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  • Malta Fashion Week 2019 takes off

    Malta Fashion Week 2019 takes off

    Malta Fashion Week 2019, being held at Fort St Elmo in Valletta, started off a high note. The main square is hosting a catwalk and is surrounded by exhibits, bars, stands and a makeshift photo booth. The opening show, The Cure, by Rosemarie...

  • Where wine and science meet

    Where wine and science meet

    Science can be a wonderful thing, but it surely doesn’t evoke that spontaneous, emotional response which typifies how we react to the divine nectar – unless, of course, science and wine meet in your glass. That unusual blend was presented by the...

  • Smokin' hut: Singapore's solution for cigarette puffers

    Smokin' hut: Singapore's solution for cigarette puffers

    Smokers in Singapore will no longer have to sneak a drag on the street, with the launch of the city-state's first air-conditioned "smoking cabin", but the experience won few fans among cigarette puffers on Wednesday. The city-state has some of the...

  • How we traced 'mystery emissions' of CFCs back to eastern China

    How we traced 'mystery emissions' of CFCs back to eastern China

    Since being universally ratified in the 1980s, the Montreal Protocol – the treaty charged with healing the ozone layer – has been wildly successful in causing large reductions in emissions of ozone depleting substances. Along the way, it has also...

  • Five things to look out for in the European elections

    Five things to look out for in the European elections

    Voters across Europe are about to head to the polls to elect 751 members to the European Parliament from across 28 separate member states, representing more than 512m people. The 2019 elections are a mammoth democratic exercise with profound...

  • Only 21% of women who freeze their eggs become mothers

    Only 21% of women who freeze their eggs become mothers

    As the trend for older motherhood continues, amid warnings from experts about the sharp decline in a woman’s fertility in her mid-30s, more and more women are considering egg freezing as a form of “insurance” against age-related...

  • Finding harmony

    Finding harmony

    In the run-up to this Saturday’s European Parliament elections, most political debates, gatherings and rallies have cross-haired on one phrase: tax harmonisation.  And while every local MEP candidate, from all sides of the political room, has...

  • Illegal hunting threatens songbird prized as delicacy

    Illegal hunting threatens songbird prized as delicacy

    Every year, nearly five million breeding pairs of ortolan buntings - a type of tiny songbird classified as endangered in several countries - migrate from Europe to Africa for the winter. About 300,000 of the birds pass through southwestern France,...

  • In the land of stout and spirits, Ireland's first 'dry pub'

    In the land of stout and spirits, Ireland's first 'dry pub'

    It's happy hour in Dublin and the drinks are flowing, but in Ireland's first "dry pub" patrons are forgoing Guinness and whiskey for non-boozy beers and zero percent wine. The Virgin Mary, which opened this month, bucks the trend in a city where...

  • Boy or girl? Hong Kong at centre of banned China gender test

    Boy or girl? Hong Kong at centre of banned China gender test

    Shady middle-men are openly advertising on Chinese social media to smuggle blood samples of pregnant women to Hong Kong to skirt the mainland's ban on gender testing, an AFP investigation has found. The business thrives on a well-organised...

  • Parkinson's has not stopped 67-year-old from enjoying his life

    Parkinson's has not stopped 67-year-old from enjoying his life

    When, aged 67, Anthony Agius discovered he had Parkinson’s, his initial reaction was fear that the life he led and loved was over. Now, two years down the line, Mr Agius has discovered a new lease of life, made new friends and regularly attends...

  • Minding our language

    Minding our language

    Maltese may be one of Malta’s two official languages – but it is our only national language. Technically speaking, all official documents have to be released in English and Maltese, national signage is bilingual, and children grow up learning both...

  • Scandal that should force us to reconsider wellness advice from influencers

    Scandal that should force us to reconsider wellness advice from influencers

    Former social media influencer and “wellness guru” Belle Gibson first caught public attention after claiming she cured herself of terminal cancer by rejecting conventional medicine in favour of a healthy diet and lifestyle. Her story was...

  • Myth busted: EU migrants no extra burden on taxpayers, including in Malta

    Myth busted: EU migrants no extra burden on taxpayers, including in Malta

    For many of the eurosceptic parties expected to gain ground in the upcoming European parliamentary elections, migration – and particularly the principle of free movement of people within the EU – is a decisive issue. The right to free movement...

  • The way we define kilograms, metres and seconds changes on Tuesday

    The way we define kilograms, metres and seconds changes on Tuesday

    We measure stuff all the time – how long, how heavy, how hot, and so on – because we need to for things such as trade, health and knowledge. But making sure our measurements compare apples with apples has been a challenge: how to know if my...

  • Five reasons 'green growth' won’t save the planet

    Five reasons 'green growth' won’t save the planet

    Green growth has emerged as the dominant narrative for tackling contemporary environmental problems. Its supporters, including the likes of the UN, OECD, national governments, businesses and even NGOs, say that sustainability can be achieved...

  • Magnetic north pole shifting rapidly: what will happen to the northern lights?

    Magnetic north pole shifting rapidly: what will happen to the northern lights?

    Like most planets in our solar system, the Earth has its own magnetic field. Thanks to its largely molten iron core, our planet is in fact a bit like a bar magnet. It has a north and south magnetic pole, separate from the geographic poles, with a...

  • Court orders life-support to resume for vegetative Frenchman

    Court orders life-support to resume for vegetative Frenchman

    A Paris appeals court Monday ordered the resumption of life-support for a longtime vegetative Frenchman from whom doctors had only hours earlier begun withdrawing treatment, in a wrenching case that has divided his family and country. The court...

  • DRC must unite in Ebola fight amid 'high' risk of spread: WHO chief

    DRC must unite in Ebola fight amid 'high' risk of spread: WHO chief

    The World Health Organisation chief on Monday urged different political factions in the Democratic Republic of Congo to unite in the battle against Ebola, warning that the risk of spread "remains very high". "Ebola does not take sides. It is the...

  • Honey, I shrunk the habitat

    Honey, I shrunk the habitat

    They may be the smallest of insects and mammals and, yet, pollinators – including bees, birds, butterflies and beetles – carry one of nature’s heaviest loads. Indeed, without pollinators, the world would be a very hungry place because, by...