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  • A Roman’s last journey in Rabat

    A Roman’s last  journey in Rabat

    Young and old were yesterday treated to a day of cultural entertainment and discovery at St Paul’s Catacombs in Rabat. Heritage Malta held a full day event, highlighting among others the Roman feast of Agape – a meal held to celebrate the memory...

  • Tesco launches price check in UK after probe reveals multi-buy overcharging

    Tesco launches price check in UK after probe reveals multi-buy overcharging

    Tesco is to check the prices of all items in every store in UK after an investigation found customers were being short-changed on promotions. An undercover reporter for BBC Inside Out was overcharged on multi-buy offers at two-thirds of stores...

  • Frederick W. Ryan – Great historian and even greater visionary

    Frederick W. Ryan – Great historian and even greater visionary

    On July 9, 1938, British Governor Sir Charles Bonham-Carter, sitting in the Palace, received a visitor who needled him no end. Frederick W. Ryan came to waste his precious time with “his dreams for a great university in Malta to act as a...

  • Legg Calvé-Perthes: a hip joint disease

    This week, Gretel was diagnosed with a disease that is common to dogs and even humans. Gretel is an eight-month-old teacup Yorkshire terrier with a lovely temperament. Her owners brought her to the clinic because they had become increasingly...

  • The best gift I have ever given my son

    The best gift I have ever given my son

    I invited my son Tristan to a father-son power weekend to discover and celebrate his gifts, strengths and talents. This weekend not just redefined him, it affirmed our mission together and inspired us to hold a workshop for other fathers and sons...

  • Myth debunked: How do I find my (romantic) soulmate?

    Myth debunked: How do I find my (romantic) soulmate?

    In a nutshell, you don’t. This idea that there is a single perfect soulmate for each one of us in the whole universe has been floated quite often, not only in romantic comedies. And being close to St Valentine’s we thought we would investigate...

  • ALS: unfinished business

    ALS: unfinished business

    Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, better known by its acronym ALS, is a household name. It all began with the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, which became the world’s largest global social media phenomenon. During the summer of 2014, more than 17 million...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    Literally, a blast from the past.  Nuclear bomb testing, 1957.

  • The Pauline cult on our islands

    The Pauline cult  on our islands

    Fr Hermann Duncan, O.Carm, looks at how the devotion to St Paul spread in the Maltese islands and lists the churches and chapels dedicated to the saint The Acts of the Apostles relates the account of St Paul and his shipwreck on Malta, which took...

  • Mothers more likely to control the family budget, UK survey shows

    Mothers more likely to control the family budget, UK survey shows

    Mothers are more likely to have control over their family's purse strings than fathers, a survey in the UK has found. More than a third of women (38 per cent) say they manage the budget, compared with around a quarter (27 per cent) of men,...

  • St Paul’s voyage and shipwreck: the ship and its wise captain

    St Paul’s voyage and shipwreck: the ship and its wise captain

    This week in our churches we will be celebrating the feast of St Paul’s shipwreck. As usual, the Mass readings will be chapters 27 and 28 of the Acts of the Apostles. Chapter 27 is all about the voyage and shipwreck, and many researchers refer to...

  • More women land top jobs

    More women land top jobs

    Women have conquered the working world and are increasingly found in senior positions. Three smart women entrepreneurs tell Simonne Pace their journey to the top has given them both the personal and career satisfaction they were looking for. For...

  • Myth debunked: Intelligence means consciousness

    Myth debunked: Intelligence means consciousness

    The main thing AI is known for is intelligence, but due to miscommunication and misunderstanding, many feel that it results in the development of a consciousness. However, this is far from the truth. Roman Yampolskiy, director of the CyberSecurity...

  • The speech age

    The speech age

    Researchers at MIT have developed a new approach to training speech recognition systems that does not depend on transcriptions – as is the current model. Instead, their system analyses correspondences between images and spoken descriptions of...

  • Photo of the Week

    Photo of  the Week

    When you hear a sound you perceive vibrations in the air produced by the sound’s source. Millions of hair cells (pictured in green) lining the inner ear detect these vibrations. Each cell has tiny hair-like projections that vibrate along with the...

  • More personalities who sought refuge in Malta

    More personalities who sought refuge in Malta

    During the British period and right up to the present, Malta continued to serve as a sanctuary to several personalities who were being pursued by the authorities for various reasons. One of the most significant crimes of the 19th century was the...

  • A daughter's tribute to a green finger

    A daughter's tribute to a green finger

    Carmen Chetcuti has retired after 16 years of cultivating endemic and indigenous plants at the Gaia Foundation. Her daughter Graziella pays tribute to her work. After 16 years of hard work, patience and love, Carmen Chetcuti has retired, leaving...

  • How well do you know your teen?

    How well do you know your teen?

    Psychologist Joshua Aquilina, who works with adolescents at the Junior College, says parents can forge a strong relationship with their children mainly by listening to them and understanding them. Simonne Pace learns that it takes more than a...

  • Canine gastritis: upset stomach

    Canine gastritis: upset stomach

    This week I received a phone call asking me to attend to a sick dog at its home. Having heard what the problem was, I urged the owners to bring their dog to the clinic since this was one of those cases where a house call simply would not provide...

  • Myth Debunked: Do humans have extraordinarily large brains?

    Myth Debunked: Do humans have extraordinarily large brains?

    Humans can do incredible things. They have language, literature, art, science and have even changed the planet’s evolution. We normally think that all of these achievements must be linked to our exceptional brains. We must have the largest, most...

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