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  • Keep your voice down when on a wildlife tour

    Keep your voice down when on a wildlife tour

    Anyone who has ever spent time observing wild animals in nature will know that silence is golden. Wildlife tours recommend that people stay quiet in order to see more, but research on Tibetan macaques suggests that high levels of noise from...

  • All too hard: understanding Brexit, Theresa May and the British humiliation

    All too hard: understanding Brexit, Theresa May and the British humiliation

    In a recent poll, 90% of the British public agreed that the way Brexit negotiations were being handled was a “national humiliation”. A lot of people have described the current situation as a constitutional crisis but they are wrong: the word...

  • Cervical pre-cancer rates down 88% in decade since HPV vaccinations began

    Cervical pre-cancer rates down 88% in decade since HPV vaccinations began

    Cervical cancer is the third most common cancer among women in the UK under the age of 35 after breast and skin cancer. In the majority of cases, the cancer only develops if the patient is infected with human papillomavirus (HPV) types 16 or 18.

  • Thawing permafrost is triggering thousands of landslides across the Arctic

    Thawing permafrost is triggering thousands of landslides across the Arctic

    Early spring temperatures in the town of Deadhorse, on the north coast of Alaska, average -17°C. But with global warming affecting the Arctic more than anywhere, things are changing fast. At the end of March 2019, temperatures in Deadhorse hit...

  • Revealed: the diets cutting our lives short

    Revealed: the diets cutting our lives short

    One in five deaths globally are linked to poor diet, experts said Thursday, warning that overconsumption of sugar, salt and meat was killing millions of people every year. The United Nations estimates that nearly a billion people worldwide are...

  • Should you share pictures of your children online?

    Should you share pictures of your children online?

    Gwyneth Paltrow – who has 5.3m Instagram followers – reportedly ran into a spot of trouble with her daughter, Apple Martin, recently when the 14-year-old called out her mother for posting a picture of her on social media. Whoever you sympathise...

  • Smacking children: ban the practice - or breach human rights law

    Smacking children: ban the practice - or breach human rights law

    Should smacking a child be against the law? That’s the fierce debate reaching a vital stage in Scotland at present, where the parliament’s equalities commitee will announce on April 4 whether it will back legislation to make smacking a criminal...

  • May and Corbyn to meet to seek a Brexit compromise

    May and Corbyn to meet to seek a Brexit compromise

    There is some good news about Brexit. The magic eye picture of Britain’s policy is beginning to emerge from the random pixels of the referendum campaign’s promises and threats to a shadowy image of compromise. But there are three problems:...

  • Antibody curer for Ebola raises hopes for human treatment

    Antibody curer for Ebola raises hopes for human treatment

    The Ebola virus outbreak of 2014 in West Africa caused more than 11,000 deaths. At the time, scientists were working on several experimental vaccines and treatments but none were licensed for use in humans. Antibodies, which are special defence...

  • The Maltese Presidency and its connection with St George

    The Maltese Presidency and  its connection with St George

    Swedish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard once said that ‘Life is best understood backwards’ and he could not have been nearer to the truth. For writers, researchers and historians, the proverb is of the utmost importance since they all base their...

  • Capital chapters

    Capital chapters

    For decades, Mdina has been packaged as the silent city. And indeed, it is. Early morning, the sleepy-eyed hush is like a warm winter blanket – occasionally lifted by the creak of a balcony window opening, the patter and cooing of pigeons, and the...

  • What should maximum heart rate be during exercise?

    What should maximum heart rate be during exercise?

    You have your runners on, your FitBit is charged, but now what? When you exercise, your heart and breathing rates increase, delivering greater quantities of oxygen from the lungs to the blood, then to exercising muscles. Determining an optimal...

  • How 3D printing is transforming our relationship with cultural heritage

    How 3D printing is transforming our relationship with cultural heritage

    A few years ago, we were promised that 3D printing would transform the world. In 2011, The Economist featured a 3D-printed Stradivarius violin on its front page, claiming that 3D printing “may have as profound an impact on the world as the coming...

  • Should veganism have same legal protection as a religion?

    Should veganism have same legal protection as a religion?

    Veganism is on the rise globally – but it can be contentious. Only recently, the editor of a food magazine joked that vegans should be force-fed meat while a bank employee told a vegan customer that they should be punched after he objected to some...

  • People are taking a huge toll on the plains of the Serengeti-Mara

    People are taking a huge toll on the plains of the Serengeti-Mara

    The 40,000 sq km Serengeti-Mara plain that straddles the border of Kenya and Tanzania is famous for its abundant and diverse wildlife. It is also home to one of the wonders of the world: the Serengeti-Mara wildebeest migration. Each year about two...

  • Methane on Mars: a new discovery or just a lot of hot air?

    Methane on Mars: a new discovery or just a lot of hot air?

    The discovery of life on Mars would get pretty much everyone excited. But the scientists hunting for it would probably be happy no matter what the outcome of their search – whether life turned out to extinct, dormant or extant. They’d even...

  • Not that much difference between baby-led weaning and spoon feeding

    Not that much difference between baby-led weaning and spoon feeding

    When it comes to avoiding picky eating and meal time tantrums, parents are usually ready to try any method that promises their child will become a better and less fussy eater. This is in part why methods of giving solid food to infants have...

  • Has technology killed our ability to talk face-to-face?

    Has technology killed our ability to talk face-to-face?

    What with Facetime, Skype, Whatsapp and Snapchat, for many people, face-to-face conversation is used less and less often. These apps allow us to converse with each other quickly and easily – overcoming distances, time zones and countries. We can...

  • Could Malta's future buses look like the past?

    Could Malta's future buses look like the past?

    What if Malta’s iconic buses could return to local roads as electric, air conditioned, comfortable and accessible vehicles? The idea sounds outlandish, but a local designer has crafted a vision to do just that. Come July, parliament building will...

  • Why do some active people put on more weight than couch potatoes?

    Why do some active people put on more weight than couch potatoes?

    Governments are always telling us to eat less and exercise more to be healthier, but this presents an obvious problem. Being active is liable to make you hungrier, so there’s a risk you end up eating extra to compensate, and putting on more weight...