23rd Apr '18

The Latest Science from BBC News


Monday April 23, 2018


Environment prize goes to Flint water activist
An activist who helped expose a water crisis in a US town has been awarded a prestigious environment prize.

Climate change: Michael Bloomberg pledges $4.5m for Paris deal
New York City's ex-mayor pledges $4.5m to help cover the lapsed US contribution to the Paris accord.

'Exploding ant' species found in South East Asia
The newly discovered canopy-dwelling ants are nicknamed after their bizarre defensive behaviour.

King of the plastic bottle castle
Meet "Plastic King" Robert Bezeau and his four-storey castle, made out of recycled bottles in Panama.


Sunday April 22, 2018


Jeremy Hunt threatens social media with new child-protection laws
The health secretary wants action from the sites on underage use, bullying and screen-time limits.

Nasa engineer: Three facts about landing on Mars
A Nasa flight analyst explains three things you need to know about going to Mars.


Saturday April 21, 2018


Rare brown bear dies in Italy capture operation
The endangered animal died in Italy during an attempt to fit him with a collar to track movements.

The best and worst space films, according to Nasa
The best and worst space films, according to Nasa

HQ Trivia: The free app giving away thousands of pounds
How does a free app with no adverts go about becoming a success with Hollywood actors whilst giving away thousands in cash?


Friday April 20, 2018


GDPR: Are you ready for the EU's huge data privacy shake-up?
Organisations have just seven weeks to prepare for a major shake-up to EU data privacy laws.

Russia's Telegram ban 'failing'
The messaging app is working around attempts to block it by authorities.

Ofcom seeks to scrap local TV roll-out
The media regulator says launching more local TV stations in the UK is not viable.

Scientists discover mechanism behind motor neurone disease
An international team found that a protein causes brain cells to die when it is stuck in the jelly phase.

German supreme court rejects ad-block challenge
Publishing giant Axel Springer has lost a long-running case seeking to limit the use of Adblock Plus.

Facebook removes 'gay sex for rent' posts
An investigation found groups offering free accommodation for young men in exchange for sex.

ExoMars: Getting ready to drive on the Red Planet
Engineers finish assembly of the test model for Europe's ExoMars rover mission.

Google's SMS replacement ready to launch
Android phones are beginning to receive Google's feature-rich new service called Chat.

Robot visits a pub for Westworld promotion and other news
BBC Click's Jen Copestake looks at some of the best technology news stories of the week.

National Trust needs to be 'radical'
The new director-general of the National Trust says the charity needs to reach out to people in urban areas.

Stella McCartney: Fashion is swamping our planet
Designer Stella McCartney says fashion is a medieval industry, which produces a huge amount of waste.

God of War: Giving gaming new emotions
The team behind God of War tell Newsbeat the gaming industry is maturing to tackle more complex emotions than ever before.

Oxford Dodo was shot in head, scans find
The world-famous specimen is the world's best-preserved example of the extinct bird.

Closing gender gap in physics 'will take generations'
The gender gap in science subjects like physics is likely to persist for hundreds of years, study suggests.

Robo farmers
Farmers are working on robotic solutions due to a shortage of human workers to pick difficult crops.

Meet the robots that can pick and plant better than we can
Farmers are turning to robots to plant seedlings and pick produce because of human worker shortages.


Thursday April 19, 2018


Bajau people 'evolved bigger spleens' for free-diving
In an example of human natural selection, Asia's Bajau people have evolved bigger spleens for diving.

Poison project
Scientist Vladimir Uglev has no doubt the agent that poisoned the Skripals was made in Russia.

Plastic straw and cotton bud ban proposed
Plan for a ban in England is announced as Commonwealth leaders are urged to tackle plastic waste.

Facebook to exclude billions from European privacy laws
A total of 1.5 billion international Facebook users will not be protected under GDPR.

Ikea's TaskRabbit app back online after data breach
The odd jobs marketplace has been investigating a "cyber-security incident".

TalkTalk and Vodafone top complaints chart again
TalkTalk, Vodafone and BT drew the most complaints for their services, the regulator says.

The helmet which gives firefighters 'X-ray vision'
The C-Thru lens uses augmented reality to improve firefighters? sight in poor visibility.

Nasa's Tess: Planet-hunting satellite lifts off
Nasa's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (Tess) searches for new planets.

Planet-hunter launches from Florida
The US space agency's Tess satellite lifts off on a mission to find thousands of new worlds.

Why India's Paytm isn't afraid of WhatsApp
India's youngest billionaire, Vijay Shekhar Sharma, says Indian firms are ready to challenge the West.


Wednesday April 18, 2018


100 Women: 'Record number' of Nepalese women climbing Everest this season
A record number of Nepalese women are climbing Mount Everest this spring season, officials tell the BBC.

Last of the wild asses back from the brink
Wild equines are being reintroduced to the grasslands of Kazakhstan where they once roamed in large numbers.

Heatwaves 'cook' Great Barrier Reef corals
Recurring spells of ocean warming impact the diversity of coral reef communities.

Keeping livers 'alive' boosts transplant success, trial finds
The alternative to ice involves pumping livers with blood, nutrients and medicines while in a machine.

NHS website defaced by hackers
The digital vandalism was spotted by a security researcher and has since been fixed.

Iceland's Bitcoin heist suspect 'flees on PM's plane'
The man fled from Iceland to Sweden on a passenger plane reportedly also carrying the prime minister.

Chemical attack
Experts describe the challenges facing those investigating an alleged chemical attack in Syria.

Are AI fairytales the future?
The first AI fairytale has been written by an algorithm, a company claims - a taste of future story-telling?

Meteorite diamonds 'came from lost planet'
The space rock that exploded in 2008 seems to have come from the early Solar System.

Bitcoin peaks and falls become race tracks
The rapidly changing value of crypto-currency has been turned into a mobile game.

Costa Coffee vows 'cup recycling revolution'
The UK's biggest coffee chain says it will recycle as many disposable cups as it sells by 2020.

School warns over Roblox and Fortnite online games
Roblox and Fortnite enable players to talk to interact with each other via online chat.

Minister ridiculed for saying ancient India invented internet
Biplap Deb cited the ancient Hindu epic Mahabharata but his statement has attracted ridicule.

Facebook seeks facial recognition consent in EU and Canada
Amid a privacy crisis, Facebook asks permission to expand use of facial recognition technology.

Will China beat the world to nuclear fusion and clean energy?
China's nuclear fusion research might put the country at the fore of future clean energy solutions.

Wish.com: Penis advert appeared in video game apps
US retailer Wish.com is admonished by UK ad watchdog for the third time since November.

Steep rise in child abuse images online, charity reports
The Internet Watch Foundation found more than 78,000 website addresses with child abuse images in 2017.


Tuesday April 17, 2018


NHS ransomware attack response criticised
MPs say it is "alarming" plans to improve cyber-security after the Wannacry attack have not been agreed.

Brexit: 'Rife misuse' of data by Leave.EU, MPs told
Ex-Cambridge Analytica employee tells MPs that UKIP data was received as part of work for Leave.EU.

Russia's Telegram block hits web users
Russia blocks millions of IP addresses in move to shut down Telegram messaging platform.

Life of a meme
What do pictures of two guys pointing at each other and yelling tell us about how a meme begins and ends?

T-Mobile fined over false ringtones
The firm paid $40m (27m) over claims it employed false ringtones rather than fixing call problems.

Ikea app TaskRabbit reveals security breach
TaskRabbit says it is working with law enforcement, and its website is offline.

'Lazy hackers' turn to automated attack tools
Sophisticated bots are doing the hard work of breaking down digital defences, suggests study.

Bialowieza forest: Poland broke EU law by logging
Poland violated EU law by ordering large-scale logging in Bialowieza forest, Europe's top court says.

Netflix overseas sales set to overtake US
The streaming service now has 125 million subscribers, after adding 7.4 million more in the first quarter.

Singapore uncovers 'high-tech' exam cheating plot
The students snuck in mobile phones and wore skin-coloured earphones during their exams.

Facebook facial recognition faces class-action suit
Damages could amount to "billions of dollars", the judge says.

Reality Check
It's not as easy to recycle your takeaway coffee cup as people may have thought.

Ninjas and nanobots
Is the fusion of biology and technology speeding us towards a synthetic future?


Monday April 16, 2018


Russia accused of global net hack attacks
Russia is seeking to hijack essential internet hardware, US and UK intelligence agencies allege.

China's ZTE 'poses risk to UK security'
Cyber-defence watchdog tells the UK telecoms sector not to use the Chinese firm's equipment.

Facebook expels alt-right figurehead
White nationalist Richard Spencer's three Facebook pages are blocked on a permanent basis.

Wetherspoon pub chain shuts its social media accounts
Chairman Tim Martin condemns trolling and says limiting social media use would be better for society.

Artificial intelligence must be 'for common good'
Artificial intelligence must never be given powers to hurt or deceive people. a parliamentary report says.


Friday April 13, 2018


Coffee trends
Coffee in five charts: How coffee drinking varies around the world.

First timer
The big winner at the Bafta Games Awards was Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice, including Best Performer - won by a video editor.

Bug hunters
Big rewards are available for hackers who can spot when websites have got their coding wrong.


Thursday April 12, 2018


Hellblade: Our big risk paid off with five Bafta wins
Making a video game about mental health was worth the risk, says its creator.

Nintendo celebrates Bafta hat trick
Nintendo's Shinya Takahashi says he is "very happy" with the company's success at the Baftas.

What Remains of Edith Finch wins Bafta's top games award
What Remains of Edith Finch scores an upset by beating Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice at the Baftas.

Tim Schafer: My games suffered 'bit rot'
The award-winning games designer says many of his classics became unplayable on modern machines.

Past in focus
Ancient DNA from human remains has helped construct a new narrative for human history.


Wednesday April 11, 2018


Nazi legacy found in Norwegian trees
The chemical fog used to hide the Tirpitz battleship in WWII stunted the growth of trees.


Tuesday April 10, 2018


Magnetic water
Satellites make the most detailed observations yet of the magnetism generated by moving seawater.

'600 apps had my data'
Data harvesting is a multi-billion dollar industry privacy campaigners believe is far too opaque.


Monday April 09, 2018


Belgrade's 'tiny head' Gagarin statue causes dismay
Serbian social media users mock city's tribute to the first man in space.


Saturday April 07, 2018


Hunting mystery giant lightning from space
Space station mission takes storm chasing to new heights


Saturday March 31, 2018


Vanishing lake
It's been shrinking fast, but could a plan to divert water to one of Africa's largest lakes stop it disappearing?


Wednesday March 28, 2018


Iron test
A Manchester-led team tests the detector system it will use in Antarctica to find hidden iron meteorites.


Friday March 23, 2018


Engineering giant
A new museum dedicated to IK Brunel reveals the man behind the carefully cultivated public image.

Human-eye VR
VR has suffered from an image problem, so could very high resolution headsets be the answer?


Thursday March 22, 2018


2,000 days on Mars
The Nasa robot this week celebrates 2,000 martian days investigating the surface of the Red Planet.


Wednesday March 21, 2018


What does the future hold for humanoid robots?
Machines that can fully mimic natural body movements are still a long way off, says Will Jackson.


Tuesday March 20, 2018


Toxic task
The organisation keeping track of the deadly chemicals held by countries around the world.


Monday March 19, 2018


Rare poison
Sergei and Yulia Skripal were poisoned by Novichok nerve agents, the PM says. So what are they?

Aubrey de Grey: Treating ageing as a curable disease
The scientist aims to develop therapies to repair damage at the molecular and cellular level.


Friday March 16, 2018


Glorious mud
Meet the "mudlarkers" looking for archaeological artefacts along the banks of the Thames.

NanoMap: How uncertainty helps this drone fly
MIT CSAIL's NanoMap system enables drones to avoid obstacles while flying at 20 mph (32km/h)

Rotten ideas
As the fight against plastic pollution gains momentum, firms are tackling the issue in different ways.

Adapt or die
In the first of our Future of Work series, we look at how new tech could change our working lives.


Wednesday March 14, 2018


Stephen Hawking dies: Scientist's most memorable quotes
Remembering some of the key theories and quotes of the world renowned physicist, who has died.

Stephen Hawking: A life in pictures
The physicist, who battled motor neurone disease for most of his life, has died at the age of 76.

Obituary: Stephen Hawking
Despite a crippling illness, Stephen Hawking became one of the most respected scientists of his age.


Tuesday March 13, 2018


Visual effects behind Thor: Ragnarok
Click talks to Alexis Wajsbrot, the visual effects supervisor for Thor: Ragnarok.