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  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    A photo of Professor Sir Andrew Wiles outside the Oxford University Mathematical Institute building, named in his honour. Three whole numbers a, b, and c form a Pythagorean triple if a2 + b2 = c2 (see the figure above); for example, 3, 4, and 5.

  • Discovering the nightlife of bats in Malta

    Discovering the nightlife of bats in Malta

    Why should we be working to protect bats? These mythical animals, popularly known as blind vampires, are dangerous, stick to your hair and basically don’t matter. However, after a one-month internship working with bats as a volunteer intern with...

  • The roots of village fashion

    The roots of village fashion

    “Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak,” Hollywood celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe once said. If that is indeed the case, the Maltese sartorial aesthetic is more of a cacophony of ungoverned noise than a submissive whimper in the...

  • Turning the wheels of faith

    Turning the wheels of faith

    Beyond the legendary Tour de France and the Giro d’Italia, there are many countries in the world that boast to be the ‘spiritual’ home of cycling. However, for Maltese riders, nothing can really claim the spiritual tag like tomorrow’s traditional...

  • Statins’ benefits understated and their harms exaggerated

    Statins’ benefits understated and their harms exaggerated

    Scientists warn that the number of  people who avoid heart attacks and strokes by taking statin therapy is much higher than the number who suffer side effects Statins are safe and effective but their potential side effects have been exaggerated by...

  • Facebook slammed for censoring iconic Vietnam war photo

    Facebook slammed for censoring iconic Vietnam war photo

    Facebook's decision to censor a historic photograph of the Vietnam war has been slammed by Norway's largest newspaper in a front-page open letter.  In the letter, Aftenposten editor-in-chief Espen Egil Hansen called on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg...

  • When an airport scanner sees a cyst as a security threat

    When an airport scanner sees a cyst as a security threat

    A traveller with a bulge in their body from a cyst or hernia might get flagged for an invasive airport security screening to look for explosives, a case report suggests. In many larger airports, X-rays have been replaced in recent years by...

  • Devotion out of a stone

    Devotion out of a stone

    Three generations of a family from Għargħur have taken it upon themselves to continue celebrating a special feast that started over two decades ago. Fireworks manufacturer Bertu Fenech, then in his late 50s, together with his friend Karmnu...

  • Conceiving in your late 30s

    Conceiving in your late 30s

    A woman’s fertility declines as she gets older, however, maternal age is increasing. Obstetrician and gynaecologist Dorianne Spiteri tells Stephanie Fsadni about the potential consequences of late pregnancies but reassures her that most...

  • Taking cold beer and grilled meat to the next level

    Taking cold beer and grilled meat to the next level

    On a warm summer evening, few things beat a cold beer and the sizzling sound of meat on a grill.  But what if you could swap that watery lager and sorry-looking frozen burger for top-shelf brews and meat cuts?  A beer and meat pairing event set to...

  • FDA bans some antibacterial soaps, saying they are ineffective

    FDA bans some antibacterial soaps, saying they are ineffective

    The US Food and Drug Administration has banned some over-the-counter antibacterial hand and body wash products, saying they are no more effective than soap and water and could cause long-term harm. The move affects 2,100 products, or roughly 40...

  • Woman who got world's first face transplant dies at 49

    Woman who got world's first face transplant dies at 49

    A Frenchwoman who received the world's first partial face transplant has died, 11 years after the surgery that set the stage for dozens of other transplants worldwide. The Amiens University Hospital in northern France announced Isabelle Dinoire's...

  • Renault sees diesel disappearing from most of its European cars

    Renault sees diesel disappearing from most of its European cars

    Renault expects diesel engines to disappear from most of its European cars after the French automaker reviewed the costs of meeting tighter emissions standards following the Volkswagen scandal. The sober reassessment was delivered at an internal...

  • Face transplant survey data doesn't look good

    Face transplant survey data doesn't look good

    There are few long-term studies of people who've had face transplants, and even the addition of another study of seven cases does not answer all questions about safety and efficacy of the procedure, say the authors of a new report. "Ultimately, if...

  • Laser pointers can cause irreversible vision loss for kids

    Laser pointers can cause irreversible vision loss for kids

    Used incorrectly, laser pointers can damage the retina of the eye and may cause some irreversible vision loss, according to researchers who treated four boys for these injuries. Doctors, teachers and parents should be aware that this can happen,...

  • New horizons for health

    New horizons for health

    Mobile apps and web-based programmes do help people reach health goals like exercising more, losing weight and quitting smoking, but studies need to follow-up longer to see how sustainable these interventions are, according to a recent review of...

  • The clicks of creation

    The clicks of creation

    Our children will grow up in a world with ever more technology at their fingertips. But parents need to make sure their kids’ skills go beyond the ability to use the devices. Simonne Pace finds out about a local coding programme for parents and...

  • ‘Please have your symptoms ready…

    ‘Please have your symptoms ready…

    …to save the doctor’s time.” So read a notice in a family doctor’s waiting room. The considerate patient knows that the art of medicine is for the doctor and not the patient, of course. The doctor must elicit symptoms and mentally arrange them in...

  • Saint Teresa of Calcutta - a Mother to all

    Saint Teresa of Calcutta - a Mother to all

    Mother Teresa was called a living saint. Today, 19 years after her death, she will hold the title officially. Two prominent Maltese priests recall with tenderness their encounters with her. Former Jesuit provincial Fr Paul Chetcuti spoke to Ronald...

  • Standing is the new sitting

    Standing is the new sitting

    Last week I touched on the benefits of standing at your desk. To expand on that prospect, it seems that sitting has been recognised as the new health hazard. It has even been stated that sitting is the ‘new smoking’ in terms of health hazards. It...

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