20th May '24

The Latest Science from BBC News


Saturday May 18, 2024


Water firm criticised over 'scary' outbreak
A caretaker from Brixham says it is "probably the worst ailment" he has had in his adult life.

More Northern Lights soon as Sun storms strengthen
Another spectacular light show could come within two weeks as Sun storms reach 11-year high.


Friday May 17, 2024


Grand Theft Auto maker firms up GTA 6 release date
The latest instalment of the hugely popular series will be released in autumn 2025, its publisher says.

Fury v Usyk: Can Undisputed bring boxing back to video games?
How a small British developer hopes to put boxing back in contention in the video game sports genre.

Reddit shares jump after OpenAI ChatGPT deal
OpenAI and Reddit reach deal that will give ChatGPT access to content on the social media platform.

Business locked in expensive AI 'arms race'
Business leaders feel pressure to invest in AI but the costs are formidable.

Pornhub partners with UK child abuse fighting charity
They want porn sites to adopt new voluntary standards on fighting online child abuse.


Thursday May 16, 2024


Sony Music slams tech giants for unauthorised use of stars' songs
Sony Music suspects Google, Microsoft and OpenAI have used music from the likes of Adele and Beyonce.

Facebook and Instagram suspected to be 'too addictive'
The EU says its concerned the platforms algorithms "stimulate behavioural addictions in children."

Pacific squid flashes its huge attack 'headlights'
Watch video of the super-fast Dana squid as it flashes its immense light-emitting organs.

The man who turned his dead father into a chatbot
The "grief tech" firms helping users create talking avatars of their dead relatives.


Wednesday May 15, 2024


Scientists solve mystery of ancient 'tree of life'
The iconic trees evolved on Madagascar 21 million years ago and later spread to other countries.

Untreated sewage illegally pumped into Windermere
Millions of litres of raw sewage were pumped into one of England's most famous lakes after a fault.

Period trackers 'coercing' women into sharing risky information
Research finds poor data management practices such as not being able to delete data about abortions.

UK's puffin protection laws at centre of post Brexit row
The endangered puffin - one of Britain?s most iconic seabirds - is at the centre of a battle over the UK?s post Brexit freedoms.

How AI turned a Ukrainian YouTuber into a Russian
A YouTuber falls victim to generative AI on Chinese social media, but the ramifications stretch beyond China.

The illicit trade with China fuelling Mozambique's insurgency
Illegal shipments of rosewood continue and some of the profit ends up with jihadists, research says.


Tuesday May 14, 2024


Tech Life: Help for cancer patients
The machine that allows patients to take their own blood samples for analysis from home.

Africa's internet vulnerability and how to fix it
The internet outage in East Africa highlights the fragility of the continent's online connections.

Christie's £670m art auctions hit by cyber attack
The auction house's website is down as it seeks to sell items ranging from high art to rare wine.

PlayStation names joint CEOs after Jim Ryan?s retirement
The role has been split into two separate top jobs, dividing up hardware and software.

Upgraded ChatGPT teaches maths and flirts - but still glitches
OpenAI has unveiled a new, faster version of its generative AI tool, ChatGPT.

US bans China crypto-miner from nuclear base area
Chinese firm MineOne Partners has been ordered to sell land it owns near a US nuclear missile site.

Cow dung's key role in India's energy industry
India is hoping that biogas, produced from farm waste, will curb its reliance on imported gas.


Monday May 13, 2024


Unjammable navigation tech gets first airborne test
The test comes amid concern about the vulnerability of satellite navigation systems to blocking.

GameStop shares surge as 'Roaring Kitty' returns
Shares in Gamestop, the original meme stock, surge again as 'Roaring Kitty' returns online.

Marvel Rivals apologises after banning negative reviews
The game's developers said the controversial terms gamers were told to agree to was a miscommunication.

27 new wild swimming sites for England - but are they clean?
Twenty-seven new sites have been designated for summer pollution monitoring.

Internet access linked to higher wellbeing, study finds
The Oxford study comes as concern about the impact of internet use prompts laws in many countries.


Sunday May 12, 2024


Is social media worth paying for?
As Twitter and Facebook both now offer paid subscription, what impact is it having?


Saturday May 11, 2024


Ros Atkins on... How different countries protect children online
BBC Analysis editor Ros Atkins looks at what what is being done to prevent minors seeing harmful content.


Friday May 10, 2024


Test-at-home kit for cancer patients approved for use
Patients say the device allows them to reduce the number of hospital visits involved in cancer care.

Apple apologises after piano crushing ad backlash
The technology giant apologised after Hugh Grant and others criticised the "tone deaf" iPad advert.


Thursday May 09, 2024


'Keep your phone on 24 hours a day': Chinese PR boss apologises after backlash
Baidu's Qu Jing tells workers she does not care for them because, 'I am not your mum'.

US revokes licences for sales of chips to Huawei
The move follows Huawei's release of an AI-enabled computer powered by a chip created by Intel.

Disney and Warner to bundle streaming services
The media giants are under pressure to attract more subscribers to their streaming services.

The man on a mission to open up space to disability
John McFall is studying whether it's possible for someone with a physical disability to go to space.

Will AI dream up the hit TV shows of the future?
Television production firms admit they are already using AI to come up with new programme ideas.


Wednesday May 08, 2024


Protecting under-18s from harmful online content
Marianna Spring on how the UK's media regulator wants to protect children from harmful content on social media.

Can we really 'reset the internet' to make it safer for children?
Ofcom has taken a major step in setting out plans to protect children online, but hurdles remain.

Tech firms told to hide 'toxic' content from children
Social media firms like Instagram and TikTok will have to make changes to comply with new online safety laws.

E-gates back online after delays at UK airports
Long queues built up at airports affected by a Border Force "technical issue" at passport control.

FTX says it has billions more than owed to victims
The failed cryptocurrency giant says it has billions of dollars more than needed to cover its debts.


Tuesday May 07, 2024


Tech Life: The mammoth ivory problem
Tech can play a role in combating the illegal trade in elephant ivory.

BBC Verify looks at fake AI-generated Met Gala images
Fake pictures of Katy Perry and other artists at the Met Gala went viral on social media.

Microsoft axes four game studios including Hi-Fi Rush developer
The Bafta award-winning game's developer is being closed alongside other studios owned by Bethesda.


Friday May 03, 2024


How the computer games industry is embracing AI
Developing computer games can be wildly expensive so some hope that AI can cut the cost.


Thursday May 02, 2024


The insect farmers turning to AI to help lower costs
Makers of insect-based animal feed hope to be able to compete with soybeans on price.


Tuesday April 30, 2024


Tech Life: TikTok world
TikTok is a popular video sharing platform, but not so popular with some governments.

After 20 years, what next for World of Warcraft?
The game's maker Activision Blizzard was bought by Microsoft last year in gaming's biggest ever acquisition


Thursday April 25, 2024


How fraudsters are getting fake articles onto Facebook
Scammers are able to get past automated checks on the social media giant to try to defraud users.


Tuesday April 23, 2024


Tech Life: Humanoid robots
Are they really that practical and useful?

Watch Ocado robots in action
Ocado has added robotic arms to its newest warehouse near Luton.


Monday April 22, 2024


European astronaut rookies make the grade
The European Space Agency's latest intake of astronauts complete their basic training.

Preventing space contamination rises up the agenda
Agencies and scientists from around the world head to the UK to share space-exploration techniques.

How Chinese firms are using Mexico as a backdoor to the US
Chinese firms are racing to set up factories in Mexico to bypass US tariffs and sanctions.


Friday April 19, 2024


Can AI help solve Japan?s labour shortages?
Japan is seeing if artificial intelligence can tackle its increasing shortfall of workers.


Thursday April 18, 2024


Why a deluge of Chinese-made drugs is hard to curb
Thousands of Chinese companies are making synthetic opioids and shipping them around the world.

'AI helps me to make wine for younger drinkers'
The winemakers using artificial intelligence to help them grow grapes and blend their wines.


Tuesday April 16, 2024


Tech Life: Fixing undersea cables
Undersea fibre-optic cables help keep us online - but what happens when they break?

The challenge of upgrading iconic steel windows
Critall windows date back to the 1880s but their steel construction makes them vulnerable to damp.


Monday April 15, 2024


Nasa: 'New plan needed to return rocks from Mars'
The US space agency is seeking a cheaper, faster solution to bring Martian rocks to Earth for study.


Friday April 12, 2024


Robot dog trains to walk on Moon in Oregon trials
US engineering team has a two-year, $2m grant to help Nasa study the Moon's surface.


Tuesday April 09, 2024


Peter Higgs - the man who changed our view of the Universe
The renowned scientist came up with revolutionary ideas in the 1960s, sparking a 50-year search for evidence.

Tech Life: Space Junk
We look at what space junk is and the risk it poses to tech we use everyday.

Together in wonder: North America awed by total solar eclipse
Stunning spectacle is witnessed by millions across the continent. Here are some of the stories.

Boom times for US green energy as federal cash flows in
The US government has directed unprecedented sums of money at green energy projects.


Friday April 05, 2024


The rise of magnets ? from surgery to outer space
Magnets are central to much modern technology and firms are racing to make them more efficient.


Wednesday April 03, 2024


White House wants Moon to have its own time zone
The US government has asked Nasa to develop a way to keep track of time on the Moon.


Tuesday April 02, 2024


Tech Life: Predicting the future of tech
How will the internet, and other tech we use today, evolve in the future?


Wednesday March 27, 2024


Tackling deepfakes 'has turned into an arms race'
The battle against fake images, video and audio is becoming ever harder as the tech improves.


Tuesday March 26, 2024


Tech Life: Charging electric bikes and scooters
What can be done to make charging them safer?

Could AI take the grind out of accountancy?
AI could mean fewer accountancy jobs but is also taking over some of the more mundane tasks.


Thursday March 21, 2024


Neuralink patient seen playing chess using brain implant
In a livestream on X, the patient explained that he was using a device in his brain to move the cursor.

India in undersea race to mine world?s battery metal
The country has applied for two new licences to explore the deep seabed in parts of the Indian Ocean.


Thursday March 14, 2024


'Journalists are feeding the AI hype machine'
AI reporters and experts discuss how well or otherwise the media covers the topic.


Monday March 11, 2024


Once India's most valuable start-up, Byju's is now fighting to survive
The ed-tech giant is teetering on the precipice after some investors voted to out its CEO last month.


Thursday March 07, 2024


Hottest February marks ninth new monthly record
It's the ninth month of global temperature records in a row, driven by climate change and El Niño.


Thursday February 29, 2024


'I'd heard the big, bad, scary conversation about AI'
The women enrolling on artificial intelligence training courses to boost their job prospects.


Tuesday February 27, 2024


Why firms are racing to produce green ammonia
Ammonia is essential for fertiliser production but producing it is carbon intensive.


Thursday February 22, 2024


UK quits treaty that lets oil firms sue government
The ECT allowed fossil-fuel companies to sue governments for billions in compensation for lost profits.


Thursday February 08, 2024


World breaches 1.5C warming threshold for full year
The last 12 months were the hottest on record, temporarily sending the world past a deeply symbolic mark.