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  • Infanticide in Malta

    Infanticide in Malta

    Infanticide is a general term for child murder, while neonaticide is the term used for children slain within the first 24 hours of life. These crimes have specific characteristics that distinguish them from other murders. While women commit very...

  • Discussing sexual health with your children

    Discussing sexual health  with your children

    The changes in sexual attitudes, behaviours and lifestyles that have taken place across society present today’s parents with some of the most complex issues they will ever confront. Frequently, parents look to schools, health professionals,...

  • Unearthing aspirin’s cancer-preventive mechanisms

    Unearthing aspirin’s cancer-preventive mechanisms

    The well-known drug aspirin has, in recent years, attracted considerable research interest, in light of its promising cancer-preventive effects. Widely used to treat inflammatory pain (such as headaches) and prevent post-operative thrombosis in...

  • Myth debunked: It’s a penalty!

    Myth debunked: It’s a penalty!

    All football supporters, at some point, suffered a heartbreak after a penalty shootout. The final of the World cup, Italy-Brasil (USA 94); the traditional England-Germany shootout (England’96), all classic encounters ending with a lucky draw. No...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    Task Force 1, the world’s first nuclear-powered task force. USS Enterprise (CVAN-65), USS Long Beach (CGN-9) and USS Bainbridge (DLGN-25) in formation in the Mediterranean, 18 June 1964. Enterprise has Einstein’s mass–energy equivalence formula...

  • How gardening can improve the mental health of refugees

    How gardening can improve the mental health of refugees

    Green spaces and meaningful tasks are both good for mental health. Author provided After spending many years living in refugee camps, gardening can provide a safe space to establish identity, rebuild lives and attain happiness. A new study on the...

  • Migrants have crossed the Mediterranean for centuries

    Migrants have crossed the Mediterranean for centuries

    A 16th century chart of Europe and North Africa. Luis Texieira, Portolan Chart, Lisbon, ca. 1600 via Wikimedia Commons.Felicita Tramontana, University of Warwick The appointment of Matteo Salvini, leader of the far-right Lega party, as Italy’s new...

  • We don’t own data like we own a car – which is why we find data harder to protect

    We don’t own data like we own a car – which is why we find data harder to protect

    Shutterstock   It’s known as the “privacy paradox”: people say they want to protect their data privacy online, but often do little to keep it safe. Why? We propose that it’s because people find data difficult to own – and things we don’t own, we...

  • No data on drug-driving

    No data on drug-driving

    Recently, Parliament passed legislation to improve access to medicinal cannabis and regulate its production. With the possession of marijuana having been partially decriminalised, discussions about the drug’s full decriminalisation have been...

  • Cannabis oil for epilepsy – what you need to know

    Cannabis oil for epilepsy – what you need to know

    Epilepsy drugs don’t work well, or at all, for about one-third of people with the condition. Unfortunately, these hard-to-treat epilepsies are associated with an increased risk of premature death. Anecdotal evidence suggests that cannabis oil may...

  • How eye disorders may have influenced the work of famous painters

    How eye disorders may have influenced the work of famous painters

    It’s been argued the Impressionists were short sighted. The Boulevard Montmartre at Night, Camille Pissarro/Wikimedia Commons Vision is an important tool when creating a painted artwork. Vision is used to survey a scene, guide the artist’s...

  • Your tweets can be used as evidence against you

    Your tweets can be used as evidence against you

    As we increasingly use social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and WhatsApp to communicate with each other, many of us are unaware of the ways in which our posts might later resurface – and get us into trouble with the...

  • The world's most popular - and worst - passwords are...

    The world's most popular - and worst - passwords are...

    Guess what the world's most popular, and worst passwords were last year? Really, you do not need to guess. Nor do you need to be a hacker.  They are '123456' and 'password', and that was the case in previous years as well, SplashData, a firm that...

  • ‘Shy’ Maltese teacher wins European Bikini contest

    ‘Shy’ Maltese teacher wins European Bikini contest

    A Maltese teacher walked away with the European Bikini contest title in Germany over the weekend, after seeing off more than 40 competitors. Leanne Bartolo, 30, admitted she was “completely surprised” after she was announced the winner of the...

  • Blown away by the art of cigar making

    Blown away by the art of cigar making

    Joseph Dougall, a seventh generation family member of a company that makes traditional Maltese cheroot cigars, tells Simonne Pace how he took over the business at a young age, his strong connections with Africa and his passion for the art of...

  • Can we predict mortality from human faces?

    Can we predict mortality from human faces?

    Do ugly older people die younger? In 2012 Ian Deary and his colleagues with the University of Edinburgh tested whether older adults who looked less attractive died before their more attractive peers. The authors asked people to rate the...

  • The first Maltese inhabitants in Pachino... and a number of lies

    The first Maltese inhabitants in Pachino... and a number of lies

    The Sicilian town of Pachino was founded in 1760 by Gaetano and Vincenzo Starrabba, the ‘Principi di Giardinelli’, on what was originally malaria-infested marshland. The concession was given to the Prince of Giardinelli by King Ferdinand IV...

  • Eye tracking: seeing art from a different perspective

    Eye tracking: seeing art from a different perspective

    Eye tracking is a technique where a person’s eye movements, defined as the gaze, is recorded via a camera. This movement can be captured either remotely like when a person is looking at a computer-mounted camera, or else by wearing a head-mounted...

  • 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,...