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  • Corporations are funding health and nutrition research - should you be worried?

    Corporations are funding health and nutrition research - should you be worried?

    For the health-conscious consumer, it’s hard to keep up with the dizzying array of products on offer. Consumers want unbiased information to help them make the right choices, and industry says it is listening and working with health researchers to...

  • Thai bay made famous in 'The Beach' to be shut for another two years

    Thai bay made famous in 'The Beach' to be shut for another two years

    The closure of the glittering Thai bay made famous by the movie "The Beach" has been extended for another two years to allow a full recovery of its corals and wildlife, an official said Thursday, drawing a sharp rebuke from the tourism...

  • Worldwide, obesity rising faster in rural areas

    Worldwide, obesity rising faster in rural areas

    Obesity worldwide is increasing more quickly in rural areas than in cities, a study reported Wednesday, challenging a long-held assumption that the global epidemic of excess weight is mainly an urban problem. Data covering 200 countries and...

  • A glimpse of the future

    A glimpse of the future

    If you fancy a glimpse of the future, there’s no better place to be than the Gadgets Expo this weekend. The event is being held for the first time as part of the Malta Robotics Olympiad, the largest local technology fair, which opens tomorrow at...

  • All you need to know about the F1 Spanish Grand Prix

    All you need to know about the F1 Spanish Grand Prix

    With four races down, and 17 to go F1 is back this weekend – and it’s taking place in rural Catalonia, Spain. The venue itself, Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, is arguably one of the best on the calendar, as it is well connected to the city centre...

  • Empathy in healthcare is finally making a comeback

    Empathy in healthcare is finally making a comeback

    A doctor friend – let’s call her Anne – was teaching three smart medical students who were told to diagnose a woman complaining of nonspecific pain and anxiety. After 20 minutes of questions, the students wrote seven pages of notes and recommended...

  • Iceland turns carbon dioxide to rock for cleaner air

    Iceland turns carbon dioxide to rock for cleaner air

    In the heart of Iceland's volcano country, 21st-century alchemists are transforming carbon dioxide into rock for eternity, cleaning the air of harmful emissions that cause global warming. The technology mimics, in accelerated format, a natural...

  • Watch: The weird and the wonderful at New York's Met Gala, fashion's biggest night

    Watch: The weird and the wonderful at New York's Met Gala, fashion's biggest night

    Lady Gaga has stunned guests at New York's Met Gala, embodying the extravaganza's "camp" theme as she peeled back look after garish look at the fete thrown by the venerable Metropolitan Museum of Art that sees Hollywood and fashion collide. The...

  • Teenage pregnancy doesn't have to mean catastrophe

    Teenage pregnancy doesn't have to mean catastrophe

    The idea of having a baby as a teenager often is viewed as both a personal catastrophe and a social problem. This is probably why the continuing decline in teenage births in Britain – which is now at the lowest level since records began – is...

  • Online abuse: teenagers often don't see it as a problem

    Online abuse: teenagers often don't see it as a problem

    Protecting children from harm online is high on the political agenda right now. The UK government has set out plans to make social media companies legally responsible for protecting users, and MPs have criticised social media platforms for relying...

  • World's first vaccine suitable for both humans and livestock?

    World's first vaccine suitable for both humans and livestock?

    If ever there were proof that humans are animals too, it’s in the diseases that we share with other species. From rabies and Zika to Ebola and bird flu, many deadly diseases around the world can pass between animals and people. Currently, we have...

  • ITS students experience Finnish education system

    ITS students experience Finnish education system

    The Finnish education system is ranked among the best in the world and has been a top performer since the first Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) triennial international survey started in 2000. Various factors may play a role...

  • Screen time for children: WHO's approach may do little to curb obesity

    Screen time for children: WHO's approach may do little to curb obesity

    Get children more active. That’s the aim of the World Health Organisation’s new guidelines on physical activity, sedentary behaviour and sleep for children under five years of age. The guidelines make specific recommendations about the amount of...

  • Police photo lineups: background colours can skew identification

    Police photo lineups: background colours can skew identification

    Identification parades can be powerful evidence in securing convictions in criminal cases. But eyewitness evidence is notoriously prone to errors – and organisations such as the Innocent Project have found out that 70% of wrongful convictions that...

  • US climate sceptics send shivers through Arctic cooperation

    US climate sceptics send shivers through Arctic cooperation

    For the first time in over two decades, member states of the Arctic Council failed to agree on a final declaration at their bi-annual ministerial meeting on Tuesday, due to a US refusal to mention climate change. At the start of the 11th gathering...

  • Misplaced faith in Mother Nature is holding us back from scientific benefits

    Misplaced faith in Mother Nature is holding us back from scientific benefits

    Measles cases in the US have hit a 25-year high, with 78 new infections in the past week alone. In a sign of the times, a cruise ship with hundreds of Scientologists on board was quarantined in St Lucia after one passenger was diagnosed with the...

  • Palm oil: EU ban won't save Asian rainforests

    Palm oil: EU ban won't save Asian rainforests

    Anyone lucky enough to visit Ghana could do worse than order a plate of boiled yam and red-red – a stew made with beans and tomato paste. A Sunday morning treat in Europe might be homemade crepes and hazelnut chocolate spread. Both of these meals...

  • Scientists develop device to detect bacteria in minutes, not days

    Scientists develop device to detect bacteria in minutes, not days

    The era of doctors prescribing patients powerful antibiotics while they wait for lab reports could soon be numbered, with a new device returning results within minutes instead of days. It was invented by a team at Penn State university and...

  • Mastering the art of French cuisine

    Mastering the art of French cuisine

    It’s 8.30am and young, aspiring chefs are already busy sautéeing vegetables, preparing a soufflé mix and chopping frog legs, while a pleasant aroma emanates from a simmering pot of crayfish sauce that is to accompany a traditional French dish:...

  • Millions hungry as drought grips Somalia: charity

    Millions hungry as drought grips Somalia: charity

    Drought has left nearly two million Somalis in desperate need of food, a humanitarian agency warned Monday, as poor rainfall pushes communities to the brink across East Africa. The Norwegian Refugee Council said hundreds of thousands of children...