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  • Hotel key cards, even invalid ones, help hackers break into rooms

    Hotel key cards, even invalid ones, help hackers break into rooms

    By getting hold of a widely used hotel key card, an attacker could create a master key to unlock any room in the building without leaving a trace, Finnish security researchers said in a study published on Wednesday, solving a 14-year-old...

  • First polar bear born in the tropics dies at 27 in Singapore zoo

    First polar bear born in the tropics dies at 27 in Singapore zoo

    Singapore on Wednesday mourned the death of the first polar bear born and bred in the tropical island city, put down by wildlife authorities after a five-year battle with health difficulties stemming from old age. Inuka, a 27-year-old animal who...

  • Restaurant launches new brand identity

    Restaurant launches new brand identity

    The Lord Nelson Restaurant in Mosta recently celebrated the launch of its new brand identity with its first wine and dine event, treating guests to a selection of dishes from its new menu which were each specifically paired with wine from the...

  • Wounded soldier gets world's first penis transplant in U.S. operation

    Wounded soldier gets world's first penis transplant in U.S. operation

    A soldier wounded by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan has received the world's first complete penis and scrotum transplant, officials at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore said on Monday. A team of nine plastic surgeons and two...

  • N.Korea's Kim to be served Swiss rösti at inter-Korean summit

    N.Korea's Kim to be served Swiss rösti at inter-Korean summit

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will be served Swiss rösti with a Korean twist at a summit on Friday with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, the South's presidential Blue House said on Tuesday. The fried potato dish was chosen as an homage to...

  • Monument to feminist trailblazer Fawcett unveiled outside London's parliament

    Monument to feminist trailblazer Fawcett unveiled outside London's parliament

    A statue of British women's rights leader Millicent Fawcett was unveiled in Parliament Square on Tuesday, the first monument to a woman to be erected on the historic site. Fawcett, one of the leading campaigners for equal rights, will be...

  • Ireland wins EU OK to tax sugary drinks on health grounds

    Ireland wins EU OK to tax sugary drinks on health grounds

    Ireland gained EU approval on Tuesday for a tax on sugary drinks after regulators said the levy would help the country tackle health and obesity issues. The ruling could help head off any challenges to taxes in other EU countries, including...

  • Neuroscience unlocking mysteries of the teenage brain

    Neuroscience unlocking mysteries of the teenage brain

    How would you describe an average teenager? For most people, the following characteristics might come to mind: moody, impulsive, risk taking, likely to succumb to peer pressure. While it’s clear that adolescence is a period of life that is rife...

  • World wine output falls to 60-year low

    World wine output falls to 60-year low

    Global wine output fell to its lowest level in 60 years in 2017 due to poor weather conditions in the European Union that slashed production in the bloc, international wine organisation OIV said. Wine production totalled 250 million hectolitres...

  • Taking cancer warnings - with a pinch of coffee

    Taking cancer warnings - with a pinch of coffee

    A California judge recently ruled that Starbucks and other coffee companies in the state must serve the drink with a cancer warning. The legal issue comes from the presence of acrylamide in coffee. This chemical is typically found in many foods...

  • New recipes for greener concrete

    New recipes for greener concrete

    Getting more advanced high-performing concrete was the aim of an international conference this month, prodding the building materials industry to adopt standardisation for better sustainability. Anne Zammit reports. Concrete is the second most...

  • Snoring threatens one in every six marriages in UK

    Snoring threatens one in every six marriages in UK

    Nearly one in six Brits have considered leaving their partner due to their snoring, according to a new survey. In light of this year's National Stop Snoring week, Breathe Right undertook a nationwide survey of couples in the UK. They found as many...

  • Yoghurts may contain child's daily sugar limit

    Yoghurts may contain child's daily sugar limit

    Apparently healthy yoghurts can come close to sending children over their daily sugar limit in a single helping, campaigners have warned. Public Health Liverpool said its own analysis found that some yoghurts contain the equivalent of almost five...

  • An endless scrollof experiences

    An endless scrollof experiences

    From climbing the Great Wall of China, to marvelling at the Forbidden City and soaking in the Summer Palace’s serenity, Beijing left Veronica Stivala enthralled. China is like several countries rolled into one. Even though I was aware of this...

  • A Florentine affair

    A Florentine affair

    I ToscaniQbajjar Bay, Gozo Food: 7/10Service: 7/10Ambience: 6/10Value: 7/10Overall: 7/10 Nothing much ever happens in Qbajjar. It is a peaceful, unassuming little Gozitan bay, an extension of Marsalforn that opens onto the limestone chequerboard...

  • The Ximenes Cannon: from plunder to prize of war

    The Ximenes Cannon: from plunder to prize of war

    On July 12, 1798, Admiral John Jervis, first Earl of St Vincent (1735-1823) and Commander-in-Chief of the Mediterranean Fleet, issued the following order to the relevant officers of His Majesty’s Ordnance at Gibraltar from his flagship HMS Ville...

  • Dating in the modern era

    British author Fattima Mahdi recently self-published her debut title, Love Don’t Come Easy: The Modern Struggle, a book she wrote to highlight the ways in which we have socially evolved through modern technology and the effect this has on our...

  • A fresh take on historical fiction

    James Vella-Bardon:The Sheriff’s Catch Unbound, 2018 Within the first few pages of James Vella-Bardon’s novel, the reader is served with combat scenes, house burnings and a quest for revenge. The year is 1585 and the initial setting is the...

  • The stomach bug

    The stomach bug

    Vomiting, diarrhoea and stomach cramps are not the best one could wish for. However, these are very common at this time of year. Such illnesses are consistent from year to year, with most cases occurring from October to May. But specific peaks...

  • Nicholas Monsarrat’s masterpiece translated by Wistin Born

    Nicholas Monsarrat’s masterpiece translated by Wistin Born

    Less than a year after the well-known English novelist Nicholas Monsarrat first published The Kappillan of Malta back in 1973, Wistin Born, the famed author of Is-Salib tal-Fidda (The Silver Cross), had already translated it into Maltese. The main...