NHS algorithm used to spot which Covid patients are most at risk of dying isn’t accurate

NHS algorithm used to spot people most at risk of dying or being admitted to intensive care performs ‘poorly’ on Covid-19 patients, study finds NEWS2 is an algorithm used almost universally across the NHS   It gives a score to a patient which indicates how likely they are to deteriorate  But King’s College London researchers found ‘poor-to-moderate’ performance when used … Read more NHS algorithm used to spot which Covid patients are most at risk of dying isn’t accurate

Trillions of noisy cicadas are set to emerge this spring after hiding hibernating for 17 years 

A colony of cicadas that have been hibernating for 17 years are set to emerge from the ground by the trillions this spring. Known as Brood X, these bugs are set to appear in 15 US states starting in mid-May and linger until late June. Once the creatures force their way to the surface, they … Read more Trillions of noisy cicadas are set to emerge this spring after hiding hibernating for 17 years 

Arthritis drug hailed by Boris Johnson as a ‘life-saving’ Covid-19 treatment may be ineffective

An anti-inflammatory drug used to treat arthritis, which has been hailed by Boris Johnson as a ‘life-saving’ Covid-19 treatment, may be ineffective — and could even increase the patient’s risk of dying — according to a new study.   The latest research, published in the BMJ, found 11 of 65 people (17 per cent) treated with tocilizumab … Read more Arthritis drug hailed by Boris Johnson as a ‘life-saving’ Covid-19 treatment may be ineffective

Saturn’s tilt was caused by its moons moving farther away with most of the pull coming from Titan

Saturn’s 27 degree tilt was caused by the gas giant’s moons moving farther away with most of the pull coming from Titan and the lean is set to DOUBLE in a few billion years, study reveals Saturn rotates a on a 27 degree tilt that causes strong seasonal variations  Scientists have now found that the planet’s … Read more Saturn’s tilt was caused by its moons moving farther away with most of the pull coming from Titan

Butterflies don’t just clap their wings, they form a ‘pocket’ that creates added jet propulsion

Scientists have long been puzzled over exactly how the butterfly moves through the air the way it does. It’s long been believed that butterflies ‘ clap’ their large wings to thrust forward, but scientists in Sweden have now determined the motion is far more complex than previously understood. Rather than just beating them, they flex … Read more Butterflies don’t just clap their wings, they form a ‘pocket’ that creates added jet propulsion

Health: Obesity crisis may be putting more people at risk of a once-rare brain disorder

Obesity crisis may be putting more people at risk of a once-rare brain disorder that can cause headaches and blindness Idiopathic intracranial hypertension presents with symptoms like a brain tumour It is caused by an increase in the pressure of the fluid that surrounds the brain Researchers from Swansea studied incidences of the condition from … Read more Health: Obesity crisis may be putting more people at risk of a once-rare brain disorder

Harvard physicist digs into his theory that the interstellar visitor Oumuamu is an alien craft

Harvard physicist Avi Loeb is not shy about his idea that Earth’s 2017 interstellar visitor being an extraterrestrial craft and is set to release a book to defending his claim with more detail. The book, titled ‘Extraterrestrial: The First Sign of Intelligent Life Beyond Earth,’ argues the consensus that Oumuamu is a comet, but likens … Read more Harvard physicist digs into his theory that the interstellar visitor Oumuamu is an alien craft

Early Bronze Age people used rings, bangles and axe blades as an early form of money 5,000 years ago

Europe’s first common currency: Early Bronze Age people used rings, bangles and even axe blades as an early form of money 5,000 years ago Researchers examined more than 5,000 objects from 100 ancient hoards Around 70% of the rings were similar enough to be indistinguishable by hand This consistent similarity in shape and weight are … Read more Early Bronze Age people used rings, bangles and axe blades as an early form of money 5,000 years ago

Catnip also helps cats repel mosquitoes, study finds 

As well as sending cats crazy, catnip helps our feline friends repel mosquitoes, according to a new study by Japanese experts.  Both catnip, a common herb, and the even more potent silver vine are known to elicit euphoric responses in cats. Cat owners use the dry leaves of these plants to give joy to their … Read more Catnip also helps cats repel mosquitoes, study finds 

Robots: Jellyfish-inspired swimming machine could explore coral reefs and archaeological sites 

A swimming robot that mimics the super-effective way that jellyfish move about underwater could soon be used to explore coral reefs and archaeological sites. Experts use a measure called the ‘cost of transport’ to compare the movement efficiency of different species from across the animal kingdom. Such studies have show that nature’s more efficient mover … Read more Robots: Jellyfish-inspired swimming machine could explore coral reefs and archaeological sites