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  • Tinker, Maker: Making a water bottle lava lamp

    Tinker, Maker: Making a water bottle lava lamp

    Everyone gets the same wonder and curiosity when seeing a lava lamp in action, but how does it work? Well, the mechanisms involved are centred around the idea that denser fluids settle under lighter ones. What this means is that for a particular...

  • Driving force

    Driving force

    The new Porsche 911 GT3 RS breaks down the barrier between road-going sports cars and race cars. It is equipped with the maximum amount of motorsport technology that is currently possible in a street-legal 911 suitable for everyday driving.

  • Earthquake early warning systems

    Earthquake early warning systems

    Currently no system can predict the date or time when an earthquake will occur. But the technology behind earthquake early warning systems can be used to prevent some of the earthquake-related damage by alerting the public when an earthquake...

  • Taking everything to another level

    Taking everything to another level

    For 2016, the Toyota RAV4 range expanded to include its first full hybrid model, together with a new 2.0-litre diesel engine, revised exterior and interior styling and new equipment grades and features. The new RAV4 further benefits from improved...

  • Photo of the Week

    Photo of the Week

    This computer-simulated image shows a supermassive black hole at the core of a galaxy. The black region in the center represents the black hole’s event horizon, where no light can escape the massive object’s gravitational grip. The black hole’s...

  • Prostate cancer and diets

    Prostate cancer and diets

    Vegans are less likely to develop prostate cancer. The diet reduces the risk by around 35 per cent compared with a meat-based one. In addition, it is even better than a vegetarian diet, which includes milk and eggs. A new study has discovered that...

  • Off with the roof, off with the road

    Off with the roof, off with the road

    Having sold half a million of them, Land Rover thought it would be a great wheeze to chop the roof off its Evoque. In doing so the old-school British brand sets off into deep, controversial undergrowth – the uncharted realm of the premium...

  • Claudia Koll: from the stage to God

    Claudia Koll: from the stage to God

    The Magnificat (Malta) Chapter will be hosting TV personality Claudia Koll on May 7 to brunch with Mass, starting at 9.30am at The Palace hotel, Sliema, where she will give a testimony. Magnificat is a Catholic ministry for women whose aim is to...

  • The magic behind ‘parkour’

    The magic behind ‘parkour’

    Regular readers might be familiar with my aversion to most things overly complex or high-tech. I tend to relish simplicity, and even more so, slight but ingenious modifications to the most basic of things. While I am, of course, talking about...

  • Special offers at Halmann Vella open week

    Halmann Vella is having an open week at their showroom in Mosta Road, Lija, from Monday to Sunday, April 24. Trading hours have been extended and the showroom will be open from 8am to 8pm from Monday to Saturday, and from 10am to 5pm on...

  • True love knows no age

    True love knows no age

    It seems there is no age limit when it comes to falling in love. Stephanie Fsadni meets a newly-wed British septuagenarian couple who never ever thought they would fall in love again after losing their respective spouses... until they met each...

  • Scientists find Zika-linked brain disorder in adults

    Scientists find Zika-linked brain disorder in adults

    Scientists in Brazil have uncovered a new brain disorder associated with Zika infections in adults: an autoimmune syndrome called acute disseminated encephalomyelitis, or ADEM, that attacks the brain and spinal cord. Zika has already been linked...

  • New cancer imaging could show more quickly if treatment works

    The first cancer patient in Europe has been scanned with a new imaging technique in a move which could help doctors tell whether a drug is working on a cancer patient within a day or two of starting treatment. The patient had a rapid scan as part...

  • Iraqi women, girls face risks in displaced camps

    Iraqi women, girls face risks in displaced camps

    Fearing for the safety of her four children in battles between Iraqi security forces and Islamic State militants, Umm Rayyad left everything she once owned and last month fled her hometown of Khurbardan, in northern Iraq. The start of a military...

  • The Irish and 19th-century British Malta: a rethink of perceptions

    The Irish and 19th-century British Malta: a rethink of perceptions

    On December 10, 1799, the first 700 Irish soldiers ever to set foot on Malta, disembarked on the island. They tip-toed into the island incognito and without any fuss. These men and other Irish brethren who were to follow them throughout the 1800s...

  • The dog with no name

    The dog with no name

    This week is one of those weeks where the story ends unhappily. But it has to be told. It was late one evening, just before clinic closing time, when I received a distress phone call from a man who asked whether I could wait for him to get there...

  • MSPCA pushes for animal welfare law enforcement

    The Malta Society for the Protection and Care of Animals (MSPCA) has many a time applauded the improvement of laws that protect the welfare of animals. The Animal Welfare Act of 2002 with its numerous additions and amendments over the years, the...

  • The ageing body

    The ageing body

    The driving force behind scientific innovation is a belief, a kind of religion that you have discovered the hand of God that formed you. Science is not as clinical as we think it is. The history of science is full of folklore seeping into science,...

  • Tinker, Maker: Create a Mentos-fuelled geyser

    Any self-respecting teenage student will have got into trouble for dropping Mentos into a soda drink (and presumably the student will have had to clean up the resulting sticky mess of foamy liquid in the classroom). We will reproduce this timeless...

  • The environment and its impact

    The environment and its impact

    Every year, autism organisations, disability advocates, parents and people with autism from all over the world celebrate the month of April with fundraising and awareness-raising events. The Inspire foundation believes everyone has a right to...

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