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  • Myth debunked: Can lightning strike the same place twice?

    Myth debunked: Can lightning strike the same place twice?

    The old saying that ‘lightning never strikes the same place twice’ is a myth that any veteran storm observer or researcher has seen nature defy. Lightning can strike any location more than once. In fact, given enough time, it is actually inevitable.

  • Reaching for the stars

    Reaching for the stars

    The ambitious Square KilometRE Array (SKA) project has started to bear fruit. Despite being only a quarter of its final size, the MeerKAT radio telescope under construction in the Karoo region in South Africa has already delivered a fresh...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    A montage of the MeerKat radio telescope’s First Light image with four zoomed-in insets – the two panels to the right show distant galaxies with massive black holes at their centres; at lower left is a galaxy approximately 200m light years away...

  • Prince George is three - new pictures issued

    Prince George is three - new pictures issued

    New pictures showing Prince George at play on a swing and with the family dog Lupo have been released by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to mark their son's third birthday. William and Kate thanked well-wishers for messages of support they have...

  • Alcohol directly linked to several cancers

    Alcohol directly linked to several cancers

    Alcohol is directly linked to seven forms of cancer, a new study has established. People consuming even small to moderate amounts of alcohol are at risk, according to the new study, published on Addiction Journal. The evidence from the study...

  • Double hand transplant patient looks forward to holding a bottle of beer

    Double hand transplant patient looks forward to holding a bottle of beer

    The first person in the UK to have a double hand transplant says he feels "whole again" as he looks forward to holding a bottle of beer and wearing shirts with real buttons. Chris King, 57, lost both his hands, except the thumbs, in an accident...

  • Former US ambassador's stylish car up for auction

    Former US ambassador's stylish car up for auction

    A former US ambassador's Mercedes, bought in Malta in the 1970s, is being offered for auction by Bonhams. The stylish Mercedes-Benz W111 3.5 cabriolet was bought John C. Pritzlaff Jr, who in 1969 was appointed by President Nixon as US ambassador...

  • Mother’s pre-pregnancy diabetes connected to baby’s risk to heart disease

    Mother’s pre-pregnancy diabetes connected to baby’s risk to heart disease

    Women with diabetes have considerably higher risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes, such as birth defects than women with no diabetes, a new study shows. The risk is linked to both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. A Danish study, published in Circulation...

  • Florida health dept investigates possible local Zika transmission

    Florida health dept investigates possible local Zika transmission

    Florida health officials are investigating a case of Zika virus infection that does not appear to have stemmed from travel to another region with an outbreak. The statement from the Florida Department of Health did not specify whether the Zika...

  • A healthy diet ‘can include a lot of fat’

    A healthy diet ‘can include a lot of fat’

    Extra healthy fats from a Mediterranean diet may help protect against heart disease, diabetes and breast cancer, a research review suggests. “The kind of fat matters,” said lead study author Hanna Bloomfield of the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs...

  • ‘Roller-coaster cholesterol’ may be linked to lower mental ability scores

    ‘Roller-coaster cholesterol’ may be linked to lower mental ability scores

    Roller-coaster levels of ‘bad’ cholesterol may lead to poorer mental performance in older adults, a study has found. Greater fluctuations in low-density lipoprotein (LDL), which is linked to heart disease, were associated with lower scores in...

  • Paediatricians call for sex education, say teaching of abstinence ineffective

    Children and adolescents should receive age-appropriate and evidence-based education about sex and sexuality from schools, parents, professionals and paediatricians, American Academy of Pediatrics recommends. Sexuality education has been proven to...

  • Fats can be a part of a healthy diet

    Fats can be a part of a healthy diet

    Fat can be a part of a healthy diet, but it’s the type of fat that matters. The fats typical of a Mediterranean diet can be a part of healthy eating habits and may even protect against heart disease, diabetes and breast cancer, a research review...

  • Could fruit and veggies boost your happiness?

    Could fruit and veggies boost your happiness?

    The reasons experts usually give for eating more fruit and vegetables tend to be about long-term health benefits, but piling on the produce may also improve wellbeing in the shorter term, researchers say. Based on national surveys in Australia,...

  • Research questions the effectiveness of steam inhalation for sinus congestion

    Research questions the effectiveness of steam inhalation for sinus congestion

    Steam inhalation is not effective in relieving symptoms of chronic sinus congestion, according to new research. The study, published in the CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal), also showed that advice to use nasal irrigation, which is when...

  • President ‘evaded death by minutes’, official says

    President ‘evaded death by minutes’, official says

    At the height of the attempt to overthrow Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, the rebel pilots of two F-16 fighter jets had Erdogan’s plane in their sights. And yet he was able to fly on. The Turkish leader was returning to Istanbul from a holiday...

  • Kids who watch lots of TV end up with weaker bones

    Kids who watch lots of TV end up with weaker bones

    Kids who watch a lot of television may build less bone during critical years, and be more vulnerable to osteoporosis and bone breaks later in life as a result, a new study suggests. However, the act of watching TV is not necessarily the cause of...

  • School out of reach for nearlyone in 10 children worldwide

    School out of reach for nearlyone in 10 children worldwide

    Unesco report reveals that millions of children across globe are not getting an education, yet situation has improved considerably since the year 2000 Some 263 million children worldwide, nearly one in 10, do not go to school, posing a daunting...

  • 17 Le Corbusier buildings named world heritage sites

    17 Le Corbusier buildings named world heritage sites

    Seventeen buildings designed by Swiss-French architecture pioneer Le Corbusier have become UNESCO world heritage sites, the Swiss government has said, opening up the chance of more funding for conservation. The structures include the Maison...

  • The tragic prince of Abyssinya in Malta

    The tragic prince of Abyssinya in Malta

    A frail and melancholic seven-year-old boy was marched through the door of Malta’s leading photographer to have his portrait taken. He was the crown-prince of a defeated empire and a spoil of war, like the jewels from the State treasury or the...

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