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  • Eat pasta to lose weight, say Italian researchers

    Eat pasta to lose weight, say Italian researchers

    People trying to lose weight tend to skip the carbs, but a recent Italian study shows that it should be the opposite. Researchers comparing 23,000 people's daily eating habits found that there is no link between eating pasta and gaining weight.

  • Smile - dental fillings that rebuild your teeth are on the horizon

    Smile - dental fillings that rebuild your teeth are on the horizon

    Cavity treatment may soon be revolutionised thanks to a new synthetic biomaterial. The new material, developed by the University of Nottingham and the Harvard University's Wyss Institute, stimulates the repair and regeneration of parts of...

  • Dolly the sheep may have pushed stem cell research forward 20 years, says expert

    Dolly the sheep may have pushed stem cell research forward 20 years, says expert

    Stem cell research might be 20 years behind where it is today if Dolly the Sheep had never been born, according to the scientist whose team created the world's first mammal cloned from an adult cell. Speaking on the eve of Dolly's 20th...

  • The Zika virus has now been transmitted sexually in Spain

    The Zika virus has now been transmitted sexually in Spain

    Spain has recorded its first known case of the Zika virus being sexually transmitted, after a woman contracted it from her partner, according to health authorities in Madrid. Her partner returned to Spain from a Latin American country. The woman...

  • The Carmelites’ connection to Fleur-de-Lys

    The Carmelites’ connection to Fleur-de-Lys

    Fr Hermann Duncan, O. Carm, looks at how the church dedicated to Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Fleur-de-Lys was founded and how the Santa Venera suburb became a parish. When World War II broke out, many Maltese were looking for shelter, especially...

  • Men might underestimate their partner's sex drive

    Men might underestimate their partner's sex drive

    Men have something to learn when it comes to detecting signs of their partner’s interest in sex. When it comes to new encounters or fictitious targets, men tend to perceive greater sexual interest in women’s behavior than in reality, studies have...

  • Girls less likely to get pregnant if a friend has a baby

    Girls less likely to get pregnant if a friend has a baby

    Girls whose friends had experienced teen pregnancies were less likely to get pregnant, a study shows. The researchers studied two groups of girls: those whose similarly-aged friends had given birth and those with a friend who'd had an early...

  • Study explains why Parkinson’s sufferers have walking difficulties

    Study explains why Parkinson’s sufferers have walking difficulties

    When people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) have difficulty walking, their problem is not walking itself, it’s walking without having enough sensory information, according to a study. People with early PD can walk as well as healthy people when they...

  • Smoking linked to inflammation, sperm damage in men

    Smoking linked to inflammation, sperm damage in men

    The sperm of men who smoke, compared to those who don’t, have more damaged DNA, fewer active energy-generating mitochondria and more proteins indicating a revved-up immune response, according to a small study. Past research has found that smokers...

  • ‘I study in a cave’

    ‘I study in a cave’

    Syrian student Ali Khaled Stouf has to walk down several steps into a hole in the ground to get inside his school – a cave. There for four hours each morning, he studies subjects like Arabic, English, maths and religion, sitting on a rug with...

  • Kenzo and Paul Smith get that 90s clubbing feel

    Kenzo and Paul Smith get that 90s clubbing feel

    Caroline Paris reports from Paris Men's Fashion Week. I’m never quite sure which activity I prefer at a fashion show - spending time backstage or watching the actual show. Watching a beautiful show is a wonderful, sometimes even uplifting...

  • The Battle of Maida: the Fourth of July, 1806

    The Battle of Maida: the Fourth of July, 1806

    To most people, “the Fourth of July” brings to mind the celebration of American Independence Day. However, there is another event, a battle between the British and the French during the Napoleonic Wars that we should also remember. The Battle of...

  • Etymology or phonetics for Maltese?

    Etymology or phonetics for Maltese?

    To ensure the widest possible coverage in the on-going Maltese language debate, this major exercise of national interest and significance should be made available to the entire population, on the broadest possible scale and without time limit...

  • Fearing memory lapses

    Fearing memory lapses

    As we get older, we start having a constant fear that our lapses in memory are the beginning of Alzheimer’s disease. After cancer, Alzheimer’s disease has taken hold as the number one fear among Americans. We all have memory lapses, at any age.

  • ‘The event is part of who we are’

    ‘The event is part of who we are’

    Today is the last day of the marathon held in aid of Id-Dar tal-Providenza. Players who have volunteered their time and efforts towards this 53-hour fundraising event share their thoughts... Silvan Gauci, 38, technical director, has been taking...

  • A chance to network with other vets

    A chance to network with other vets

    Last week Malta welcomed some 500 veterinary surgeons who flew over to attend the 2016 European Feline Congress, conducted by the International Society of Feline Medicine. The assembly of vets for the ISFM congress is an annual event usually held...

  • Myth debunked: Shark myths debunked

    Myth debunked: Shark myths debunked

    Sharks have been the recurring theme of many monster movies, including Jaws, Deep Blue Sea and epic Sharknado. These films helped the popular perception that these creatures are perfect killing machines and an ongoing threat to any bathers in for...

  • Using computers to discover new drugs

    Using computers to discover new drugs

    Computer software is ubiquitously present in our everyday life and has all sorts of practical applications from self-driving cars to Go-playing programmes, like AlphaGo, which is able to defeat the human masters of the game. It is, therefore, of...

  • The immune system and allergies

    It is a shame that we aren’t taught more about the immune system at school, or at some stage during our educational life. There is no doubt that the immune system is the most important factor in our bodies in fighting off disease, inflammation and...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of  the week

    Casper the Octopus. A remote controlled vehicle on a NOAA dive spotted a ghostlike octopod deep in the ocean near the Hawaiian Archipelago. “It is almost certainly an undescribed species and may not belong to any described genus,” NOAA reported.