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  • Myth Debunked: Espresso, please

    Myth Debunked: Espresso, please

    This week we debunk myths concerning the most popular drug of choice, caffeine.  Found abundantly in coffee, it is the world’s most widely consumed psychoactive drug. Unlike many other psychoactive substances however, it is legal and unregulated...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    Reef restoration: More than 400 coral ‘trees’ grow in this nursery off the coast of Tavernier, Florida. The set-up aims to nurture corals that in the wild are increasingly endangered by threats such as warming waters and ocean acidification.

  • Before the tower cranes arrived... Malta looked like this

    Before the tower cranes arrived... Malta looked like this

    In the days when the world was black and white, Malta’s buildings used to sing in architectural harmony. See these pictures of Malta's glorious historic buildings in this week's edition of The Senior Times, with photos courtesy of Bay Retro.

  • Yanny or laurel? Is your brain playing tricks on you?

    Yanny or laurel? Is your brain playing tricks on you?

    As a speech scientist, I never thought I’d see so much excitement on social media about one tiny little word. The clip, which went viral after being posted on Reddit, is polarising listeners who hear a computer voice say either “Laurel” or...

  • Babies and pets: a guide for new parents

    Babies and pets: a guide for new parents

    It goes without saying that having a baby is a life changing event. Thankfully, there is a wealth of information about how best to raise this new tiny human and get through the early days in one – albeit sleep deprived – piece. However, there is...

  • Wheels of time

    Wheels of time

    The old saying goes that history was written on the back of a horse. Jessica Arena leafs through David Arrigo’s new book which highlights the moments when history was instead made behind the wheel of a car. At the Grand Master’s Palace in...

  • British court could change the way in which divorces are awarded

    British court could change the way in which divorces are awarded

    A woman who wants to divorce her husband of 40 years is preparing for a Supreme Court fight which her lawyers say could have implications for people in unhappy marriages. Tini Owens' lawyers say she should not have to prove that the behaviour of...

  • Meghan Markle's father overshadows wedding to Prince Harry

    Meghan Markle's father overshadows wedding to Prince Harry

    Meghan Markle's father overshadowed his daughter's wedding to Prince Harry by sowing confusion about whether he would walk her down the aisle or snub the British royal family by pulling out of the intricately planned celebration at the last...

  • Across the world in search of home

    Across the world in search of home

    Antoinette Sinnas brings out the beauty of giving an orphan a ray of hope, an abundance of love and a sense of belonging. Fiona and Dave Anastasi have just adopted Nina from India and given new life to a child who would have otherwise probably...

  • Lifestyle changes may increase chances of pregnancy

    Lifestyle changes may increase chances of pregnancy

    Following a study linking infertility to dietary habits, gynaecologist Mark Formosa tells Simonne Pace that work still needs to be done on lifestyle education to guide women wishing to have children. A study published in the journal Human...

  • Cigarettes kill and it’s not just people

    Cigarettes kill and it’s not just people

    Smoking kills seven million people a year globally and it scars the planet through deforestation, pollution and littering. Details of the environmental cost of tobacco are revealed in a study on the global tobacco epidemic released in 2017 by the...

  • St John Baptist De La Salle in Maltese art

    St John Baptist De La Salle in Maltese art

    John Baptist De La Salle (April 30, 1651-April 7, 1719), a French priest and education reformer, dedicated much of his life to the education of poor children in France. In doing so, he started many lasting educational practices. He inspired others...

  • Leandro Preziosi: a portrait of Emily Idonea Le Marchant?

    Leandro Preziosi: a portrait of Emily Idonea Le Marchant?

    A previous article (The Sunday Times of Malta, January 22, 2017) featured Leandro Preziosi’s photographs of Governor Le Marchant and his two youngest daughters. In that case there was conclusive evidence that the daughters featured were Blanche...

  • New partners after separation: how and what children feel

    New partners after separation: how and what children feel

    When a separation is acrimonious and/or emotions are running high, the introduction of a new partner is a common source of conflict. A parenting arrangement that has been working well may fall off the rails if one parent insists that the new...

  • Contracts at the crossroad

    Contracts at the crossroad

    ‘I agree,’ says the button. There’s another button that says ‘Cancel’. You start reading the end-user agreement. By the end of the first clause, you’re thinking of your evening plans. Anyway, you need this software. Click. You’ve...

  • Myth debunked: Exploring myths about smart contracts

    Myth debunked: Exploring myths about smart contracts

    Some think that smart contracts are legally enforceable. However, this is not yet the case. The legalities around smart contracts are still being worked out and there are many complex issues that need to be ironed out before they will actually...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    Researchers from Politecnico di Milano in Italy used Artificial Intelligence techniques to automatically create new levels in the popular video game Doom. The technique learns what the most important features in existing levels are and uses these...

  • Primary school bans posh pencil cases to make life easier for poorer children

    Primary school bans posh pencil cases to make life easier for poorer children

    A headteacher has banned fancy pencil cases after her school was "poverty-proofed" by experts. It was one of the measures taken at St Wilfrid's Primary School in Blyth, Northumberland, aimed at minimising the stigma poorer pupils endure. Head...

  • Watch: Florida off-duty policeman saves baby's life

    Watch: Florida off-duty policeman saves baby's life

    A Florida policeman has received plaudits from his department after his quick actions were credited with saving the life of an unresponsive baby. Deputy Jeremie Nix was off-duty and driving home from work when he noticed a motorist flagging him down.

  • 'I am a child of God... and I am also a child of a rape victim'

    'I am a child of God... and I am also a child of a rape victim'

    As women’s rights activists call for the legalisation of abortion, particularly in cases of rape, Lara Sierra, herself a rape victim, speaks to a pro-life campaigner, born of rape, about her international campaign to remove the parental rights of...