19th Oct '18

The Latest Science from BBC News


Friday October 19, 2018


What's the point of concept cars?
Concept cars look beautiful and futuristic, but why spend millions on them if they're never going to make it into production?


Thursday October 18, 2018


Amazon creates 1,000 'highly skilled' jobs in three UK cities
Online retailer adds hundreds of "Silicon Valley" jobs in Manchester, Edinburgh and Cambridge.

How U2's technology is changing concerts for the better
The band's groundbreaking stage show is designed to ensure everyone has a front-row seat.

Take a tour of U2's ground-breaking stage
Bassist Adam Clayton shows us around (and through) U2's 30-metre long "barricage".

Facebook in fresh video metrics row
Legal action brought by advertisers claims the social network knew about problems in metrics in 2015.

Tiny companion phone released in Japan
The mobile is designed as a companion device for those who already own bigger smartphones.

'Facebook baby ads taunted me after stillbirth'
Anna England Kerr was shown ads for cots, cribs and IVF, despite trying to turn them off.

Can a cooker help save the rainforest?
The solar-powered cooker that uses an alternative to charcoal.

Mitsubishi windows shine 'alarmingly realistic' fake sunlight
Mitsubishi has developed a new indoor lighting system that mimics blue skies, sunrises and sunsets.

When can I buy a 5G phone and how much will it be?
Superfast 5G mobile will require new handsets, but will the new services justify the extra expense?


Wednesday October 17, 2018


eBay files lawsuit against Amazon over 'seller recruitment'
In a lawsuit, eBay says the retail giant used its internal message system to recruit sellers.

Twitter's 'Russia-Iran' troll tweet trove made public
Millions of tweets published by suspected state-linked accounts are made public by Twitter.

Just Eat listings include takeaways given zero ratings for hygiene
Outlets rated zero by the Food Standards Agency are among those listed on the food ordering app.

Why has Twitter banned 1500 accounts and what are NPCs?
The Trump-supporting right has a new favourite meme and they're trolling opponents far and wide.

Grand Theft Auto 'cheats' homes raided
A court grants search warrants and freezes the assets of five people accused of making cheat software.

Google unshackles Android-device firms
Phone and tablet companies will be able to experiment with alternative versions of Android.

Children 'blackmailed' for sexual images in online video chats
One in 10 children have been asked to remove their clothes over online video chats, says the NSPCC.

Ian Kiernan: The man who wanted to clean up the world
Ian Kiernan's iconic anti-litter campaign, begun in Australia in the 1980s, became a global success.

A long walk: New insight into history of dogs and humans
A study of ancient dog DNA shows man's best friend has been at our side for at least 9,000 years.

The Facebook cleaners: 'I've seen hundreds of beheadings'
What's it like to be someone who watches banned content on social media so you don't have to?

Spotify ad banned for causing 'distress' to children
The advert mimicked a horror movie and was likely to scare youngsters, the ad authority says.

Dating site scam victims lose 2,000 to fraudsters
The majority of those tricked out of money after talking to fraudsters on dating sites lose more than 2,000.


Tuesday October 16, 2018


Netflix soars on record subscriber total
The streaming service adds seven million subscribers in the third quarter, bringing the total to 137 million.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Gazing monkeys image wins
Two snub-nosed monkeys sitting on a stone is the top shot at Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018.

US senator Elizabeth Warren faces backlash after indigenous DNA claim
President Donald Trump goes on the attack after the Cherokee nation dismisses Elizabeth Warren's claim.

Unilad web publisher bought by LADbible
The move safeguards more than 200 jobs at the viral publisher, which collapsed with debts of 6.5m.

Herefordshire firm launches biodegradable crisp packet
The manufacturer says the bags once disposed have a six-month lifespan.

Robot 'talks' to MPs about future of AI in the classroom
Pepper goes to Parliament to talk to MPs about the role robotics and AI will play in the classroom.

Huawei's Watch GT has no time for Android's Wear OS
The Chinese technology company ditches Google's Wear OS in favour of its own smartwatch operating system.

Pompeii: Vesuvius eruption may have been later than thought
Mount Vesuvius erupted on 24 August, 79 AD - or at least, that's what historians thought until now.

Fortnite cheat YouTuber sued by Epic Games
A YouTube gamer is being sued for selling Fortnite cheats and promoting them online.

Tiny Palm smartphone baffles gadget fans
The credit-card-sized device is designed to help people take a break from their main phone.

Pepper the robot tells MPs about artificial intelligence
Pepper the robot answers questions from MPs on the education select committee about helping to care for older people.

Lost passwords 'lead to lost savings'
An estimated seven million people have lost savings and pensions, but there is help to track them down.

Sundar Pichai: Google 'exploring' censored China search app
The firm's CEO defends a possible return to China, a market Google abandoned over censorship concerns.

The 'ugly duckling' fossil from the deep
Meet the baby reptile that is shedding new light on the giants that lived at the time of T. rex.

Paul Allen: Microsoft co-founder and billionaire dies aged 65
The billionaire businessman, who also owned the Seattle Seahawks NFL team, died in Seattle on Monday.

Unique insight
The physical effects of being in space offer a unique insight into how our bodies work on Earth.

Could chip fat help dirty shipping clean up its act?
Ships are the lifeblood of global trade, but their fuel is highly polluting. What's the answer?

Crisp climate
Ships are the lifeblood of global trade, but their fuel is highly polluting. What's the answer?

UK cyber-centre thwarts hostile hackers
The National Cyber Security Centre has combated about 1,200 attacks since it was created, it reveals.


Monday October 15, 2018


Robot seeks out skin cancer with suction
Fitted with a dermatoscope, the prototype can check for signs of skin abnormalities.

Would you eat slaughter-free meat?
There's a looming crisis over the world's appetite for meat. This chicken nugget may be the answer.

Chicken nuggets grown in a lab
Can chicken nuggets grown in a lab actually taste like... well... chicken? The BBC's James Cook put JUST's chicken to the test.

Supersonic Bloodhound hits cash roadblock
The project to race a car at more than 1,000mph runs into a financial roadblock, with the company behind the venture going into administration.

Virgin Media faces 'power issue'
A fault with Virgin Media has left many customers in London without internet access and TV.

Fracking starts at landmark Lancashire site
It is first time fracking has occurred in the UK since it was linked to earthquakes in 2011.

UK seeks to secure smart home gadgets
Makers of small, smart home gadgets will be encouraged to do more to protect them against hack attacks

Snapchat adds selfie filters for cats
Snapchat's augmented-reality selfie filters now work on cats.

Trump: Climate change scientists have 'political agenda'
The US president says he accepts the climate is changing but does not want to "lose millions of jobs".

Bloodhound supersonic car hits financial roadblock
The UK-led supersonic car project goes into administration. There are just weeks to save the venture.

UK steps towards zero-carbon economy
Ministers are responding to scientists' climate challenge. But are they doing enough so far?


Sunday October 14, 2018


Is meat's climate impact too hot for politicians?
Climate scientists say we must eat less meat but the UK government will not sell that message.

Olive Harrisson: Story of unsung gardener revealed
Who was Miss Harrisson? We now know the story of the gardening pioneer denied a scholarship in 1898.

Social media moderators: Blur your eyes
Why one content moderator couldn't shake hands for three years after she left her job.

Puffin patrol: The children saving Iceland's pufflings
Puffin populations are struggling, but some young volunteers are coming to their rescue.


Saturday October 13, 2018


Rothera wharf 'kit of parts' heading to Antarctica
A team is preparing for the trip to the "most remote construction site in the world".

South Africa's ancient lost city of Kweneng rediscovered by lasers
Descendants of the 15th Century residents are now fighting to have it recognised as their homeland.


Friday October 12, 2018


Humanoid 'rescue robot' learns parkour
Atlas, a humanoid robot by tech firm Boston Dynamics, has learned the art of parkour.

Spotify: Albums are alive and kicking in the streaming age
As the UK's celebrates National Album Day, Spotify says albums "can still be absolutely monumental".

Europe's new koalas arrive at Longleat
Five southern koalas have been flown from Australia to the UK to create a back-up population.

Climate change: Is your Netflix habit bad for the environment?
The IT sector's share of global electricity consumption is predicted to increase rapidly.

Rice 'safely conserved' in Philippines gene bank
Scientists say that more than 100 thousand varieties of rice have been safeguarded for the future.

Six climate questions for 'Green GB'
Cars, planes, heating, fracking and food will come under scrutiny as the UK bids to keep climate change to 1.5C.

Sky battles: Fighting back against rogue drones
Drones flying where they shouldn't has become a big problem, so how can we stop them?


Thursday October 11, 2018


The children living on the frontline of climate change
The frightening impact of global warming is seen in drawings by schoolchildren in Vietnam's Mekong Delta.

'Flexitarian' diets key to feeding people in a warming world
Eating more plant-based foods, ending waste and improving farming are vital for the future, say scientists

Virtual lives: Could VR change how we think of others?
Researchers are studying whether controlling a virtual reality body can affect real life behaviour.


Wednesday October 10, 2018


How to boost the alarm in your smartphone
Kate Russell on how to make sure you never sleep through your alarm again.

Mobile wi-fi hotspots reviewed
Lucy Hedges reviews the Skyroam Solis, Glocalme G3 and TP-Link M7450 mobile wi-fi hotspots.

Follow the money
Targeting profits linked to the illegal wildlife trade could help protect threatened species

Recycling Antarctica
How do scientists in the Antarctic minimise the waste generated by their research stations?


Tuesday October 09, 2018


Seafloor mapping XPRIZE final will be in the Mediterranean, off Greek coast
Robots with novel seafloor mapping capabilities will demonstrate their skill in a Greek showdown.

Amsterdam's canal boats go electric
All of Amsterdam's boats must go electric by 2025, but switching to electric is not straightforward.


Monday October 08, 2018


Portal: Facebook's new home gadget
Facebook's Portal offers video chat around the home - but do consumers trust Facebook enough?

Climate takeaways
The most important messages from the landmark report on global warming.


Sunday October 07, 2018


Yusaku Maezawa: Why I've bought a ticket to the Moon
Space X's mission to the Moon will be the first lunar journey by humans since 1972.


Saturday October 06, 2018


The world?s first fully-autonomous indoor farm
The world?s first fully-autonomous indoor farm in San Carlos, California, is now operational.


Friday October 05, 2018


Atoms and Brexit
The government says it has a clear plan, but many in the nuclear sector are concerned for the future.

In a spin
Water shortages mean the laundry industry is adopting various technologies to reduce consumption.


Wednesday October 03, 2018


Four women who changed the face of physics
Four pioneering women who changed the face of physics from the 1800s to the present day.

'Reasons to be hopeful' on 1.5C global temperature target
IPCC scientist says there are some positive signs about our ability to keep the global temperature rise to 1.5C


Monday October 01, 2018


Tsunami puzzle
Researchers are trying to establish why Friday's quake generated such big waves.


Thursday September 27, 2018


Dire outlook
Chemical pollution threatens the long-term viability of the most exposed orca groups.

The Route of Parks
It connects 17 national parks and runs for 2,800km (1,740 miles) through sparsely populated land.

The hi-tech trousers inspired by Wallace and Gromit
Researchers inspired by a Wallace and Gromit film have developed trousers with artificial muscles.

Tall invaders
The profile of Arctic shrubs and grasses is changing as temperatures rise in the far north.

Reality Check
An estimated 100 people have died in floods. Why does it keep happening?


Thursday September 20, 2018


Going global
China's Beidou is being used in everything from ploughing to precision missiles, but can it go global?


Monday September 10, 2018


'They dammed everything'
Hundreds of hydropower projects threaten to harm Bosnia's rivers, protesters say.


Friday September 07, 2018


Life finder
It's come close to cancellation several times, but could the successor to the Hubble telescope make the greatest ever discovery?


Tuesday September 04, 2018


'Farming the desert'
The nation is united behind drought-hit farmers, but some query the merits of "special treatment".

Life of a shark scientist
Marine biologist Melissa Marquez shares a dive on the Great Barrier Reef, and tips for swimming with sharks.


Friday August 24, 2018


Ice and fire
Yes, Antarctica has (and needs) a fire department. Megan Branson spent three seasons there as a fire-fighter/paramedic.


Monday August 20, 2018


Unlikely survival
A reef near a polluted port raises hopes for the conservation of other endangered coral.


Friday August 17, 2018


Martian timesheet
Living on Mars time, landing nightmares and sometimes spreadsheets... a day in the life of a Nasa engineer.

Floating farm
An offshore dairy farm aims to help Rotterdam produce its own food more sustainably.


Monday August 06, 2018


It'll be toasty
When the Bloodhound supersonic car attempts to break the land speed record, managing heat around the vehicle is going to be important.


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.