14th Dec '18

The Latest Science from BBC News


Friday December 14, 2018


Plan for food waste to be separated
Councils will have to offer separate food caddies in a bid to combat methane emissions.

Were Taylor Swift fans tracked at her gig?
A stadium in LA confirms it uses facial recognition technology at pop concerts.

New Facebook bug exposed millions of photos
Photos of up to 6.8 million Facebook users, including ones they never posted, could be accessed.

Hope for 'decent' climate talks outcome
The likelihood of a deal at global climate talks in Poland has increased after a new draft text was released.

What chance has Nasa of finding life on Mars?
When the US space agency's next rover gets to Mars in 2021, it will seek evidence of ancient life.

Wetherspoons fake accounts to be exposed
Twitter must reveal the identity behind two parody accounts, the high court rules.

Tumblr returns to App Store after porn ban
The social network has returned to Apple's app store after revealing plans to ban adult content.

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo: The view from the edge of space
Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo rocket ship has made a successful test flight, 82.7km above the Earth's surface.

Half of UK homes could get faster broadband
New research suggests that people have not taken up faster services, even though they are available.

Why your pizza may never be delivered by drone
The biggest obstacle to delivery drones isn't technology, it's regulation and public acceptance.

Backpack bees give farmers a weather buzz and other news
BBC Click's Dan Simmons looks at the best of the week's technology news stories.


Thursday December 13, 2018


Dive over Jupiter's cloud-tops with Nasa's Juno craft
Nasa's Juno mission to Jupiter has reached its halfway mark and revealed spectacular views of the planet's polar storms.

Branson's Virgin Galactic reaches edge of space
The latest test flight by Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic makes it to the edge of space and back.

Astronaut Nick Hague ready for second space flight attempt
Astronaut Nick Hague is ready for his next space flight attempt, after the first mission was aborted.

Amazon uses dummy parcels to catch thieves
The online retailer has teamed up with police in New Jersey to fight parcel theft with dummy packages.

Nasa's Jupiter mission Juno reveals giant polar storms
Stunning images from Nasa's Jupiter "JunoCam" show huge, "endless storms" at the planet's poles.

Apple to create $1bn Texas base
The company says it expects to become Austin's biggest private employer.

Uber told self-drive cars unsafe days before accident
A leaked email sent to Uber bosses by a staff member arrived days before a car hit and killed a pedestrian.

Grace Millane: New Zealand anger over Google naming murder suspect
Google named the man accused of killing UK backpacker Grace Millane in an email, which could be illegal.

Bieber fans help YouTube Rewind become 'most disliked'
Beliebers voting against YouTube Rewind seem to have helped the video rack up negative feedback.

Climate change: Failure to tackle warming 'suicidal'
UN secretary general tells climate negotiators in Poland that failure to make progress would be a desperate blow for the planet.

Loneliness: Does being online make it worse?
We want to know what you think - does going online make you feel more lonely or less lonely?

Could light bring us superfast mobile broadband indoors?
Superfast 5G mobile connectivity may not be able to reach inside buildings. Could light help?


Wednesday December 12, 2018


Parker Solar Probe: Sun-skimming mission starts calling home
Having become the closest-ever human-made object to our star, the Parker spacecraft returns its first data

Meng Wanzhou: Trump could intervene in case of Huawei executive
The president says he could act for the good of US trade, as Canada releases Meng Wanzhou on bail.

Climate change is 'shrinking winter'
Snowy mountain winters are being squeezed into shorter periods, threatening water supplies and increasing wildfire risk.

Bereaved mother criticises Facebook over baby ads
The woman says if companies were able to spot she had been pregnant, they should also have realised she was bereaved.

Robot turns out to be man in suit
A robot has featured on Russian TV but turns out to be a man in a suit.

Dixons Carphone posts 440m loss in first half
The struggling retailer posts a 440m loss after it writes down the value of its Carphone Warehouse brand.

Ghana drones: Row over blood-delivery devices
A government-backed scheme for supplying medicine brings accusations of a "high-tech vanity project".

When out-of-date code causes chaos
What is a digital certificate and why do they expire?

Word processor pioneer Evelyn Berezin dies aged 93
Evelyn Berezin put the Data Secretary on sale in 1971, creating a new industry.

Twitter's Jack Dorsey answers critics of Myanmar meditation retreat
Twitter's chief executive says he needs to learn more about the plight of the Rohingya in Myanmar.

Google hearing sees 'idiot' trending
A question about why typing "idiot" into Google throws up pictures of President Trump sees the term trend.

Streets with UK's slowest and fastest broadband named
But uSwitch survey says homes in a Birmingham avenue have the fastest access.

Samples cut around Soyuz hole in spacewalk
Cosmonauts have cut samples from around a hole, which Moscow says may have been caused by a drill.

Is US military cloud safe from Russia? Fears over sensitive data
The BBC investigates a $10bn (8bn) Pentagon contract to store sensitive data in a cyber-cloud.

'Planet of the chickens': How the bird took over the world
With around 23 billion chickens on the planet at any one time, the bird is a symbol of our times, say scientists.

'If you Google the word idiot, a picture of Donald Trump comes up?'
Google's Chief executive Sundar Pichai answered questions about the company in front of US lawmakers.

Instagram tightens eating disorder filters after BBC investigation
The photo network?s filters don?t always halt posts that can promote anorexia and bulimia.

Climate change: Arctic reindeer numbers crash by half
Climate change in the Arctic has caused the wild reindeer population to crash by 56%, a report says.

How Apollo 8 Astronauts took the famous 'Earthrise' photograph
Frank Borman was the Commander of the Apollo 8 mission to the Moon. The astronauts took an iconic photo of the Earth rising above the lunar surface.

Poland climate summit protest limits anger young activists
Protesters are frustrated by strict controls on protests at the UN climate summit in Poland.

'Meghan Markle' most googled person in UK in 2018
Firm's UK search results also featured the World Cup, Bitcoin and Black Panther highly.


Tuesday December 11, 2018


Nasa's IceSat space laser makes height maps of Earth
One of the most powerful Earth observation tools ever put in orbit is now gathering data about the planet.

Amazon sackings 'follow sales data leaks'
Amazon reportedly believes the staff had been abusing their access to an internal database.

ISS: Spacewalk cosmonauts investigate mystery hole
The mystery hole in a Soyuz capsule docked to the International Space Station caused a pressure leak.

Google chief denies political bias claims
US lawmakers accused firm of "programming" bias against conservative views into its algorithms.

Brexit: More than 100K spent on Facebook and other ads for May's deal
The government bought ads on Facebook, Twitter, Google and LinkedIn before Brexit vote was cancelled.

Climate change: Protecting the poor from green taxes
Has President Macron's controversial fuel tax set back carbon taxes globally?

Broadband customers to get automatic compensation
The automatic compensation code will apply only when the fault takes longer than two days to fix.

Gene study unravels redheads mystery
Researchers at Edinburgh University carry out out the largest genetic study of hair colour to date.

Seven things to watch as Google's CEO appears before Congress hearing
Google chief Sundar Pichai will answer questions from the House Judiciary Committee.

East Antarctica's glaciers are stirring
Nasa detects the first signs of significant melting in a swathe of previously quiet ice streams.

The bar where your cash is worthless
As more firms around the world refuse to take cash, does this mean the end for notes and coins?

'Surprise' Palu tsunami clue found on seafloor
Scientists are getting closer to understanding the damaging tsunami that struck Sulawesi in September.

Child advice chatbots fail to spot sexual abuse
Two leading chat apps also struggled with questions about drugs and bulimia.


Monday December 10, 2018


Apple denies iPhone sales ban in China
Chip-maker Qualcomm says it has won an injunction against Apple in a continuing dispute over intellectual property.

Himalayan and other Asian glaciers put the brakes on
The ice streams that flow down the flanks of Asia's high mountains are moving slower as they thin.

Amount of deep life on Earth quantified
Having dug and drilled into the Earth, scientists can now estimate how much life exists at depth.

Huawei Honor View20 and Samsung A8s have hole-punch cameras
Two smartphones with cameras encircled by their screens are launched within hours of each other.

Nasa's Voyager 2 probe 'leaves the Solar System'
Voyager 2, a space probe launched in 1977, becomes only the second human-made object to enter the space between the stars.

China's new games censors take tough stance
A panel of experts bans nine mobile games and sends another 11 back for changes.

The rough with the smooth
The UK claims to be a leader in climate change - but is it?

Elon Musk has 'no respect' for US regulator
Tesla's co-founder says he has no respect for the regulator, which fined him over tweets about making the company private.

Formula E: Why refreshed and recharged electric racing series is a must watch
Refreshed and recharged - Formula E is live on the BBC this season and there are plenty of reasons why it is a must watch.

Climate change: Trump coal event overshadowed at COP24
White House efforts to promote fossil fuels are set to be upstaged by investors moving away from coal.

Bionic 3D-printed arm 'gives confidence' to young amputees
Open Bionics has developed the world's first medically-certified 3D-printed artificial arm

'I was divorced and missed having company'
Rupert Hunt created flat-sharing website SpareRoom - and then ended up needing to use it himself after his marriage ended.


Sunday December 09, 2018


'Digital museum' brings millions of fossils out of the dark
A global effort to digitally record millions of fossils is set to transform the study of evolution.

How to be a spy in the digital age
The head of MI6 has just revealed a huge secret - his first ever mission. But being a spy is very different now.

How the star of Sheryl Sandberg dimmed
Facebook is in crisis. And the firm's chief operating officer, once the golden girl, is taking the heat.


Saturday December 08, 2018


Climate change: COP24 fails to adopt key scientific report
A major climate conference in Poland has failed to adopt a key report after a dispute over a form of words.


Friday December 07, 2018


Huawei: The rapid growth of a Chinese champion in five charts
China's tech giant leads the market for telecoms infrastructure, and is second only to Samsung in smartphone sales.

Chang'e-4: China mission launches to far side of Moon
It is the first attempt to land robotic craft on the side of the Moon which never faces Earth.

Nasa's InSight probe listens to Martian winds
Two instruments on the recently landed InSight probe capture the noise made by the planet's wind.

Bloodhound supersonic car project axed
The driver of the 1,000mph supersonic vehicle says the car is available for the cost of a Ferrari.

Cyber-plant drives towards light - and other tech news
BBC Click's Nick Kwek looks at some of the best of the week's technology news stories.


Thursday December 06, 2018


Trump's environmental rollback rolls on
The administration plans to open protected lands for drilling and lift curbs on carbon emissions.

How 5G connectivity could keep these hi-tech cows healthy
How superfast mobile connectivity will help dairy farmers monitor the health of their cows.

Climate change: Warming made UK heatwave 30 times more likely
Rising global temperatures have massively boosted the chances of summer heatwaves in the UK, says a study.

VR helps investigate fires
A system developed by RiVR can scan a scene of real fire damage and then re-create the fire in VR.


Wednesday December 05, 2018


Fossil preserves 'sea monster' blubber and skin
Scientists identify fossilised blubber from an ancient marine reptile that lived 180 million years ago.

Cars and coal help drive 'strong' CO2 rise in 2018
CO2 emissions hit an all time high, rising nearly 3% in 2018 thanks to coal and a booming global market for cars.

Game-on for UK's Team Tao in ocean XPRIZE final
A UK-based team arrives in Greece for the grand final of a contest to find innovative solutions for seafloor mapping.

Biohackers: ?My hand chip could unlock my car door?
Biohackers want to make their bodies and brains function better by "hacking" their biology.

Ash dieback: Ash woodlands 'may flourish once again'
Scientists say there is hope that some ash trees can survive in the future, despite ash dieback.

Rats and pigeons 'replace iconic species'
"Iconic" animals such as tigers are being replaced by "cosmopolitan" species found everywhere - researchers.


Tuesday December 04, 2018


Saving the last West African giraffes in Niger
The highly threatened subspecies has been brought back to a reserve in Niger after a 50-year absence.

Albert Einstein's 'God letter' sells for $2.9m
The 1954 letter about religion smashed its predicted price at an auction in New York.

What is that bright object next to the moon?
A spectacular sight lights up the sky as Venus and the moon rise together

Research worms 'too old' to go to space station
A launch is delayed due to mouldy food bars, meaning the worms could be a day too old for research.

West Mersea mammoth tusk 'dates back 12,000 years'
It was discovered off the Essex coast after an unusually low tide exposed it for about half an hour.

Are these robots the future of warfare?
The Ministry of Defence is carrying out its biggest ever exercise using autonomous vehicles in battle scenarios.

World's strangest sharks and rays 'on brink of extinction'
A shark that uses its tail to stun prey and a ray half the length of a bus are on the list of 50 species.

House in a lab
Scientists have rebuilt a terraced house inside a laboratory to help make UK homes energy-efficient.


Monday December 03, 2018


Bacton Gas Terminal to be protected by sandscaping plan
A nationally important terminal on the Norfolk coast is to be protected by a new "sandscape".

Soyuz rocket: First crewed launch since failure docks at ISS
Russia's space agency confirmed the docking - the first crewed launch since October's failure.

Osiris-Rex: Nasa probe arrives at Asteroid Bennu
Nasa's Osiris-Rex spacecraft moves alongside the 500m-wide rock from which it hopes to grab a sample.