A ‘pill’ for loneliness; Covid-19 is a wildfire not a wave; Blood test for Alzheimer’s; Frozen eggs as good as Fresh

Science Stories of the Week 3rd – 7th August

#CoolScientist slot on The Morning Show with Declan Meehan, broadcast 7th August 2020

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  • Scientists are working whether a ‘pill’ can be developed to combat loneliness, which some regard as ‘more dangerous than obesity’.
  • It’s wrong to think of Covid-19 as a wave. Rather it is like a wildfire that is seeking out fuel, and the fuel it requires is human hosts.
  • A new blood test for Alzheimer’s which could be developed to diagnose people decades before they show symptoms has been developed by an international ream of scientists.
  • More women are having IVF, and more are freezing their eggs. It will be good news for these women to hear that scientists believe the quality of frozen and fresh eggs is the same.

Irish scientists find arthritis ‘off’ switch; Chinese space station falling to Earth; New organ found; Holding on to memories in Alzheimer’s using implants

Chinese Space Station

The 9.4 tonne Chinese space station Tiangong-1 is set to fall to Earth over the easter weekend, but scientists are not sure exactly where (Photo: NBC News)

Listen to weekly round up of science news broadcast on East Coast FM: 29th March 2018

Short men earn less; Alzheimer’s microbe link; video gaming good for children; birds using language like humans

Short men

A large scale genetic study in the UK has found that very short men earn up to 6k per year less, on average than very tall men (Credit: http://www.telegraph.co.uk)

Click above to listen to a discussion on these topics on The Morning Show with Declan Meehan, broadcast on 10th March 2016 on East Coast FM.

Scientists at Exeter University, have looked at the genes of nearly 120,000 people, compared them to salaries, and found that short men, and fat women earn less than tall men and slender women.

A group of leading Alzheimer’s Disease researchers have written an editorial in a scientific journal suggesting that the disease is linked to the Herpes virus and the Chlamydia bacteria.

High levels of video gaming among European children aged 6 to 11 has been found to be linked with increased intellectual functioning and social intelligence, according to a US based study.

A bird species has been found to use language with syntax like humans, with a sequence of sounds having meaning in one direction, but having no meaning whatever when run in reverse.

This emerged from a Japanese study of Great Tits.