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  • International students on British drinking: 'people don't know when to stop'

    International students on British drinking: 'people don't know when to stop'

    Of the 2.3 million students starting courses at UK universities each autumn, well over 400,000 are international students from non-UK countries. The scale and importance of international students to the UK higher education sector is now well...

  • Impatient patients turn to online 'buyers club' for new drugs

    Impatient patients turn to online 'buyers club' for new drugs

    Frustrated by delays in new medicines reaching their own country, a small but growing number of patients are turning to an online broker that bills itself as a legal version of the Dallas Buyers Club. While regulators warn of the risk of buying...

  • Mediterranean wildfires will increase by 40% with global warming

    Mediterranean wildfires will increase by 40% with global warming

      Europe’s Mediterranean regions have strong sunshine, bright blue seas, beautiful beaches, and pretty holiday houses immersed in pine forests that provide welcome shade. It sounds very inviting, but such a scenario is also perfect for severe...

  • The optical tweezer technology that changed biology and won Nobel glory

    The optical tweezer technology that changed biology and won Nobel glory

    The 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to three pioneers of the laser technology that has made a big impact on the world. Gérard Mourou and Donna Strickland were recognised for their method of generating high-intensity, ultra-short...

  • International Day of Older Persons 2018: 20% of world’s population will be 60 or older by 2050

    International Day of Older Persons 2018: 20% of world’s population will be 60 or older by 2050

    In 1990 the UN General Assembly designated October 1 as International Day of Older Persons. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. So the theme chosen by the UN – ‘Celebrating older human rights...

  • How weaponising the body's immune system can deliver a cure for cancer

    How weaponising the body's immune system can deliver a cure for cancer

    We’re beginning to treat cancer in a whole new way. Rather than killing cancer cells directly with chemo or radiotherapy, the latest treatments are designed to promote the body’s natural immune control over the disease. So-called immunotherapy...

  • How we can turn plastic waste into green energy

    How we can turn plastic waste into green energy

    In the adventure classic Back to the Future, Emmett “Doc” Brown uses energy generated from rubbish to power his DeLorean time machine. But while a time machine may still be some way off, the prospect of using rubbish for fuel isn’t too far from...

  • Fat people do not need your concerns about their health

    Fat people do not need your concerns about their health

    Gravely misinformed ideas about health, beauty and body image still dominate, as derogatory reactions to plus size model Tess Holliday’s October Cosmopolitan UK magazine cover prove. TV presenter Piers Morgan, for example, posted a photo of the...

  • Sleep yourself to a longer, healthier life

    Sleep yourself to a longer, healthier life

    Sleep is the best medicine. Although older adults need as many hours of sleep as younger adults – between seven to nine hours each night – we often hear the commonly held but mistaken belief that you need less sleep as you age. Disruption of sleep...

  • Prefect past

    Prefect past

    Joe Scicluna’s passion for the Ford marque started from a black and white photo of a Prefect, says Joseph Busuttil from the Old Motors Club. The first car that Oliver Scicluna bought for his own daily use as well as for family outings was a black...

  • The 1938 Czech crisis and the situation in Malta

    The 1938 Czech crisis and the situation in Malta

    On March 28, 1938, Konrad Henlein, the leader of the Sudeten German Party in Czechoslovakia, met German Chancellor Adolf Hitler during which the former was instructed to put pressure on the Czech government regarding the rights of the three...

  • The literal average

    The literal average

    Cicchetti43, Pjazza Vittorja,NaxxarTel: 2748 4554 Food: 6/10Service: 7/10Ambience: 7/10Value: 6/10Overall: 6.5/10 We use language quite liberally. When I hear someone saying the word ‘literally’ in every sentence, I know that somewhere on the...

  • Celebrating Valletta

    Celebrating Valletta

    Denis De Lucca, Giovanni Bonello and Petra Caruana Dingli (EDS.): Encounters with Valletta – A Baroque City Through the Ages, International Institute for Baroque Studies at the University of Malta, Malta, €80. I wonder how many cities can actually...

  • Eight fascist propaganda posters for wartime Malta

    Eight fascist propaganda posters for wartime Malta

    A considerable number of Maltese nationals were stranded, or opted to remain, in Italy when war with the UK broke out at midnight of June 10-11, 1940. That was my fourth birthday, embellished by air raids, bombs, fires, explosions and searchlights.

  • Taking the biscuit

    Taking the biscuit

    A small village, once called Skirdustan and still called “Obar Lobhair” in Gaelic, and named after a noisy burn flowing into the river Spey, is the unsung centre of traditional Scottish cuisine. Moray is one of the most more-ish places on...

  • Is it the end of Versace as we know it?

    Is it the end of Versace as we know it?

    In a move that sadly surprised no one, the end of Milan fashion week brought with it the news that Versace as we have always known it is no more owing to the fact that it was acquired by Micheal Kors for $2.1 billion. The move sparked...

  • Corinthia veterans get together

    Corinthia veterans get together

    Twelve Corinthia Veterans – so called because they joined Corinthia when it first launched in the 1960s – met up in September to enjoy an evening of cocktails and canapés in the new Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa Executive Lounge. The veterans had...

  • Real estate firm’s adventures on the beach

    Real estate firm’s adventures on the beach

    Frank Salt Real Estate staff and consultants from all branches recently came together for a great outdoor team-building adventure at Għadira Bay. Participants had to face several challenges including ball, mind and physical games that gave the...

  • Maria Adeodata Pisani book available soon

    A book about Blessed Maria Adeodata Pisani, written by the late Rev. Prof. Peter Serracino Inglott, was launched recently after a thanksgiving Mass celebrated by the Bishop of Gibraltar, Mgr Carmelo Zammit. The book will be on sale as from Sunday,...

  • Seasonal skies

    Seasonal skies

    Our ancestors had a deeply profound knowledge of the skies visible from our islands, and this was indeed paramount for their survival. Prior to the introduction of calendars, the different seasons could only be told apart with any precision from...