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  • Did you know that leading 16th century author was a courtesan?

    Did you know that leading 16th century author was a courtesan?

    A 12th-century queen consort, patron and politician, Eleanor d’Aquitaine, is credited with having invented the built-in fireplace after she found Northern France too cold for her liking. And Veronica Franco, a Venetian courtesan tried for...

  • Could cheese help prevent type 2 diabetes?

    Could cheese help prevent type 2 diabetes?

    Many people believe that low-fat dairy products are healthier than high-fat dairy products. Indeed, many public health guidelines recommend low-fat dairy over high-fat dairy. However, our latest research, published in PLOS Medicine, found that...

  • Benevolence and healing art

    Benevolence and healing art

    Enthusiasm for Chinese culture and traditional medicine is gaining ground in Malta. This was confirmed by the generous public attendance to several events which were organised last week by the Jiangsu Provincial Commission of Health and Family...

  • Should vegans avoid avocados and almonds?

    Should vegans avoid avocados and almonds?

    A video recently doing the rounds on Facebook included a segment from the BBC comedy quiz show QI. The video asks which of avocados, almonds, melon, kiwi or butternut squash are suitable for vegans. The answer, at least according to QI, is none of...

  • Touch, but not see

    Touch, but not see

    Tactile, a Valletta 2018 exhibition featuring 12 concealed sculptures intended to never be seen, aims to reverse any preconceived notions of the ‘normal’ process of perceiving visual art exclusively through sight. Set up at the University’s...

  • Low rate of successful bystander CPR in Malta

    Low rate of successful bystander CPR in Malta

    The World Restart a Heart Day will be marked in Malta on Tuesday with an event taking place at Freedom Square Valletta between 10am and 2pm. The day was chosen by the International Committee on Resuscitation to promote bystander CPR...

  • Malta and the Battle of Lepanto – October 7, 1571

    Malta and the Battle of Lepanto – October 7, 1571

    On September 16, 1571, a combined Christian fleet sailed from Messina in Sicily to seek out its Muslim counterpart. Prayers were offered by people who feared their culture, religion and perhaps their very lives depended on the fleet’s success. The...

  • Will March be the last time we move the clock?

    Will March be the last time we move the clock?

    The EU is moving very fast on the question of daylight savings time, promising to have a definite decision early next year. By the end of March 2019, if a consensus is reached to abolish the seasonal clock change, it will be up to each country to...

  • Heart disease: know your risks

    Heart disease: know your risks

    Most of us have a family member or friend who has suffered a heart attack or a stroke. For some, this was fortunately a one-time event, but if one is not careful the proba­bility is that it can happen again. Many would say: “That could have been...

  • What’s in an ‘N’?

    What’s in an ‘N’?

    N Japanese Bistrot92, Strait StreetVallettaTel: 2730 0781 Food: 8/10Service: 8/10Ambience: 9/10Value: 8/10Overall: 8/10 Google’s search predictions reveal quite a lot about what the world is thinking. I can’t recall what it was I was searching for...

  • The aesthetic issue

    The aesthetic issue

    It’s a tale as old as time: two people looking at exactly the same dress and one seeing their Cinderella moment and the other thinking that the only time they would wear the item is to their own funeral (and only because someone else put it on...

  • Independence Day marked in Dubai

    Independence Day marked in Dubai

    Malta’s Independence Day was celebrated in Dubai with a visit by a high-level delegation headed by President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca and including ministers Carmelo Abela and Ian Borg and parliamentary secretary Chris Agius. This coincided with...

  • Car sharing goes to Science in the City

    Car sharing goes to Science in the City

    GoTo, which will next month roll out its first national car-sharing fleet of electric cars, took part in this year’s edition of Science in the City, in Valletta, where it had the chance to explain the technology behind this new service. This €8...

  • Food safety

    Food safety

    In today’s convenience driven lifestyle, ready-to-eat (RTE) food products are becoming an inevitable need. Food items such as prepared salads, cooked meats and dairy products like milk, cheese and spreads that do not require further cooking can be...

  • Chanel Eyes Collection 2018: The magic of night

    Chanel Eyes Collection 2018: The magic of night

    For the 2018 Eyes Collection, Lucia Pica, Chanel’s global creative makeup and colour designer, drew inspiration from the magic of night, an infinitely intriguing symbol of freedom. Elegant, intuitive and on the go, Chanel presents the first...

  • Myth debunked: You lose most of your body heat through your head

    Winter is approaching and, inevitably, temperatures drop making us feel colder. Perhaps you’re thinking about donning on a hat to keep warm, as our family members keep on insisting that unless we wear a hat we will get very cold. This popular myth...

  • For curvy women who want to dress young

    Violeta by Mango launched its new autumn/winter campaign featuring Ashley Graham which, under the slogan I Am What I Am, pays tribute to empowered and feisty women. To let it be known and shout to the world “this is how we are and we like it”. I...

  • Photo of the week - October 14, 2018

    Photo of the week - October 14, 2018

    A tryptic soya agar plate inoculated with liquidised ġbejna contaminated during manufacture. The cheese is home to a variety of bacteria and fungi, including Penicillium sp., which yield the fuzzy blue-green colonies seen on the agar plate.

  • Only man and woman

    Only man and woman

    Dolce&Gabbana Beauty launched The Only One, the new floral fragrance that captures the essence of sophisticated and hypnotising femininity. This eau de parfum introduces a new facet of the Dolce&Gabbana woman: her radiant allure and her innate joy...

  • Air Malta carries 35 per cent more passengers in August

    Air Malta carries 35 per cent more passengers in August

    Air Malta registered a 35 per cent increase in passengers on its Malta-based routes during August, its busiest month of the year, compared to last year. It carried a total of 244,799 passengers to and from Malta. Air Malta was one of the main...