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  • Why shouldn't men wear skirts?

    Why shouldn't men wear skirts?

    Year on year, predictions are made that skirts will finally be adopted by men as an extension of their regular clothing. Prompted by international fashion weeks and glittering award ceremonies, the idea seems to be that men who make bold...

  • Venice had its own 'Airbnb problem' during the Renaissance

    Venice had its own 'Airbnb problem' during the Renaissance

    Cities around the world have had difficulties balancing the interests of visitors with the needs of residents, as holiday rental platforms such as Airbnb have grown in popularity and size. Evidence shows that the conversion of rented homes to...

  • Staying sober… one day at a time

    Staying sober… one day at a time

    Some 200 people this weekend attend the 13th Alcoholics Anonymous Malta International Convention.  Jack stands at the corner of the busy street, clenching his hands tightly in his grey hoodie pockets, staring blankly ahead at the bustling street,...

  • Baby boomers are increasingly more likely to risk drink-driving than millennials

    Baby boomers are increasingly more likely to risk drink-driving than millennials

    “Baby boomers”, all now over the age of 50, have shown the fastest rise in rates of alcohol and drug misuse over the past 15 years – and this is playing out on Britain’s roads. At first glance, the latest data on reported accidents and casualties...

  • 'Bar truck' brings a bit of life back to French villages

    'Bar truck' brings a bit of life back to French villages

    The traditional French cafe where people of all stripes have customarily met is becoming a rare sight in many villages, but a man with a van - and a liquor licence - is making the rounds to help revive rural socialising. On a brisk recent Friday,...

  • Delicata’s wine barrel art exhibition opens

    Delicata’s wine barrel art exhibition opens

    The Bettija’rt | wine.art.living art exhibition organised by the Delicata winery is now open to the public until April 24 at Is-Suq Tal-Belt, Valletta Food Market in Valletta, each day from 8am till late. Ten artists are collectively exhibiting...

  • Suffer the children: how air pollution hurts the youngest

    Suffer the children: how air pollution hurts the youngest

    Air pollution can have devastating health effects for people of all ages, but children are more vulnerable and face specific risks that can last a lifetime, experts say. Why are children more vulnerable? Children breathe faster than adults and are...

  • Hospital disinfectants should be regulated like antibiotics - study

    Hospital disinfectants should be regulated like antibiotics - study

    Bacterial resistance to two disinfectants used in large amounts to control the spread of hospital infections is strongly associated with resistance to several antibiotics used to treat common infections, our latest study shows. Our analysis,...

  • Imagine a world where you cannot create Downfall memes

    Imagine a world where you cannot create Downfall memes

    The European parliament will vote at the end of March 2019 on a proposal to reform EU copyright law. Under this proposal, online platforms arguably have to introduce technological filters to tackle copyright infringements. This will be of...

  • S.Africa medics use 3-D printer for middle ear transplant

    S.Africa medics use 3-D printer for middle ear transplant

    South African surgeons have successfully performed the world's first transplant of middle-ear bones that uses 3-D printed components, a research university said. The technique "may be the answer to conductive hearing loss - a middle ear problem...

  • New alcohol abuse study could unlock secrets to beating genetic diseases

    New alcohol abuse study could unlock secrets to beating genetic diseases

    Human Genome Project has not lived up to the hype on beating disease, but new alcohol abuse study could change that It is almost 20 years since Bill Clinton joined Tony Blair to announce the first rough sequencing of the human genome to tremendous...

  • Ugly veg: supermarkets aren't the biggest food wasters – you are

    Ugly veg: supermarkets aren't the biggest food wasters – you are

    “Ugly” or “wonky” veg were blamed for up to 40% of wasted fruit and vegetables in 2013, as produce was discarded for failing to meet retailer appearance standards. About 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted worldwide every year and, of this, fruit...

  • Why does breast cancer recur?

    Why does breast cancer recur?

    For breast cancer survivors, the risk of tumours returning casts a long shadow, with recurrence possible up to two decades after a diagnosis. But new research could help identify and treat those most in danger. Doctors have traditionally relied on...

  • Hurricane hotspots face more devastation as storms cluster

    Hurricane hotspots face more devastation as storms cluster

    Melting glaciers, rising sea levels, global warming and violent storms: the effects of climate change are well documented. But a growing weather trend that has caused much concern is storm clustering – when three (sometimes more) hurricanes or...

  • Alone together: how mobile devices have changed family time

    Alone together: how mobile devices have changed family time

    There is now widespread concern about the amount of time children spend staring at screens – with many people worried about the negative impacts mobile devices might have on health and well-being. Concerns have also been raised about the influence...

  • Tooth whitening – don’t gamble with your teeth

    Tooth whitening – don’t gamble with your teeth

    People seem to be hypnotised by the lure of having teeth that are whiter than an Oscars ceremony. Studies show that over half of us are dissatisfied with the colour of our teeth. The seemingly insatiable desire for whiter teeth is welcome news for...

  • Theresa May loses another Brexit vote – is it time she just gave up?

    Theresa May loses another Brexit vote – is it time she just gave up?

    With just over two weeks to go until Brexit, Theresa May has once again failed to get her Brexit deal through parliament, leaving complete uncertainty about where the nation goes next. May lost the vote on her deal 391 to 242, a slightly higher...

  • Slovakia's ice church draws visitors closer to heavens

    Slovakia's ice church draws visitors closer to heavens

    A young nun breathes deeply as she peers up at a statue of an angel bathed in softly coloured light streaming through a church, and as she exhales, you can see her breath. Instead of wood or bricks and mortar, this chilly house of worship perched...

  • What makes joints pop and crack and is it a sign of disease?

    What makes joints pop and crack and is it a sign of disease?

    Joints emit a variety of noises, including popping, snapping, catching, clicking, grinding, grating and clunking. The technical term for these noises is “crepitus”, from the Latin “to rattle”. People of all ages can experience crepitus, although...

  • Web 3.0: the decentralised web promises to make the internet free again

    Web 3.0: the decentralised web promises to make the internet free again

    Have you recently considered deleting your Facebook account, boycotting Amazon or trying to find an alternative to Google? You wouldn’t be alone. The tech giants are invading our privacy, misusing our data, strangling economic growth and helping...