28th Mar '20

The Latest Science from BBC News


Saturday March 28, 2020


Coronavirus: NHS turns to big tech to tackle Covid-19 hot spots
Amazon, Google, Palantir, Microsoft and Faculty AI will help decision-makers better understand the crisis.

Coronavirus: OneWeb blames pandemic for collapse
OneWeb, the high-profile London-based satellite start-up, files for bankruptcy protection in the US.

Heirloom plants: Saving the nation's seeds from extinction
The incredible history of the UK's heirloom plants and why they're set to make a comeback.

Coronavirus lockdown: Clubbers go online for music
With the coronavirus lockdown bringing normal nightlife to an end, some enterprising DJs are going online.

A 3D-printed ventilator designed for Spain's coronavirus patients
A team took a week to design an emergency-use ventilator out of 3D-printed parts


Friday March 27, 2020


The cello playing robot and other tech news
BBC Click's Paul Carter looks at some of the best tech stories of the week.

Coronavirus: Tesla donates hundreds of ventilators to New York
New York has the highest number of coronavirus cases in the US and a shortage of ventilators.

Coronavirus: Peak District drone police criticised for 'lockdown shaming'
Derbyshire Police is accused of "nanny policing" after sharing aerial shots of Peak District walkers.

Food wholesalers offer online orders to sell stock
After trade from business stops, food and drink wholesalers are launching online home deliveries.

Coronavirus: Lockdowns continue to suppress European pollution
New data confirms the improvement in air quality over Europe - a by-product of the coronavirus crisis.

Coronavirus: Online child abuse warning during lockdown
Europol is warning that online child abusers are preparing to take advantage of more unsupervised kids online.

Coronavirus: Vodafone offers 30 days free mobile data
Vodafone is offering half a million pay monthly mobile customers 30 days of free unlimited data.

Coronavirus: Zoom is in everyone's living room - how safe is it?
It may have got everyone chatting but some are talking about whether it is actually safe.

Plastic: How to predict threats to animals in oceans and rivers
Scientists find out more about the threats of plastic to thousands of fish, whales and other aquatic life.

Climate change: 'Gob-smacking' vision for future UK transport
Public transport and active travel will be the "natural first choice", the Transport Secretary says.

Coronavirus: What are ventilators and why are they important?
The lives of some Covid-19 patients may depend upon medical ventilators - here are the basics of how they work.

US Space Force launches first mission
The newest branch of the US military, established by President Trump, goes into orbit for the first time.

Coronavirus: How can I shop or get deliveries and takeaways safely?
If coronavirus can be transferred on to surfaces, safe food shopping presents challenges.

Coronavirus: Here's how you can stop bad information from going viral
Experts are calling on the public to practise ?information hygiene? to help stop the spread of falsehoods online.

Green sea turtles: Vulnerable animal's hatching season draws to close
The green sea turtle is vulnerable to extinction as the climate warms, Australian scientists say.

The uncertain future for China's electric car makers
China is the biggest market for electric vehicles, but the coronavirus is the latest blow to shake the industry.


Thursday March 26, 2020


US Space Force launches first national security mission
The United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Neanderthals ate sharks and dolphins
Neanderthals were eating fish, mussels and seals at a site in present-day Portugal, according to a new study.

Coronavirus: Pangolins found to carry related strains
Smuggled pangolins were carrying viruses closely related to the one sweeping the world, say scientists.

Coronavirus: NHS uses tech giants to plan crisis response
Amazon and Microsoft are among those helping with a dashboard to model where ventilators should go.

Coronavirus: The sports turning to gaming during lockdown
From boxing to Formula 1, sports are reinventing the way they are played during coronavirus pandemic.

Huawei P40 Pro: Hands-on with the new flagship
Huawei reveals its new smartphones - but they lack Google's apps and services.

Huawei P40 flagship phones launch amid Covid-19 crisis
Experts say demand outside of China is likely to be weak because of the virus pandemic and absent apps.

Great Barrier Reef suffers third mass bleaching in five years
The third such event in five years prompts scientists to renew urgent warnings about climate change.

Help needed to rescue UK's old rainfall records
Pre-1960s handwritten rain gauge data can inform drought and flood planning, but only if digitised.


Wednesday March 25, 2020


Coronavirus: Calls to protect great apes from threat of infection
The possibility of infection in great apes like gorillas warrants the utmost caution, say experts.

Climate change: Green energy plant threat to wilderness areas
Solar, wind and hydro electric installations are often built in conservation areas.

Will the coronavirus change the way we watch films?
The US and China, the world's most lucrative movie markets, are rethinking how they launch new films.


Tuesday March 24, 2020


Fossil worm shows us our evolutionary beginnings
A tiny, 555-million-year-old seafloor creature reveals why our bodies are organised the way they are.

Mammal study explains 'why females live longer'
Across wild mammal species, females live over 18% longer than males because of genetics and environment.

Coronavirus: Melbourne locals celebrate vivid sunrise 'amid the chaos'
Locals post images of spectacular orange skies, with many describing it as a welcome distraction.

Remote working: Seven tips for successful video meetings
Workplace consultant Guenaelle Watson gives seven tips for better video meetings.

Antarctic seal photo wins top prize
A drone photo of crabeater seals resting on an ice float is overall winner in a nature photography competition.


Monday March 23, 2020


Coronavirus: When will the outbreak end and life get back to normal?
The huge challenge the world faces to find an exit strategy to end the lockdowns and return to normal.

Climate change: Earth's deepest ice canyon vulnerable to melting
Nasa scientists probe Denman Glacier which fills the deepest land gorge on Earth.

Electric car emissions myth 'busted'
Fears that electric cars could actually increase carbon emissions are a baseless, a study suggests.

Machine 'could quadruple' heart and lung transplants
The device managed to pump oxygenated blood into both organs in a world-first procedure.

Coronavirus: Frozen birthday party saved by Zoom video chat app
Thirty children took part in a virtual video chat celebration for a self-isolated four-year-old.

Apollo 13: One family's agony and triumph
On 11 April 1970, the Lovells watched their husband and father blast off on an ill-fated mission to the Moon.


Sunday March 22, 2020


Step-by-step guide: How to video call your family
This guide will show you how to make and receive video calls on a variety of devices.


Saturday March 21, 2020


OneWeb increases mega-constellation to 74 satellites
The London-based start-up expands its network with a Soyuz launch from Baikonur in Kazakhstan

Diamond samples in Canada reveal size of lost continent
A billion-year-old continent was larger than previously thought, Canadian geologists find.

Coronavirus: Chris Packham on Covid-19's impact on nature
Chris Packham says nature can help during self-isolation and considers coronavirus's environmental impact.


Friday March 20, 2020


Coronavirus: Government is 'distilling best science'
Greg Clark, the Commons Science Select Committee chair, praises government use of expert advice.

Coronavirus: Nasa's Moon plans take a hit
The US space agency is suspending production and testing of its Moon rocket and capsule systems.

Natural history TV 'boosts species awareness'
Programmes, such as Sir David Attenborough's, triggered a greater interest in species.


Thursday March 19, 2020


Coronavirus: Air pollution and CO2 fall rapidly as virus spreads
Some regions show significant drops in air pollutants as the coronavirus hits work and travel.


Wednesday March 18, 2020


Grace gravity mission captures Greenland ice loss
The US-German Grace satellites saw Greenland shed 600 billion tonnes of ice by the end of summer last year.

Launching the Hubble Space Telescope: 'Our window into the Universe'
How the launch of the Hubble telescope wasn't all plain sailing.


Monday March 16, 2020


How to argue with a racist: Five myths debunked
Stereotypes and myths about race are not just used by racists. Here's how to debunk five myths.

The 'climate doomers' preparing for society to fall apart
Few scientists think climate change will cause society to collapse any time soon - but some people are getting ready anyway.

Ancient tsunami may have struck Falkland Islands
Evidence of past underwater landslides suggests giant waves probably hit the British territory.


Saturday March 14, 2020


Climate change: Will planting millions of trees really save the planet?
From Greta Thunberg to oil firms, people are pushing for more trees to be planted - but why?


Wednesday March 04, 2020


Climate change boosted Australia bushfire risk by at least 30%
Scientists quantify the role played by warming in the country's recent bushfires.


Friday February 28, 2020


Greta Thunberg: What does the teenage climate change activist want?
The Swedish teenager started a climate change protest that grew into a global movement of millions.


Thursday January 16, 2020


What is climate change? A really simple guide
BBC News looks at what we know and don't know about the Earth's changing climate.