3rd Aug '21

The Latest Science from BBC News


Tuesday August 03, 2021


Twitter works with news sites to tackle disinformation
Twitter announces it will cooperate with two news agencies to promote more reliable information.


Monday August 02, 2021


NHS Covid-19 app in England and Wales tweaked to notify fewer contacts
The app in England and Wales will now only alert contacts from the previous two days in asymptomatic cases.

Warship positions faked including UK aircraft carrier
Nearly 100 naval ships may have had their locations faked through manipulation of AIS safety system.

Anti-Semitic social posts 'not taken down' in 80% of cases
A report tracking hundreds of anti-Semitic social posts finds firms fail to act in 80% of cases.

Afterpay: Jack Dorsey's Square in Australia's biggest buyout
The $29bn deal for Afterpay will create an instalments payment giant in a hugely growing sector.

Finding answers to the world's drinking water crisis
Scientists are racing to come up with technologies that can solve the world's clean water shortage.

Then and now: The burning issue of wildfires
Scientists are increasingly concerned climate change is making fires more frequent and more intense.

Iran water: What's causing the shortages?
Iranian officials have warned of historic drought while experts blame years of poor water management.


Sunday August 01, 2021


Zoom settles US class action privacy lawsuit for $86m
The video conferencing firm denies wrongdoing, but has agreed to boost security measures.

Sky News Australia barred for week by YouTube over Covid misinformation
The digital giant bans the channel from uploading new content for a week over misinformation breaches.

The perfect storm striking World of Warcraft
All of a sudden, WoW players are in revolt, and its competitors are having a boom.


Saturday July 31, 2021


Home car charger owners urged to install updates
Security vulnerabilities in two domestic electric car chargers were discovered by researchers.

Elon Musk: 'I don't want to be CEO of anything'
Elon Musk reiterated on Friday that he doesn't want to be Space X or Tesla boss. What's going on?


Friday July 30, 2021


UK military opens first space command centre
The new operations centre will help the UK maintain a "battle-winning advantage", ministers say.

Facebook, Google expect jabs for office return
The tech companies will require vaccination for returning in-office employees as Covid-19 cases rise in US

Untethered bi-pedal robot runs 5km and other tech news
Jen Copestake looks at some of the best technology news stories of the week.

Russian module mishap destabilises International Space Station
The ISS was pushed out of position after engines on a new Russian module unexpectedly fired up.

The fungus and bacteria tackling plastic waste
Bacteria, fungus and enzymes can all digest plastic, but can they work at a useful commercial scale?

A US company has turned a former coal plant into a gas-fired Bitcoin mine
Environmentalists have criticised the gas-fired mine but the company says it offsets its emissions.


Thursday July 29, 2021


UK already undergoing disruptive climate change
Last year was the third warmest, fifth wettest and eighth sunniest on record in the UK, scientists warn.


Wednesday July 28, 2021


Team BRIT?s Aaron Morgan: How hand controls help me race
The Team BRIT driver on how adapted cars help him compete in races against non-disabled drivers.

'Most powerful' tidal turbine starts generating electricity off Orkney
The Orbital O2, which is anchored off Orkney, has the capacity to meet the annual power demand of 2,000 homes.

Electric car charging prices 'must be fair' say MPs
Consumers should not have to pay excessive prices to use public car charging, MPs say.


Tuesday July 27, 2021


Can better tech make video meetings less excruciating?
Technology firms are scrambling to add new features but will video calls improve.

Is there a future for Africa's lions?
As lion populations decline across much of Africa, could community-led conservation help reverse this trend?


Monday July 26, 2021


Bezos' $2bn offer to get back in race to the Moon
The billionaire offers to cover $2bn in Nasa costs to be reconsidered for a Moon lander contract.

COP26 climate summit president says progress made, but not enough
The first in-person climate meeting in 18 months sees some tentative progress, but no breakthroughs.

Extreme weather: What causes flash flooding?
Cities across the world are at risk of extreme rainfall overwhelming their streets

Vineyards set to go high tech with smart systems
Changing climate conditions and water shortages see some Australian wine growers turn to technology.

Climate change: Researchers begin discussions on vital report
A two-week virtual negotiation begins on the most critical climate change report since 2013.

The new surgical tool inspired by a wasp
The device avoids clogging by using friction instead of suction, similar to the way a parasitoid wasp lays its eggs.

Why remote working leaves us vulnerable to cyber-attacks
Experts warn working from home has led to complacency over security protocols


Sunday July 25, 2021


Climate change: Israel to cut 85% of emissions by mid-century
PM Naftali Bennett says the decision will help the country gradually shift to a low-carbon economy.


Friday July 23, 2021


Jeff Bezos and Sir Richard Branson may not be astronauts, US says
The US government has tightened rules on which space-goers can claim their astronaut wings.

Beach rover picks up cigarette butts and other tech news
Jen Copestake looks at some of the best technology news stories of the week.

Road planners able to ignore climate change, campaigners claim
Government guidelines mean road planners can effectively ignore climate change, campaigners say.

What does a future-proofed home look like?
The technology exists to make homes more resilient to extreme weather, but it can be expensive.


Thursday July 22, 2021


AI breakthrough could spark medical revolution
A program has been used to predict the structures of nearly every protein in the human body.

Zoomtown-on-Sea? The lure of a new life on the coast
Remote working meant the Lancaster family could live anywhere - they found their sea view in Scarborough.


Wednesday July 21, 2021


Russia sends long-delayed module to space station
The 13m-long, 20-tonne Nauka laboratory is finally going into orbit after a delay of 14 years.

'Jurassic Pompeii' yields thousands of 'squiggly wiggly' fossils
Scientists are excavating one of the most important Jurassic sites ever discovered in the UK.

Pegasus scandal: Are we all becoming unknowing spies?
We may be stepping into a world in which we are all spies - and at the same time are all spied on.

Cyber-flashing: 'I get explicit messages every day'
Influencer Elle Edwards lets us inside her DMs to show the extent of sexual abuse faced by women online.


Tuesday July 20, 2021


Jeff Bezos launches to space aboard New Shepard rocket ship
The world's richest man and three other passengers return safely just over 10 minutes after launch.

Climate change: US pushes China to make faster carbon cuts
US climate envoy John Kerry says help from China is needed to avoid a dangerous rise in heat.

Covid: Will lockdown change England's new tech habits?
The pandemic brought about big changes in the way people use tech - the question is will they last?


Monday July 19, 2021


Met Office issues first UK extreme heat warning
It covers south-west England and large parts of Wales as the UK experiences a prolonged hot spell.


Sunday July 18, 2021


Why was my tweet about football labelled abusive?
A BBC journalist sets out to discover how Twitter moderates posts after he was banned from the platform.


Friday July 16, 2021


Finding 'Grace': Murder, DNA and ancestry
How a novel use of DNA and ancestry websites is helping police uncover clues in cold case murders.


Sunday July 11, 2021


Virgin Galactic: Richard Branson's long, winding path to space
The BBC tracks the long, winding road to Sir Richard Branson's flight to the edge of space.