21st Sep '21

The Latest Science from BBC News


Tuesday September 21, 2021


NFT-based fantasy football card firm raises $680m
But some fans question if crypto-assets and football are a good mix.

Why is there a CO2 shortage and how will it hit food supplies?
Carbon dioxide production will restart in two leading factories after a government deal to tackle shortages.

Nasa selects landing site for Moon rover mission
The space agency will send a rover to look for water-ice near a crater at the Moon's South Pole.

Climate reporting reaches melting point
A trip to a melting glacier will shape how the BBC's new climate editor reports on climate change.

How 'nerd' culture powered through the pandemic
Meet the online content creators beating the odds to build successful careers from their passions.


Monday September 20, 2021


Fox hunting: Top huntsman 'gave advice' on illegal events, court told
Mark Hankinson denies encouraging others to break the law during private webinars which were leaked online.

Rich nations must increase climate support funds, says Boris Johnson
The UK prime minister says he is "increasingly frustrated" at support offered to poorer countries.

Bitcoin mining producing tonnes of waste
Waste from the cryptocurrency process is similar to that from IT equipment somewhere like the Netherlands.

China: Children given daily time limit on Douyin - its version of TikTok
Douyin users aged under 14 will be limited to 40 minutes a day on the platform.

Can apps manage our chronic health conditions?
A Swedish tech firm has created an app to help alleviate people's joint pain.


Sunday September 19, 2021


SpaceX: Inspiration4 amateur astronauts return to Earth after three days
The four amateur astronauts landed safely in the Atlantic Ocean after three days orbiting Earth.

Should schools retain online parents' evenings?
Parents and teachers seem to agree it is the number one innovation worth keeping post-lockdown.

The link between climate change, seaweed and ice cream
Seaweed production has been affected by warming seas ? this is how farmers are adapting.


Saturday September 18, 2021


Climate change: Should green campaigners put more pressure on China to slash emissions?
UK activists have protested on the M25, but should they instead be picketing China's embassy?


Friday September 17, 2021


Climate change: Biden urges world leaders to cut methane gas emissions
The president asks leaders to commit to cutting emissions by at least 30% below 2020 levels by 2030.

Climate change: UN warning over nations' climate plans
Climate plans of more than 100 countries show we're heading in the wrong direction, the UN says.

Mosquitoes sucked up by traps that mimic breathing
More than 300 traps have been deployed in the French town of HyŤres to catch mosquitos.

Antarctic: Exhibition recalls Ernest Shackleton's final quest
It's 100 years since the great Antarctic explorer set out on his last voyage to the White Continent.

The AI body scanner detecting skin cancer and other news
BBC Click's LJ Rich looks at the best tech news stories of the week.

High-speed internet via airborne beams of light
The project has been developed by Alphabet's moonshot factory, X.

Earthshot Prize: Prince William's environment finalists unveiled
The 15 finalists of Prince William's inaugural Earthshot Prize are tackling the planet's problems.

Inspiration4: All-amateur space crew enjoy views of Earth
The first pictures have been released showing the Inspiration4 crew looking down on the planet.

Astronauts return to Earth after China's longest space mission
The three astronauts spent 90 days at China's space station, some 380km above Earth.


Thursday September 16, 2021


The big problem of building waste and how to tackle it
How better technology and regulation could cut the waste generated by the construction industry.

Sir Clive Sinclair: Computing pioneer dies aged 81
The inventor, entrepreneur and ZX Spectrum creator died at his London home following a long illness.

Sir Clive Sinclair: Tireless inventor ahead of his time
The prolific innovator invented the pocket calculator and the ill-fated Sinclair C5 electric car.

Ocean Photographer of the Year 2021
An image of a green sea turtle surrounded by glass fish wins photo award.

File-sharing crackdowns from lawyers and police
Piracy is once again in the spotlight as rights holders threaten legal action for illegal streaming.

OpenSea admits insider trading of NFTs it promoted
An employee was accused of buying digital art that would later be promoted on the homepage.

Bitcoin protests in El Salvador against cryptocurrency as legal tender
The demonstrators burn Bitcoin machines, a week after the cryptocurrency became legal tender.

Mangrove forests: Photography winners show beauty of ecosystems
The Mangrove Photography Award winners show unique ecosystems above and below the waterline.

Canadian prairie ranchers struggle with drought conditions
Amid a severe drought in the Prairies, some ranchers are trying to find ways to work with nature.


Wednesday September 15, 2021


Microsoft's passwordless plans lets users switch to app-based login
Microsoft says users can delete all passwords from their accounts and use a different login system.

Facebook under fire over secret teen research
It had evidence Instagram was a harmful place for young people - but failed to share its findings.

Pakistan: How to cool Karachi as temperatures rise
In Karachi, Pakistan, one entrepreneur is on a mission to plant urban forests to cope with rising temperatures.


Tuesday September 14, 2021


Asteroid that wiped out dinosaurs shaped fortunes of snakes
Snakes owe their success in part to the asteroid impact that killed off the dinosaurs 66 million years ago.

Why Iceland?s volcanoes may aid future Mars exploration
Scientists are using the country to test drone tech that could one day explore the planet's terrain.

Climate change: Young people very worried - survey
Over half of respondents in a survey believe humanity is doomed and governments are failing to act.

Life at 50C: The toxic gas flares fuelling Nigeria's climate change
Joy and her family are among 2m Nigerians living within 4km of a gas flare in Nigeria's oil-rich south.

Why even giant ships can't solve the shipping crisis
A shortage of vessels is hampering global trade and may lead to empty shelves before Christmas.


Monday September 13, 2021


Megapod of feeding humpback whales in Australia 'so special'
More than 100 humpback whales have been filmed feeding off Australia's New South Wales coast.

Climate change: World now sees twice as many days over 50C
BBC research finds the number of days passing 50C has doubled in the past 40 years.

The world's most powerful magnetic field and other news
BBC Click's LJ Rich looks at some of the week's best technology stories.

Jesse Lingard takes control of a Rainbow Six Siege esports team
The footballer believes his experiences on the pitch will translate to the online world.

COP26: UK still lagging on climate policy, report says
UK policies will deliver a quarter of emissions cuts needed, say campaigners ahead of the COP26 summit.

The pressures - and rewards - of being an influencer
Running your own popular YouTube channel can be lucrative, but it comes with downsides.


Friday September 10, 2021


Could a reboot make social media a nicer place?
A Harvard University project will explore whether social media can be de-toxed


Thursday September 09, 2021


International Space Station: Smoke triggers alert on board
The alarm went off as the space station's batteries were being charged, Russia's space agency says.

How green is Scotland's space industry?
Scotland's thriving space sector is trying to have a reduced impact on the planet.


Wednesday September 08, 2021


Is this the era of a more shopping focused social media?
Virtual retail is changing and becoming more embedded in our day to day online activities.


Tuesday September 07, 2021


Esports: Why are there so few professional women gamers?
There are no female players in the top 300 earners in esports, according to research shared with BBC News.