23rd Sep '19

The Latest Science from BBC News


Sunday September 22, 2019


Climate change: Impacts 'accelerating' as leaders gather for UN talks
A snapshot of the latest science, published as politicians gather in New York, says climate change is speeding up.

Stratford vet tries to save orangutan shot 130 times
Paul Ramos was in Borneo to film the work being done to save the orangutan population.

Swapping traffic for a workout on Ethiopia's streets
Sunday 22 September is World Car Free Day - but in Ethiopia it happens once a month, in cities across the country.


Saturday September 21, 2019


Night in national park 'for every schoolchild'
Independent review suggests new ideas to "re-ignite" England's protected landscapes.

What3words: 'Life-saving app' divides opinion
First responders have been singing the praises of what3words but some have reservations about the tech.

The photographer capturing mankind's impact on planet Earth
Photographer Edward Burtynsky explains his 40-year quest for striking images of our impact on the planet.

Climate change: Polarstern leaves for 'biggest ever' Arctic expedition
The Germany research ship Polarstern leaves port for its a year-long study of the polar climate.


Friday September 20, 2019


Climate strike: Protests in cities across the world
Millions of people join a global environmental strike led by schoolchildren.

Facebook suspends tens of thousands of apps
The move comes as part of a review launched in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Euclid space telescope to study 'dark Universe' makes progress
Europe's space mission to uncover the secrets of dark matter and dark energy reaches a key milestone.

Climate change: Offshore wind expands at record low price
The UK announces projects to power seven million homes with wind power - and no need for subsidy.

YouTube stars rattled by verification changes
YouTube will remove the "verified" status from many video-makers' channels.

Post office team picked for Antarctic Port Lockroy base
The team will spend four months franking stamps on tourists' postcards and counting penguins.

Hackers get chance to target US satellite
The US Air Force will allow selected hackers try and take over an orbiting satellite.

Climate protest student: 'I'm here to step up and say no more'
Student Gina Hale is one of the protesters taking part in the day of climate action.

Microsoft president: Don't move fast and break things
Microsoft's president urges other tech firms to accept responsibility for the effects of their work.

SLS: Nasa's giant 'Moon rocket' takes shape
Nasa finishes assembling the main structural components for its largest rocket since the Apollo-era Saturn V.

Cut air pollution to fight climate change - UN
The global effort to tackle emissions will be debated at the UN Climate Action Summit in New York.

Tech entrepreneurs call for more government regulation
Tech insiders say we cannot trust companies like Google and Facebook to regulate themselves.

Robotic fish to scare invasive species and other news
BBC Click's Lara Lewington looks at some of the week's best technology stories.

The work experience you can do in your pyjamas
Big companies are offering internships via the internet, but are they a valuable experience?


Thursday September 19, 2019


Bird populations in US and Canada down 3bn in 50 years
Scientists conclude the major factor is habitat loss driven by human activity.

Amazon's Jeff Bezos promises climate-change action
The chief executive says Amazon will buy thousands of electric vehicles and become carbon neutral by 2040.

Denisovans: Face of long-lost human relative unveiled
The reconstructions offer the first glimpse of what the Denisovan looked like.

Fish waste-based alternative to plastic wins Dyson Award
MarinaTex is an alternative to the single-use plastics such as those used in sandwich packets.

BBC Briefing on energy: how do I use it?
Your downloadable guide to the UK's energy system and why it must change to meet climate pledges.

Huawei: Microsoft president seeks end to US tech ban
The US company's president warns of a "digital iron curtain down the Pacific Ocean".

Climate change: Rugby World Cup highlights injustice
Pacific nations bear brunt of climate inaction by Australia, US and hosts Japan, says Christian Aid study.

The cheat hackers 'ruining' gaming for others
The use of cheats is a major problem in video games and it?s becoming increasingly lucrative as esports take off. We meet a teenage hacker?s making thousands.


Wednesday September 18, 2019


Giving birth two million years ago was 'relatively easy'
Why is human childbirth so long and difficult? Scientists may have the answer from studying fossils.

Climate change: Warming to drive 'robust increase' in UK flooding
A new study shows that there's a higher probability for extreme flooding on UK coasts as global temperatures rise.

The debate over facial recognition technology
Some MPs have called for UK police and companies to stop using live facial recognition for public surveillance.

Greta Thunberg to US politicians: 'Sorry, you're not trying hard enough'
The climate activist says more needs to be done ahead of a Congress hearing

The surprising truth about UK energy use
What can we do to meet the demands of our increasingly technology-dependent lives?

The robot that cleans floors and tells jokes
More than 100 fully autonomous cleaning robots are coming to Singapore this year, made by local manufacturer Lionsbot. Ella's job is cleaning the floors at the National Gallery.


Tuesday September 17, 2019


Are cities bad for the environment?
Cities have a bad reputation for pollution but - in terms of climate change - that might be unfair.

First measurements of 'interstellar comet'
Astronomers report measurements from a presumed interstellar comet, providing clues about its chemical composition.

Families fight against toxic dust from Italy's Ilva steelworks
A steel plant in Taranto moves to tackle pollution, but locals say it is too little, too late.

Rebellion's Sniper Elite VR game previewed
BBC Click's Marc Cieslak plays a demo of the latest version of the World War II sniping simulator.

Algeria protests: how disinformation spread on social media
How social media became an information battleground for anti-government protesters and Algeria's rulers.

Tech-savvy stamp collectors energise an old hobby
Technology is helping stamp collectors to share their passion and keep rogue operators at bay.

Helium shortage: 'Prices just keep going up and up'
Why is there a shortage of the precious gas and how is it affecting firms?


Monday September 16, 2019


Pokemon: 'Ash Ketchum failing for 22 years taught me being a loser is OK'
The world's most popular Pokemon trainer, Ash Ketchum, achieves the goal he set for himself in 1997.

How bacteria could make fashion more eco-friendly
A new process to dye clothes using bacteria could bring environmental benefits.

The former soldier who aims to build a $50bn firm
Shachar Bialick says his special forces background drives his success in business.


Sunday September 15, 2019


Wasps: If you can't love them, at least admire them
They get a bad press compared with bees and beetles, but wasps are truly remarkable creatures.


Friday September 13, 2019


Plastic packaging: How are supermarkets doing?
The UK needs to move away from all single-use packaging, say MPs. But have supermarkets got the message?

Colour-changing ink allows objects to swap designs
BBC Click's Nick Kwek looks at some of the week's best technology stories.


Wednesday September 11, 2019


Bloodhound Diary: Do the maths
The approaching high-speed trials will help validate the assumptions that went into building the world's fastest car.


Tuesday September 10, 2019


The day the dinosaurs' world fell apart
Scientists reconstruct the seconds, minutes and hours following the dino-killing asteroid impact.


Monday September 09, 2019


The 'zombie fungus' and the climbing dead
Marvel at some of the highly commended images from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.


Tuesday September 03, 2019


Climate change: Greenland's ice faces melting 'death sentence'
The massive ice sheet covering Greenland may have melted by a record amount this year, scientists say.