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  • Want to become a better person? Travelling more might be the answer

    Want to become a better person? Travelling more might be the answer

    Travelling offers new experiences and can open people’s minds. It allows you to get out of your daily groove – of work, commuting, housework and cooking – to think about the things that really matter and enjoy some quality time in a different...

  • St Publius in the Vatican Museum and in a 16th century engraving

    St Publius in the Vatican Museum and in a 16th century engraving

    Today, the Floriana community celebrates the feast of their and Malta’s patron saint, Publius, the first bishop of Malta. The saint may not enjoy great popularity, but Publius’s name features in the Acts of the Apostles (in Chapter 28, verses 7...

  • Tiered golden crown, sceptre and sacred water: the Thai king's coronation

    Tiered golden crown, sceptre and sacred water: the Thai king's coronation

    Most Thais have never witnessed a coronation -- it has been almost 70 years since the last one, when the young Bhumibol Adulyadej was crowned in 1950. But while Bangkok may have changed from a slow-moving capital to a bustling modern city, the...

  • And finally some good news: oyster farms could flourish once again

    And finally some good news: oyster farms could flourish once again

    When we think of mass habitat extinction, colourful, diverse and highly visible ecosystems such as tropical rain forests and coral reefs come to mind. Approximately half of global shallow water coral reefs and forests have been lost over the last...

  • Breakthrough treatment prevents sexual HIV transmission among gay men: study

    Breakthrough treatment prevents sexual HIV transmission among gay men: study

    HIV-suppressing medication can make the AIDS virus "untransmittable" even among couples who have sex without using condoms, new research showed Friday. The Europe-wide study monitored nearly 1,000 gay male couples over a period of eight years,...

  • Meet the authors at Il-Ħaġar

    Meet the authors at Il-Ħaġar

    As part of the Gozo Alive weekend of cultural activities, Il-Ħaġar Heart of Gozo Museum, St George’s Square, Victoria, is hosting an event for Melitensia book lovers and collectors tomorrow from 10am to noon. Various authors, including Christian...

  • Extra nipples, bones and teeth: why?

    Extra nipples, bones and teeth: why?

    Scientists in the UK recently reported that a bone that was thought to be lost to evolution is making a comeback. The little bone, known as the fabella (little bean), is found at the back of the knee – if it is found at all. The scientists...

  • Delicata announces the Bettija’rt laureates

    Delicata announces the Bettija’rt laureates

    Delicata has announced the laureates of the winery’s Bettija’rt | wine.art.living barrel art exhibition and contest, organised in association with Is-Suq tal-Belt | Valletta Food Market. The winery’s Bettija’rt art initiative aims to bring the...

  • People love coffee and beer for the buzz, not the taste: study

    People love coffee and beer for the buzz, not the taste: study

    Fancy yourself a coffee connoisseur with a love for dark roasts? Or maybe hoppy pale ales are more your thing? The truth may be that our preferences for caffeine or alcoholic beverages  - or indeed sugary sodas -  derive not so much from the way...

  • Cialis gets your heart pumping - in more than one way

    Cialis gets your heart pumping - in more than one way

    In the 1990s, the US drug firm Pfizer was developing drugs to treat angina. During early trials of these drugs, male participants reported a striking side effect: they were getting erections. This discovery led to the development of drugs to treat...

  • Is the Assange indictment a threat to the First Amendment?

    Is the Assange indictment a threat to the First Amendment?

    A British court on Wednesday sentenced Julian Assange to almost a year in prison for jumping bail. That’s not the end of Assange’s legal problems: On May 2, Assange, the co-founder of WikiLeaks, will appear at a London court in relation to his...

  • Can you wake up after decades in a coma? The story behind the headlines

    Can you wake up after decades in a coma? The story behind the headlines

    In 1991, a car crash left Munira Abdulla, a 32-year-old woman from the United Arab Emirates, with devastating brain injuries. Doctors reportedly thought she might never regain full consciousness. However, in late 2018, almost three decades after...

  • Asteroid sample sheds light on how Earth got its water

    Asteroid sample sheds light on how Earth got its water

    Water is essential for life on Earth and is one of our most precious natural resources. But considering how our planet formed, it is quite surprising how much water we still have. The Earth aggregated from a cloud of gas and dust – a...

  • Like Uber, but for organs: first kidney delivered by drone

    Like Uber, but for organs: first kidney delivered by drone

    A kidney needed for transplantation has been delivered by a drone for the first time ever, the University of Maryland Medical Center said, a development that could herald faster and safer organ transport. The specially designed high-tech drone was...

  • France, Italy mark 500th anniversary of Leonardo's death

    France, Italy mark 500th anniversary of Leonardo's death

    The Loire Valley town of Amboise will kick off festivities marking the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci's death in style on Thursday, with the French and Italian presidents topping the bill. The Florentine master who personified the Italian...

  • Drinks with Mona Lisa: A special night at the museum

    Drinks with Mona Lisa: A special night at the museum

    Daniela Molinari dreamed of offering a drink to the famous Mona Lisa and asking her all about the great Leonardo Da Vinci. On Tuesday night she enjoyed a very special night at the museum, at the famous Louvre in Paris. The Italian-Canadian art...

  • Three tonnes of rubbish collected from Everest

    Three tonnes of rubbish collected from Everest

    A dedicated clean-up team sent to Mount Everest has collected three tonnes of garbage in its first two weeks, officials said Wednesday, in an ambitious plan to clean the world's highest rubbish dump. Decades of commercial mountaineering have left...

  • Aussie scientists find antidote for deadly box jellyfish sting

    Aussie scientists find antidote for deadly box jellyfish sting

    Australian researchers believe they have found an antidote to a sting from the world's most venomous creature, the much-feared box jellyfish. Researchers at the University of Sydney had been investigating how the venom is so deadly that one box...

  • Joannes Gennadius and his little big Melitensia treasure

    Joannes Gennadius and his little big Melitensia treasure

    The recovery of rare materials and antique documents connected with Malta, in particular abroad, tucked away in distant archives, far away from the shores of Malta and Gozo, has always sent shivers down my spine, triggering off adrenaline and...

  • Spoilers: making people angry since Victorian times

    Spoilers: making people angry since Victorian times

    It’s fair to say that with the release of the latest series of HBO’s Game of Thrones and another instalment from Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, Avengers: Endgame, the “spoiler” has never had so much power. Twitter and Facebook have become no-go...