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  • Fearing memory lapses

    Fearing memory lapses

    As we get older, we start having a constant fear that our lapses in memory are the beginning of Alzheimer’s disease. After cancer, Alzheimer’s disease has taken hold as the number one fear among Americans. We all have memory lapses, at any age.

  • ‘The event is part of who we are’

    ‘The event is part of who we are’

    Today is the last day of the marathon held in aid of Id-Dar tal-Providenza. Players who have volunteered their time and efforts towards this 53-hour fundraising event share their thoughts... Silvan Gauci, 38, technical director, has been taking...

  • A chance to network with other vets

    A chance to network with other vets

    Last week Malta welcomed some 500 veterinary surgeons who flew over to attend the 2016 European Feline Congress, conducted by the International Society of Feline Medicine. The assembly of vets for the ISFM congress is an annual event usually held...

  • Myth debunked: Shark myths debunked

    Myth debunked: Shark myths debunked

    Sharks have been the recurring theme of many monster movies, including Jaws, Deep Blue Sea and epic Sharknado. These films helped the popular perception that these creatures are perfect killing machines and an ongoing threat to any bathers in for...

  • Using computers to discover new drugs

    Using computers to discover new drugs

    Computer software is ubiquitously present in our everyday life and has all sorts of practical applications from self-driving cars to Go-playing programmes, like AlphaGo, which is able to defeat the human masters of the game. It is, therefore, of...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of  the week

    Casper the Octopus. A remote controlled vehicle on a NOAA dive spotted a ghostlike octopod deep in the ocean near the Hawaiian Archipelago. “It is almost certainly an undescribed species and may not belong to any described genus,” NOAA reported.

  • World must act to stop children dying – Unicef

    World must act to stop children dying – Unicef

    The United Nations’ children’s agency has warned that 69 million under-fives will die from preventable causes between now and 2030 unless countries speed up action to improve health and education for the most disadvantaged. Unicef’s annual State...

  • Vittoriosa proclaims its European ethos

    Vittoriosa proclaims its European ethos

    Unlike the gate-less entry to the walled city of Valletta, Città Vittoriosa still boasts of its majestic three-gate bent entrance to the city, the only such military stratagem still surviving in Europe, spearheaded by its Advanced Gate, also known...

  • The Maltese sailor who died on HMS Grafton

    The Maltese sailor who died on HMS Grafton

    Malta’s role during World War II was of great importance in swaying the tide in favour of the Allies. This is recorded in history books for all to see. But the suffering of families and the courage and fortitude of individual Maltese people during...

  • Protect yourself from elder abuse

    Protect yourself from elder abuse

    A few years ago Police Inspector Sylvana Briffa reported some 400 cases of abuse of elderly people for the year ending in 2014. In reality, that figure is likely to be much much higher. A recent report from Europe indicated that one in 20 older...

  • Myth debunked: Do we only use 10% of our brain?

    Myth debunked: Do we only use 10% of our brain?

    No one knows for sure where this myth originates from. A popular theory has it that the journalist Lowell Thomas helped spread the myth in his preface to Dale Carnegie’s blockbuster self-help book How to Win Friends and Influence People. Thomas...

  • Zero energy homes

    Zero energy homes

    The motivation behind building homes is ultimately to protect ourselves from adverse climatic conditions and to obtain a neutral thermal comfort level. However, the local built environment does a very bad job at dealing with heat in summer and...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of  the week

    This stunning picture of where the Namibian coast meets the Atlantic Ocean is the first taken by the thermal-infrared camera of ESA’s Sentinel-3A satellite. Reddish shades represent hot dunes, and dark blue shades at the bottom left reveal how...

  • Landmark Brussels hotel is brought to life by Corinthia

    Landmark Brussels hotel is brought to life by Corinthia

    Corinthia Hotels recently brought a landmark hotel in Brussels back to life with a dinner to celebrate the group’s recent acquisition of the Grand Hotel Astoria in Rue Royale. Guests included dignitaries, members of the Brussels community and the...

  • Malta’s longest serving Police Commissioner – Vivian De Gray

    Malta’s longest serving Police Commissioner – Vivian De Gray

    Dom Mintoff’s dispute with Vivian De Gray brought reactions from among members of the force and the Police Commissioner was given a great ovation when he went to police headquarters after his appointment had been confirmed by the Governor. It was...

  • The Carmelite bishop who started a mission in Peru

    The Carmelite bishop who started a mission in Peru

    Time passes and does not wait for anyone. More than 30 years have passed since the death of our beloved Carmelite Bishop Redemptus Gauci. Several people have encouraged me to write something about him so that his memory will not be...

  • Fooled by Alzheimer’s cures

    Fooled by Alzheimer’s cures

    Charlatans have shaped history. We are repeating a cycle of people selling us false hopes. But one example stands above all others, and that is the story of a Buddhist monk named Xu Fu. While in the process of selling immortality to the first...

  • ‘Children are the most wonderful experience’

    ‘Children are the most wonderful experience’

    Three fathers from different walks of life talk to Simonne Pace about the difficulties and joys of fatherhood. Although Father’s Day comes only once a year, they all agree that having children is a commitment with each passing day and for...

  • The spleen – what does it do?

    The spleen – what does it do?

    Last week I received some very good news. Fudge was recovering well from the major operation she underwent. Fudge is a female Labrador cross of about 14 years. Her age is only approximate, as she was found several years ago roaming the environs of...

  • Myth debunked: Does homeopathy work?

    Myth debunked: Does homeopathy work?

    Last year, $115 billion were reportedly spent worldwide on homeopathy. The procedure was invented in 1796 by German physician Samuel Hahnemann. Homeopathic treatments are based on the belief that like cures like with substances becoming more...

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