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  • 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...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    Hundreds of years ago, owls gobbled down small mammals called Nesophontes and regurgitated pellets of their remains. That mammal is now extinct, but an analysis of the pellets reveals how it evolved from some of the earliest mammals 70 million...

  • Remembering those who forget

    Remembering those who forget

    I recently locked myself out – I had left the front door keys on the kitchen table as I was going out and only realised my mishap on my return home. We all suffer such instances of forgetfulness. But what if these became regular occurrences? And...

  • What's hot at London Fashion Week

    What's hot at London Fashion Week

    A new fashion week season has rolled around once again bringing with it a host of new trends to absorb. During this period, the frenzy literally takes over Soho in London and industry players fly in from all over the world. It is time for us to...

  • Malta proud of its choral book collections

    Malta proud of its choral   book collections

    In medieval Europe, church music was extremely popular. It was invariably expressed in song and prayers, in poems and exquisite paintings. In fact, choral books emerged as one of the artistic triumphs of the Middle Ages, an expression of pious...

  • The bride wore white… and so did everyone else!

    The bride wore white… and so did everyone else!

    I used to be of the firm belief that there was a limit to human absurdity. That little misconception was soon dispelled after a few ill-fated afternoons when I joined a number of Facebook groups about fashion, beauty and everything else in...

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