Tech & Science Daily: UK ‘national emergency’ for record 41C weather

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 (Nick Edwards)
(Nick Edwards)

Britain was on Friday put on a ‘national emergency’ footing by health officials after forecasters confirmed the country was set to bake in record 41C highs - by far the hottest day of the year.

The Met Office issued a red warning, and the UK Health Security Agency issued a Level Four heat-health alert warning that ‘illness and death may occur among the fit and healthy, and not just in high-risk groups”.

It comes as UK schools grappling with the July heatwave are shortening days and telling children to wear their PE kit to class as temperatures soar.

UK Weather: Summer Heatwave 2022

Police in London are scanning the faces of shoppers in a controversial facial recognition technology trial in Oxford Circus.

Scotland Yard is also seeking actors to take part in the scheme that the force says “will be taking facial photographs, videos, and selfies with a variety of camera systems to provide data for analysis of the performance of face recognition systems”.

Researchers at the University of Oxford have identified two drugs that could better perform when treating insomnia in adults. Insomnia affects up to 20% of the population and can last for a number of years.

Tech & Science Daily spoke to lead researcher Andrea Cipriani  professor of psychiatry at the University of Oxford and honorary consultant psychiatrist at Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust.

Conservationists of all ages are being urged to help protect Britain’s butterflies by taking part in the annual Big Butterfly Count.

Dr Zoë Randle, senior surveys officer at Butterfly Conservation, says half of Britain’s remaining butterfly species are now on its red endangered list and are threatened or near threatened with extinction.

Research suggests that drinking more than a small shot glass of beer a day could pose risks to health for men under the age of 40, as researchers urged younger adults to steer clear of alcohol. DNA from ancient fossils found in southern China reveal Native Americans could have roots in East Asia. An investigation has found that the popularity of disposable vapes has left million of the e-cigarette pens dumped at landfill. And a photographer has captured footage of the world’s fastest shark lurking in waters around Barcelona’s shoreline.

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