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  • Parents urged to stop telling kids Father Christmas is real

    Parents urged to stop telling kids Father Christmas is real

    Parents have been urged to stop pretending Father Christmas is real in case the “lie” damages relations with their children. Spinning stories about Santa risks undermining a child’s trust and is morally suspect, according to two experts. Social...

  • Amadeo Preziosi – a talented Maltese artist who thrived in Turkey

    Amadeo Preziosi – a talented Maltese artist who thrived in Turkey

    By birth a member of the wealthy, aristocratic, strongly Catholic families of Malta, Amadeo, Fifth Count Preziosi, was born in Malta on December 2, 1816, and baptised in the parish church of Porto Salvo in Valletta with the names of Aloysius,...

  • About pastries and this year’s Nobel prize in physics

    About pastries and this year’s Nobel prize in physics

    Doughnuts and pretzels are, in many respects, at two opposite sides of the pastry world: a doughnut is soft and sweet while a pretzel is crunchy and savoury. However, the most note­worthy difference between a doughnut and a pretzel (at least from...

  • Myth debunked: Does the moon have a dark side?

    Myth debunked: Does the moon have a dark side?

    The moon makes a complete orbit once every 27.3 days. Early in its history, the moon’s rotation slow­ed and became tidally locked in its orientation with Earth. The energy it used to use to rotate relative to Earth quick­ly dissipated as heat,...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of  the week

    Saturn’s rings captured by the Cassini space probe in late 2015. The Cassini mission was sent to Saturn to study the planet, its rings and its many natural satellites. In the background of the photo we see Enceladus and Tethys in perfect...

  • Black market and other illegal activities between Malta and Gozo, 1940-43

    Black market and other illegal activities between Malta and Gozo, 1940-43

    In 1942, Malta was surrounded by Axis and oc­cupied territories. Very few convoys were managing to reach Malta and many merchant ships were being sunk by Axis aircraft and naval units. Although three merchant ships arrived with Convoy Operation...

  • Villers-Bretonneux and the Mellieħa connection, 1918

    Villers-Bretonneux and the Mellieħa connection, 1918

    The Somme offensive Some 16 kilometres east of the French town of Amiens, just south of the River Somme, lies the small village of Villers-Bretonneux, set in the middle of extensive green fields and empty spaces. Like all other French country...

  • Poisoning by medication

    Poisoning by medication

    This week I received a panic call from Loopy’s owner. Loopy is a large two-year old tan-coloured male cross breed. His owner told me that while she was out, her dog had got to her medication, torn up the packet and chewed on the foil inside. She...

  • Myth debunked: Chewing on dietary myths

    Myth debunked: Chewing on dietary myths

    Most people enjoy eating and loathe dieting. It is perhaps unsurprising that given this popular activity many food and nutrition-related myths have surfaced through the ages. Here are some food facts for you to digest. Many are fed the myth that...

  • Tackling kidney disease – towards a new era

    Tackling kidney disease – towards a new era

    Kidneys are bean-shaped organs that primarily serve to filter blood from waste products and extra water in the body, producing urine. When this filtering mechanism fails to function properly, high levels of waste may accumulate in the blood, which...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    The most spectacular supermoon since 1948 has lit up the sky on Monday, November 14, 2016, appearing 14 per cent bigger and 30 per cent brighter than usual. In this photo, taken by Albert Camilleri (@albertcamilleri), the supermoon watches over a...

  • China inspects barbecues, closes some factories to battle smog

    China inspects barbecues, closes some factories to battle smog

    Provincial governments across China are taking measures ranging from inspecting outdoor barbecues to halting production at industrial plants to reduce worsening air pollution, the official Xinhua news agency said. China has adopted various...

  • Getting board

    Getting board

    In an age of smartphones, video games and tablets, new ideas and designs with an emphasis on teamwork are fuelling a boom in board game sales worldwide. It is Ronald Cassar’s turn to play. Social media, Pokémon Go, Netflix, Twitter and the...

  • Beer meets oak casks as barley wine hits local market

    Beer meets oak casks as barley wine hits local market

    To discerning drinkers, oak casks are synonymous with wine, cognac and whiskey.  But the sight of wooden casks in craft breweries is becoming more commonplace, with brewers keen to impart earthy aromas and smooth the taste of some of their choice...

  • Anthony Buhagiar – a lifetime’s service with the Royal Navy

    Anthony Buhagiar – a lifetime’s service with the Royal Navy

    Born at Vittoriosa on March 7, 1915, Anthony Buhagiar was one of eight siblings. His father Lorenzo was a Malta Dockyard engineer and Buhagiar was encouraged to join the firm. But the young man was drawn to the sea. On his father’s demise he tried...

  • Myth debunked: Electrical safety myths

    Myth debunked: Electrical safety myths

    We all use electricity, but not all of us really understand it. As useful as it is, it is equally dangerous, as it can kill or injure. This danger, coupled with common myths about it, is very troubling. So let’s go ahead with some shockers! Myth:...

  • Pharmaceutical mirrors

    Pharmaceutical mirrors

    Just before stepping through the mirror in Lewis Carroll’s novel Through the Looking Glass, Alice stops to ponder if ‘looking-glass milk’ will be good for the cat. Mirror image forms are as serious a business for today’s medicine researchers as it...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    The Enterprise Bridge spans a dried up section of Lake Oroville in California, as the US state suffers a drought for the third year running.

  • Bowie, Rickman, Prince... Cohen joins list of celebrity deaths in 2016

    Bowie, Rickman, Prince... Cohen joins list of celebrity deaths in 2016

    Revered singer, songwriter and poet Leonard Cohen is the latest well-known person to die in 2016. Here is a list of some of the others: :: Singer David Bowie died aged 69 on January 10. :: Actor Alan Rickman died aged 69 on January 14. :: Eagles...

  • Bullying experiences of girls and boys differ

    Bullying experiences of girls and boys differ

    The National Commission for the Promotion of Equality last year carried out a study on bullying. Results confirm those of international studies that boys and girls engage in bullying behaviour in different ways. NCPE Commissioner Renee Laiviera...

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