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  • Music ‘food’ for the brain

    Music ‘food’ for the brain

    Music lessons improve brain connections in healthy children and may be useful in children with autism spectrum disorders and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), researchers say. After nine months of musical training in healthy...

  • Amadeo Preziosi – a talented Maltese artist who thrived in Turkey

    Amadeo Preziosi – a talented Maltese artist who thrived in Turkey

    By birth a member of the wealthy, aristocratic, strongly Catholic families of Malta, Amadeo, Fifth Count Preziosi, was born in Malta on December 2, 1816, and baptised in the parish church of Porto Salvo in Valletta with the names of Aloysius,...

  • The five-second rule

    The five-second rule

    We may have heard of the five-second rule when applied to dropping food on the ground. Basically, you have five seconds to pick it up before it gets swamped with all the bad germs on your floor. Ironically, nobody knows where this rule came from.

  • Physical activity as entertainment

    A great aspect of physical activity is that it isn’t only fun to do, it’s so often just as fun to watch. From competitive sport to dance, there is something intrinsically pleasing about watching other human bodies in motion, performing coordinated...

  • Healthy week

    Vassallo Group of Companies held its first Healthy Lifestyles Week for employees. Organised in collaboration with the Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Directorate, the event aimed to promote a healthier lifestyle for over 1,500 staff from...

  • About pastries and this year’s Nobel prize in physics

    About pastries and this year’s Nobel prize in physics

    Doughnuts and pretzels are, in many respects, at two opposite sides of the pastry world: a doughnut is soft and sweet while a pretzel is crunchy and savoury. However, the most note­worthy difference between a doughnut and a pretzel (at least from...

  • How to get your dream bag without breaking the bank

    How to get your dream bag  without breaking the bank

    Last week I wrote about the real price of not buying a classic designer bag and at the time, I really thought that the subject was somewhat done and dusted. However, after receiving a number of messages from readers asking about the best way to go...

  • Too clean for comfort?

    Too clean for comfort?

    Allergies seem to be increasing at a fast rate within our community and throughout the world. For instance, allergic rhinitis (including hay fever) affects 10-30 per cent of the population worldwide. One marker of allergic sensitisation, the...

  • Myth debunked: Does the moon have a dark side?

    Myth debunked: Does the moon have a dark side?

    The moon makes a complete orbit once every 27.3 days. Early in its history, the moon’s rotation slow­ed and became tidally locked in its orientation with Earth. The energy it used to use to rotate relative to Earth quick­ly dissipated as heat,...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of  the week

    Saturn’s rings captured by the Cassini space probe in late 2015. The Cassini mission was sent to Saturn to study the planet, its rings and its many natural satellites. In the background of the photo we see Enceladus and Tethys in perfect...

  • Evidence ties sugary caffeinated drinks to poor sleep

    Evidence ties sugary caffeinated drinks to poor sleep

    Adults who sleep no more than five hours a night are more likely to be heavy soda drinkers than people who get more rest, a US study suggests. Soda is the main source of added sugar in the American diet, researchers note in the journal Sleep Health.

  • Scientists say gut microbes may play role in yo-yo weight loss and gains

    Scientists say gut microbes may play role in yo-yo weight loss and gains

    Scientists studying yo-yo dieting in mice say the tendency for people to regain excess weight rapidly after successfully slimming may well be due to their microbiome - the trillions of microorganisms in the gut. The researchers found that changes...

  • Watch in full: The night the Manoel Theatre was tickled Pink

    Watch in full: The night the Manoel Theatre was tickled Pink

    The season's top trends were showcased last week to live baroque and classical music at The Pink Fashion Show, a Times of Malta event held at the Manoel Theatre in Valletta. An established and sought-after event on the local catwalk calendar, the...

  • Printed matter

    Printed matter

    Honda has revealed a revolutionary new micro commuter vehicle created using 3D printing. Unveiled at the CEATEC show in Japan, the vehicle has been produced through a partnership between Honda and Kabuku Inc. It is based on a design model that...

  • European production

    European production

    Production of the Toyota C-HR crossover was officially launched at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Turkey in Sakarya, Turkey. The Toyota C-HR became the eighth model currently produced in Europe and enters the C-segment with a fresh new take on the...

  • Jams come unstuck

    Jams come unstuck

    It’s no breaking news: Malta has a traffic problem, with a high rate of car ownership, roads which cannot take the pressure, and few alternative modes of transport. However, it all depends what car you drive. The Renault Twingo gives you the...

  • Simply untaggable

    Simply untaggable

    The latest addition to the Audi family, the Q2, has just been launched in Malta. The new Q2 is not just a scaled down Audi Q3. It represents a totally new segment for Audi and a completely new design direction than that of its larger brothers and...

  • Tuning in

    Tuning in

    Ford Performance has pulled the covers off the new Mustang GT4, a turnkey racecar designed to compete in GT4 series around the world. The car was unveiled at the 2016 SEMA Show. It was designed and engineered by Ford Performance and Multimatic...

  • Left breathless

    Left breathless

    The CVO Street Glide is decked out fender to fender with custom details and with the most powerful Harley engine and sound system to date. The CVO Street Glide is everything you thought could never roll out of a factory. It’s about plenty of...

  • Black market and other illegal activities between Malta and Gozo, 1940-43

    Black market and other illegal activities between Malta and Gozo, 1940-43

    In 1942, Malta was surrounded by Axis and oc­cupied territories. Very few convoys were managing to reach Malta and many merchant ships were being sunk by Axis aircraft and naval units. Although three merchant ships arrived with Convoy Operation...