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  • First black hole photo confirms Einstein's theory of relativity

    First black hole photo confirms Einstein's theory of relativity

    Black holes are long-time superstars of science fiction. But their Hollywood fame is a little strange given that no-one has ever actually seen one – at least, until now. If you needed to see to believe, then thank the Event Horizon Telescope...

  • Mysterious museum shows how humans have modified nature

    Mysterious museum shows how humans have modified nature

    Humans have shaped aspects of the living world to suit themselves throughout their history. We’ve domesticated plants and animals for food, security and companionship for tens of thousand of years, ensuring early civilisations could survive,...

  • Push to cure hepatitis B, a neglected disease

    Push to cure hepatitis B, a neglected disease

    A coalition of researchers, health organisations and patient groups on Wednesday launched an ambitious campaign to cure hepatitis B, a disease that kills twice as many people as malaria but gets far less attention. "Inexplicably, despite the huge...

  • Quality tap water in the pipeline

    Quality tap water in  the pipeline

    Opening a tap is as easy as the proverbial counting to three. Actually, it is probably easier, as a quick turn of the tap gives us access to water for cooking, washing and drinking. Water is not only a precious commodity, but a human right, as...

  • A shot of truth: the MMR vaccine and the conspiracies that dog it

    A shot of truth: the MMR vaccine and the conspiracies that dog it

    It was 1992 when the floodgates of immunisation conspiracy theories opened. Gastroentologist Andrew Wakefield had suggested that the MMR vaccine was linked to autism in children. The detriment caused by that since-discredited claim remains more...

  • Electric bikes can boost older people's mental performance and well-being

    Electric bikes can boost older people's mental performance and well-being

    Getting on your bicycle can give you an enormous sense of freedom and enjoyment. It can increase your independence and knowledge of the local area, and improve your access to the natural (or urban) environment. It can also be highly nostalgic –...

  • Why Jeremy Corbyn secretly hopes his Brexit talks with Theresa May will fail

    Why Jeremy Corbyn secretly hopes his Brexit talks with Theresa May will fail

    There is a slight problem with Labour’s attempt to blame Theresa May’s obstinacy for the likely failure of talks between the Conservatives and Labour on how to end the Brexit deadlock: the prime minister has compromised on almost everything. May’s...

  • Let’s get reading

    Let’s get reading

    What is a school if it does not promote a love of reading? San Andrea School, in the limits of Żebbiegħ, has always taken books and reading seriously.  Evidence of this is the annual Book Week during which a flurry of book-related activities take...

  • Online tool encourages healthy weight gain during pregnancy

    Online tool encourages healthy weight gain during pregnancy

    Excessive weight gain during pregnancy increases the risk of obesity in both mothers and babies. To avoid dangerous gestational weight gain, it is important to identify effective tools for behavior change. A new study appearing in the Journal of...

  • Facebook enhances memorialised user accounts

    Facebook enhances memorialised user accounts

    Facebook on Tuesday improved features of social network accounts kept as memorials to deceased members of the online community. Memorialised accounts are intended to serve as venues for friends and family to share memories and thoughts of those...

  • New York mandates vaccine to contain Brooklyn measles outbreak

    New York mandates vaccine to contain Brooklyn measles outbreak

    New York Mayor Bill de Blasio declared a public health emergency in parts of Brooklyn on Tuesday, ordering all residents to be vaccinated to contain a measles outbreak concentrated in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community. The order concerns all...

  • Scientists set to unveil first images of black holes

    Scientists set to unveil first images of black holes

    Massive, ravenous, powerful beyond measure -– physicists are convinced that black holes exist, even if no one has directly observed one.  But that's about to change. On Wednesday, scientists in six cities on three continents are poised to...

  • Cutting-edge procedure mends Jagger's 'heart of stone'

    Cutting-edge procedure mends Jagger's 'heart of stone'

    When the Rolling Stone's Mick Jagger underwent heart valve replacement surgery in New York recently, according to media reports the doctor in France who invented the technique took a modest bow. "I am not especially a fan of the Rolling Stones but...

  • Houses through time: some homes can reflect a century of social change

    Houses through time: some homes can reflect a century of social change

    If you live in a house for which you are not the first occupant, you often come across traces of the previous residents in the exterior and interior of the house. More than a third of the UK’s housing stock dates back before World War II and,...

  • Will London's new charge on drivers help air pollution?

    Will London's new charge on drivers help air pollution?

    A new Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) is being introduced in London, to reduce harmful emissions from traffic and improve air quality. Those who drive polluting vehicles into the city centre will face a daily charge – £12.50 for cars, motorcycles...

  • Technology may be making us unhealthy and miserable – governments must act

    Technology may be making us unhealthy and miserable – governments must act

    Social media and screens are omnipresent. Many are concerned about the amount of time we – and our children – spend on devices. Soon to be a father, Prince Harry recently suggested that “social media is more addictive than drugs and alcohol, yet...

  • Students present their school experience

    Students present their school  experience

    The old hall at St Margaret College Secondary School Verdala, Cospicua, was a hive of activity yesterday as students, teachers and guests attended the launch of the school’s annual exhibition. Titled The Verdala Experience, it features creative...

  • Autism support systems

    Autism support systems

    Although many have heard of the term Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), people still struggle to understand the extent to which autism affects the lives of these individuals and their relatives, Laura Frendo notes. April is dedicated to autism...

  • Music streaming has worse carbon footprint than records and CDs

    Music streaming has worse carbon footprint than records and CDs

    It is easy to get nostalgic for the era when most music lovers bought LPs. They would save their pennies for a Saturday trip to the local record store, before heading home clutching their glorious new vinyl in a plastic bag to drop the needle on...

  • Cross-party Brexit talks are probably heading nowhere

    Cross-party Brexit talks are probably heading nowhere

    The decision by the UK prime minister, Theresa May, to engage in talks with the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, in an attempt to settle Brexit took everyone by surprise. It cheered those seeking a soft Brexit, while enraging Leavers in her own party.