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  • Myth debunked: Does sugar cause hyperactivity in kids?

    Myth debunked: Does sugar cause hyperactivity in kids?

    Do a Google search for: ‘sugar causes hyperactivity in kids’ and the first result nodded towards sugar and carbs entering the bloodstream quickly rapidly changing blood sugar levels that just might make your kid run around like a nutter. Scroll...

  • Communicating science in Malta

    Communicating science in Malta

    Worldwide decades of science popularisation have not worked effectively. Citizens’ knowledge of science has not massively increased, nor is the education system producing enough STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering Mathematics) graduates with...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    Researchers wanted to study how birds interacted with the air around them while flying. To protect their eyes from the powerful lasers they needed to map particle movement around the birds, they dressed the birds up in goggles.

  • Fancy jumping into the water for a cause?

    Fancy jumping into the water for a cause?

    December is a time of helping people in need and the Thomas Smith Christmas Charity Swim aims to do just this as it raises funds in aid of the Malta Community Chest Fund. The annual event started in 1999 when Anton Buttigieg, general manager of...

  • Santa in trouble?

    Santa in trouble?

    Reindeer are shrinking on an Arctic island near the North Pole in a side effect of climate change that has curbed winter food for animals often depicted as pulling Father Christmas’s sleigh, scientists said yesterday. The average weight of adult...

  • Homeless at Gżira's Dar Leopoldo assisted

    Homeless at Gżira's Dar Leopoldo assisted

    Employees from British American Tobacco Malta recently volunteered at Dar Leopoldo in Gżira, one of four homes operated by Fondazzjoni Suret il-Bniedem. Held under the theme of 'Bringing value every day to society', company employees carried out...

  • More entanglements after the 1636 Vittoriosa murder

    More entanglements after the 1636 Vittoriosa murder

    The conflict arising from the ‘abduction’ of the murderer Nicolò Ciardi has to be viewed against the general resentment by Grand Master Jean Paul Lascaris, Bishop Miguel Balaguer Camarasa and the papal Inquisitor in Malta, Fabio Chigi, of any...

  • Warning that cats and poinsettia don't mix

    Warning that cats and poinsettia don't mix

    A cat owner called Tara Christmas has issued a warning for the festive season after her kitten developed poinsettia poisoning. Six-month-old cat Elsa kept nibbling leaves from the decorative plant until she got sick and collapsed on Christmas Day...

  • The inheritance of addictions

    The inheritance of addictions

    We may not like to admit it, but some of us are hard-wired to become addicted to smoking, drinking, gambling or even drugs. Sociologists might insist that the factors causing addictions are largely environmental. But for most conditions it is...

  • Myth debunked: Glass: solid or liquid?

    Myth debunked: Glass: solid or liquid?

    Something looks quite odd when looking through the glass of old cathedrals, especially stained glass. It seems quite strange that the panes of glass are thicker at the bottom than at the top. At school, we were taught that all matter should be...

  • Connecting through the brain

    Connecting through the brain

    Less than a century ago, Hans Berger, a German psychiatrist, was placing silver foil electrodes on his patients’ heads and observing small ripples of continuous electrical voltage emerging from these. These were the first human brain waves to ever...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of  the week

    The image shows a subject controlling a motorised bed using brain signals, giving the possibility to locked-in patients for example to gain control over their environment and limit the constant carer support. The bed is controlled through a set of...

  • UK couple use first home to accommodate homeless asylum seekers

    UK couple use first home to accommodate homeless asylum seekers

    A British Christian couple saving for their first home have instead bought a house for homeless asylum seekers. Matthew and Steph Neville live in a church as part of a Christian community. After saving for years for their own home, the Birmingham...

  • Going, going, gone

    Going, going, gone

    Lorella Fava sits down with auctioneer Pierre Grech Pillow as Obelisk Auction House gets ready for yet another grand auction of antiques and artworks. Pierre Grech Pillow is getting his hammer ready as he prepares for yet another exciting...

  • Empowering survivors of gender-based violence

    Empowering survivors  of gender-based violence

    Inequalities between genders may increase the risk of acts of violence against women, says Renee Laiviera. The Commissioner of the National Commission for the Promotion of Equality highlights various initiatives and the support available to...

  • The day of the great deceit

    The day of the great deceit

    Conspiracy theories sprout like ivy and savagely grow to obfuscate the truth. One such theory – eventually debunked with the release of a key file from the Public Record Office in Kew, the UK – claimed that British Prime Minister Winston Churchill...

  • A 1636 murder in Vittoriosa – and its far-reaching fallout

    A 1636 murder in Vittoriosa – and its far-reaching fallout

    On a dark night in November 1636, a worthless reprobate murdered, with premeditated perfidy, an oil merchant in his home in Vittoriosa. Francesco Scarlatta had been charitably providing assistance, meals and lodging to Nicolò Ciardi, a Sicilian...

  • Exploratory abdominal surgery

    Exploratory abdominal surgery

    This week it was touch and go for Ozzy.  Ozzy is an eight-month-old Beagle/Tal-Kaċċa cross, very loving with his owners and even possessive of them. His eyes are usually very expressive but when he was brought to the clinic they were dull and he...

  • World Cat Show at Smart City today

    World Cat Show at Smart City today

    Cat lovers will have the time of their life at the MFGC World Cat Show being held today, organised by the Malta Feline Guardians Club at Smart City Malta. The event kicked off yesterday. A display of 95 cats of many breeds from various countries...

  • 50% fewer centenarians in Malta than rest of Europe

    50% fewer centenarians in Malta than rest of Europe

    A hundred years ago in 1918, Alexander Graham Bell started looking at centenarians – those who live up to and beyond 100 years. Earlier studies looked at families in 14th-19th century China and Swedish families between 1500 and 1829. But Bell’s...

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