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  • 'Smiling depression': here's why that's particularly dangerous

    'Smiling depression': here's why that's particularly dangerous

    The term “smiling depression” – appearing happy to others while internally suffering depressive symptoms – has become increasingly popular. Articles on the topic have crept up in the popular literature, and the number of Google searches for the...

  • A child’s right to family

    A child’s right to family

    There is a saying which goes: “Parental love is the only love that is truly selfless, unconditional and forgiving”. So what about the love that foster carers give to children who are not their own from birth, asks Joanne Cocks. Just stop for a...

  • Interior design of the future will seem like magic

    Interior design of the future will seem like magic

      Imagine a house where the walls change colour depending on your mood, or your tablecloth changes shape when you’re having a dinner party. A house where every item, from your cushions to your lampshades, interact with you. This might sound like...

  • Tiny S.Africa beach restaurant crowned best in world

    Tiny S.Africa beach restaurant crowned best in world

    A tiny beach restaurant in an isolated South African fishing village was named the best in the world on Monday. Chef Kobus van der Merwe, who only learned to cook when he was 30, forages every day for ingredients on the wild Atlantic shore of the...

  • Hugely successful Mars mission is helping us design the next Rover

    Hugely successful Mars mission is helping us design the next Rover

    NASA’s Opportunity rover on Mars has been officially pronounced dead. Its amazingly successful mission lasted nearly 15 years, well beyond its initial three-month goal. Opportunity provided the first proof that water once existed on Mars and...

  • 'Killer' cells raise hope of universal flu vaccine

    'Killer' cells raise hope of universal flu vaccine

    Scientists said Monday they had discovered immune cells that can fight all known flu viruses in what was hailed as an "extraordinary breakthrough" that could lead to a universal, one-shot vaccine against the killer disease.  Influenza epidemics,...

  • Virus-infested fungus could help cut chemical pesticides

    Virus-infested fungus could help cut chemical pesticides

    The evidence against chemical pesticides is mounting. An estimated 7m people are at risk from exposure to pesticides globally, while a million a year suffer or die from pesticide associated diseases. And that says nothing of the damage they are...

  • Admitting that vaccinology is imperfect science may be better way to defeat sceptics

    Admitting that vaccinology is imperfect science may be better way to defeat sceptics

    Around the world, vaccines are in retreat, shunned by populations who, for the most part, have never been exposed to the diseases that blighted or shortened the lives of their grandparents’ generation. But with the possible exception of quinine –...

  • Lend me your name

    Lend me  your name

    The concept of ‘prestanome mandate’ is often misconstrued, perhaps due to the wrong impression had by many that it is necessarily a product of illicit intentions. Prestanome mandate is a legal mechanism by virtue of which an ‘apparent owner’ is...

  • Japan trial to treat spinal cord injuries with stem cells

    Japan trial to treat spinal cord injuries with stem cells

    A team of Japanese researchers will carry out an unprecedented trial using a kind of stem cell to try to treat debilitating spinal cord injuries, the specialists said on Monday. The team at Tokyo's Keio University has received government approval...

  • This time, it’s personal

    This time, it’s personal

    Under intense pressure from the SUV competition, the MPV segment is struggling to retain its fair share of the market. First introduced in 2005, the Mercedes-Benz B-Class has since sold 1.5 million units and the third generation of this sport...

  • Luxury on wheels

    Luxury on wheels

    It came as no surprise that, among the impressive collection of exotic cars one finds on our island, we also have a Bentley Bentayga. When I bumped into an old friend who told me he had recently acquired one, I very willingly accepted his kind...

  • It started with a click…

    It started with a click…

    Sometimes looking for the ideal in life is quite a difficult task. We’re constantly searching for the ideal restaurant, the ideal home and, of course, the ideal car. Like all the luxuries in life, the ideal way to com-mute is sometimes out of reach...

  • Solarino – Sicilian city linked to St Paul

    Solarino – Sicilian city linked to St Paul

    A number of Sicilian towns have claimed that they were paid a visit by St Paul after he left Malta but it is difficult to verify this. Our only written source is the Bible, which says that after Malta St Paul and St Luke landed in Sicily and...

  • Oh my Prague!

    Oh my Prague!

    Having heard for a long time that Prague is the most Gothic city in Europe, last year I finally decided to ignore the nagging feeling that I would be disappointed, and took the plunge. To give you an idea of the architectural richness of Prague,...

  • Shoulder conditions: ‘Keyhole recovery much shorter than open surgery’

    Shoulder conditions: ‘Keyhole recovery much shorter than open surgery’

    The shoulder is a ball and socket joint and is very mobile. The ball is kept in its socket through the help of various ligaments, cartilages and tendons. In the 1930s a surgeon called Michael Burman introduced a procedure using a keyhole camera...

  • Investing in our children’s health

    Investing in our children’s health

    Some of the most important factors that influence children’s and adolescents’ health include cardio-respiratory fitness, muscular fitness, physical activity and exercise. Research indicates that children’s health and fitness levels have an impact...

  • It happened this month: The consecration of St John’s conventual church in 1578

    It happened this month: The consecration of St John’s conventual church in 1578

    After the great victory of 1565, the Order of St John proceeded with the building of the new city of Valletta. During their sojourn in Vittoriosa between 1530 and 1571, the Order had made use of that city’s parochial church of St Lawrence for...

  • Missing the wow factor

    Missing the wow factor

    Cent’Anni47, Triq Monsinjur, Luigi Catania, GħargħurTel: 9945 9914 Food: 7/10Service: 8/10Ambience: 9/10Value: 7/10Overall: 7/10 There are some nights when we just can’t agree on what to get up to. I for one am always up for any activity that sets...

  • The novels of Ġużè Cardona

    On March 7, 2019, SKS Publications will be launching a set of two novels by Ġużè Cardona (1922-1988). One of them is Manwel Ġellel (Emanuel Gellel) which was first published in 1961 and the other is a posthumous novel called Żmien il-Qerda (The...