29th Jan '20

The Latest Science from BBC News


Wednesday January 29, 2020


Microsoft issues second 'final' Windows 7 update
The end of support for the ageing operating system turns out to be not quite the end.

Avengers: Endgame - How we made the visual effects
Framestore's Stuart Penn explains the challenges of making Avengers: Endgame.

Apple credits iPhone 11 demand for record sales
The tech giant says it is monitoring the coronavirus outbreak, which has made forecasting difficult.

Snotsicles and snowdrifts: Extreme climate science
Scientists face some unique challenges working in the harsh conditions of the Antarctic.

How worried should we be about 'Big Brother' technology?
Why do we fear government surveillance, but voluntarily use technology which monitors our lives?


Tuesday January 28, 2020


How will the Huawei 5G deal affect me?
The UK has decided to let Huawei continue to be used in its 5G networks but with restrictions, despite pressure from the US to block the firm.

Human rights expert to keep Zuckerberg in check
Freedom of speech campaigner Thomas Hughes joins Facebook to lead its new oversight board.

Huawei set for limited role in UK 5G networks
The US failed to convince the prime minister to ban the Chinese firm from any involvement.

5G explained in 45 seconds
How are 5G, or fifth generation, mobile networks different to what's come before?

Huawei: How the UK's decision affects the rest of the world
Germany and India are among the countries still weighing up use of the Chinese firm's 5G kit.

Ring doorbell 'gives Facebook and Google user data'
The Ring app sends a range of personal information to marketing companies, a study suggests.

Grubhub defends adding restaurants without telling them
The practice is angering some restaurant owners.

Antarctica melting: Journey to the 'doomsday glacier'
Scientists are studying why the Thwaites Glacier is melting quicker than previously thought.

Endangered cheetahs can return to Indian forests - court
The world's fastest land animal was hunted into extinction in the country more than 70 years ago.

Huawei: Is it a security threat and what will be its role in UK 5G?
Is Chinese tech giant Huawei really a security risk, and what will be its role in the UK's 5G network?

Huawei: What is 5G's core and why protect it?
The UK has confirmed Huawei will be allowed to be part of its 5G networks - but with restrictions.

Keeping your phone safe from prying eyes
A hack which stops people going through your phone when you want to show them something.

Sainsbury's pledges 1bn to cut emissions to zero by 2040
The retailer says it can hit "net zero" by 2040 with action on food waste, packaging and water use.

Antarctica melting: Climate change and the journey to the 'doomsday glacier'
Thwaites Glacier, also known as the "doomsday glacier", is reported to be melting quicker than previously thought - scientists are now trying to find out why.

Twitter and Facebook accounts for 15 NFL teams hacked
The American football teams were targeted by a group that said the accounts had lax security.

How microwaves and electricity are killing weeds
Electricity and microwaves are being used to kill weeds as alternatives are sought to chemicals.

Meadowhall facial recognition scheme troubles watchdog
Regulator calls for inspections after details of police tie-up with Meadowhall scheme emerge.

Are your houseplants bad for the environment?
Gardeners, botanists and environmental campaigners share ways to keep your horticultural hobby sustainable

The silenced YouTube stars of Indian-administered Kashmir
Kashmiri Kalkharabs, a popular Kashmiri YouTube channel, has been forced into silence since August.


Monday January 27, 2020


'It's astounding to find out she died violently'
A team of experts appear to have solved a mystery that has confounded academics - and the public - for decades.

Climate change: UK has 'one shot' at success at Glasgow COP26
If the Glasgow meeting fails, it will raise tough questions about the UN climate talks process, says the woman in charge.

Government plans new laws for smart gadgets sold in UK
It is developing laws that would require manufacturers to make online devices more secure.

Northamptonshire oak: 5,000-strong petition could save tree
Highways England say it will carry out extensive investigations to try save "Three Oaks".

Full-fibre broadband to reach more of the UK
Provider Openreach aims to connect 227 rural communities in the next 14 months.

Global Talent visa: New system to keep UK 'open to talented scientists'
Boris Johnson hails the UK as "open to the most talented minds" with quicker route in for scientists.

Climate Change: Tough questions at first UK assembly
Members of the public from a range of backgrounds gather for the UK's first climate change assembly.

Deepfake technology: Can you spot what's real?
Do you think you can tell what is real and fake? BBC presenter Radzi Chinyanganya tries out the latest techniques.

Nambi Narayanan: The fake spy scandal that blew up a rocket scientist?s career
Falsely charged with selling secrets to Pakistan, Nambi Narayanan's life was knocked off course.


Sunday January 26, 2020


Sir David Attenborough says fixed-term parliaments lead to lack of climate focus
The naturalist speaks at a newly-formed citizens' assembly examining how the UK cuts emissions.


Saturday January 25, 2020


Overwatch and Call of Duty leagues move exclusively to YouTube
Activision Blizzard esports leagues are moving from Twitch to YouTube.

Wales a haven for wildlife - but for how long?
It is one of Europe's "best wildlife secrets" and home to unique and unusual species.

Watch Dogs Legion: Click goes inside the post-Brexit game
In a world first, Marc Cieslak interviews the creator of Watch Dogs: Legion inside his own game.


Friday January 24, 2020


Article 13: UK will not implement EU copyright law
Media giants such as Google have been outspoken opponents of the legislation.

Canadian start-up GHGSat to make global methane map
A private company tracing methane emissions is building a global map of the gas in Earth's atmosphere.

Mummy returns: Voice of 3,000-year-old Egyptian priest brought to life
Experts use 3D printing and speech technology to replicate the voice of Egyptian priest Nesyamun.

Space cookies: First food baked in space by astronauts
They were cooked in a special oven at the International Space Station - but are yet to be tasted.

Climate change: 'We're not perfect', says Marion Cotillard on Antarctica trip
Actor Marion Cotillard says even remote places like "pristine" Antarctica are being harmed by humans.

Rolls-Royce plans mini nuclear reactors by 2029
The firm says it plans to build up to 15 of the mini reactors, which can be delivered by a lorry.


Thursday January 23, 2020


Iguanas falling from trees in Florida
As temperatures drop in Florida more and more iguanas are plummeting to the ground.

What does Trump actually believe on climate change?
He has called it all of these things: "mythical", "a hoax", not a hoax, and "a very serious subject".

Mount Vesuvius eruption: Extreme heat 'turned man's brain to glass'
Experts say the man's brain, found in the Roman town of Herculaneum, was affected by extreme heat.

Cut meat and dairy intake 'by a fifth', report urges
Taxes may be needed to curb eating meat and dairy in the effort to combat climate change.

Wanted - volunteers to monitor Britain's growing slug population
The first survey in decades will look at the 40 or more species thought to be living in Britain.

Ivory Coast is using plastic waste to build schools
The West African country has partnered with UNICEF to transform landfill waste into bricks for schools.


Wednesday January 22, 2020


Sizewell: RSPB Minsmere nature reserve fears 'environmental impact' on wildlife
EDF Energy wants to build new reactors next to the existing Sizewell B near Minsmere nature reserve.

Scientists discover 'why stress turns hair white'
Acute stress damages stem cells that control hair and skin colour, a study suggests.

Davos 2020: Prince Charles meets Greta Thunberg
The heir to the throne calls for a "paradigm shift" in the way the world deals with climate change.

Earth's oldest asteroid impact 'may have ended ice age'
The 2.2 billion-year-old asteroid impact may explain the end of an ice age, scientists say.

Space mission to reveal 'Truths' about climate change
A UK-led satellite aims to get an absolute measurement of the light reflected off Earth's surface.

Burnout: 'Sick and tired of feeling sick and tired'
Amber Coster's physical symptoms baffled doctors - until a psychiatrist examined her way of working.


Tuesday January 21, 2020


New UK housing 'dominated by roads'
Roads are dominating new housing developments, a report says, despite more people wanting to drive less.

Australia fires: A visual guide to the bushfire crisis
How Australia has been battling bushfires during a devastating fire season.

Davos: Trump decries climate 'prophets of doom' with Thunberg in audience
The US president attacks activists at the World Economic Forum, with Greta Thunberg in the audience.

Davos: 'Forget about net zero, we need real zero' - Greta Thunberg
The 17-year-old activist tells world leaders that 'fiddling around with numbers' will not be enough.

New solar power source and storage developed
Tie-up of flexible solar film and energy storage aims to take homes and business off-grid.


Monday January 20, 2020


Human impact on nature 'dates back millions of years'
The impact of humans on nature may have been far greater and longer-lasting than we thought, say scientists.


Sunday January 19, 2020


SpaceX completes emergency crew escape manoeuvre
The US company demonstrates how it would rescue astronauts during a failing rocket launch.


Wednesday January 15, 2020


Birmingham car ban: How would the scheme work?
A scheme to stop cars travelling across the city has been proposed, but how would it actually work?


Sunday January 12, 2020


Australia fires: Aboriginal planners say the bush 'needs to burn'
What would happen if Australia followed the ancient bushfire management practices of Aboriginal people?


Saturday January 04, 2020


Australia fires: How do we know how many animals have died?
A biodiversity expert suggests almost half a billion animals might have been affected in Australia.


Friday January 03, 2020


The scientist powering drones with 'happy gas'
The hydrogen-powered drone which could revolutionise the travel industry.

Belching in a good way: How livestock could learn from Orkney sheep
The sheep of North Ronaldsay could teach other livestock how to belch in a way less harmful to the climate.


Saturday December 28, 2019


Extinction: A million species at risk, so what is saved?
With around one million species at risk, how do conservationists decide what species to save?