example, ensuring that vineyard environmental sensor data were not tampered with, and that payment is only released to the water supplier upon delivery. Dr Joshua Ellul tells Daiva and this episode's co-host, Shruti, how he envisaged this potential revolution.

You can read Dr Ellul's original article in the THINK magazine, co-authored with Prof. Gordon Pace, here: https://www.um.edu.mt/think/entering-the-age-of-the-blockchain-of-things/

ReThink is produced by THINK magazine (https://www.um.edu.mt/think/) together with Campus FM (http://maltauniversitybroadcasting.com/), and hosted by Daiva Repeckaite and Shruti Sundaresan. The article is read by Chris Styles.

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Some children are unable to translate their thoughts into audible words, creating the need for an alternative means of communication. Dr. Ing. Owen Casha from the University of Malta and Dr May Agius from the Access to Communication and Technology Unit (ACTU) supervised a student who built a mobile app that would allow children with communication impairments to communicate in Maltese. They talk to Daiva and Chris, ReThink's hosts, about the product's journey since it was created.

You can read Sylvan Abela's original article in the THINK magazine here: https://www.um.edu.mt/think/maltese-for-all/

ReThink is produced by THINK magazine (https://www.um.edu.mt/think/) together with Campus FM (http://maltauniversitybroadcasting.com/), and hosted by Daiva Repeckaite and Chris Styles.

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The UoMBSat1 satellite is only 5cm long on each side, but it's large enough to contain a communication system, a power system, some on-board data handling, and an attitude control system that would orient the satellite correctly. Dr Ing. Marc Anthony Azzopardi from the University of Malta is working on the launch of the first Maltese satellite into space. Daiva and Chris, ReThink's hosts, talk to him about his dream's progress.

You can read Cassi Camilleri's original article in the THINK magazine here: https://www.um.edu.mt/think/on-qubes-and-the-pockets-that-fit-them/ 

ReThink is produced by THINK magazine (https://www.um.edu.mt/think/) together with Campus FM (http://maltauniversitybroadcasting.com/), and hosted by Daiva Repeckaite and Chris Styles

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