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  • The sweet side of the Inquisitor’s Palace

    The sweet side of the Inquisitor’s Palace

    The place known for its intolerance to sin and bitter penalties – the Inquisitor’s Palace in Vittoriosa – had a sweet side too. While offenders were being punished and sentenced in the upper floors of the grand palace, cooks were preparing ice...

  • Grandparents: an unsung mainstay of Maltese society

    Grandparents: an unsung mainstay of Maltese society

    Today it’s Grandparents Day. It is fitting that on this day we reflect on the contribution and role of grandparents within the family unit and society. To that end, yesterday I teamed with APAN, the association of pensioners and elderly of the...

  • Museum extension to highlight St John’s spectacular tapestry set

    Museum extension to highlight St John’s spectacular tapestry set

    Among the most important duties of a museum are caring for its collections, making it available to the public, and studying and interpreting it in accordance with the highest standards. The conservation and study of the St John’s Triumph of the...

  • Skin deep: contact dermatitis

    Skin deep: contact dermatitis

    This week, Rocco was looking a whole lot better. Rocco is now five years old. His owners had adopted him off the streets as a tiny malnourished kitten and had done a super job to turn him into one of those very large ginger cats we often come...

  • Myth debunked: Sex myths dispelled

    Myth debunked: Sex myths dispelled

    Sex-related myths are widespread, mostly fuelled by the porn industry or lack of sex education. Bring out the ruler. The myth that the average penis is seven inches long has roots in the fact that many studies ask men to “self-report” their penis...

  • When opposites attract: strange relationship of sex and disgust

    The core stimuli involved in sex are disgusting. Stimuli such as saliva and sweat are potent contaminants and intrinsically avoided. By eliciting an overwhelming urge to withdraw from highly disgusting cues, disgust prevents contamination. So both...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    Workers clear a bloom of algae that has covered a beach in east China’s Qingdao province, an annual occurrence due to the phosphorus-rich waters (left). A man submerges himself in super-algal bloom of Enteromorpha prolifera, which turned the...

  • Bold shoes bring fashion to heel

    Bold shoes bring fashion to heel

    Shoes can sometimes end up fading into the background on the catwalk, but at some presentations, they're given the utmost priority.   Chiara Ferragni Chiara Ferragni presented her shoe collection for spring/summer 2017 in an Alice in...

  • Exuding faith and culture

    Exuding faith and culture

    Since the Mdina Cathedral Museum and Archives opened in 1969 in the splendid baroque palace that once housed the Archbishop’s Seminary, it has surpassed all aspirations and expectations, emerging as a living vibrant museum. Every year it attracts...

  • What students want

    What students want

    I have been teaching for nearly a decade and can’t help but notice the quick pace of change in our education system. I am one of those educators who have serious doubts about these changes. I am not against the idea of mixed ability classes but...

  • The end of the Malta Railway

    The end of the Malta Railway

    The euphoria created by the extension to Mtarfa did not last long. A tramway operator with a global track record, Macartney, McElroy & Co., was awarded the concession in 1903. They were the only tenderers; the government could either accept or...

  • Myth debunked: It takes seven years to digest chewing gum

    Myth debunked: It takes seven years to digest chewing gum

    It’s a moment nearly everyone has experienced. You’re contentedly chewing a wad of gum when an unforeseen turn brings about a quick disposal – the hard way. Whether the cause is imminent detection by a high school teacher, a dearth of garbage cans...

  • Oops, my phone exploded

    Oops, my phone exploded

    Lithium-ion batteries provide juice for cellphones, laptops and other rechargeable devices. Most function fine, but lithium-ion batteries can occasionally fail spectacularly, causing explosions and fire. Most recently, Samsung announced a recall...

  • Photo of the week

    This composite image shows suspected plumes of water vapour erupting at the 7 o’clock position off the limb of Jupiter’s moon Europa. The plumes, photographed by NASA’s Hubble’s Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph, were seen in silhouette as the...

  • Counting two, three or more

    Counting two, three or more

    Becoming a parent requires careful planning, more so in the case of multiple births, says parent coach and senior social worker Steve Libreri Having children is a unique experience. It is even more unique when the parents are expecting...

  • The railway as a public enterprise (1891-1931)

    The railway as a public enterprise (1891-1931)

    The story of the railway as a public entity would not be complete without reference to the man who engineered its transition from a bankrupt enterprise to a government department, and who eventually read the signs of the times and closed it...

  • ‘Social stories alleviate anxiety’

    ‘Social stories alleviate anxiety’

    A social story is just what it sounds like – a very short story that teaches a child what to expect in a social situation and how to behave appropriately. Social stories were first introduced in 1991 by Carol Gray to help teach social skills to...

  • A dog’s nose: wet or dry?

    A dog’s nose: wet or dry?

    This week, I was asked one of those enduring questions all vets get. The patient was a six-month-old female English pointer named Molly. Molly had orange and white markings with a beautiful high nose that is characteristic of her breed. Molly’s...

  • On cancer and sugar

    On cancer and sugar

    ‘Cancer thrives on sugar’ is one of the many myths associated with cancer as a leading culprit. A cancer tumour is made up of cells as is the rest of our body. All cells in our body need energy to function regardless of where they are found. Sugar...

  • Myth debunked: Do races exist?

    Myth debunked: Do races exist?

    A common argument given by certain politically correct advocates trying to incite peace between races is that “there is only one race: the human race”. Now this might seem as some sort of liberal rant to some. Of course races within human beings...

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