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  • Milestone anniversary for Auto Sales

    This year Auto Sales will be 90 years old. It started life when Edward Vincenti Kind began importing an impressive number of products that included cosmetics, ladies’ shoes, household goods, radios and passenger cars. It operated from Republic...

  • Emergency caesareans may increase risk of postnatal depression

    Emergency caesareans may increase risk of postnatal depression

    Becoming a mother, especially for the first time, has its challenges – and it starts with giving birth. From woman to woman, the birth experience can vary tremendously – and one of the most important factors that determines the experiences new...

  • 100 years of storms, and all bar one in October

    100 years of storms, and all bar one in October

    Last weekend’s storm, which may be regarded as the worst storm to affect Malta since 1982, is the only one which did not happen in October, reports Eddie Attard. Storms are created by a combination of low and high pressure that can create winds...

  • Unwanted unacceptable thoughts: they should not be ignored

    Unwanted unacceptable thoughts: they should not be ignored

    Imagine you’re lying in bed when a sack of cocaine falls from a plane, crashes through your roof and lands next to you. You call the police who come round and arrest you for possession. This would be ridiculous. You are not responsible for things...

  • Marrying wine and sweet delights

    Marrying wine and sweet delights

    Now that the nip is still in the air, taste buds crave something intense and there’s nothing quite as comforting as a nice glass of sweet wine with a scrumptious dessert. Finding the right combination isn’t too difficult as long as you follow a...

  • How long before we break the two-hour barrier in the men's marathon?

    How long before we break the two-hour barrier in the men's marathon?

    What can you do with 99 seconds? Check your e-mail? Fire off a tweet? Walk 100 metres? For current men’s marathon world-record holder, Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge, 99 seconds is all that stands between him and the sub two-hour (or “sub-2”) marathon...

  • Sore throat, cough and phlegm – all you need to know about your horrible cold

    Sore throat, cough and phlegm – all you need to know about your horrible cold

    The human body has a large surface area that is in contact with the outside world, much of this comes from the body’s largest organ – our skin – which protects us from a variety of potential threats. The other major sites of contact with the...

  • Can robots ever have a true sense of self?

    Can robots ever have a true sense of self?

    Having a sense of self lies at the heart of what it means to be human. Without it, we couldn’t navigate, interact, empathise or ultimately survive in an ever-changing, complex world of others. We need a sense of self when we are taking action, but...

  • Doctor performs first 5G surgery in step towards robotics 'dream'

    Doctor performs first 5G surgery in step towards robotics 'dream'

    Next-generation wireless technology is taking the medical world a crucial step closer to robots performing remotely-controlled surgery, a doctor in Spain said Wednesday after carrying out the world's first 5G-powered telementored...

  • Why Corbyn's second referendum announcement changes everything

    Why Corbyn's second referendum announcement changes everything

    Qualified, tempered, cautious. As ever with Jeremy Corbyn and Europe, his announcement that the Labour Party would support a new public vote on Brexit is not straightforward. Yes, Labour would support a new vote, but only after it has put a motion...

  • ‘Raising young people to question is a good idea’

    Philosophers tend to be very smart and creative thinkers. Research shows that philosophy graduates, along with physics graduates, are among the smartest people, Stephen Law tells Simonne Pace. Philosophy encourages us to take a step back and ask...

  • Antibiotic resistance: public awareness campaigns might not work

    Antibiotic resistance: public awareness campaigns might not work

    Pathogens, such as bacteria, viruses and protozoa, are becoming ever more resistant to drugs. People speed up this natural process by over-using antibiotics and other antimicrobial drugs in medicine and agriculture, and by leaking them into the...

  • UK students dropping foreign languages en masse: study

    UK students dropping foreign languages en masse: study

    The number of British children taking foreign language classes has nearly halved since 2000, a BBC analysis showed on Wednesday, with those learning French and German down nearly two-thirds. The study was published with the island nation preparing...

  • Nearly half of children with cancer untreated: study

    Nearly half of children with cancer untreated: study

    Some 45 per cent of children with cancer are left undiagnosed and untreated, according to an innovative study of the disease's global footprint among under-15s, published Wednesday.  Worldwide, there are some 400,000 news cases of childhood cancer...

  • Four Maltese Jesuits react to each of the new universal apostolic preferences

    Promoting discernment and the spiritual exercises Fr Tony Calleja SJ We are in transition from a sociological Christianity to faith as a personal choice and commitment to Christ. Ignatian spirituality is centred on Christ and a deep personal...

  • Jesuit Order announces preferred direction for their mission worldwide for the next 10 years

    Jesuit Order announces preferred direction for their mission worldwide for the next 10 years

    Pope Francis last week approved the four ‘Universal Apostolic Preferences’ that will be taken up by Jesuits worldwide for the next 10 years. These highlight areas where Jesuits will offer their attention and resources. Unlike other religious...

  • Nearly 50% of transport pollution deaths linked to diesel

    Nearly 50% of transport pollution deaths linked to diesel

    Some 385,000 people worldwide died prematurely in 2015 from air pollution caused by vehicle exhaust emissions, a US study found Wednesday, which singled out diesel engines as the main culprit. Diesel vehicles were responsible for 47% of the...

  • Online shopping algorithms are colluding to keep prices high

    Online shopping algorithms are colluding to keep prices high

    Have you ever searched for a product online in the morning and gone back to look at it again in the evening only to find the price has changed? In which case you may have been subject to the retailer’s pricing algorithm. Traditionally when...

  • Carbon emissions shows a decade of steady decline

    Carbon emissions shows a decade of steady decline

    A sliver of hope against a backdrop of gloom: 18 countries showed a sustained decline in their carbon emissions from fossil fuel use over the past decade. This trend, averaging 2.2% a year over the period 2005-2015, is evident in less than 10% of...

  • Banksy finally goes to court to stop unauthorised merchandising

    Banksy finally goes to court to stop unauthorised merchandising

    Copyright is for losers – or so Banksy once claimed. But the days of the mysterious artist’s dislike for intellectual property now appear to be long gone, as he has recently won a case of unauthorised merchandising in Italy. The unauthorised...