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  • Never in the rain

    Never in the rain

    Old vehicles were a family tradition in the environment Mark Xuereb was brought up in. He was very close to his grand­father Carmelo, who for many years drove a vintage red bus on the old Birkirkara route. His budding interest in classic cars was...

  • Brain mechanism behind glucose greed discovered

    Brain mechanism behind glucose greed discovered

    British scientists have found a brain mechanism they think may drive our desire for glucose-rich food and say the discovery could one day lead to better treatments for obesity. In experiments using rats, researchers at Imperial College London...

  • ‘Scammer may ruin my family’s Christmas trip’

    ‘Scammer may ruin my family’s Christmas trip’

    Booking the perfect holiday for 11 relatives was not a simple task for Helen Raine, but after an unusual issue with the payment, the mum is desperately hoping she has not fallen victim to an online con artist... It’s no easy feat to find...

  • The most beautiful roof in Paris

    The most beautiful roof in Paris

    “The most beautiful roof in Paris”; “the height of pride”; “Raise the flag”; “Forza Corsica”… These are just a few of the slogans that peoplewill be able to see in France on advertising hoardings. These adverts illustrate the new customisation...

  • Food support at Christmas

    Food support at Christmas

    It’s that time of year again, when we tend to overindulge in food and alcohol. The aftermath is usually a new regime at the gym, a stringent diet or a detox. However, the overindulgence will have lasting effects on our bodies, so here are some...

  • Travel briefs

    Travel briefs

    TV personality Carol Vorderman is backing British Airways’s call for more women to become airline pilots. The former Countdown star is a qualified pilot and next year plans to fly solo around the world. BA already has nearly 200 women pilots but,...

  • Comics as an educational tool

    Comics as an educational tool

    There’s a drive to include comics in the country’s national drive for literacy and it’s all thanks to the people behind the Graphic Novels Library Malta. It all started with Batman, Graphic Novels Library Malta (GNLM) co-founder Luke Caruana...

  • Ferrari reveals £2m 'Sergio'

    Ferrari reveals £2m 'Sergio'

    Ferrari has unveiled a special £2 million spin-off model based on the 458 Spider supercar – but has bizarrely named it the Sergio. Just six of the roofless Sergios will be built, bearing the forename of the great Sergio Pininfarina, who designed...

  • The holistic approach to training

    The holistic approach to training

    They say one bad apple spoils the lot. We see this in groups of people all too often, be they at work or play. All it takes is one negative influence in an otherwise perfectly functioning team to erode motivation, enthusiasm and productivity. A...

  • Metal blood test could trace cancer

    Metal blood test could trace cancer

    A metal detecting blood test could one day form part of a screening programme for early signs of breast cancer. Scientists have discovered that breast cancer cells contain high concentrations of zinc consisting of ‘light’ atomic variants, or...

  • Antibody could help fight disease

    Scientists have discovered a new form of antibody which could act as a key treatment to fight cancer by helping boost the patient’s immune system. Researchers at the University of Southampton have found that a particular form of antibody, called...

  • The pain of others

    The pain of others

    Following the opening of Darrin Zammit Lupi’s photography exhibition Isle Landers and book launch at St James Cavalier last week, I woke up the next day and immediately browsed through the publication over my morning coffee. As I reached the end...

  • And it’s panto time!

    And it’s panto time!

    Coryse Borg has a chat with some of the key people taking part or working behind the scenes in this year’s pantos at the Manoel Theatre and the MFCC. Pinocchio – a blast and a half (and that’s no lie)! FM Theatre’s Pinocchio is being directed by...

  • All calm amid political storm at Interview premiere

    All was calm at the Los Angeles premiere of Sony Pictures’s parody film The Interview, which had been in the spotlight for sparking tension with North Korea and potentially prompting a major cyber hack on the company. Stars Seth Rogen and James...

  • Fontaine estate pulls Oscar sale under lawsuit threat

    The estate of actress Joan Fontaine, who died a year ago aged 96, withdrew her Oscar from a much-anticipated auction when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences threatened to sue over its sale, representatives of the estate...

  • Sheeran and Pharrell win BBC gongs

    Sheeran and Pharrell win BBC gongs

    Chart-topping star Ed Sheeran was named British artist of the year at the BBC Music Awards, to crown a year in which he has become one of the world’s biggest pop acts. But the big winner was Pharrell Williams, taking two of the three main awards,...

  • X marks the spot for One Direction

    X marks the spot for One Direction

    X Factor supremo Simon Cowell says One Direction could be the real stars of the final because the hugely successful boy band still think they are in the competition. The mogul, who said he could not decide which of his two acts he wants to win,...

  • Cumberbatch, Redmayne up for Globes

    Cumberbatch, Redmayne up for Globes

    The surreal show business satire Birdman, a darling of critics for its innovative storytelling, led the Golden Globe Awards film nominations yesterday, with its seven nods making it a front-runner early in the Hollywood awards season. The story of...

  • Birdman leads SAG awards nominations

    Birdman leads SAG awards nominations

    The cast of dark existential comedy Birdman led the Screen Actors Guild film award nominations on Wednesday, earning four nods from its peers in the kick-off of the Hollywood awards season. Birdman was followed by coming-of-age chronicle Boyhood,...

  • ‘Feel fuller’ ingredient created

    ‘Feel fuller’ ingredient created

    A new food additive that suppresses the appetite and prevents weight gain may one day be used in slimming bread. The ingredient, IPE (inulin-propionate ester) makes food more filling by stimulating the gut to release hormones that act on the...

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