7th Dec '21

The Latest Science from BBC News


Tuesday December 07, 2021


Instagram announces changes ahead of political grilling
Platform boss unveils new safety features a day before being quizzed by the US Senate.

US watchdog probes Tesla over solar-panel safety
Fire risks were not properly disclosed by the company, a whistleblower alleges.

Vishal Garg: US boss fires 900 employees over Zoom
"Last time I did this I cried," said the head of the online mortgage lender laying off 15% of his staff.

Ariel: Contract signed to build European planet telescope
Airbus will lead the construction of the Ariel observatory which will study 1,000 distant worlds.

Rohingya sue Facebook for $150bn over Myanmar hate speech
The social media giant is accused of fuelling violence against the persecuted minority in Myanmar.

Virgin Media O2 'completes' gigabit upgrade after two years
Virgin Media O2 says it has completed a two-year upgrade of its entire network to gigabit speeds.

Wall Street watchdogs probe Trump media firm deal
At the weekend the Trump Media and Technology Group said it had secured $1bn of investment.

Lara Croft: 25 years of Tomb Raider and a British gaming icon
The team behind Lara Croft talk to Newsbeat about her history and where she goes next.

Byju's and the other side of an edtech giant's dizzying rise
Indian firm Byju's faces allegations of pursuing hyper growth using high pressure sales tactics.

Africa's patchy transport network gets a tech boost
The first year of a free trade deal in Africa has spurred investment, but more needs to be done.


Monday December 06, 2021


Spar cyber attack hits more than 300 convenience stores
The attack targeted a company in Lancashire which operates Spar's tills and IT systems.

Nasa unveils new class of astronaut candidates
The six men and four women could fly to the space station and on future missions to the Moon.

Uber prices could rise 20% after UK ruling
In a move that will affect the whole taxi industry, a judge has ruled Uber must make contracts with its customers.

Using virtual reality to treat pain and anxiety
Government research suggests immersive technologies have the potential to "transform" therapy and healthcare.

Far-right target critics with Twitter's new media policy
Far-right activists are using Twitter's new media policy to target anti-extremism researchers.

Online Safety Bill : What to expect
Politicians are due to give their recommendations for the landmark piece of legislation.

Sarah Gilbert: Next pandemic could be more lethal than Covid
More funding is needed to prepare for pandemics and prevent gains from being lost, Dame Sarah Gilbert says.

Climate change: Is ?blue hydrogen? Japan?s answer to coal?
The Fukushima disaster turned Japan away from nuclear. A new energy source may help it quit coal.

The tech helping shops - and Santa - deliver this Christmas
A number of tech solutions are out there to help retailers optimise sending out our presents.


Sunday December 05, 2021


Nasa: Belfast mathematician working towards her astronaut dream
Dr Caoimhe Rooney, from Belfast, keeps one eye on calculus and the other fixed firmly on the stars.

Pacific Ocean garbage patch is immense plastic habitat
Researchers discover coastal species living on debris miles from their natural surroundings.


Friday December 03, 2021


Virtual yacht sells for $650,000 and other tech news
LJ Rich looks at the best of the week's technology news stories.

Gene edited sex selection may spare animal suffering
A gene editing technique may prevent the slaughter of animals not needed by the livestock industry.


Thursday December 02, 2021


Shell pulls out of Cambo oil field development
The oil giant said the economic case for investment in the controversial project was "not strong enough".

COP26: UK 'nowhere near' meeting targets agreed at Glasgow climate summit
Ministers are told they must agree tougher policies to get the UK on track to meet goals set at COP26.

New plan to pay farmers who protect winter soil
The empty brown fields of winter countryside could be transformed under new land subsidy rules for England.


Wednesday December 01, 2021


2021 hurricane season was third most active
The 2021 Atlantic hurricane season has now officially ended, and it's been the third most active on record.

Scientists claim big advance in using DNA to store data
Scientists say they have made a major step forward in storing information in molecules of DNA.

Why Mars-bound astronauts may go to Iceland first
With a similar landscape to other worlds, it could aid research into extra-terrestrial missions.

Rules to create gene-edited farm animals must put welfare first - review
Ethics experts publish a report as the government considers whether to allow gene-edited farm animals.

Duolingo boss: 'Develop your social skills'
Luis von Ahn, co-founder and CEO of language-learning app Duolingo, shares his business advice.


Tuesday November 30, 2021


Why broken African phones are shipped to Europe
A lack of recycling facilities in Africa has spurred one Dutch company to import broken phones.


Sunday November 28, 2021


?I?m blind but technology helps me animate?
Elodie Bateson, 11, from Limavady who is blind has become an expert at making short animated movies.


Saturday November 27, 2021


Bitcoin: What are crypto-currencies?
Fans of crypto-currencies say they are the future of money - but at what cost?

How do you turn off the internet?
How easy would it be for a government to block one of the biggest sources of news and information?

What are quantum computers and what are they used for?
Companies around the world are racing to create a new generation of computers.

What are algorithms and how do they work?
A huge amount of our lives is influenced by algorithms. Here's how they work.

What is artificial intelligence and why is it important?
Many recent big advances in tech have one key thing at the heart of then: artificial intelligence.


Friday November 26, 2021


'World's fastest' all-electric plane and other tech news
LJ Rich looks at the best of the week's technology news stories.

Upcoming Moon missions spur the search for new spacesuits
Nasa has asked the private sector to design new spacesuits that can be used on the Moon.


Wednesday November 24, 2021


Germany signals shift to green economy
Olaf Scholz will head a three-party coalition with broad plans for transition to a green economy.

Nasa Dart asteroid spacecraft: Mission to smash into Dimorphos space rock launches
A spacecraft has started its journey as it aims to deliberately nudge an asteroid off course.

Universities to combat race bias in research
English universities begin programmes to attract more ethnic minority students into research.


Tuesday November 23, 2021


Polluting greenhouse gases being sold online and smuggled to UK
Experts say hydrofluorocarbons, which are used in fridges and aerosols, make global warming worse.

Australia declares La Niņa phenomenon has begun
The climate pattern can lead to significant weather changes in different parts of the world.

Six ways shoebox-sized satellites are trying to change the world
The CubeSat began as an educational tool but is now helping out humanity

Can South Africa embrace renewable energy from the sun?
South Africa's main electricity company Eskom plans to switch from using coal to renewable energy.


Monday November 22, 2021


The art of a great urban wildlife photo
Andrew Budziak spends his nights photographing the animals of Toronto, Canada.

The 99-year-old cyclist who has won a world silver medal
How a former World War Two pilot came second in a cycling competition for older people.


Friday November 19, 2021


The small nuclear power plants billed as an energy fix
A host of firms are developing mini nuclear reactors but questions remain over safety and costs.


Thursday November 18, 2021


'I've seen irreversible change but hope too for planet'
Over decades, correspondent David Shukman has seen climate change become our most important issue.

The mums using Instagram to offer advice to new parents
Covid has led to an increase in parenting gurus using social media to support new mums and dads.


Wednesday November 17, 2021


IBM claims advance in quantum computing
The company unveils an advanced "quantum" processor that's part of an effort to build super-fast computers.


Tuesday November 16, 2021


Russian anti-satellite test adds to worsening problem of space debris
Russia has destroyed one of its own satellites in orbit, prompting international condemnation.


Monday November 15, 2021


COP26: What was agreed at the Glasgow climate conference?
A crucial climate change summit has been held in the UK which could change our lives.

COP26: How might decisions at the climate summit change our lives?
The changes made at COP26 in Glasgow could have implications for the way we live.


Saturday November 13, 2021


Can California save itself from the flames?
Unprecedented drought and heat, combined with bad land management, have culminated in historic wildfires.


Friday November 12, 2021


COP26: Flooding lessons from Hull, a city below sea level
Hull has been at COP26 to share its innovative approach to tackling flood threats with the world.

How green was the COP26 climate summit?
A report has suggested the carbon footprint of the Glasgow summit is more than double that of COP25.

Seven ways to curb climate change
What are the practical things countries need to do in order to tackle climate change?


Thursday November 11, 2021


The man turning cities into giant sponges to embrace floods
Yu Kongjian's sponge city, based on ancient Chinese wisdom, seeks to change how we deal with floods.


Wednesday November 10, 2021


Nasa's Moon return pushed back to 2025
The first Nasa mission to return to the surface of the Moon has been delayed by one year to 2025.


Monday November 08, 2021


Climate change: Seven ways to spot businesses greenwashing
Firms often claim they are eco-friendly but how can you check they are as green as they make out?