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  • Facebook 10-year challenge: our need to belong vs distrust of social media

    Facebook 10-year challenge: our need to belong vs distrust of social media

    When the 10-year challenge began doing the rounds on social media, people rushed to post profile pictures of themselves from 2009, side by side with one from 2019, to highlight how much they had changed (or not) in the meantime. It is estimated...

  • Victorian food trend that could help you lose weight

    Victorian food trend that could help you lose weight

    In recent years, mindfulness – defined as “a mental state or attitude in which one focuses one’s awareness on the present moment” – has become embedded into our everyday language. Mindfulness has helped many people to develop the skills necessary...

  • Whose hearts, livers and lungs are transplanted in China?

    Whose hearts, livers and lungs are transplanted in China?

    Scientist He Jiankui’s claimed use of the genetic tool CRISPR to edit the genomes of twin girls led to international condemnation. His actions have focused a spotlight on research ethics – and what the consequences should be when scientists “go...

  • Kidneys grown in rats could pave way for human transplant options

    Kidneys grown in rats could pave way for human transplant options

    Scientists said Wednesday they have successfully used mice stem cells to grow kidneys in rat embryos, using a technique that could one day help grow human kidneys for transplant. But the researchers cautioned that their success was only a first...

  • How hunting for crabs in a museum unlocked secrets of their evolution

    How hunting for crabs in a museum unlocked secrets of their evolution

    Games can help people engage with science outside of the traditional realm of research and academia. And using games in ecological research is on the rise, helping ecologists answer questions they’d never be able to in a laboratory experiment.

  • Brexit: what the army could legally do to maintain public order if needed

    Brexit: what the army could legally do to maintain public order if needed

    The prospect of a no-deal Brexit has led to some dystopian predictions about what might happen if the UK leaves the EU without a transition plan in place on March 29. Councils in Kent warned of impending gridlock on the roads and supermarkets of a...

  • How to lose weight and keep it off – according to science

    How to lose weight and keep it off – according to science

    Losing weight is often at the forefront of many people’s minds at the start of the year. But if weight loss was your goal for 2019, chances are that by now, you’ve probably already experienced some challenges. That’s because sticking to a strict...

  • Cancer growth in the body could originate from a single cell

    Cancer growth in the body could originate from a single cell

    Cancer remains a frightening and largely incurable disease. The toxic side effects of chemotherapy and radiation make the cure often seem as bad as the ailment, and there is also the threat of recurrence and tumour spread. Cancer treatment still...

  • Why do so many people believe in psychic powers?

    Why do so many people believe in psychic powers?

    Mind reading and the ability to predict the future are not skills people generally associate with the human race. Yet, research shows many people genuinely believe in the existence of psychic powers. You would think that instances of proven...

  • More than love: Chris and Moira, 25 years on

    More than love: Chris and Moira, 25 years on

    Life for Chris Scicluna and Moira Stafrace has been a roller-coaster ride of emotions, excitement and surprises. The couple, who won Malta’s Song for Europe festival 25 years ago and are still together, share bits and pieces of their amazing...

  • So you went vegan in January – now what?

    So you went vegan in January – now what?

    Many people will have had their fill of cheese, chocolate and meat over Christmas and have felt much more energised after going vegan in January (an event known as Veganuary). This invigorating feeling is largely due to the increase in fruit,...

  • Obesity-linked cancers on the rise in young adults

    Obesity-linked cancers on the rise in young adults

    A sharp increase in obesity-linked cancers among young adults in the United States could foreshadow a reversal in the overall decline in cancer mortality, researchers warned Monday. In a sweeping study covering two-thirds of the US population,...

  • Leonardo da Vinci: 500 years after his death his genius shines as bright as ever

    Leonardo da Vinci: 500 years after his death his genius shines as bright as ever

    Old masters rarely come more venerable (and venerated) and instantly recognisable than Leonardo da Vinci. But to think of Leonardo as an Old Master – with all its connotations of being staid, traditional, somehow old-fashioned and boring – is to...

  • Global experts call for earlier cancer detection

    Global experts call for earlier cancer detection

    Today’s World Cancer Day, led by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), aims to inspire and encourage action from individuals, the health community and governments to improve public awareness and access to early detection, screening...

  • Birds of paradise in Malta

    Birds of paradise in Malta

    On February 5, 1862, the P & O Steamship Euxine left Alexandria bound for Marseilles, with a stopover in Malta. On board was a special and unusual cargo in the charge of one Alfred Russel Wallace, identified simply on the passenger list as “Mr...

  • The Beatles reborn

    The Beatles reborn

    What do Prince Charles and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, have in common with Nicole Kidman, Kate Winslet, Oprah Winfrey and Bill Gates? They have all been to Rishikesh and probably Liverpool too. Fifty years ago, The Beatles went to India to...

  • An Unforketable experience

    An Unforketable experience

    The Fork and CorkTelgha Tas-Saqqajja, MdinaTel: 7904 7043 Food: 8/10Service: 7/10Ambience: 8/10Value: 8/10Overall: 8/10 I’ll take any excuse to dine out. Not that I don’t enjoy cooking, far from it. More often than not my home plays host to almost...

  • Stop victim blaming

    Stop victim blaming

    I have been watching the documentary Surviving R. Kelly in slack-jawed horror. Here sits a man who has been accused of multiple underage sex crimes over a period of over 30 years and yet, although everyone from his brothers to his managers to the...

  • The Alfred Christian case

    The Alfred  Christian case

    On February 27, 1909, Alfred Christian, the manager and owner of an English bank, appeared before the Court of Judicial Police charged with having, at Valletta, repeatedly committed acts that offend morals and modesty in a place exposed to public...

  • To the rhythm of the waves

    Charles Bezzina: Mar-Ritmi tal-Baħar: a collection of poemsSelf-published, 2018 A poet is unquestionably a dreamer, and poetry is essentially human and elemental. Despite the prevailing atmosphere of a chaotic world that seems to no longer know...