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  • Checking your phone while shopping can add 41% to your bill

    Checking your phone while shopping can add 41% to your bill

    Are you constantly checking your phone when you’re out and about? Do you have trouble resisting the lure of ever more screen time? If so, be careful when you go grocery shopping – as your phone may be costing you more than you think. A recent...

  • WHO praises Brazil lawsuit against tobacco giants

    WHO praises Brazil lawsuit against tobacco giants

    The World Health Organisation has praised Brazil's move to sue two global cigarette makers and their local units for costs of treating tobacco-related diseases, but the firms said Friday they were still waiting for details of the lawsuit. British...

  • Earthquakes or tiger attacks: understanding fear can help prevent disasters

    Earthquakes or tiger attacks: understanding fear can help prevent disasters

    It’s been more than four years since a magnitude 7.8 earthquake devastated Nepalese cities, claiming thousands of lives. Since then, there have been thousands of aftershocks. Yet when I spoke with residents of Bharatpur – Nepal’s fourth largest...

  • MFW shows at Fort St Elmo this weekend

    Today8pm: Gagliardi9pm: Fiona Couture Tomorrow6pm: New Designers7pm: Sanja Design – Slovenia8pm: Nilara https://www.fashionweek.com.mt/tickets-2019/

  • Caring for someone with dementia – stressful but rewarding too

    Caring for someone with dementia – stressful but rewarding too

    Dementia is set to become one of the biggest global health challenges of our generation. In the UK alone there are around 850,000 people living with the disease and this figure is projected to more than double by 2051. Those of us who don’t...

  • Zero-carbon electric transport is already in reach for small islands

    Zero-carbon electric transport is already in reach for small islands

    At a recent talk on the UK’s energy sector, the head of an electric utility company claimed that “the problem of decarbonising our electricity sector is fixed”. Eyebrows were raised at this, but his point quickly became clear. The technologies...

  • Camel milk reduces cell inflammation associated with type 2 diabetes

    Camel milk reduces cell inflammation associated with type 2 diabetes

    The current trend for certain foods and dietary components to be called “superfoods” is frequently associated with exotic and expensive products. But there are no set criteria to determine a food’s “superness” – and claims rarely have any...

  • GenTechs are getting frustrated and disillusioned with digital technology

    GenTechs are getting frustrated and disillusioned with digital technology

    As digital technologies facilitate the growth of both new and incumbent organisations, we have started to see the darker sides of the digital economy unravel. In recent years, many unethical business practices have been exposed, including the...

  • Malta Fashion Week 2019 takes off

    Malta Fashion Week 2019 takes off

    Malta Fashion Week 2019, being held at Fort St Elmo in Valletta, started off a high note. The main square is hosting a catwalk and is surrounded by exhibits, bars, stands and a makeshift photo booth. The opening show, The Cure, by Rosemarie...

  • Where wine and science meet

    Where wine and science meet

    Science can be a wonderful thing, but it surely doesn’t evoke that spontaneous, emotional response which typifies how we react to the divine nectar – unless, of course, science and wine meet in your glass. That unusual blend was presented by the...

  • Smokin' hut: Singapore's solution for cigarette puffers

    Smokin' hut: Singapore's solution for cigarette puffers

    Smokers in Singapore will no longer have to sneak a drag on the street, with the launch of the city-state's first air-conditioned "smoking cabin", but the experience won few fans among cigarette puffers on Wednesday. The city-state has some of the...

  • How we traced 'mystery emissions' of CFCs back to eastern China

    How we traced 'mystery emissions' of CFCs back to eastern China

    Since being universally ratified in the 1980s, the Montreal Protocol – the treaty charged with healing the ozone layer – has been wildly successful in causing large reductions in emissions of ozone depleting substances. Along the way, it has also...

  • Five things to look out for in the European elections

    Five things to look out for in the European elections

    Voters across Europe are about to head to the polls to elect 751 members to the European Parliament from across 28 separate member states, representing more than 512m people. The 2019 elections are a mammoth democratic exercise with profound...

  • Only 21% of women who freeze their eggs become mothers

    Only 21% of women who freeze their eggs become mothers

    As the trend for older motherhood continues, amid warnings from experts about the sharp decline in a woman’s fertility in her mid-30s, more and more women are considering egg freezing as a form of “insurance” against age-related...

  • Finding harmony

    Finding harmony

    In the run-up to this Saturday’s European Parliament elections, most political debates, gatherings and rallies have cross-haired on one phrase: tax harmonisation.  And while every local MEP candidate, from all sides of the political room, has...

  • Illegal hunting threatens songbird prized as delicacy

    Illegal hunting threatens songbird prized as delicacy

    Every year, nearly five million breeding pairs of ortolan buntings - a type of tiny songbird classified as endangered in several countries - migrate from Europe to Africa for the winter. About 300,000 of the birds pass through southwestern France,...

  • In the land of stout and spirits, Ireland's first 'dry pub'

    In the land of stout and spirits, Ireland's first 'dry pub'

    It's happy hour in Dublin and the drinks are flowing, but in Ireland's first "dry pub" patrons are forgoing Guinness and whiskey for non-boozy beers and zero percent wine. The Virgin Mary, which opened this month, bucks the trend in a city where...

  • Boy or girl? Hong Kong at centre of banned China gender test

    Boy or girl? Hong Kong at centre of banned China gender test

    Shady middle-men are openly advertising on Chinese social media to smuggle blood samples of pregnant women to Hong Kong to skirt the mainland's ban on gender testing, an AFP investigation has found. The business thrives on a well-organised...

  • Parkinson's has not stopped 67-year-old from enjoying his life

    Parkinson's has not stopped 67-year-old from enjoying his life

    When, aged 67, Anthony Agius discovered he had Parkinson’s, his initial reaction was fear that the life he led and loved was over. Now, two years down the line, Mr Agius has discovered a new lease of life, made new friends and regularly attends...

  • Minding our language

    Minding our language

    Maltese may be one of Malta’s two official languages – but it is our only national language. Technically speaking, all official documents have to be released in English and Maltese, national signage is bilingual, and children grow up learning both...