4th Jul '20

The Latest Science from BBC News


Saturday July 04, 2020


Can a BBC reporter make better pizza than a machine?
Picnic's machine is able to put together 300 pizzas an hour, but can a human make something tastier?


Friday July 03, 2020


Dad horrified at 4,642 gaming app bill
A father who paid 4.99 for his daughter to use a smartphone app was shocked to find a 4,642 bill.

Boris Johnson's newt-counting claim questioned
The PM is accused of inventing an allegation that wildlife rules are holding back house-building.

UK government takes 400m stake in satellite firm OneWeb
The UK helps rescue company from bankruptcy as part of a plan to replace the EU's Galileo sat-nav system.

Reckful: Twitch and gamers pay tribute after star's death
Streaming platform Twitch said it was "devastated" at the loss of a "streaming pioneer".

BBC Sport website at 20: How the site has changed over the past two decades
To mark the BBC Sport website's 20th anniversary, we look back at how the changing needs of sports fans helped shape its history.

Humanoid robot set for film role and other tech news
BBC Click's Jen Copestake looks at the best of the week's technology stories.

George Floyd: Twitter drops 'master', 'slave' and 'blacklist'
The social media platform along with JPMorgan are the latest firms to address their internal language.

TikTok's Boogaloo extremism problem
Extremists have found a home on Tiktok, and the platform is working out what to do about it.

Coronavirus: A lockdown journey from couch to kettlebells
Sometimes life throws you curveballs - and at the moment they're shaped like kettlebell weights.

Is Facebook losing the boycott battle?
An advertising boycott wants Facebook to do more about hate speech and misinformation.

Finding the 'invisible' millions who are not on maps
How open map data is filling in the world's missing maps and helping trace the spread of disease.

Top tips for making sure what you're seeing online is legitimate
Members of the BBC's disinformation team offer tips on how to verify photos and videos.


Thursday July 02, 2020


Coronavirus: Testing sewage an 'easy win'
Wastewater analysis could provide localised Covid-19 test results much earlier than at present.

Hundreds arrested as crime chat network cracked
Police forces across Europe collaborated on the UK's "most significant" law enforcement operation.

Zuckerberg: Advertisers will be back to Facebook 'soon enough'
Facebook's chief dismisses claims in leaked comments that the ads boycott poses a financial threat.

PS5 and Xbox Series X: Video game NBA 2K21 to cost more on new consoles
2K Games is the first publisher to reveal it will charge more for a PS5 and Xbox Series X title.

Google's Fitbit takeover probed by EU regulators
The EU questions whether Google's takeover of Fitbit will harm competition or give it too much data.

Nasa Mars rover: Perseverance launch pushed back again
The launch of Nasa's Mars rover Perseverance is delayed again to 30 July at the earliest.

Amazon fires at 13-year high for June
This early peak indicates a potentially devastating dry season ahead - perhaps even worse than 2019.

Phil Evans: Briton to take top weather satellite agency job
Phil Evans, formerly at the UK Met Office, will be the new director general of Eumetsat.

Loot boxes: Lords call for 'immediate' gambling regulation
Loot boxes, skins and player packs should be regulated immediately, says a Lords committee.

Ms Marvel: Trailblazing Muslim superhero goes gaming
Marvel's first Islamic superhero will play a leading role in the forthcoming Avengers video game.


Wednesday July 01, 2020


Hundreds of elephants found dead in Botswana
Some 350 elephant carcasses have been spotted in Botswana's Okavango Delta since May.

Core of a gas planet seen for the first time
Astronomers have found a previously unseen type of object circling a distant star.

Copernicus Sentinels: UK industry loses out in European satellite bids
British firms fail to win leading roles in the expansion of the Copernicus Earth observation project.

Government plans new office to attract scientists to UK
The government says it wants to make immigration "easy and quick" for researchers and innovators.

Coronavirus: Immunity may be more widespread than tests suggest
A Swedish study found twice as many people had protective T-cells as tested positive for antibodies.

The robots that can cook and serve your food
The technology that might one day transform our eating out experience.

Is the hydrogen tech 'revolution' hope or hype?
Can hydrogen - a relatively clean source of fuel - help power the economy of the future?


Tuesday June 30, 2020


Climate change: UK could hit 40C 'regularly' by end of this century
Britain could see temperatures up to 40C every few years by 2100 if carbon emissions stay very high.

Mystery over monster star's vanishing act
A huge star has disappeared - did it become a black hole?

Facebook must 'develop a conscience'
The boss of European outdoor clothing firm Patagonia warns advertising may not return to Facebook.

Swansea tidal energy: Hopes of backing for Dragon Island plan
Ministers open to discussion about plans for a dragon-shaped tidal energy island off Swansea Bay.

Flu virus with 'pandemic potential' found in China
The new strain, scientists say, is carried by pigs but can infect humans and requires close monitoring.


Monday June 29, 2020


Could a boycott kill Facebook?
As Ford, Adidas, Microsoft and HP pause ads on the social network, should Facebook be worried?

Coronavirus: Worst could be yet to come, WHO warns
The pandemic "is not even close to being over", the World Health Organization's chief says.

BP sells petrochemicals business to Ineos in $5bn deal
The oil giant said the move would help its transition to being a lower carbon firm.

Betelgeuse: Nearby 'supernova' star's dimming explained
Astronomers say big cool patches on the Betelgeuse star likely drove its surprise dimming last year.

Extra 14bn needed a year for climate, report says
A report by the Green Alliance think tank argues that extra cash is required for clean transport.


Saturday June 27, 2020


How one teaspoon of Amazon soil teems with fungal life
Scientists discover hundreds of different fungi in Amazonian soil, thought to play a vital role in nature.

Washing machines' microplastic filters 'untested'
Filters can cut ocean-bound microplastics from washing machines, but more tests are needed, study finds.


Friday June 26, 2020


Why is UK recycling being dumped by Turkish roadsides?
The UK sends more plastic waste to Turkey than to any other country but not all of it reaches recycling plants.


Thursday June 25, 2020


Increase car taxes to help climate, advisers say
Car taxes should be raised to help fund the battle against climate change, the government is urged.

Britain's 'blindingly cool' engineering innovation
Conceptual still-life photographer Ted Humble-Smith celebrates 50 years of world-beating technology.


Wednesday June 24, 2020


Coronavirus: What is a second wave and is one coming?
What are second waves and how big a problem are they?

Black women scientists missing from textbooks, study finds
Scientists portrayed in biology textbooks are predominantly white men, according to a US study.

Coronavirus: Looking for viruses in Thai bats
Thai scientists are collecting bats to find clues about the origins of viruses, including Covid-19.


Tuesday June 23, 2020


'Black neutron star' discovery changes astronomy
Laser labs that detect ripples in space-time may have witnessed a new class of cosmic object.

Key questions about the Perseverance rover
We answer some common questions about the America's Perseverance rover mission to Mars.

Coronavirus: Wildlife scientists examine the great 'human pause'
Tracking wildlife before, during and after lockdown will aim to analyse the slowdown in human activity.

The virus hunter who got Covid
Professor Peter Piot, one of the world?s top infectious disease experts, was hit by Covid-19.


Monday June 22, 2020


Climate change: Planting new forests 'can do more harm than good'
Large-scale tree planting to fight climate change may backfire, two new studies have found.


Sunday June 21, 2020


One-fifth of Earth's ocean floor is now mapped
This leaves four-fifths - twice the area of Mars - still to be surveyed to a modern standard.


Saturday June 20, 2020


Greta Thunberg: Climate change 'as urgent' as coronavirus
Greta Thunberg says the world needs to treat climate change with similar urgency to Covid-19.


Thursday June 18, 2020


Coronavirus: What is the true death toll of the pandemic?
Far more people have died during the coronavirus pandemic than official Covid-19 data can account for


Thursday March 05, 2020


Nasa's next Mars rover will be called Perseverance
A 13-year-old Virginia student chooses a name for the robot that will search for life on the Red Planet.


Tuesday February 18, 2020


Nasa's 2020 rover: Can we finally answer the big question about Mars?
The US space agency's next rover will hunt for life's traces among the rocks of the Red Planet.


Saturday October 19, 2019


Nasa Mars 2020 Mission's MiMi Aung on women in space
At 16, MiMi Aung travelled alone to the US for an education. Now she's a project lead on Nasa's Mars mission.


Thursday August 29, 2019


Mars mission readies tiny chopper for Red Planet flight
The next US space agency robot to explore the Red Planet will carry a small helicopter with it.