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  • Watch: Warning issued as e-cigarette battery explodes in man's pocket

    Watch: Warning issued as e-cigarette battery explodes in man's pocket

    Fire crews have released CCTV footage of the moment an e-cigarette battery exploded in the user's pocket - inches from a baby's pram. Images captured inside the Trinity shopping centre in Leeds show the man casually unaware of the plume of smoke...

  • What do you want for Christmas?

    What do you want for Christmas?

    Aarush Anand, seven, was tasked with writing a letter about his Christmas wishes and said the recent events in Aleppo were in his mind as he put pencil to paper. In the letter, the year three pupil at Nottingham High School said: “The only thing I...

  • ‘The indefaticable Maltese artist Antonio Schranz’

    ‘The indefaticable Maltese artist Antonio Schranz’

    John Schranz’s fourth article leading to the 2018 Schranz Artists Bicentenary celebrations focuses on Anton Schranz’s second son Antonio Schranz – a true bohemian and impassioned Romantic, whose boundless energy enabled him to undertake...

  • Caring for a bundle of joy

    Caring for a bundle of joy

    This week an old friend who I had not seen in a while visited the clinic bearing a Christmas present in his arms. The gift, I should quickly add, was something that he had bought for himself: a beautiful blue-eyed grey weimaraner puppy named Sir...

  • 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...

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