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  • New Lieutenant appointed

    New Lieutenant appointed

    The Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem Lieutenancy of Malta has announced that Cardinal Edwin O’Brien has just appointed Comm. Roberto Buontempo as the third Lieutenant for Malta after accepting a proposal made by the Regent and...

  • Myth debunked: Astronomers don’t hate Pluto!

    Myth debunked: Astronomers don’t hate Pluto!

    Pluto is, somewhat indignantly, considered by some to have been demoted from a planetary status to dwarf planet status. Indignance at this reclassification is not only misplaced, however, but also ill-informed. Pluto’s reclassification to a dwarf...

  • Photo of the week - February 3, 2019

    Photo of the week - February 3, 2019

    Ultima Thule, as imaged by New Horizons on January 1, 2019.

  • Joking around with your brothers and sisters shapes your sense of humour

    Joking around with your brothers and sisters shapes your sense of humour

    Two siblings are playing on the living room floor. The girl, aged six, looks at her brother, and smiling, sings: “A, B, C, D, E, F – R!” Her older brother, aged seven, grins and joins in with: “H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, PEE! Get it? Pee! Pee-pee!”...

  • European colonisation of the Americas killed 10% of world population

    European colonisation of the Americas killed 10% of world population

    While Europe was in the early days of the Renaissance, there were empires in the Americas sustaining more than 60 million people. But the first European contact in 1492 brought diseases to the Americas which devastated the native population and...

  • Want to cut down on meat consumption? Feed your pet insects

    Want to cut down on meat consumption? Feed your pet insects

    In the UK, there are approximately nine million dogs and almost eight million cats – with around one in two households owning a companion animal. This large pet population is estimated to consume billions of tonnes of meat each year. So, given...

  • Enemed launches new high performance diesel

    Enemed launches new high performance diesel

    Enemed on Friday launched a new high performance diesel with a cetane level of 60+. The superior quality EN590 diesel fuel is available in a number of franchised fuel stations across Malta and Gozo. The new ePower diesel contains a higher cetane...

  • Paola church restoration unearths 1955 benefactors’ list

    Paola church restoration unearths 1955 benefactors’ list

    Volunteers working on restoration works at Christ the King parish church in Paola were surprised to find a scroll dating back to 1955 hidden beneath the altar. It contained a list of about 700 benefactors who had donated money to fund the altar,...

  • Air pollution may be affecting how happy you are

    Air pollution may be affecting how happy you are

    For decades now, GDP has been the standard measure of a nation’s well-being. But it is becoming clear that an economic boost may not be accompanied by a rise in individual happiness. While there are many reasons for this, one important factor is...

  • Alzheimer's is linked to gum disease – but bad oral health is not the only culprit

    Alzheimer's is linked to gum disease – but bad oral health is not the only culprit

    For most people, teeth cleaning may just be a normal part of your daily routine. But what if the way you clean your teeth today, might affect your chances of getting Alzheimer’s disease in years to come? There is an increasing body of evidence to...

  • MPs have united around a 'fantasy' Brexit plan

    MPs have united around a 'fantasy' Brexit plan

    After months of disagreement and a historic defeat in parliament, MPs have finally given Theresa May a lifeline in what is being hailed as a “mandate” to go back to Europe and renegotiate the Brexit withdrawal agreement. Even the Labour leader...

  • Vaping 2x better for quitting smoking than patches, gum - study

    Vaping 2x better for quitting smoking than patches, gum - study

    E-cigarettes are twice as effective as nicotine patches or gum at helping people quit smoking traditional cigarettes, according to major British study Wednesday, involving nearly 900 people. The report in the New England Journal of Medicine found...

  • Francis in Arabia, the Muslim-friendly pope

    Francis in Arabia, the Muslim-friendly pope

    When Francis becomes the first pope to visit the Arabian peninsula on Sunday, he takes another important step in his efforts to build bridges with Islam and confirms interreligious dialogue as a keystone of his papacy. In the long, complicated and...

  • Antibiotic resistant 'superbug' genes found in the High Arctic

    Antibiotic resistant 'superbug' genes found in the High Arctic

    Antibiotic resistance in bacteria is spreading rapidly worldwide and has even been called a global threat to humans as serious as climate change. Excessive and imprudent use of antibiotics is usually blamed, but the rate and extent of the spread...

  • Morning or night person? It depends on many more genes than we thought

    Morning or night person? It depends on many more genes than we thought

    Do you prefer to rise early with the lark or stay up late with the owl? Your preference turns out to be partly decided by your genes. Our genetic study of nearly 700,000 people has revealed new insights about the genetics of chronotype – our...

  • Five maps reveal the world's remaining wilderness

    Five maps reveal the world's remaining wilderness

    There aren’t many corners of the world left untouched by humanity. Recent research has highlighted that just 23% of the planet’s land surface (excluding Antarctica) and 13% of the ocean can now be classified as wilderness, representing nearly a...

  • Get ready Malta

    Get ready Malta

    When you think of huge lottery jackpot prizes, you probably assume that they are only offered by lotteries in the United States. Well, Europe has nothing to be ashamed of. The upcoming EuroMillions Superdraw on Friday, February 1, boasts a jackpot...

  • Brexit: what latest amendment votes mean

    Brexit: what latest amendment votes mean

    In its attempts to find a way out of the Brexit impasse, the House of Commons has passed an amendment that gives Theresa May the green light to reopen talks with the European Union about what happens to the Irish border after Brexit – a key...

  • Eight myths about meal-replacement diets debunked

    Eight myths about meal-replacement diets debunked

    Meal-replacement diets, where some meals are replaced with soups, shakes or bars, have been making a comeback. They first took off during the early days of space travel when the public became obsessed with the idea of a nutritionally complete meal...

  • Centre-left Italian mayors disobeying government decrees targeting migrants

    Centre-left Italian mayors disobeying government decrees targeting migrants

    Around 500 people will be evicted from a large refugee reception centre in Castelnuovo di Porto, a town close to Rome, before the end of January. The move follows the adoption of a new “security decree” in early December 2018 by the Italian...