27th Feb '20

The Latest Science from BBC News


Thursday February 27, 2020


Climate campaigners win Heathrow expansion case
Campaigners say plans for a third runway should be cancelled, but the airport says it will appeal.

PM gives green light to post-Brexit EU research deal
The UK will endeavour to continue in an EU science programme after Brexit.

China may send ducks to battle Pakistan's locust swarms
The hungry ducks could be sent to eat the insects that are devouring crops in Pakistan, experts say.

Google asked to justify Toronto 'digital-city' plan
Sister company Sidewalk Labs must explain why it has chosen digital solutions over non-digital ones.

YouTube 'not a public forum' with guaranteed free speech
First Amendment rights do not force YouTube to host or promote videos, a court rules.

Clearview AI: Face-collecting company database hacked
Many law-enforcement agencies in the US use Clearview AI's facial-recognition technology.

Climate change: Pressure on big investors to act on environment
Investors are facing scrutiny like never before about what they're doing to tackle climate change.

Tim Cook says Apple's first Indian store to open 2021
The iPhone maker lags behind competitors in the world's second largest mobile phone market.

Landscapes of chemical and biological warfare
A gallery of landscapes of UK chemical and biological weapon sites by photographer Dara McGrath.

'After the coral ban, I lost everything'
Thousands of Indonesian coral farms had to close after an export ban, but a policy U-turn offers hope.


Wednesday February 26, 2020


Red pandas are two species, not one
The discovery comes from new research that could boost conservation plans.

Docking gives Intelsat telecoms satellite new lease of life
A shepherding spacecraft grabs an ageing telecoms satellite to help extend its mission life.

Redcar council IT hack confirmed as ransomware attack
Redcar council's IT systems have been down for 19 days but "significant progress" is being made.

Tesla Autopilot crash driver 'was playing video game'
An Apple employee died after his semi-autonomous Tesla hit a concrete barrier.

Virgin Galactic sees demand for space travel surge
Sir Richard Branson's firm says it is releasing more tickets for flights into space.

Underwater Photographer of the Year
The winners of the Underwater Photographer of the Year competition 2020.

Red squirrels sniff out danger better than greys
A native predator of the red squirrel seems to be an unlikely ally in its battle with its grey rival.

Outdoor heaters: Paris campaigners want them banned
A campaign is under way in Paris to ban heaters due to concerns about their electricity use.

Climate change: Why are tomato prices in Africa increasing?
The price of tomatoes have skyrocketed in East Africa in recent weeks after floods ruined crops.


Tuesday February 25, 2020


Etika mural becomes Pokemon Go spot in tribute to YouTuber
A New York City mural to deceased YouTuber Etika becomes a point of interest in video game Pokemon Go.

Pets 'go hungry' after smart feeder goes offline
The device, designed to schedule pets' food and control portions, appears to have been offline for seven days

Met Police chief defends facial recognition from 'ill-informed' critics
London's police chief says privacy risks are much smaller than "a knife through the chest".

Environment Agency chief: Avoid building new homes on flood plains
The head of the Environment Agency says new buildings should be made more resilient to flooding.

What happens when the internet vanishes?
During a troublesome protest or tricky election, some countries just cut the online cord.

Coronavirus: The race to find the source in wildlife
From animals to humans, how did the deadly coronavirus make the leap? We look at the scientific evidence.

Would you eat a 'steak' printed by robots?
3D printing is meeting some of the ambitions touted when the technology emerged 20 years ago.

Young drivers 'let down over insurance app faults'
Carrot uses phone data to measure braking and acceleration - but some say it often fails to work.


Monday February 24, 2020


Katherine Johnson: Hidden Figures Nasa mathematician dies at 101
Ms Johnson, who helped launch the first American into orbit, was portrayed in the film Hidden Figures.

Nasa's InSight probe senses hundreds of 'Marsquakes'
The US space agency's InSight probe detects over 450 significant seismic events since landing in 2018.

Australia fires were far worse than any prediction
The 'breathtaking scale' of the Australian bushfires were way beyond anything climate science predicted, say scientists.

Huawei Mate XS: Hands-on with the folding phone
BBC Click's Chris Fox tries out the folding Huawei Mate XS for the first time.


Saturday February 22, 2020


Oxford food waste used to help grow more food
How unwanted food is processed to produce electricity and fertiliser.


Friday February 21, 2020


Robots gain lessons in hot dogs and other tech news
BBC Click?s Paul Carter looks at some of the best technology news stories of the week.

Blind Portsmouth astronomer shares his love of space
Nic Bonne, who uses 3D-printed models to study galaxies, wants more people to stargaze.

Can computer translators ever beat speaking a foreign tongue?
Developers say you can now converse effortlessly using translation tech, but others are not so sure.


Thursday February 20, 2020


The man who can make music with his mind
Academic and electronic musician Bertolt Meyer has hacked into his prosthetic arm and connected it to his synth.


Wednesday February 19, 2020


Skin-detection software could improve smartphone security
TrinamiX has developed a facial recognition software that they say could provide better security.

Instagram influencers pranking the internet:
An Instagram influencer has faked a holiday to Bali to show followers not to believe everything they see on social media. But how does it compare to these other epic social media pranks?

How overseas stag parties are hurting the environment
About half the flights young men take each year are for stag dos - and that generates a lot of emissions.

Should your email say if you're he, she or they?
Firms are encouraging staff to make sharing which personal pronouns they use an everyday practice.


Tuesday February 18, 2020


Nasa's 2020 rover: Can we finally answer the big question about Mars?
The US space agency's next rover will hunt for life's traces among the rocks of the Red Planet.


Monday February 17, 2020


The doctors and lawyers giving advice on TikTok
The BBC meets the medics and lawyers across America who are using the app to help educate the public.


Saturday February 15, 2020


The fake 'kitchen hacks' with billions of views
Kitchen hacks and baking videos are hugely popular on YouTube - but do all the tips actually work?


Thursday February 13, 2020


Wanted: New astronauts for Nasa Moon mission
The US space agency is looking for new astronauts to join future missions to the Moon and Mars.

Nasa 're-masters' classic 'Pale Blue Dot' image of Earth
The US space agency reprocesses the Voyager probe's iconic "Pale Blue Dot" picture of Planet Earth.


Tuesday January 28, 2020


Who is Greta Thunberg, the teenage climate change activist?
The Swedish teenager started a climate change protest that grew into a global movement of millions.


Tuesday January 21, 2020


Your Questions: Are there too many people on Earth?
From population to plants, your questions answered about climate change.


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.


Friday August 09, 2019


What's your diet's carbon footprint?
Check the environmental impact of what you eat and drink.


Monday October 08, 2018


Climate change: How 1.5C degrees of global warming could change the world
Why a UN climate change report says global warming should be kept to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels.