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  • Drugs: researchers shouldn't just focus on the harms

    Drugs: researchers shouldn't just focus on the harms

    Most drug research focuses on the harms they cause, but studying the pleasure they provide will improve our understanding of why people use them. Among other things, this knowledge could be used to help people who develop drug problems, such as...

  • Social media doesn't need new regulations – GDPR can do the job

    Social media doesn't need new regulations – GDPR can do the job

    From concerns about data sharing to the hosting of harmful content, every week seems to bring more clamour for new laws to regulate the technology giants and make the internet “safer”. But what if our existing data protection laws, at least in...

  • Move over testosterone: another hormone is also vital for making boys

    Move over testosterone: another hormone is also vital for making boys

    Often the first question parents are asked after the birth of their child is “congratulations, girl or boy?”. For parents of one in 2,000 to 4,000 births, however, there is not an easy answer. This is when the baby has “ambiguous” genitalia, where...

  • Face tattoos: a trend that is here to stay?

    Face tattoos: a trend that is here to stay?

    Face tattoos, once limited to only a very small group of people, have gained new popularity thanks to today's rappers - but some artists are reluctant to make such a permanent change to a client's appearance. In New York's East Village, some of...

  • Fear of regret can lock us into bad relationships, jobs and habits

    Fear of regret can lock us into bad relationships, jobs and habits

    How many times have you thought about starting a company, taking a year out to write that novel or leaving a loveless relationship but ended up doing nothing about it? A fear of regret – which is a powerful driver of maintaining the status quo in...

  • Swelling and painful feet: the most common problems when you're pregnant

    Swelling and painful feet: the most common problems when you're pregnant

    Along with the rest of the body, being pregnant can have a huge impact on feet. More than half of expectant mothers experience some form of foot problem during pregnancy. But foot issues are often neglected, with other medical aspects of pregnancy...

  • Prickly pears: 'humble' cactus brings hope to Algeria

    Prickly pears: 'humble' cactus brings hope to Algeria

    For generations Algerians like the Gueldasmi family have barely eked out a living growing prickly pear fruits, but thanks to the cactus's new found virtues their lives are steadily improving. "Now, my future is here. There is no need to go abroad"...

  • WHO warns of 'backsliding' in measles fight as cases soar

    WHO warns of 'backsliding' in measles fight as cases soar

    The World Health Organization warned Thursday that efforts to halt the spread of measles were "backsliding", with case numbers worldwide surging around 50% last year. The UN health agency pointed to preliminary data showing that the disturbing...

  • Nespresso opens its first customer care centre in Malta

    Nespresso opens its first customer care centre in Malta

    Nespresso has opened a customer care centre in Mrieħel, weeks after opening its store at The Point in Sliema.  Situated in Notabile Road, the centre will support the online ordering operations of the portal https://nespresso.com.mt/ launched last...

  • Polar bear 'invasion': climate change increasing human-wildlife conflicts

    Polar bear 'invasion': climate change increasing human-wildlife conflicts

    The 10 hottest years on record were all during the past two decades and the hottest global ocean temperatures ever were recorded in 2018 – a heat increase from 2017 equivalent to 100 million times that of the Hiroshima bomb. Climate change is here...

  • Babies with healthier diets are more active and sleep better

    Babies with healthier diets are more active and sleep better

    Physical activity is important at all stages of life. It prevents obesity, improves well-being and reduces the risk of many chronic conditions, such as heart disease, arthritis and diabetes. Evidence shows that being active at a young age tracks...

  • Time for a dash of Mourvèdre

    Time for a dash of Mourvèdre

    Since the mid-1990s a spirit of change has spread through Malta’s vineyards and wineries. Little did we know then that the first modern-styled bottles that rolled out would go on to foster today’s enthusiasm for Malta’s wines. At the time of...

  • Lovesick on Valentine's? Museum of broken hearts has the antidote

    Lovesick on Valentine's? Museum of broken hearts has the antidote

    Forget romantic dinners and roses, the place to be on Valentine's Day is Zagreb's Museum of Broken Relationships, a paean to personal objects and stories of heartbreak. From a toaster to an exercise bike and a pair of lacy bras, the small museum...

  • Alcohol: putting a value on the hidden costs of drinking

    Alcohol: putting a value on the hidden costs of drinking

    Is it better to spend £3 on a bacon sandwich or a pint of beer? Or to spend £2,000 on a holiday in the Seychelles rather than fix a leaky roof? As consumers we are usually very able to decide which option offers the better return on our investment...

  • Editing unfinished music is controversial – but it may need to be done

    Editing unfinished music is controversial – but it may need to be done

    Unfinished works of art have long had a poetic allure. Such works are attractive to us today, in part, because of the curiosity and sadness that inevitably accompany fragments. What have we lost? What might it have become? Perhaps more...

  • Cancer: new technique analyses tumours cell by cell to fight disease

    Cancer: new technique analyses tumours cell by cell to fight disease

    A new DNA sequencing technique lets scientists track genetic errors in individual cancer cells. For the first time, they can reconstruct a tumour’s life history and understand how an error in a cell’s DNA led to the uncontrollable growth of a tumour.

  • World’s largest drum is in space

    World’s largest drum is in space

    Universities in the US have long wrangled over who owns the world’s largest drum. Unsubstantiated claims to the title have included the “Purdue Big Bass Drum” and “Big Bertha”, which interestingly was named after the German World War I cannon and...

  • Getting off autopilot: how mindfulness can make you a better driver

    Getting off autopilot: how mindfulness can make you a better driver

    Psychotherapist and mindfulness trainer Helena Fone offers tips on how to be mindful behind the wheel. This is the ability to focus on the present when our mind tries to take us into the future, or the past, causing stress, anxiety and even...

  • A pill for loneliness? If only it were that simple

    A pill for loneliness? If only it were that simple

    Loneliness affects people of all ages, young as much as old. It’s now seen as so serious it’s classified as a public health problem. It’s presented as an “epidemic” causing a wide range of health problems that threaten to cripple health...

  • Valentine’s Day: five ways to ensure your flowers are ethical

    Valentine’s Day: five ways to ensure your flowers are ethical

    If you take an interest in ethical consumerism and plan to treat someone special this February 14, what dilemmas lie ahead? You might already be conscious of getting child labour and slave-free chocolate, a recycled card, even fair trade gold, and...