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  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    Compared with many animals, human eyes aren’t particularly adept at distinguishing colours or seeing in dim light. But human eyes can see fine details that most animals can’t, Duke University researchers say. Above is a household scene as viewed...

  • Myth debunked: You should exercise your eyes

    Myth debunked: You should exercise your eyes

    You might have heard that eye exercises are necessary and you just dread needing to exercise yet another part of your body. Don’t despair! While exercising the rest of your body is a good idea, it’s not necessary to exercise your eyes.  As we age,...

  • UK child obesity plan targets energy drinks, junk food ads

    UK child obesity plan targets energy drinks, junk food ads

    A ban on selling energy drinks to children could be introduced under UK government proposals to halve childhood obesity by 2030. Mandatory calorie labelling on menus, an end to unhealthy products at supermarket checkouts, and a 9pm watershed on...

  • Journey into artistic space

    Journey into artistic space

    An arts project is addressing artists’ need for better work spaces and more exposure. Stephanie Fsadni follows The Trail, which will see a number of open studios pop up in Sliema and St Julian’s later this year. Many local artists lack proper...

  • Could sleep research explains ghosts and things that go bump in the night?

    Could sleep research explains ghosts and things that go bump in the night?

    If you believe in the paranormal you might not be surprised if you hear stories of deceased loved ones appearing during the night, huge explosions heard just as someone is drifting off with no obvious cause, and other peculiar occurrences. But...

  • Photos: Boarding the boats of time

    Photos: Boarding the boats of time

    Read the full version of this article in the June issue of Senior Times.

  • What does a 'meaningful vote' on Brexit really mean?

    What does a 'meaningful vote' on Brexit really mean?

    A row over how much say Britain's parliament should have over the Brexit process is set to reach its conclusion on Wednesday as lawmakers finalise the wording of the laws that will end the country's membership of the European Union next...

  • Stand with refugees

    Stand with refugees

    World Refugee Day commemorates the strength, courage and perseverance of millions of refugees. It’s also a key moment for the public to show support for families forced to flee conflict and persecution, says Kahin Ismail. Malta has made great...

  • Watch: Charitable hands bring pet projects to life

    Watch: Charitable hands bring pet projects to life

    Established in 1938, the Malta Society for the Protection and Care of Animals depends on the generosity of the general public and of its volunteers – who amount to around 40 – who offer their time in running the rehoming centre and the society’s...

  • A fantastic journey across a bizarre Malta

    A fantastic journey across a bizarre Malta

    The Maltese Islands are brimming with history, mystery and narrative. Some of the places are pretty popular and yet time has turned them into mundane sites. Others are known by the few and therefore they are unfamiliar and unvalued. A number of...

  • Any goodwill for this ambassador?

    Any goodwill for this ambassador?

    Former Lija Athletic, Birkirkara, Sliema and Floriana striker Ridha Dardouri has been waiting for over a year to be officially recognised in Malta as a goodwill ambassador in Malta for IIMSAM, an autonomous intergovernmental institution recognised...

  • Bad behaviour in classrooms linked to overbearing parents

    Bad behaviour in classrooms linked to overbearing parents

    Children with over-controlling parents are more likely to struggle at school and act up in the classroom, a study has found. Researchers said so-called "helicopter parenting" could have a negative impact on a child's emotional wellbeing, leaving...

  • Almost half of tea-towels have bacteria: but they don't really cause food poisoning

    Almost half of tea-towels have bacteria: but they don't really cause food poisoning

    Aside from being up to the task of drying our dishes, we don’t usually give the humble tea towel much thought. But this week it’s being blamed for causing food poisoning. However, there’s no cause for concern. Yes, bacteria can accumulate on tea...

  • The beginning of a new wave of Maltese migration to Canada

    The beginning of  a new wave of Maltese migration to Canada

    This year marks the 70th anniversary of the beginning of a new wave of Maltese migration to Canada. While there was a trickle of Maltese migration in the 19th century, it was only in the few years immediately prior to and following World War I...

  • To vaccinate or not to vaccinate

    Of 53 European countries, Malta was one of only 13 which did not report any cases of measles in 2017. This is staggering considering that the infection is preventable. Measles is a highly contagious infection that causes flu-like symptoms and a...

  • Myth Debunked: Sugar rush

    Myth Debunked: Sugar rush

    Picture a children’s birthday party and what do you see? Lots of children, high on sugar, running around in semi-organised chaos? Well, as it turns out, sugar may have been given an unfair reputation in this scenario. We have all heard parents...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    Panorama taken by Nasa’s Curiosity rover on Mars. After six years of searching, the rover has found new evidence that could suggest Mars may have once supported life. Organic molecules were found in three billion year old sedimentary rocks in Gale...

  • Gone but not forgotten

    Gone but not forgotten

    Memory has a knack of being both malleable and fallible at times. As time marches on, so do our brains edit out the details of our personal histories, our most cherished moments becoming merely footnotes to the chapters of life. Pictures, however,...

  • Asylum seekers are now political pawns in a disharmonious EU

    Asylum seekers are now political pawns in a disharmonious EU

    The fate of the Aquarius, a Doctors without Borders rescue ship left stranded for hours in the Mediterranean carrying 629 African migrants, is a stark reminder of the EU’s ongoing stalemate on asylum policy. The new Italian interior minister,...

  • Why is Yemen at war?

    Why is Yemen at war?

    The battle for the western Yemeni port of Hodeidah could be an important milestone in the three-year civil war. But analysts say the conflict is so complex that even a decisive outcome there might not bring peace. Why is Yemen so divided? Yemen's...