24th Jan '18

The Latest Science from BBC News


Wednesday January 24, 2018


Stripe to ditch Bitcoin payment support
Volatility, high fees and longer transactions mean the payments firm will dump the cryptocurrency.

K'Nex builds toys rollercoaster you can ride in VR
K'Nex creates a toy rollercoaster kit that children build and then "ride" in virtual reality.

Antarctica's Weddell Sea 'deserves protected status'
Scientists have called for special status to protect coral, penguins and other wildlife in Antarctica.

Robot bartender: The bar where machines mix drinks
You can order a cocktail and a pair of robot arms will mix it for you while you wait.


Tuesday January 23, 2018


Microsoft boss: World needs more computing power
The head of tech giant Microsoft says faster machines are needed to solve difficult computing problems.

The mystery of the cars abandoned in a robot car park
Several vehicles from the 1990s were discovered during work to dismantle Edinburgh's "car park of the future".

Antarctica's Weddell Sea 'deserves protected status'
Scientists dive into Antarctic waters to build the case for a vast new marine protected area.

Mavic Air: DJI launches 'ultraportable' drone
DJI releases a drone that it says is about half the size and weight of its bestselling Mavic Pro.

Netflix tunes into subscriber surge
The streaming service adds more than 8 million members in the last three months of 2017.

Amazon's Twitch triumphs over bot-sellers
The Amazon-owned games streaming service wins a court battle versus a service selling fake views.

Twitter's Anthony Noto leaves to join SoFi
The company's chief operating officer, Anthony Noto, joins social lender SoFi as chief executive.

Facebook invents new unit of time called a flick
The flick is the smallest unit of time larger than a nanosecond.

Elon Musk's Boring Company presents LA tunnel plan
Elon Musk's Boring Company has presented its LA transport tunnel plans for Culver City.

NHS Digital approves data off-shoring in new guidance
Healthcare providers can choose to store patient data overseas in Europe and the US.

Netflix's rise and rise
With more than 100m subscribers, Netflix has come a long way since starting as a DVD rental company in 1998.

Intel tells users to stop installing chip patches
The chip maker tells customers to stop installing patches for two serious flaws that expose key data.

The human-elephant conflict in India's tea state Assam
How expanding tea plantations in India's Assam state are putting humans in conflict with elephants.

The pill that measures farts
The capsule can measure gas levels and transmit this information to a mobile phone app.

Hawaii missile alert standdown delayed by forgotten log-in
Hawaii's governor says a failure to remember his Twitter details delayed a corrective message.

Crypto-cash boom prompts graphics card rationing
Graphics-card makers seek to limit sales of hardware as crypto-coin miners snap up supplies.

Logan Paul 'suicide video': Brother says he 'did not mean to offend'
Logan Paul's brother Jake has spoken for the first time about a controversial video Logan put on YouTube.

S Korea bans anonymous cryptocurrency trades
The move is aimed at preventing cryptocurrencies being used for crimes such as money laundering

Too few women?
Gender equality is high on the Davos agenda this year, but does the elite gathering have its own issue?

Backpack midwife
For many people in remote regions access to healthcare is limited, so tech is coming to their aid.


Monday January 22, 2018


Rupert Murdoch: Facebook should pay for news
Rupert Murdoch says newspapers are not being properly paid by the social network for their content.

Amazon opens its first grocery store in Seattle - with no tills
No tills? No problem. Inside Amazon's new, fully automated store, which has no checkouts.

Alstom testing automated freight train in the Netherlands
The automated freight train can travel 100km without driver intervention.

Ex-GCHQ boss: 'Social media firms sit above democracy'
Former GCHQ boss says that social media organisations ?have huge power? over governments.

Overwatch pro player suspended over homophobic slur
Felix Lengyel has been suspended by the Overwatch league and Dallas Fuel, and fined $2,000.

Why you can't judge a zebra by its stripes
Looking at a zebra's stripes may not be a good way to tell different types apart, say scientists.

ISS cosmonaut does 'test flight' on a vacuum cleaner
Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov said he had many questions from people asking if it was possible.

New Caledonian crows show how technology evolves
Clever, tool-making crows show scientists the first foundations of technological development.

L'Oreal hijab model pulls out of campaign after backlash
Beauty blogger Amena Khan apologises after tweets she wrote in 2014 are branded as 'anti Israel'.

HQ Trivia app launches UK version
The live quiz app is popular in the US, but analysts have questions about its business model.

Apple's Tim Cook keeps nephew off social media
Tim Cook criticises social media as providers face demands for tougher regulation.

How 'revenge porn' changed my life
Chrissy Chambers tells the BBC's Jane Wakefield how "revenge porn" changed her life.

Boing Boing blog sued over Playboy centrefolds link
The pornographic magazine wants damages for linking to a pirated gallery of centrefolds.

Kim Dotcom sues New Zealand government for damages
Kim Dotcom says New Zealand is liable for destruction to his business and property.

Amazon's checkout-free store opens
Amazon opens its first grocery store without cashiers to shoppers in Seattle on Monday.

Sim card shoes send alert if wearer falls.
E-vone has developed a smart connected shoe for elderly or frail people.

Only one in four trust social media, says survey
Two-thirds of Britons think platforms like Facebook and Twitter should be more tightly regulated, according to a survey.

Fake news
How a phrase that originally referred to moneymaking Macedonian teens came to mean a whole lot more.


Sunday January 21, 2018


Are diesel cars always the most harmful?
Some in the car industry claim that modern diesel engines have been unfairly maligned.


Friday January 19, 2018


Net firms 'better' at removing hate speech, says EU
The European Union says that 70% of material deemed to be offensive is removed within 24 hours.

Thousands hit in OnePlus credit card hack
About 40,000 customers of OnePlus could have had card details stolen in the attack by cyber-thieves

TalkTalk most complained-about broadband provider
The Post Office came out worst for landline services and Vodafone worst for mobile services.

Apple hit with complaint by South Korean consumer group
A South Korean consumer group has filed a complaint against Apple over iPhone slowdown.

The man risking his life to save pink dolphins
Fernando Trujillo works in dangerous areas of the Amazon to save the rare species.

Nasa removes US astronaut from ISS mission
Jeanette Epps would have been the first African-American astronaut on the space station crew.

Data-stealing spyware 'traced to Lebanon'
Nation-state malware dubbed Dark Caracal uncovered by security researchers.

Google tackles Chromecast wi-fi blasting bug
The problem can knock out home networks by overwhelming routers with data surge, it said

A round-up of the week in technology
BBC Click's Kat Hawkins looks at some of the best of the week?s technology news.

Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick a billionaire after $9.3bn investment deal
Travis Kalanick is selling shares worth $1.4bn as a consortium invests $9.3bn in Uber.

Scapa Flow microplastics levels 'similar to Forth and Clyde'
Researchers at Heriot-Watt University took more than 100 sediment samples from 13 Orkney beaches.

Hope for threatened 'little tiger cat'
Habitat fragmentation is a bigger threat to Chile's wildcat than human persecution, say conservationists.

Switch on, switch off
As cars become more automated, some experts worry that we are becoming complacent drivers.


Thursday January 18, 2018


Apple and Google buses under fire in Silicon Valley
Buses carrying Apple and Google employees to work have been targeted while en route.

Chrissy Chambers: Revenge porn almost killed me
Singer Chrissy Chambers describes how her life changed when her ex posted an explicit video online.

2017 'warmest year without El Niņo'
Even with no natural climate boost, last year was the second or third hottest on record.

Detroit Motor Show: What the cars of the future may look like
A range of concept cars and trucks are showcased at the 2018 Detroit motor show.

Crunch question
Insects are often portrayed as a sustainable superfood - and many are delicious.


Wednesday January 17, 2018


Mystery deepens over mass die-off of antelopes
A mass die-off of antelopes in Kazakhstan was triggered by environmental factors, scientists believe.

Chemistry 'Van Gogh' could help with cancer
Scientists capture "incredible" images of instructions contained in DNA being read

ICEYE's 'suitcase space radar' returns first image
Finnish start-up ICEYE releases a "first light" picture from its novel radar satellite.

Moustached monkey is separate species
A monkey from Ethiopia and Sudan with a distinctive "handlebar moustache" has been identified as a distinct species.

UK firm contracts to service satellites
Effective Space says it will launch "space drones" to prolong the life of telecommunications satellites in orbit.

Most new cars must be electric by 2030, ministers told
Three-fifths of new cars must be electric by 2030 to meet climate change targets, ministers are told.

Paris, London
A partnership between Imperial College London and a major French agency will keep access to European research funding.

Dolphin diet study gives conservation clues
Wild dolphins burn up to 33,000 calories a day, say researchers - equivalent to about 60 salmon portions.


Tuesday January 16, 2018


Mount Mayon: Philippines volcano spews out lava
Volcanologists say a "hazardous explosion" could be imminent, as thousands flee the area around Mount Mayon in the Philippines.

Heads up
This year's Detroit car show sees new US investments, a Chinese challenger, nostalgia and fashionable headlights.

Hubble scores unique close-up view of distant galaxy
The Hubble telescope has scored an unprecedented close-up view of one of the Universe's oldest galaxies.

Jordan urged to end animal mistreatment at Petra site
Donkeys, horses and camels are beaten and forced to carry tourists in extreme heat, a group says.

Wallaby gives police slip on Sydney Bridge
The unusual sight of a wallaby bounding across the Sydney Harbour Bridge has surprised early-morning motorists.

Panic buying
Cyber insurance is growing fast as businesses lose billions to hackers.


Monday January 15, 2018


Black Death 'spread by humans not rats'
Human body lice, rather than rat fleas, spread plague during the Black Death, a study simulating the outbreak suggests.

CES 2018: Time machine camera lets you record 'missed moments'
A wearable camera lets users record events that have already happened over the past 10 seconds.

Huge oil spill left after burning tanker sinks off China
Fuel from the Sanchi has spread over more than 100 sq km and could badly damage marine life.

'Floating on air' after surgeons remove 19kg tumour
Watch surgeons as they remove a 19.5kg tumour from a woman's body.

Captured paedophile
A BBC Trending report about online predators prompted a reader to investigate and eventually led to the conviction of a dangerous paedophile.


Saturday January 13, 2018


Hot topic
Can a series of scorching summers be blamed on climate change, and what do they tell us?

Female engineers set for success
The UK has the lowest percentage of female engineering professionals in Europe, at less than 10%.


Friday January 12, 2018


Citizen science bags five-planet haul
Astronomy enthusiasts help to confirm the existence of a five-planet system orbiting a far-off star.

CES 2018: A look at the show's highlights
BBC Click's Lara Lewington looks at some of the best technology at CES 2018.

UK satellite to make movies from space
The spacecraft paves the way to a constellation collecting full-colour, hi-def video of Earth.

Thirsty city
With water usage and droughts across the globe rising, the race is on to manage water more efficiently.


Thursday January 11, 2018


How green are the Tories?
Theresa May's environment policy pledge is the latest step in the party's journey on the issue.

Kitchen welfare
In Switzerland, lobsters must now be stunned before being boiled - but do they really feel pain?


Wednesday January 10, 2018


Check your pollution
Enter your postcode to see what the air quality is like where you are living in Britain.

CES 2018: iKeyp smart safe proves easy to crack open
Tests of a smart safe on show at the CES expo suggest it is relatively easy to steal its contents.

CES 2018: Robot battles BBC at Scrabble
The BBC's Dave Lee challenges a robot to a game of Scrabble at CES 2018.


Monday January 08, 2018


CES 2018: LG Display shows off large rollable TV screen
LG Display has created the world's first large, rollable, ultra-high definition television screen.


Sunday January 07, 2018


CES 2018: DNANudge app uses saliva to recommend what to eat
A UK start-up plans to offer DNA tests in shops to help people eat more healthily.


Wednesday January 03, 2018


Whale people
A glimpse into the life the Inupiat, an indigenous community in Alaska.


Saturday December 30, 2017


Busy year for storms
Was the remarkable 2017 hurricane season the worst ever? And did climate change play any part?


Wednesday December 27, 2017


Back from the brink
Heavily armed and highly trained anti-poaching patrols have helped the population's recovery.


Tuesday December 26, 2017


How baby play is helping robots imagine the future
Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley have taught a robot to play.


Monday December 25, 2017


'Job done'
World land-speed record-holder Andy Green reflects on the past 12 months' achievements in developing the Bloodhound supersonic car.