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  • Malta’s groundwater drought

    Malta’s groundwater drought

    Water. It’s everywhere. As a country with clean water supply all around the archipelago, it’s easy to take it for granted. But the current situation for our groundwater is anything but refreshing. The Maltese islands have 18 main groundwater bodies.

  • Myth debunked: Autism myths

    In honour of Autism Awareness Day (held on April 2) and everyone who has this condition, this week’s Myth Debunked is going to tackle some of the most persistent fallacies surrounding it. Myth: Repetitive jobs are best suited for people with...

  • Photo of the week - April 7, 2019

    Photo of the week - April 7, 2019

    A Hoopoe (Daqquqa tat-toppu) pictured in Għadira.

  • Universal Health Coverage: everyone, everywhere

    Universal Health Coverage: everyone, everywhere

    The Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Directorate and Primary Health Care are visiting different localities in Malta and Gozo to disseminate the message of this year’s World Health Day "Universal Health Coverage: everyone, everywhere". World...

  • French Garfield beach phone mystery highlights plastic pollution

    French Garfield beach phone mystery highlights plastic pollution

    For more than 30 years bright orange "Garfield" phones have been washing up on the French coast to the bemusement of local beach cleaners, who have finally cracked the mystery behind them. Locals had long suspected a lost shipping container was to...

  • India fights to save its heritage havelis in the desert

    India fights to save its heritage havelis in the desert

    The resplendent mansions of Bikaner once hosted royalty and wealthy merchants passing through India's deserts with their caravans, but centuries later these bygone architectural masterpieces are crumbling. Made from distinctive red sandstone,...

  • Global life expectancy up 5.5 years since 2000: WHO

    Global life expectancy up 5.5 years since 2000: WHO

    Global life expectancy grew by 5.5 years between 2000 and 2016, the World Health Organisation said Thursday, warning though that unequal income and access to healthcare translates into far shorter lives for many. The UN health agency also stressed...

  • Japan probe blasts asteroid, seeking clues to life's origins

    Japan probe blasts asteroid, seeking clues to life's origins

    A Japanese probe on Friday launched an explosive device at an asteroid, aiming to blast a crater in the surface and scoop up material that could shed light on how the solar system evolved. The explosive mission is the riskiest yet attempted by the...

  • Enjoy the taste of Italian cuisine

    Enjoy the taste of Italian cuisine

    The second edition of the Italian Taste Food Fair, organised by the Italian Cuisine Academy, will be held at Is-Suq tal-Belt, Merchants Street, Valletta, tomorrow and Sunday from noon to 10pm. Around 30 exhibitors will be presenting their Italian...

  • Dogs in the classroom – coming to a school near you soon?

    Dogs in the classroom – coming to a school near you soon?

    When you think about your own school days, you might have had a furry friend to keep you company in the classroom – maybe a school hamster, rabbit or guinea pig. But what about a school dog? That’s what’s being suggested by the vice chancellor of...

  • Intuitive eating: a 'diet' that actually makes sense

    Intuitive eating: a 'diet' that actually makes sense

    Diets for weight loss usually involve restriction. The 5:2 diet relies on restricting calories, and the ketogenic diet relies on restricting particular types of food. Research suggests, however, that restrictive dieting can lead to a higher body...

  • How to survive high pollen counts

    How to survive high pollen counts

    Blooming spring flowers signal the beginning of spring, but for millions of people, they also signal the onset of the misery: allergy and asthma season. Itchy, watery eyes; sneezing, runny nose; cough and wheezing are triggered by an overreaction...

  • Keep your voice down when on a wildlife tour

    Keep your voice down when on a wildlife tour

    Anyone who has ever spent time observing wild animals in nature will know that silence is golden. Wildlife tours recommend that people stay quiet in order to see more, but research on Tibetan macaques suggests that high levels of noise from...

  • All too hard: understanding Brexit, Theresa May and the British humiliation

    All too hard: understanding Brexit, Theresa May and the British humiliation

    In a recent poll, 90% of the British public agreed that the way Brexit negotiations were being handled was a “national humiliation”. A lot of people have described the current situation as a constitutional crisis but they are wrong: the word...

  • Cervical pre-cancer rates down 88% in decade since HPV vaccinations began

    Cervical pre-cancer rates down 88% in decade since HPV vaccinations began

    Cervical cancer is the third most common cancer among women in the UK under the age of 35 after breast and skin cancer. In the majority of cases, the cancer only develops if the patient is infected with human papillomavirus (HPV) types 16 or 18.

  • Thawing permafrost is triggering thousands of landslides across the Arctic

    Thawing permafrost is triggering thousands of landslides across the Arctic

    Early spring temperatures in the town of Deadhorse, on the north coast of Alaska, average -17°C. But with global warming affecting the Arctic more than anywhere, things are changing fast. At the end of March 2019, temperatures in Deadhorse hit...

  • Revealed: the diets cutting our lives short

    Revealed: the diets cutting our lives short

    One in five deaths globally are linked to poor diet, experts said Thursday, warning that overconsumption of sugar, salt and meat was killing millions of people every year. The United Nations estimates that nearly a billion people worldwide are...

  • Should you share pictures of your children online?

    Should you share pictures of your children online?

    Gwyneth Paltrow – who has 5.3m Instagram followers – reportedly ran into a spot of trouble with her daughter, Apple Martin, recently when the 14-year-old called out her mother for posting a picture of her on social media. Whoever you sympathise...

  • Smacking children: ban the practice - or breach human rights law

    Smacking children: ban the practice - or breach human rights law

    Should smacking a child be against the law? That’s the fierce debate reaching a vital stage in Scotland at present, where the parliament’s equalities commitee will announce on April 4 whether it will back legislation to make smacking a criminal...

  • May and Corbyn to meet to seek a Brexit compromise

    May and Corbyn to meet to seek a Brexit compromise

    There is some good news about Brexit. The magic eye picture of Britain’s policy is beginning to emerge from the random pixels of the referendum campaign’s promises and threats to a shadowy image of compromise. But there are three problems:...