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  • Are two parents better than one? Yes, but only if you're a burying beetle

    Are two parents better than one? Yes, but only if you're a burying beetle

    Parenting behaviour varies greatly across the animal kingdom. In most mammals, only mothers look after the young, and in most fishes, only fathers look after the young. When it comes to birds, mothers and fathers usually work together to build a...

  • Red cabbages have almost three times as many types of protein as humans

    Red cabbages have almost three times as many types of protein as humans

    We humans are top of the evolutionary tree, the most complex organisms that have ever lived on Earth in five billion years. Right? One way we might actually prove our biological complexity is to look at the number of different proteins that our...

  • Author becomes an open book

    Author becomes an open book

    As a child James Vella Bardon had always wanted to write a stand-alone novel. He tells Stephanie Fsadni he never dreamt he’d be promoting a pentalogy. A Maltese-born author is currently toasting to his hard-fought success: not only did his debut...

  • Daphne was our friend - here's how we remember her

    Daphne was our friend - here's how we remember her

    On the first anniversary of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia’s assassination, Samira Jamil gathers family and friends from far afield to honour her memory, while others continue to try and annihilate it, showing readers a side to...

  • NASA wants to send humans to Venus – here's why that's a brilliant idea

    NASA wants to send humans to Venus – here's why that's a brilliant idea

    Popular science fiction of the early 20th century depicted Venus as some kind of wonderland of pleasantly warm temperatures, forests, swamps and even dinosaurs. In 1950, the Hayden Planetarium at the American Natural History Museum were soliciting...

  • Presentation on cancer control

    Presentation on cancer control

    A presentation by David Saliba on the body’s natural defence mechanism against cancer cells, entitled ‘White blood cell communication’, will be held tomorrow at 7.30pm. The presentation is part of Malta Café Scientifique, a series of informal...

  • Causes of world hunger

    Causes of world hunger

    On World Food Day, Colm Regan explores 10 myths about the causes of world hunger. Among others, he finds that there does not seem to be a global shortage of food and that women’s rights play an important role. There simply isn’t enough food in the...

  • Did you know that leading 16th century author was a courtesan?

    Did you know that leading 16th century author was a courtesan?

    A 12th-century queen consort, patron and politician, Eleanor d’Aquitaine, is credited with having invented the built-in fireplace after she found Northern France too cold for her liking. And Veronica Franco, a Venetian courtesan tried for...

  • Could cheese help prevent type 2 diabetes?

    Could cheese help prevent type 2 diabetes?

    Many people believe that low-fat dairy products are healthier than high-fat dairy products. Indeed, many public health guidelines recommend low-fat dairy over high-fat dairy. However, our latest research, published in PLOS Medicine, found that...

  • Benevolence and healing art

    Benevolence and healing art

    Enthusiasm for Chinese culture and traditional medicine is gaining ground in Malta. This was confirmed by the generous public attendance to several events which were organised last week by the Jiangsu Provincial Commission of Health and Family...

  • Should vegans avoid avocados and almonds?

    Should vegans avoid avocados and almonds?

    A video recently doing the rounds on Facebook included a segment from the BBC comedy quiz show QI. The video asks which of avocados, almonds, melon, kiwi or butternut squash are suitable for vegans. The answer, at least according to QI, is none of...

  • Touch, but not see

    Touch, but not see

    Tactile, a Valletta 2018 exhibition featuring 12 concealed sculptures intended to never be seen, aims to reverse any preconceived notions of the ‘normal’ process of perceiving visual art exclusively through sight. Set up at the University’s...

  • Low rate of successful bystander CPR in Malta

    Low rate of successful bystander CPR in Malta

    The World Restart a Heart Day will be marked in Malta on Tuesday with an event taking place at Freedom Square Valletta between 10am and 2pm. The day was chosen by the International Committee on Resuscitation to promote bystander CPR...

  • Malta and the Battle of Lepanto – October 7, 1571

    Malta and the Battle of Lepanto – October 7, 1571

    On September 16, 1571, a combined Christian fleet sailed from Messina in Sicily to seek out its Muslim counterpart. Prayers were offered by people who feared their culture, religion and perhaps their very lives depended on the fleet’s success. The...

  • Will March be the last time we move the clock?

    Will March be the last time we move the clock?

    The EU is moving very fast on the question of daylight savings time, promising to have a definite decision early next year. By the end of March 2019, if a consensus is reached to abolish the seasonal clock change, it will be up to each country to...

  • Heart disease: know your risks

    Heart disease: know your risks

    Most of us have a family member or friend who has suffered a heart attack or a stroke. For some, this was fortunately a one-time event, but if one is not careful the proba­bility is that it can happen again. Many would say: “That could have been...

  • What’s in an ‘N’?

    What’s in an ‘N’?

    N Japanese Bistrot92, Strait StreetVallettaTel: 2730 0781 Food: 8/10Service: 8/10Ambience: 9/10Value: 8/10Overall: 8/10 Google’s search predictions reveal quite a lot about what the world is thinking. I can’t recall what it was I was searching for...

  • The aesthetic issue

    The aesthetic issue

    It’s a tale as old as time: two people looking at exactly the same dress and one seeing their Cinderella moment and the other thinking that the only time they would wear the item is to their own funeral (and only because someone else put it on...

  • Independence Day marked in Dubai

    Independence Day marked in Dubai

    Malta’s Independence Day was celebrated in Dubai with a visit by a high-level delegation headed by President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca and including ministers Carmelo Abela and Ian Borg and parliamentary secretary Chris Agius. This coincided with...

  • Car sharing goes to Science in the City

    Car sharing goes to Science in the City

    GoTo, which will next month roll out its first national car-sharing fleet of electric cars, took part in this year’s edition of Science in the City, in Valletta, where it had the chance to explain the technology behind this new service. This €8...