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  • All aboard Italy's 'Trans-Siberian' railway

    All aboard Italy's 'Trans-Siberian' railway

    Destroyed first by the Nazis and then by government cuts, Italy's very own "Trans-Siberian" railway has reopened thanks to the work of hobbyists, taking travellers back in time through the snowy Abruzzo mountains. Today, lovingly restored, almost...

  • High potency pot 'strongly linked' to psychosis

    High potency pot 'strongly linked' to psychosis

    High potency cannabis, especially when used daily, is "strongly linked" to the risk of developing psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia and paranoia, scientists said Wednesday. In Amsterdam and London - where high-THC marijuana has long been...

  • How to stand out from the crowd in a very competitive job market

    How to stand out from the crowd in a very competitive job market

    The employment market is saturated with graduates who have good degrees and the right qualifications. So the question on many recruiters’ minds is: what else can this candidate offer? Employers have been reporting a “skills gap” in graduates for a...

  • Eggs and health: unscrambling the message

    Eggs and health: unscrambling the message

    It’s hard to keep up with the message on eggs. Are they good for you or not? In the 1960s, people were told: “Go to work on an egg”. But in the 1970s the public was advised to avoid eggs because they were linked to high blood cholesterol. The...

  • Drought wipes a lake in Chile off the map

    Drought wipes a lake in Chile off the map

    The cows and horses would have come for the last blades of grass. Now their bones are scattered on the cracked earth, victims of drought that wiped Santiago's weekend playground Lake Aculeo from the map. Lake Aculeo's demise is so sudden and...

  • Cancer deaths falling for half decade in EU

    Cancer deaths falling for half decade in EU

    The death rate from cancer has been falling for half a decade in the EU, researchers said Tuesday, although the overall number is expected to rise to 1.4 million this year due to an expanding population. The chances of dying from cancer for men...

  • Social media could stop spread of hateful content in aftermath of terror attacks

    Social media could stop spread of hateful content in aftermath of terror attacks

    The deadly attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, in which 50 people were killed and many others critically injured, was streamed live on Facebook by the man accused of carrying it out. It was then quickly shared across social media...

  • How can I help a friend with depression?

    How can I help a friend with depression?

    How do I help a depressed friend? She’s 13 and she says it’s due to trauma, and even though we’re bffs she’s never told me what the trauma is. – Anonymous. This article is part of I Need To Know, a Q&A service for teenagers by The Conversation.

  • Could Brexit mean fewer Michelin stars as well as EU ones?

    Could Brexit mean fewer Michelin stars as well as EU ones?

    Richard Tresidder, Sheffield Hallam University When the UK joined the Common Market in 1974, the country’s restaurants had a total of 26 Michelin stars, the industry standard restaurant rating, in Britain. In 2019 there are 163, including five...

  • Driverless cars: how will you use free time?

    Driverless cars: how will you use free time?

    One of the most attractive things about driverless cars is their potential to free up the time spent driving from A to B. Like passengers on trains or buses, it’s expected that people travelling by driverless cars will be able to spend their time...

  • Nearly 4 in 10 HIV spreaders in US unaware of infection

    Nearly 4 in 10 HIV spreaders in US unaware of infection

    Almost 40 per cent of new HIV cases in the US occur because people do not know they are infected, while a similar proportion know but are not in treatment, according to a study released Monday. The report by the Centers for Disease Control and...

  • Ukraine measles outbreak kills 11, infects 30,000

    Ukraine measles outbreak kills 11, infects 30,000

    Eleven people have died and more than 30,000 have been infected this year in a major outbreak of measles in Ukraine, the European country worst hit by the disease, Kiev said Monday.  The latest victim was a nine-year-old girl who died from...

  • A truly inclusive society requires political restraint

    A truly inclusive society requires political restraint

    Terrible tragedies test leaders to the full. Anyone watching from afar must be impressed with the way in which Jacinda Ardern has dealt with the aftermath of the Christchurch horror. Ardern has kept her shocked population regularly updated, walked...

  • Your skin plays a role in your food allergies

    Your skin plays a role in your food allergies

    Food allergies are on the increase worldwide, ranging from minor inconvenience to possible sudden death, and leading to warnings of an “allergy epidemic”. The most severe form of allergic reaction – anaphylaxis – can occur repeatedly or without...

  • The hare, the tortoise and the Easter egg hunt

    “Breaking news! Breaking news! The tortoise beats the hare in a hair-raising race! Incredible but true! The tortoise takes the trophy!” Paskal, the Easter Bunny, wakes up to this shocking news. It’s even more shocking because the defeated hare...

  • Brexit: what happens next?

    Brexit: what happens next?

    It’s been a turbulent few weeks in the Palace of Westminster and while Britons may all be bored silly by the sight of MPs arguing about what they think the people actually want, the drama shows no sign of stopping. What’s happened so far Since MPs...

  • Fra Mudest, the jolly friar

    Fra Mudest – a jolly friar who always ends up in a pickle – is a household name in children’s literature and many a generation has grown up laughing out loud at the antics of the friar. Penned by Charles Casha, they were first published as...

  • Celebrating trailblazer on heritage and justice

    Celebrating trailblazer on heritage and justice

    Maurice Caruana Curran: Guardian of Heritage and JusticeEdited by Ann Gingell Littlejohn, Anthony Bonanno and Joseph Galea Debono(Malta: BDL, 2018), pp. 352 Judge Maurice Caruana Curran (1918-2015) lived until his late 90s, enjoying a long and...

  • Dealing with no shows

    Dealing with no shows

    There was nothing particularly remarkable about the facts in the case of Reactilab Limited vs Caroline Debattista (1038/2018GM – decided on March 12). It was the typical debt-collection dispute, plenty of which are heard by our courts every day.

  • Kicked into the long grass

    It took 25 years for Frans Ciappara to revisit Giovanni Nicole Muscat’s riveting story of 300 years ago. This is most welcome. Ciappara’s first essay in 1993 had drawn out of the long grass the fascinating figure of Muscat (1735-1803). It was a...