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  • Marrying wine and sweet delights

    Marrying wine and sweet delights

    Now that the nip is still in the air, taste buds crave something intense and there’s nothing quite as comforting as a nice glass of sweet wine with a scrumptious dessert. Finding the right combination isn’t too difficult as long as you follow a...

  • How long before we break the two-hour barrier in the men's marathon?

    How long before we break the two-hour barrier in the men's marathon?

    What can you do with 99 seconds? Check your e-mail? Fire off a tweet? Walk 100 metres? For current men’s marathon world-record holder, Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge, 99 seconds is all that stands between him and the sub two-hour (or “sub-2”) marathon...

  • Sore throat, cough and phlegm – all you need to know about your horrible cold

    Sore throat, cough and phlegm – all you need to know about your horrible cold

    The human body has a large surface area that is in contact with the outside world, much of this comes from the body’s largest organ – our skin – which protects us from a variety of potential threats. The other major sites of contact with the...

  • Can robots ever have a true sense of self?

    Can robots ever have a true sense of self?

    Having a sense of self lies at the heart of what it means to be human. Without it, we couldn’t navigate, interact, empathise or ultimately survive in an ever-changing, complex world of others. We need a sense of self when we are taking action, but...

  • Doctor performs first 5G surgery in step towards robotics 'dream'

    Doctor performs first 5G surgery in step towards robotics 'dream'

    Next-generation wireless technology is taking the medical world a crucial step closer to robots performing remotely-controlled surgery, a doctor in Spain said Wednesday after carrying out the world's first 5G-powered telementored...

  • Why Corbyn's second referendum announcement changes everything

    Why Corbyn's second referendum announcement changes everything

    Qualified, tempered, cautious. As ever with Jeremy Corbyn and Europe, his announcement that the Labour Party would support a new public vote on Brexit is not straightforward. Yes, Labour would support a new vote, but only after it has put a motion...

  • ‘Raising young people to question is a good idea’

    Philosophers tend to be very smart and creative thinkers. Research shows that philosophy graduates, along with physics graduates, are among the smartest people, Stephen Law tells Simonne Pace. Philosophy encourages us to take a step back and ask...

  • Antibiotic resistance: public awareness campaigns might not work

    Antibiotic resistance: public awareness campaigns might not work

    Pathogens, such as bacteria, viruses and protozoa, are becoming ever more resistant to drugs. People speed up this natural process by over-using antibiotics and other antimicrobial drugs in medicine and agriculture, and by leaking them into the...

  • UK students dropping foreign languages en masse: study

    UK students dropping foreign languages en masse: study

    The number of British children taking foreign language classes has nearly halved since 2000, a BBC analysis showed on Wednesday, with those learning French and German down nearly two-thirds. The study was published with the island nation preparing...

  • Nearly half of children with cancer untreated: study

    Nearly half of children with cancer untreated: study

    Some 45 per cent of children with cancer are left undiagnosed and untreated, according to an innovative study of the disease's global footprint among under-15s, published Wednesday.  Worldwide, there are some 400,000 news cases of childhood cancer...

  • Four Maltese Jesuits react to each of the new universal apostolic preferences

    Promoting discernment and the spiritual exercises Fr Tony Calleja SJ We are in transition from a sociological Christianity to faith as a personal choice and commitment to Christ. Ignatian spirituality is centred on Christ and a deep personal...

  • Jesuit Order announces preferred direction for their mission worldwide for the next 10 years

    Jesuit Order announces preferred direction for their mission worldwide for the next 10 years

    Pope Francis last week approved the four ‘Universal Apostolic Preferences’ that will be taken up by Jesuits worldwide for the next 10 years. These highlight areas where Jesuits will offer their attention and resources. Unlike other religious...

  • Nearly 50% of transport pollution deaths linked to diesel

    Nearly 50% of transport pollution deaths linked to diesel

    Some 385,000 people worldwide died prematurely in 2015 from air pollution caused by vehicle exhaust emissions, a US study found Wednesday, which singled out diesel engines as the main culprit. Diesel vehicles were responsible for 47% of the...

  • Online shopping algorithms are colluding to keep prices high

    Online shopping algorithms are colluding to keep prices high

    Have you ever searched for a product online in the morning and gone back to look at it again in the evening only to find the price has changed? In which case you may have been subject to the retailer’s pricing algorithm. Traditionally when...

  • Carbon emissions shows a decade of steady decline

    Carbon emissions shows a decade of steady decline

    A sliver of hope against a backdrop of gloom: 18 countries showed a sustained decline in their carbon emissions from fossil fuel use over the past decade. This trend, averaging 2.2% a year over the period 2005-2015, is evident in less than 10% of...

  • Banksy finally goes to court to stop unauthorised merchandising

    Banksy finally goes to court to stop unauthorised merchandising

    Copyright is for losers – or so Banksy once claimed. But the days of the mysterious artist’s dislike for intellectual property now appear to be long gone, as he has recently won a case of unauthorised merchandising in Italy. The unauthorised...

  • If assisted dying is legalised, who gets to decide whose life is worth living?

    If assisted dying is legalised, who gets to decide whose life is worth living?

    Since the British parliament rejected a bill that would have legalised assisted dying back in 2015, campaigners have continued to push for a change in the law. Now, the Royal College of Physicians is polling its members on whether the UK should...

  • Robinson Crusoe island sets example for the world in conservation

    Robinson Crusoe island sets example for the world in conservation

    For almost a century, the inhabitants of Robinson Crusoe -- named for literature's most famous castaway -- have known that their island's fragile ecosystem depends on them conserving its unique wildlife. One of three islands in the Juan Fernandez...

  • Diabetics stock up on insulin over Brexit fears

    Diabetics stock up on insulin over Brexit fears

    Diabetics and insulin providers in Britain are stockpiling the precious medicine to avoid potential shortages in case Britain leaves the European Union without a deal in just over month's time. "I started about two months ago," David Burns, a...

  • Watch: How the Salesians offer sexually exploited girls a better future

    Watch: How the Salesians offer sexually exploited girls a better future

    A young woman, who 10 years ago was forced into child labour and sexual exploitation, is opening her own catering business inspiring other trafficking survivors in Sierra Leone. Augusta Ngombu-Gboli found refuge in a shelter run by the Salesians...