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  • Will artificial intelligence be the future of music?

    Will artificial intelligence be the future of music?

    They may never be able to fill a stadium for a rock concert, but computers are making inroads in the music industry, capable of producing songs - and convincingly so - as illustrated at the South by Southwest festival in Texas. Already, an album...

  • Barbie at 60: instrument of female oppression or positive influence?

    Barbie at 60: instrument of female oppression or positive influence?

    Barbie Millicent Roberts, from Wisconsin US, is celebrating her 60th birthday. She is a toy. A doll. Yet she has grown into a phenomenon. An iconic figure, recognised by millions of children and adults worldwide, she has remained a popular choice...

  • So, whose fault is it?

    So, whose fault is it?

    Unlike abroad, medical practice cases in Malta have somewhat of an infrequent relationship with our courts. There are a few cases instituted, and fewer that actually find the support of our courts and a medical professional is found responsible...

  • Why Virgin Atlantic’s new makeup policy is mostly concealer and gloss

    Why Virgin Atlantic’s new makeup policy is mostly concealer and gloss

    Airline Virgin Atlantic has decided that female cabin crew will no longer be required to wear makeup during flights. They will also be offered the option of wearing trousers as part of their standard uniform allocation rather than only on request.

  • Michael Jackson: expert weighs in on Leaving Neverland

    Michael Jackson: expert weighs in on Leaving Neverland

    Since Leaving Neverland – the disturbing documentary film about Michael Jackson and the nature of his relationship with two young boys – aired, many of Jackson’s fans have said they cannot believe their idol would commit the abuses alleged by the...

  • Mosta Rotunda elevated to the dignity of minor basilica

    Mosta Rotunda elevated to the dignity of minor basilica

    News that the Mosta Rotunda was elevated to the coveted privilege of minor basilica by Pope Francis last May has kindled a sense of satisfaction, joy and gratitude among the parishioners of this populous locality. In a canonical sense, the...

  • Sliema grew with the ferries

    Sliema grew with the ferries

    Compared with the rest of Malta, Sliema is, relatively speaking, a new town. Except for Fort Tigné and St Julian’s Tower there were few buildings of note on the peninsula extending from Mrabat Hill to Tigné Point and its polygonal fort, the...

  • Divorce: how to move on and heal

    Divorce: how to move on and heal

    When Sharon Cusens, a divorced mother of three – Janine, 18, Mark, 17, and Elisa, 14 – finally decided that her marriage was over, she dreaded having to tell her children and had to find a way how to give them the courage needed to face the...

  • The rape of Malta

    The rape of Malta

    This article has been coming for a long time but after the Manoel Island fiasco, I think I’ve finally found the right words to write. A few short weeks ago, a foreign friend of mine who has been living in Malta for five years began passionately...

  • If machines could watch football

    If machines could watch football

    One out of every two people watched part of the FIFA World Cup last year. Yet in spite of the sport’s popularity, there is no robot that could sit next to you on a weekend afternoon, sip on a cold beer, and contemplate your team’s woes and...

  • Myth debunked: The Mona Lisa Effect

    The ‘Mona Lisa Effect’ refers to the impression that the eyes of a person in an image seem to follow the viewer as they move in front of it. Two researchers from the Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology at Bielefeld University...

  • Photo of the week - March 10, 2019

    Photo of the week - March 10, 2019

    Fun fact: octopuses have three hearts, nine brains and all species have venom (mostly non-deadly). They even have blue blood due to a copper-rich protein in their blood that is more efficient than hemoglobin for transporting oxygen at lower...

  • The Boat premiere

    The Boat premiere

    Malta-made film The Boat opened at Eden Cinemas on February 22 with a star-studded red-carpet premiere attended by leading local personalities, as well as actor/producer Joe Azzopardi and director/producer Winston Azzopardi. A glitzy after party...

  • 'Glamping': Dubai's new take on desert camping

    'Glamping': Dubai's new take on desert camping

    Just over 100 kilometres from Dubai's skyscrapers, Mohammed al-Kaabi strolls through the tranquil desert with his friends as the sun sets. Kaabi, 27, hails from a long line of Emiratis, a people with a centuries-old bedouin history tied...

  • Woman's Day: Celebrating progress

    Woman's Day: Celebrating progress

    In no region of the world today do women and men have equal social, economic and legal rights, write daughter and father duo Ciara and Colm Regan Ciara writes: My parents often tell a story about my sister and I from our childhood. They laugh...

  • World designed for men constantly failing women

    World designed for men constantly failing women

    A "gender data gap" is making the lives of women around the world more dangerous - from the misdiagnosis of heart attacks to ill-fitting protective equipment, according to a new book published this week in Britain. Caroline Criado Perez, a British...

  • Russians splurge on flowers for International Women's Day

    Russians splurge on flowers for International Women's Day

    In the first week of March, crowds of buyers line the narrow petal-covered lanes of Moscow's Rizhsky flower market. Men from all over the Russian capital throng to the huge hall to buy flowers for female loved ones and colleagues to be offered on...

  • Das Kartoon: Romance meets propaganda in China's Marx anime

    Das Kartoon: Romance meets propaganda in China's Marx anime

    The Chinese Communist Party is trying a new way to woo younger people, commissioning an anime series whose hero is clean-shaven, slim and a hopeless romantic -- Karl Marx. Called "The Leader", the online cartoon series is designed to make Marx...

  • Of female portraits and prized possessions

    Of female portraits and  prized possessions

    The last resident of Palazzo Falson and her precious belongings, which include a chastity belt, are at the centre of a special tour being organised this week in the run-up to International Women’s Day on Friday. Teresa Lucia, née Prior and known...

  • Travelling back in time with the Neolithic people

    Travelling back in time with the Neolithic people

    Young visitors to Ħaġar Qim and Mnajdra will be given the opportunity to make their own clay pots and flatbread this coming Sunday, as part of a Heritage Malta open day. Children aged 5 to 10 will be shown how to make their own Neolithic clay pots...