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  • ‘We take water for granted’

    ‘We take water for granted’

    Water is very scarce in Malta. We rank among the top five countries having the least amount of renewable water per capita, ahead even of desert countries like Libya. This is attributed to three factors: a small catchment area (the country’s...

  • Study sheds light on one of physics' biggest mysteries

    Study sheds light on one of physics' biggest mysteries

    Why do we exist? This is arguably the most profound question there is and one that may seem completely outside the scope of particle physics. But our new experiment at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider has taken us a step closer to figuring it out. To...

  • Back to the future: cassettes launch comeback tour

    Back to the future: cassettes launch comeback tour

    The humble cassette - that tiny little plastic rectangle containing the homemade mixtapes of yesteryear - is back, joining vinyl as a darling of audiophiles who miss side A and side B. But as top musicians including Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber...

  • How the tail of the human sperm could change IVF

    How the tail of the human sperm could change IVF

    Every time a man ejaculates about 55 million sperm are released. This is equivalent to more than six times the entire population of London or New York, and more than twice the population of Shanghai city. But of course, not all of these sperm will...

  • One million expected at blockbuster Paris Tutankhamun show

    One million expected at blockbuster Paris Tutankhamun show

    At least one million people are expected to flock to a "once in a generation" exhibition about the Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun which opens in Paris this weekend. More than 150 treasures from the boy king's tomb - including 60 which have never...

  • Plastic, not so fantastic

    Plastic, not so fantastic

    There are second-long decisions that every person makes in the course of a single day. You rush to the office – late again – and stop for a takeaway espresso. For lunch, you eat a quick salad from a disposable container. On your way home, you stop...

  • A tale of two Delhis: Deadly air exposes rich poor divide

    A tale of two Delhis: Deadly air exposes rich poor divide

    Walls draped in lush vertical gardens and air filtered through purifiers insulate diners at a swanky New Delhi food court from the choking haze outside in one of the most polluted places on earth. But these eco-eateries, offering cleaner air as...

  • World’s largest radio telescope moves from concept to reality

    World’s largest radio telescope moves from concept to reality

    The world’s largest radio telescope hit a milestone this month as 15 countries, including Malta, met in Rome to set up a global intergovernmental body that will oversee and operate the gigantic Square Kilometre Array. Spanning three continents,...

  • Short walk once-a-week can lower risk of death

    Short walk once-a-week can lower risk of death

    A brisk stroll once or twice a week is enough to reduce the risk of dying from heart attack, stroke or cancer, according to a statistical study of nearly 90,000 people released Tuesday. People who walked or gardened 10 minutes to an hour each week...

  • All aboard Italy's 'Trans-Siberian' railway

    All aboard Italy's 'Trans-Siberian' railway

    Destroyed first by the Nazis and then by government cuts, Italy's very own "Trans-Siberian" railway has reopened thanks to the work of hobbyists, taking travellers back in time through the snowy Abruzzo mountains. Today, lovingly restored, almost...

  • High potency pot 'strongly linked' to psychosis

    High potency pot 'strongly linked' to psychosis

    High potency cannabis, especially when used daily, is "strongly linked" to the risk of developing psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia and paranoia, scientists said Wednesday. In Amsterdam and London - where high-THC marijuana has long been...

  • How to stand out from the crowd in a very competitive job market

    How to stand out from the crowd in a very competitive job market

    The employment market is saturated with graduates who have good degrees and the right qualifications. So the question on many recruiters’ minds is: what else can this candidate offer? Employers have been reporting a “skills gap” in graduates for a...

  • Eggs and health: unscrambling the message

    Eggs and health: unscrambling the message

    It’s hard to keep up with the message on eggs. Are they good for you or not? In the 1960s, people were told: “Go to work on an egg”. But in the 1970s the public was advised to avoid eggs because they were linked to high blood cholesterol. The...

  • Drought wipes a lake in Chile off the map

    Drought wipes a lake in Chile off the map

    The cows and horses would have come for the last blades of grass. Now their bones are scattered on the cracked earth, victims of drought that wiped Santiago's weekend playground Lake Aculeo from the map. Lake Aculeo's demise is so sudden and...

  • Cancer deaths falling for half decade in EU

    Cancer deaths falling for half decade in EU

    The death rate from cancer has been falling for half a decade in the EU, researchers said Tuesday, although the overall number is expected to rise to 1.4 million this year due to an expanding population. The chances of dying from cancer for men...

  • Social media could stop spread of hateful content in aftermath of terror attacks

    Social media could stop spread of hateful content in aftermath of terror attacks

    The deadly attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, in which 50 people were killed and many others critically injured, was streamed live on Facebook by the man accused of carrying it out. It was then quickly shared across social media...

  • How can I help a friend with depression?

    How can I help a friend with depression?

    How do I help a depressed friend? She’s 13 and she says it’s due to trauma, and even though we’re bffs she’s never told me what the trauma is. – Anonymous. This article is part of I Need To Know, a Q&A service for teenagers by The Conversation.

  • Could Brexit mean fewer Michelin stars as well as EU ones?

    Could Brexit mean fewer Michelin stars as well as EU ones?

    Richard Tresidder, Sheffield Hallam University When the UK joined the Common Market in 1974, the country’s restaurants had a total of 26 Michelin stars, the industry standard restaurant rating, in Britain. In 2019 there are 163, including five...

  • Driverless cars: how will you use free time?

    Driverless cars: how will you use free time?

    One of the most attractive things about driverless cars is their potential to free up the time spent driving from A to B. Like passengers on trains or buses, it’s expected that people travelling by driverless cars will be able to spend their time...

  • Nearly 4 in 10 HIV spreaders in US unaware of infection

    Nearly 4 in 10 HIV spreaders in US unaware of infection

    Almost 40 per cent of new HIV cases in the US occur because people do not know they are infected, while a similar proportion know but are not in treatment, according to a study released Monday. The report by the Centers for Disease Control and...