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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…

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…

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…

Look up at Uranus! The ice giant is set to make a rare appearance TONIGHT after sundown

Look up at Uranus! The ice giant is set to make a rare appearance TONIGHT as it hangs between the moon and Mars The ice giant makes a rare appearance after sundown on January 20To see Uranus, find Mars then…

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…

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…

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 tumourIt is caused by an increase in the pressure of the…

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…

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 hoardsAround 70% of the rings were similar…

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…

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…

Researchers in Canada identify a new species of praying mantis that lived 100 million years ago

Exceptionally preserved fossil of a 100-MILLION-year-old preying mantis is discovered in Canada that shows the prehistoric creature’s vein network and wings Fossils of wings belonging to Labradormantis guilbaulti were found in LabradorThe exceptionally preserved specimens allowed scientists to analyze veins…