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  • The Benedictine nuns’ monastery in Vittoriosa

    The Benedictine nuns’ monastery in Vittoriosa

    I come from Vittoriosa, and as a child I was an altar boy in the church of the St Scholastica monastery, Vittoriosa, prior to becoming a Carmelite friar. My vocation was inspired by the Benedictine nuns at this monastery. The nuns who live in St...

  • How burying the dead is polluting the living

    How burying the dead is polluting the living

    Traditionally in Malta, burying the dead was sustainable. We had a few plots dotted around Malta, but the primary one is the Our Lady of Sorrows ‘Addolorata’ cemetery in Paola built in 1869. This cemetery, designed by Emanuel Galizia (1830-1906),...

  • Your pet… and food additives

    Your pet… and food additives

    Last week Rocco had a relapse.  Not a serious one. But it was a sufficient reminder and further evidence that he is a sensitive dog suffering from food allergy and food intolerance. Rocco is a one-and-a-half-year-old, black and white springer...

  • Myth debunked: Are GMOs dangerous?

    Myth debunked: Are GMOs dangerous?

    The concept of genetically modi­fied (GM) food might bring up an image of evil scientists in a lab concocting ways to poison our food for company profit. Some GMs might have that aim, but much research has been in­vested trying to create crops...

  • Is soil-less farming the future of agriculture?

    Is soil-less farming the future of agriculture?

    Soil-less farming, or hydroponics, is a plant growth system that replaces soil with nutrient-rich water. The system allows crops to access the required mine­rals and nutrients for growth directly, eliminating some plant stressors, as they no...

  • Red meat leads to ‘shortest’ lifespan

    Red meat leads to ‘shortest’ lifespan

    How many of us remember using talcum powder many years ago? It was the must-have product for babies, especially with nappy rash. What we didn’t know was that talc, in its mineral form, contains asbestos, a known carcinogen. However, manufacturers...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    Bio-Hybrid Stingray Robot – This tiny stingray is a robot powered by rat muscle cells. After going to the aquarium, lead scientist Kit Parker told his teammate: “We’re going to build a ray, we’re going to build it out of a rat, and we’re going to...

  • Maintaining our bodily home

    Maintaining our bodily home

    I really didn’t need to visit one of Malta’s largest home improvement centres to buy a few little screws, but alas, my overkill at least served as some inspiration of sorts. As I wandered through the aisles, feasting my eyes on shelves packed with...

  • Frustration for Pokemon Go gamers as servers crash

    Frustration for Pokemon Go gamers as servers crash

    Fans of the gaming phenomenon Pokemon Go were in despair today when its servers appeared to have crashed. The craze, an augmented reality game which has exploded in popularity, uses the phone's GPS location data to allow players to roam the real...

  • How to volunteer and where to do it

    How to volunteer and where to do it

    Volunteering allows you to meet different people, boost your CV, and update your skills, says Helen Raine. When you’re fresh out of school or university and looking for a job, submitting applications and getting nowhere can be pretty discouraging.

  • Zika epidemic ‘could be eradicated in three years’

    Zika epidemic ‘could be eradicated in three years’

    The Zika epidemic in Latin America could be over within three years, say scientists. Experts believe the virus, linked to a serious birth defect, is set to burn itself out as more people become immune to it. The less welcome news is that right now...

  • St John Paul II’s Carmelite scapular coming to Malta

    St John Paul II’s Carmelite scapular coming to Malta

    On the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Fr Hermann Duncan, O Carm describes the popes’ devotion towards the Carmelite scapular over the years, as the one worn by St John Paul II is about to be exhibited in Mdina Many confraternities, churches...

  • Pregnant mother’s food choices tied to baby’s body composition

    Pregnant women who eat more carbs and fatty foods may not necessarily give birth to heavier babies, but they may still have infants with more fat tissue, a US study suggests. In particular, women who ate a lot of saturated had babies with more fat...

  • First female-to-male Zika transmission via sex reported in New York

    First female-to-male Zika transmission via sex reported in New York

    New York City's health department reported the first female-to-male transmission of the Zika virus, which is most typically spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the report is the first...

  • Malta in Minecraft competition to mark 10 years of Baby and Kids Directory

    The Malta Baby and Kids Directory marks its 10th anniversary with a children’s competition, themed 'Malta in Minecraft'. The aim of the competition is for children to create their favourite Maltese scene in the style of Minecraft, a popular video...

  • Huge study finds fat kills

    Huge study finds fat kills

    Being overweight or obese is linked to a higher risk of dying prematurely than being normal weight and the risk rises sharply as the extra kilograms pile on, scientists said. In findings contradicting the ‘obesity paradox’, which had suggested a...

  • Magnesium may ‘slightly lower blood pressure’

    Magnesium supplements taken daily for three months may result in slightly lower blood pressure, according to an analysis of more than 30 existing studies. Previous evidence has suggested that magnesium deficiency may be related to cardiometabolic...

  • Helping the extremely poor

    Helping the extremely poor

    The Oħloq tbissima marathon, in aid of the Missionary Society of St Paul in Peru, Pakistan and the Philippines, kicks off today for 60 hours of non-stop activities at St Joseph Home in Santa Venera. Funds collected will also go towards the...

  • Zika outbreak will end in 2 or 3 years, scientists predict

    Zika outbreak will end in 2 or 3 years, scientists predict

    The Zika outbreak rampaging through Latin America will likely burn itself out in the next two to three years, based on the fact that people develop immunity to the virus after an initial infection, British scientists have said. The researchers,...

  • Healthy pasta recipes that won't blow up your waistline

    Healthy pasta recipes that won't blow up your waistline

    The best thing about all of these positive pasta vibes is that it’s a fantastically convenient and versatile ingredient to cook with. But be careful!DW Fitness Clubs personal trainer and expert nutritionist Carly Tierney said many people let...

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