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  • Aboriginal people lived in Australia's desert interior 50,000 years ago

    Aboriginal people lived in Australia's desert interior 50,000 years ago

    Karnatukul during excavation in 2014, note the square holes dug below the rock walls.. Peter Veth, Author provided   New evidence shows that people have lived inland in Western Australia for more than 50,000 years. That’s 10,000 years earlier...

  • What's your name again? How often do we forget stuff?

    What's your name again? How often do we forget stuff?

    A new acquaintance needs to be reminded of your name while you are having a conversation. A colleague forgets your plan to meet for coffee and schedules a conflicting meeting. A friend books a table for the two of you at a restaurant but it slips...

  • Three things to learn from people who don't use smartphones or social media

    Three things to learn from people who don't use smartphones or social media

    Many of us spend hours every day tethered to our devices, pawing at the screen to see if it will deliver a few more likes or e-mails, monitoring the world and honing our online presence. Social networking platforms such as Whatsapp, Snapchat,...

  • Five psychological reasons why people fall for scams – and how to avoid them

    Five psychological reasons why people fall for scams – and how to avoid them

    Con artists, fraudsters and their hapless victims are a staple of the news cycle and hardly a week seems to pass without a story about an e-mail lottery scam or a telephone fraud. Many reading these stories perhaps just raise their eyebrows and...

  • VS Naipaul: a man who cast doubt on post-colonial liberal certainties

    VS Naipaul: a man who cast doubt on post-colonial liberal certainties

    VS Naipaul after receiving the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2001. EPA   No author in contemporary times more wilfully damaged his reputation with cantankerous observations as did VS Naipaul. He had extreme and contrarian opinions on the big...

  • Violence during pregnancy

    Violence during pregnancy

    Violence by an intimate partner is manifested by physical, sexual or emotional abusive acts as well as controlling behaviours. Research clearly shows that pregnancy does not prevent the occurrence of intimate partner violence. The majority of...

  • Apple's new iPhones a slight notch above the X: reviewers

    Apple's new iPhones a slight notch above the X: reviewers

    The absence of a striking new feature left major tech blogs and newspapers lukewarm on the new XS range of Apple Inc's iPhones in the first batch of reviews on Tuesday, although most praised the improvements to a wide range of standard...

  • Military cemetery revisited

    Military cemetery revisited

    The Military and Hospitaller Order of St Lazarus of Jerusalem will be organising a discussion about the history and architecture of Ta’ Braxia cemetery, as part of their Castello Lanzun charity lecture series. Ta’ Braxia was commissioned at the...

  • Sacro Cuor parish, Sliema, celebrates its centenary

    Sacro Cuor parish, Sliema, celebrates its centenary

    Our Lady of the Sacred Heart parish church, Sliema, better known as Sacro Cuor, is this week marking 100 years since it became the second of Sliema’s four parishes on September 24, 1918. It was preceded by the church of Our Lady Star of the Sea...

  • Tourists not welcome: how to tackle the issue of overtourism

    Tourists not welcome: how to tackle the issue of overtourism

    Nowadays, it’s easy and cheap to reach European destinations. This makes these types of experiences appealing to large numbers of tourists. But when a lot of people are all heading off to the same places, the issue of overtourism arises. This is...

  • From the Customs House to Imgherbeb Point (Part 3)

    From the Customs House to Imgherbeb Point (Part 3)

    Hidden and hemmed in between the stores and the bastion wall was a flight of steps that provided a short cut from the Barriera to Porta di Monte. In 1710, nobody could have guessed that Nix Mangiari Steps would acquire quite a reputation in the...

  • An invasion of Malta: military manoeuvres on an island garrison

    An invasion of Malta: military manoeuvres on an island garrison

    On April 7, 1899, an invading naval fleet approached the northern shores of Malta, and having carried out a reconnaissance to select the most suitable landing places, effected a successful invasion of our islands. At 8am that day, two battalions...

  • President meets Lifecycle cyclists at San Anton

    President meets Lifecycle cyclists at San Anton

    Twenty-five cyclists from the Foster Clark Lifecycle Challenge cycled for six hours around Malta as part of their very early Sunday morning training for the forthcoming challenge. They stopped briefly at San Anton Palace and were greeted by...

  • Facilitating speech, language skills in Maltese children via smart devices

    Facilitating speech, language skills in Maltese children via smart devices

    Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) is a condition through which children find it challenging to understand or use spoken language. Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) are professionals trained to detect and treat this condition as early as...

  • Myth debunked: Growing out of a language disorder

    Myth debunked: Growing out of a language disorder

    Many parents start to worry when they notice that their child is not talking as much as other children. They chat about it with their social support network and, of course, their family and friends try to help by saying there’s nothing to worry...

  • Photo of the week - September 16, 2018

    Photo of the week - September 16, 2018

    Researchers at the University of Minnesota and the McAlpline Research Group have 3D printed a ‘bionic eye’ device. The researcher developed a new way to print electronics on a curved surface. The electrodes act as light receptors that could help...

  • Winners of Stagecoach Short Play Festival 2018

    Winners of Stagecoach Short Play Festival 2018

    The winners have been announced following the 2018 edition of Stagecoach Theatre Arts School’s popular Short Play Festival, which took place on September 7 at the Drama Unit Studio Theatre in Blata l-Bajda. Coordinated by Maxine Aquilina and led...

  • Maltese bishop: ‘I will still be going back to Tripoli’

    Maltese bishop: ‘I will still be going back to Tripoli’

    Mgr George Bugeja, coadjutor bishop of the Apostolic Vicariate of Tripoli, speaks to Simonne Pace from his home town of Xagħra about the dire situation in Libya and his commitment to his community there. Caught in the line of fire in Libya, Mgr...

  • From riot to rainbow

    From riot to rainbow

    On June 28, 1969, when the first brick was hurled outside of the Stonewall Inn in New York, there was very little thought that something bigger might come out of an angry riot outside a gay bar. In the 1950s and 1960s, the LGBT community faced an...

  • Want a Brexit deal referendum? A major voting problem is being overlooked

    Want a Brexit deal referendum? A major voting problem is being overlooked

    Should there be a second referendum on Brexit? Those in favour seem to be growing in number. The People’s Vote, led by respective Labour and Tory dissidents Chuka Umunna and Anna Soubry, is campaigning for any final Brexit deal to be put to the...