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  • Children ‘boost arthritis risk’

    Children ‘boost arthritis risk’

    A woman’s children can increase her risk of rheumatoid arthritis, research suggests. Foetal cells from an unborn baby may remain in a mother’s body for decades and trigger an immune reaction linked to the disease, scientists believe. But whether...

  • Brad Pitt educates children about war

    Brad Pitt educates children about war

    Hollywood heart-throb Brad Pitt revealed the importance of educating his children about the effects of war as his latest movie Fury brought the BFI London Film Festival to a rousing close on Sunday. The 50-year-old actor, who is father to six...

  • Working intestine grown in lab

    Working intestine grown in lab

    Functioning human intestine has been grown from stem cells in the laboratory, paving the way to new treatments for gut disorders. Scientists first created tissue fragments called ‘organoids’ that were transplanted into mice, where they matured.

  • Blunt: My hit song became annoying

    Blunt: My hit song became annoying

    Chart star James Blunt has declared his own bestselling hit You’re Beautiful was “annoying”. The 40-year-old singer admitted the tune was over-exposed and alienated a lot of people after being marketed to win over female fans. In an interview with...

  • Thai marinated duck breast

    Thai marinated duck breast

    Serves 2 Ingredients2 duck breasts100g kumquats150g white radish100g onions5g garlic5g chilli10g coriander10ml honey50g carrots50g leeks20ml soy sauce10g sugar syrupOlive oil Method In a bowl mix half of the soy sauce, coriander, honey, chilli,...

  • Impotency pill ‘could treat heart disease’

    Viagra could provide a treatment for heart disease, a study suggests. In trials, the impotency pill’s active ingredient improved the heart performance of patients with a range of conditions while having no adverse effect on blood pressure. Most...

  • A beer that rocks

    Rock veterans Status Quo are celebrating after achieving their first million-seller for decades – as their beer brand struck a chord with drinkers. The group launched their Piledriver ale – named after one of their classic albums – earlier this...

  • Straccetti with rocket and scamorza cheese

    Straccetti with rocket and scamorza cheese

    Ingredients500g beef, sliced100g rucola12 cherry tomatoes1 garlic cloveSalt and pepperExtra virgin olive oil250g smoked scamorza cheese Method Chop the garlic clove, wash and dry the rucola and slice the tomatoes in half. In a bowl, place the beef...

  • Sugary drinks linked to ageing

    Sugary drinks linked to ageing

    Drinking sugary soft drinks may accelerate biological ageing as much as smoking, a study has found. The findings, from an analysis of thousands of DNA samples, suggested that sweet fizzy drinks had worse effects on health than merely promoting...

  • A man ‘who will never die’

    A man ‘who will never die’

    How do you make an exhibition about a man who never existed? The Museum of London show on Sherlock Holmes, which opened on Friday after two years of preparation, acknowledges the conundrum with its title, The Man Who Never Lived and Will Never...

  • Masters’ works under one roof

    Masters’ works under one roof

    Highlights from The Dresden Picture Gallery, considered one of the seven wonders of the art world, are on show in Munich. Veronica Stivala is awed by the collection. The Dresden Picture Gallery is one of the world’s most famous mu-seums and houses...

  • The creative partnership

    Cassar, Joseph Paul: The Life and Works of Lewis Wirth and Helen Cavarra: Their Creative Partnership. Publication by Mariz Cassar, 2014. 336pp. Husband and wife Lewis Wirth (1923-2010) and Helen née Cavarra (1926-1978) were two meticulous and...

  • The artisan behind the oil paintings

    The artisan behind the oil paintings

    Landschaft 2014 is a collection of landscapes that are boldly reinterpreted through Jesmond Vassallo’s paintbrush. Marc Buhagiar finds out more. An exhibition by Jesmond Vassallo titled Landschaft 2014 is on display at the German-Maltese Circle,...

  • Gorillaz SFX man and Neil Gaiman illustrator at November comic con

    Gorillaz SFX man and Neil Gaiman illustrator at November comic con

    Now in its sixth year and attracting hundreds of fans to St James Cavalier, the Malta Comic Con has become an established name on the events calendar. This year’s guests include Rufus Dayglo, one of the animators responsible for the Gorillaz music...

  • Performing on the write track

    Performing on the write track

    Most children do not have time to write and are not encouraged enough to be creative. Kit Azzopardi and Leanne Ellul, the brains behind Kul, tell Veronica Stivala about their creative writing project at the upcoming ŻiguŻajg festival. Most...

  • A single theme that has been flogged to death

    The present revival of Trevor Zahra’s Minn wara ż-Żipp, by Unifaun at Sir Temi Zammit Hall, was first performed six years ago and reviewed by me then at some length. The current version does not differ greatly from the original text, the main...

  • Swap chaos for serenity high on the temple tops

    Swap chaos for serenity high on the temple tops

    Nepal is a country surrounded by China, India, Tibet and Bhutan. The picturesque Himalayas frame its pristine natural beauty of rivers, lakes and rolling hills that capture a nature lover’s wildest dreams, on a backpacker’s budget. As the pilot...

  • Three palaces, two pianists, one piano

    Three palaces, two pianists, one piano

    Pianists are generally solitary creatures. The piano is not an orchestral instrument, excluded from most ensembles, and most pianists shy away from accompaniment and chamber music. Locally, very few pianists actually take the bold step and build...

  • Ryanair tweets real-time flight details to users

    Ryanair tweets real-time flight details to users

    Budget airline Ryanair has launched a Twitter account to provide its customers with instant information about their flight. The account @RyanairFlights provides instant real time information for 1,600 daily services. Twitter users can send their...

  • Doom festival returns to Buskett

    Doom festival returns to Buskett

    Bringing together a host of bands from across the world and some of the top names in Malta, the Malta Doom Metal (MDM) festival is back with two days of doom metal this weekend. Organiser and Forsaken bassist Albert Bell explains that for this...

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