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  • Mobility-challenged pets

    Mobility-challenged pets

    This week, Fulu was welcomed by his new family in Germany. Fulu is an eight-month-old Pharaoh Hound puppy. A couple of months ago, Fulu was hit by a passing car. The damage caused to his spine was irreparable and he was left paralysed from the...

  • Maritime ex-voto paintings: linking seafaring and faith

    Maritime ex-voto paintings: linking seafaring and faith

    In Malta, as in other coastal cultures, mari­time man does not rely on technological knowhow alone. He has also set up a mechanism of a different kind, believing in a sanctified order in which the Lord is a refuge from sea stroms, with the saints...

  • Damned lies?

    Damned lies?

    In the issue of February 26, we gave an example to illustrate Simpson’s Paradox. The data in  the table shows that 70 per cent of students from one school, St Giles, passed their SEC exams, while 60 per cent of students from another school, St...

  • The birthday paradox

    The birthday paradox

    How many people should there be in a group so that the probability of at least two of them having the same birthday (that is, they were born in the same month and on the same day) is at least 50 per cent? Perhaps an immediate guess would be half...

  • Explore, think, imagine

    Preparations are well under way to ensure that children have an exciting Easter. But what about activities for adults? Esplora comes up with some fun experiments involving science to try out… Do you know you can use vinegar to make eggs bouncy?...

  • The future of transport

    The future of transport

    Technological innovation has led to a growing demand for a new mobility service as the sector responds to the need for safer and more sustainable transport A new driverless shuttle bus is hitting the streets of Greenwich, London, in the next three...

  • Family books entire cruise ship for fairy-tale wedding

    Family books entire cruise ship for fairy-tale wedding

    The 1970s television series Love Boat has inspired many to tie a glamorous couple and a cruise ship into a wedding at sea. Yet one family has taken this a step further and booked an entire cruise ship to celebrate a fairy-tale wedding. Before...

  • Giving a new spark to old Maltese songs

    Giving a new spark  to old Maltese songs

    Etnika recently performed in Australia, where they were warmly welcomed by Maltese and international audiences. Stephanie Fsadni listens to their latest album, which marks a new musical direction for the band – one they like to call...

  • A knight of Malta’s 1588 homicide

    A knight of Malta’s   1588 homicide

    The desolately luxuriant criminal energies prevalent in Malta during the first century of the rule by the Order of St John have not been properly studied so far. Many reasons account for this information blackout – mostly the poor documentation...

  • The return of the king (of the planets)

    This month sees the return of giant planet Jupiter in the evening skies. After appearing in the early morning skies for the past months, Jupiter now rises earlier as it approaches its closest position (666 million kilometres) with respect to the...

  • Pleasure in the brain

    Pleasure in the brain

    Dopamine plays an important part in movement, motivation, mood and memory. It also has a dark side. The neurotransmitter is implicated in addiction, schizophrenia, hallucinations and paranoia. Yet dopamine is best known for its role in...

  • If every fool wore a crown, we should all be kings

    If every fool wore a crown, we should all be kings

    Waking up to a shocking or surprising phone call today will be something experienced by plenty. It’s the day when your cousin gets pregnant, your friend wins the lottery and wants to share the prize money with you, and your brother quits his...

  • World-famous electronic music festival gets Maltese offshoot

    World-famous electronic music festival gets Maltese offshoot

    Electronic music fans are to get a taste of one of Europe's most renowned festivals, thanks to a live satellite link that will stream three DJ sets from the Tomorrowland mainstage. Top international and local DJs will also perform on stage at the...

  • The Duke of Cambridge in Malta

    The Duke of Cambridge in Malta

    On April 29, 2011, the day of Prince William of Wales’ marriage to Catherine Middleton, Buckingham Palace announced that as a special mark of favour, Queen Elizabeth II was pleased to confer a dukedom on Prince William. His titles would be Duke of...

  • Fat-cat Chester

    Fat-cat Chester

    This week I attended to a growing problem. My patient was a very large seven-year-old male ginger cat. His owners had brought him to the clinic because they had become concerned about his lethargy and breathlessness. But while Chester’s owners...

  • Fur and purr competitions

    Fur and purr competitions

    Cat lovers are invited to the Top Cat Final Malta, being held in collaboration with Top Cat (International Cats Ranking System) on April 22 and 23 at Smart City. The most beautiful and fascinating cats will be on show, along with a two-day WCF...

  • Can reminiscing therapy help slow down ageing?

    Can reminiscing therapy help slow down ageing?

    ‘Reminiscing villages’ are popping up around the world. These are mock villages built for residents who have dementia. The villages are designed to look as though they are from a bygone era. Usually, they are decorated with antiques from 50 years...

  • 'They are the soldiers, I am simply the narrator': Ira Losco

    'They are the soldiers, I am simply the narrator': Ira Losco

    In her latest music video, Ira Losco shares the stage with modern-day ‘soldiers’, including cancer and meningitis survivors. “I am simply the narrator in a real-life story,” she tells Pink in her first full-blown interview after giving birth to...

  • Myth debunked: Bitter in the back, sweet in front: a common myth

    Myth debunked: Bitter in the back, sweet in front: a common myth

    Everybody has seen the tongue map – that little diagram with different sections neatly cordoned off for different taste receptors. Sweet in the front, salty and sour on the sides and bitter at the back. This is a long-held misconception that the...

  • Novelties in breast cancer treatment

    Novelties in breast cancer treatment

    Improved screening techniques, as well as revised treatment protocols, have led to a decrease in breast cancer mortality rates of western countries, particularly in younger age groups. Even so, breast cancer remains the principal cause of cancer...

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