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  • Best results of this season

    Best results of this season

    Both Volkswagen Polo RX supercars made it to the final of the third race in the FIA World Rallycross Championship in Mettet. Anton Marklund completed the race in fourth place in his 600hp Volkswagen Polo RX supercar, just missing out on a podium...

  • Robots in the classroom

    Robots in the classroom

    Reuben Ferrante, a University of Malta engineering graduate and founder of eeRoot, has developed a small robot called eeMod, that is built from only two modules stacked on top of each other. The bottom module is a ‘sensor hub’ that can sense the...

  • Food supports your body

    Nutrition can cause and reverse most diseases. Scientists have discovered that almost all of our genes are affected by the food we eat and change according to the nutrients available to them. The biochemical reactions of the body’s metabolic...

  • Anything but standard

    Anything but standard

    A childhood exposure to old agricultural equipment like ploughs, tractors, and means of field transport instilled in Carmel Vella an early interest in old vehicles. “My father did not even have a car, but from a small age, I would spend my free...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    This prosthetic hand is a replica of an actual human hand by the Neurobotics Lab at University of Washington. Currently researchers are working on integrating it with the human nervous system to eventually replace lost limbs. Credit: University of...

  • Go for growth: new research on building muscle mounds

    Go for growth: new research on building muscle mounds

    This month exercise scientists have offered a little mouth-watering treat for the die-hard gym buffs, as we get technical and talk about some of the finer points of inducing maximal muscle growth. Let us have a look at some of the most recent...

  • Potatoes may ‘increase the risk of high blood pressure’

    Potatoes may ‘increase the risk of high blood pressure’

    Eating potatoes or chips increases the risk of high blood pressure, research suggests. Four or more servings a week of baked, boiled or mashed potatoes is linked to an 11 per cent increased risk of high blood pressure compared with less than one...

  • How tech companies are helping in crisis situations

    How tech companies are helping in crisis situations

    As the refugee crisis was unfolding in Europe last year, the social impact team at professional networking site LinkedIn had an idea: why not use its expertise to connect the new arrivals with companies willing to employ them? Early this year,...

  • Genetically engineered food is safe to eat, say scientists

    Genetically engineered food is safe to eat, say scientists

    Genetically engineered (GE) food is safe to eat, top scientists have said, following extensive research into the controversial products. The practice of genetically engineering crops has been criticised for its potential impact on human health and...

  • Unprecedented levels of sexual exploitation

    Unprecedented levels of sexual exploitation

    Portugal, Moldova and Ukraine in Europe, and Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam in Asia have emerged as new child sex tourism destinations, prompting activists to call for governments to include measures to protect children in their tourism plans. Sex...

  • St John Baptist De La Salle and the Frères in Malta

    St John Baptist De La Salle and the Frères in Malta

    Over a million students around the world who attend Lasallian schools are today celebrating the feast of St John Baptist De La Salle, the patron saint of educators. John Baptist, the first-born son of wealthy parents, was born in Rheims, France,...

  • Valletta Dominican church marks its title anniversary

    Valletta Dominican church marks its title anniversary

    While Valletta is commemorating the 450th anniversary since the city’s foundation stone was laid, the Dominican friars of Valletta are celebrating the 200th anniversary since the church of Our Lady of Porto Salvo and St Dominic was honoured with...

  • Expiry date stamped on our genes

    Expiry date stamped on our genes

    One answer to why we have different lifespans is genetic. Cynthia Kenyon – at the Hillblom Centre for the Biology of Ageing at the University of California, San Francisco – working with flatworms found that if she knocks out the gene that produces...

  • Tinker, Maker: How to make a mock volcano

    Tinker, Maker: How to make a mock volcano

    Ever wanted to build a mock volcano or to model how an eruption happens? Well it’s simple, and you probably already have everything at home. The first step is to create the volcano model, which can easily be done with papier mâché. As most of...

  • Microwave oven, a health hazard or a great benefit?

    Microwave oven, a health hazard or a great benefit?

    If you are the sort of person with a very busy life, where every minute counts, then you probably use a microwave oven quite often. It saves time when you want to cook or warm up food, sterilise a baby’s dummy or simply make popcorn while watching...

  • An alternative to back surgery

    An alternative to back surgery

    Many people suffer from some form of back pain during their lives. Some suffer serious pain and have to resort to back surgery. The statistics say that at some point in our lives, 80 per cent of us living in the west will suffer from disabling...

  • Theory vs experiment

    Theory vs experiment

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  • One minute to better health

    We have known for some time now that shorter bouts of more intense exercise can be just as effective as longer bouts of less intense effort. This was somewhat revolutionary when it first took hold as a training philosophy at least 10 years...

  • A growing health concern

    A growing health concern

    Obesity is a growing health concern for the global and local population, with studies continuously presenting alarming figures. Stephanie Fsadni looks into available data and what is being done at a national level to address the problem. Obesity...

  • Metabolic syndrome

    Metabolic syndrome

    Medical student Stefano Corso sheds some light on metabolic syndrome, which is characterised by having a large waste circumference, hypertension and insulin resistance, among other symptoms. Causes, complications, diagnosis and treatment are...

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