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  • Did Anne Boleyn really try to speak after being beheaded?

    Did Anne Boleyn really try to speak after being beheaded?

    When Jean-Paul Marat’s killer, Charlotte Corday, was executed by guillotine in 1793, a man named Francois le Gros allegedly lifted her head and slapped both cheeks. Onlookers claimed that Corday’s face took on an angry expression and her cheeks...

  • Tummy timetables: WHO has lifestyle advice for kids

    Tummy timetables: WHO has lifestyle advice for kids

    The United Nations on Wednesday released its first-ever recommendations on physical activity for children under five, with disputed advice on subjects ranging from screen time to "tummy time".  The guidelines from the World Health Organisation may...

  • One million species risk extinction due to humans

    One million species risk extinction due to humans

    Up to one million species face extinction due to human influence, according to a draft UN report obtained by AFP that painstakingly catalogues how humanity has undermined the natural resources upon which its very survival depends. The accelerating...

  • Self-powered 'pacemaker for life' in pigs unveiled

    Self-powered 'pacemaker for life' in pigs unveiled

    Scientists on Tuesday unveiled a battery-free pacemaker that generates its energy from the heartbeats of pigs in what could pave the way for an "implant for life" in humans suffering from heart defects. Millions of patients rely on pacemakers -...

  • ‘Even when you’re old, you can lift’

    ‘Even when you’re old, you can lift’

    When, a few years ago, Pauline Magri decided to take up a regular gym routine, she figured she’d be maintaining a basic level of fitness, at most. Today, she is 69 years old and the proud holder of several world and national records in...

  • Spring, El Khader, Islam and the Resurrection - Fr Geoffrey Attard

    Spring, El Khader, Islam and the Resurrection - Fr Geoffrey Attard

    Many people – especially those who suffer from SAD, an abbreviated form for both Solar Affective Disorder as well as Seasonal Affective Disorder, feel more than happy when February begins to near its end and March is around the corner, with its...

  • Why protesters should be wary of '12 years to climate breakdown' rhetoric

    Why protesters should be wary of '12 years to climate breakdown' rhetoric

    I was invited to speak to a group of teenagers on climate strike in Oxford recently. Like many scientists, I support the strikes, but also find them disturbing. Which I’m sure is the idea. Today’s teenagers are absolutely right to be up in arms...

  • UAE woman comes out of coma after 27 years

    UAE woman comes out of coma after 27 years

    A woman from the United Arab Emirates has spontaneously come out of a coma after 27 years, her family has revealed.   Munira Abdulla suffered a brain injury in a car crash in 1991 and remained in a coma until she regained consciousness last year...

  • Notre Dame: how Christ's Crown of Thorns has survived over and over again

    Notre Dame: how Christ's Crown of Thorns has survived over and over again

    When the spire of Notre Dame cathedral collapsed in a fiery blaze on Monday April 15, it looked as if the priceless treasures inside would be lost forever. This includes sacred paintings, tapestries, sculpture, stained glass windows, as well as a...

  • New scourge from Panama: quest to save the banana from extinction

    New scourge from Panama: quest to save the banana from extinction

    Panama disease, an infection that ravages banana plants, has been sweeping across Asia, Australia, the Middle East and Africa. The impact has been devastating. In the Philippines alone, losses have totalled $400m. And the disease threatens not...

  • When quitting cigarettes, consider using more nicotine, not less

    When quitting cigarettes, consider using more nicotine, not less

    When delivered through cigarettes, nicotine is considered to be one of the most addictive substances on Earth, so it may seem odd to suggest that people should use more, rather than less, to quit smoking. A recent review of the research, however,...

  • South Africa still waiting on post-apartheid promises

    South Africa still waiting on post-apartheid promises

    The election 25 years ago of South Africa's first black president, the late Nelson Mandela, who inspired the struggle against apartheid, was a time of soaring hope that the bruised country would reconcile after decades of discrimination and...

  • USAID launches latest clean-up for Vietnam War-era Agent Orange site

    USAID launches latest clean-up for Vietnam War-era Agent Orange site

    The US launched on Saturday a $183 million clean-up at a former Vietnam storage site for Agent Orange, a toxic defoliant used in their bitter war which years later is still blamed for severe birth defects, cancers and disabilities. Located outside...

  • Greek researchers enlist EU satellite against Aegean sea litter

    Greek researchers enlist EU satellite against Aegean sea litter

    Knee-deep in water on a picture-postcard Lesbos island beach, a team of Greek university students gently deposits a wall-sized PVC frame on the surface before divers moor it at sea. Holding in plastic bags and bottles, four of the 5...

  • Floating on the abyss

    Floating on the abyss

    The subterranean Punkva River, being almost 30 kilometres in length, is the longest underground river in the Czech Republic. It is thanks to the erosion, fluctuation and twisting flows of its many tributaries that an extensive system of...

  • It happened this month: Construction and inauguration of Wignacourt’s aqueduct 1610-1615

    It happened this month: Construction and inauguration of Wignacourt’s aqueduct 1610-1615

    On April 21, 1615, Grand Master Alof de Wignacourt inaugurated the first freshwater supply system to Valletta. Hitherto, the supply of water to Malta’s capital city had been a big problem because only negligible subterranean freshwater reserves...

  • Best in Europe

    I’m always fascinated, if not ever so slightly concerned, by the obvious bipolarism and ingrained inconsistency that seem to dominate the Maltese psyche. We love our dogs and cats yet we voted, via referendum no less, to keep taking potshots at...

  • Dementia, sex and the law

    Dementia,  sex and  the law

    There are events in life that do not fit our black and white moral principles. The monochromatic reality of our moral world is always outshone by the Technicolour nature of reality. People who are suffering from dementia expose some of these...

  • The wonder of budbreak

    The wonder of budbreak

    Magically, Malta’s precious countryside goes from drab to green as bare grapevines awaken from their winter slumber and are recalled to life again. This show of lush vegetation across our heavily urbanised island is not only a beautiful sight, but...

  • The pizza dissonance

    The pizza dissonance

    ElbaCoast RoadBaħar iċ-ĊagħaqTel: 9949 9960 Food: 7/10Service: 6/10Ambience: 9/10Value: 7/10Overall: 7/10 It takes effort to hold two contradictory opinions in one’s mind at the same time, acknowledging both as valid. We saw photos of the plumes...