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  • Power of persuasion goes way beyond mere advertising

    Power of persuasion goes way beyond mere advertising

    There was a time when persuasion was easy to recognise. It was the stuff on billboards and flyers or between the articles in newspapers and magazines. It interrupted TV and radio programmes and it was obviously trying to sell us something. We...

  • 'World's smallest baby boy' set to go home in Japan

    'World's smallest baby boy' set to go home in Japan

    The world's smallest baby boy, who was born in October in Japan weighing as much as an apple, is now ready for the outside world, his doctor said Friday. Ryusuke Sekiya was delivered via emergency Caesarean section, after 24 weeks and five days of...

  • Why are we so moved by the plight of the Notre Dame?

    Why are we so moved by the plight of the Notre Dame?

    Scrolling through news of the Notre Dame fire on social media feeds was like watching a real-time archive of grief in the making, as people expressed their dismay and sorrow at the damage wrought. Why is it that some heritage places publicly...

  • Easter: what the Catholic Church teaches about bread and wine

    Easter: what the Catholic Church teaches about bread and wine

    On the Thursday before Easter, more than two billion Christians worldwide observe the Eucharist, a special ritual that commemorates the Last Supper – a meal hosted by Jesus Christ for his friends 2,000 years ago, the night before he was arrested...

  • Four simple ways to make life better for tenants

    Four simple ways to make life better for tenants

    Everyone knows how important it is to have a home. It’s no surprise that being homeless is bad for a person’s health: it can even kill. And it’s just as obvious that housing which is damp, cold, overcrowded or riddled with toxins is a recipe for...

  • Scientists revive brain function in dead pigs

    Scientists revive brain function in dead pigs

    Scientists have managed to restore cell function in the brains of pigs hours after they died, in a breakthrough Wednesday that experts said threw into question the very notion of what makes animals - or even humans - alive. Authors of the US-based...

  • Upskirting is illegal - but 1 in 10 men don't think of it as sexual harassment

    Upskirting is illegal - but 1 in 10 men don't think of it as sexual harassment

    Upskirting – taking a photo or filming underneath a skirt or dress without consent – has finally become a criminal offence in England and Wales (it was already an offence in Scotland from 2010). Yet despite this progress, a recent report conducted...

  • Journalism's Assange problem: will it result in attacks against press freedom?

    Journalism's Assange problem: will it result in attacks against press freedom?

    These days, anybody with an internet connection can be a publisher. That doesn’t make everybody a journalist. This distinction has become more important than ever in light of two recent events. One was the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

  • Testosterone: why defining a 'normal' level is hard to do

    Testosterone: why defining a 'normal' level is hard to do

    Testosterone is the main sex hormone in men. It’s best known for its role in the development of male sexual characteristics and physical features, but there are also many surprising and lesser known functions of testosterone that make it an...

  • Half of statins patients don't hit 'healthy' cholesterol levels

    Half of statins patients don't hit 'healthy' cholesterol levels

    Millions of patients around the world taking statins to lower the risk of heart disease fail to achieve the recommended levels of cholesterol reduction after two years of treatment, new research said Monday. Statins - a class of medicines designed...

  • Flying cars: automating the skies means playing with our lives

    Flying cars: automating the skies means playing with our lives

    Recent research suggests that flying cars could eventually be a sustainable way to free up roads. The first models are set to hit our skies in 2019 as personal playthings, while industry sees them as taxis and commuter vehicles of the future. But...

  • Living your dream, one sleep at a time

    Living your dream, one sleep at a time

    Hästens beds are a dream combining quality, passion and artisanal execution, says Kristina Cassar Dowling. Drifting off into a good night’s sleep is one of the most satisfying sensations you can experience. It doesn’t quite matter if you’re a...

  • Microplastics found a remote corner of the Pyrenees

    Microplastics found a remote corner of the Pyrenees

    Microplastics have been discovered in a remote area of the French Pyrenees mountains. The particles travelled through the atmosphere and were blown into the once pristine region by the wind, according to a new study published in Nature...

  • Type of grass pollen, not count, could be important for allergy sufferers

    Type of grass pollen, not count, could be important for allergy sufferers

    As the winter cold is replaced by warmer temperatures, longer days and an explosion of botanical life, up to 400 million people worldwide will develop allergic reactions to airborne pollen from trees, grasses and weeds. Symptoms will range from...

  • Scientists unveil 'first' 3D print of heart with human tissue, vessels

    Scientists unveil 'first' 3D print of heart with human tissue, vessels

    Scientists in Israel unveiled a 3D print of a heart with human tissue and vessels on Monday, calling it a first and a "major medical breakthrough" that advances possibilities for transplants. The heart, about the size of a rabbit's, marked "the...

  • The Passion statues

    The Passion statues

    World War I in 1918 had just ended when the newly appointed parish priest of Żebbuġ, Gozo, Fr Anton Grima, ordered a set of eight statues to be used in the Good Friday procession. The statues were to be done in papier mâché by artist Augustine...

  • Retrial: errors in judgments

    Retrial: errors in judgments

    Our system of legal redress adopts a two-tier structure; cases are first heard before and decided upon by the courts of first instance (such as the Court of Magistrates and the Civil Court, First Hall, in case of civil matters). Thereafter, any...

  • Carlo Darmanin: a pioneer in Good Friday iconography

    Carlo Darmanin: a pioneer in Good Friday iconography

    Our forefathers constantly showed interest and devotion during the pious days commemorating the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. A characteristic feature of Holy Week in Malta is undoubtedly the processions held in Maltese and...

  • Trip down memory lane

    Trip down memory lane

    Tex Mex SouthTriq tat-Trunciera, Marsaxlokk Food: 7/10Service: 7/10Ambience: 8/10Value: 6/10Overall: 7/10 When I was a wee whippersnapper growing up here, eating out was a rare occasion reserved for special events or the very odd “treat yourself”...

  • The Australian historical mission in Malta in 1919

    The Australian historical   mission in Malta in 1919

    In January 1919 the Australian Historical Mission travelled to Turkey by way of Italy and Malta to clarify some of the unresolved questions relating to Australia’s participation in the Gallipoli campaign. The all-Australian mission was headed by...