23rd Apr '19

The Latest Science from BBC News


Tuesday April 23, 2019


Vodafone named 'worst' mobile network
Annual study of more than 6,000 mobile customers names most and least popular UK network providers.

Greta Thunberg: Teen tells UK politicians 'listen to climate scientists'
Teenage activist Greta Thunberg, who will meet UK politicians, also praises climate change protesters.

Disposable nappy recycling: How soiled nappies can be reused
Each year billions end up in landfill, but the world's largest nappy production company is now backing a scheme to recover the plastic and other materials inside them.

Extinction Rebellion: How might ministers win over the protesters?
A closer look at Extinction Rebellion's demands and how the government might try to achieve them.

Could a computer ever create better art than a human?
Music, films and works of art are increasingly made using AI. But can machines ever be truly creative?

New cars will try to stop you speeding
Drivers will find it harder to break speed limits, thanks to "intelligent speed assistance" systems.


Monday April 22, 2019


Samsung Galaxy Fold: Broken screens delay launch
Samsung delays the release of its foldable smartphone after reviewers report broken screens.

Britain breaks coal-free power record over Easter weekend
UK sees longest continuous period without generating electricity from coal as temperatures soar.

Asos billionaire loses three children in Sri Lanka attacks
Danish billionaire Anders Holch Povlsen and his family were visiting Sri Lanka, where three of his four children died.

TED 2019: How to kill a zombie rumour and fix Facebook
How to fix a "broken internet" has been a central question at TED 2019.

Tesla says investigating car explosion in Shanghai
A video circulating on Chinese social media appears to show a parked Tesla car erupting into flames.

An alternative way to capture childhood on your phone
A simple, but evocative, way to record your children's development without using a camera.


Sunday April 21, 2019


SpaceX capsule suffers 'anomaly' during tests in Florida
There are plans to launch a manned mission to the International Space Station later this year.

Millions using 123456 as password, security study finds
A list of all-too-predictable choices for breached accounts includes 123456 and "Liverpool".


Saturday April 20, 2019


Notre-Dame fire: How gamers are getting 'inside' the cathedral
Players return to a 2014 video game to visit a digital version of the cathedral, untouched by fire.

TED 2019: The start-ups launching in space
Space is getting busy thanks to a new era of commercialisation.

Are plants a necessity or a luxury?
A new campaign says we should pay less tax on plants because they are good for the environment and mental health.

Tulips from the air: Artist drawn to beauty of Norfolk flowers
It is their "beauty of colour and space that makes me keep coming back", artist says.


Friday April 19, 2019


Hacking 'hero' Marcus Hutchins pleads guilty to US malware charges
Marcus Hutchins said he regrets his actions and accepts "full responsibility for my mistakes".

Dame Emma Thompson: 'If I could fly cleanly, I would'
Actress Dame Emma Thompson defends her decision to fly to London from the US to attend a climate change protest.

David Attenborough climate change TV show a 'call to arms'
The BBC's Climate Change - The Facts, presented by Sir David Attenborough, is praised by TV critics.

Robot dogs pull truck and other tech news
BBC Click's Jen Copestake looks at some of the week's best technology stories.

Norwich Cathedral peregrine falcons: A photographer's passion
Chris Skipper has been photographing urban peregrines nesting at Norwich Cathedral for nearly a decade.


Thursday April 18, 2019


Extinction Rebellion: Climate protests 'diverting' London police
Police rest days are cancelled as more than 1,000 officers are deployed in London.

Robot news presenter causes a stir on Russian TV
The humanoid, named Alex, causes a stir as he makes his debut on state news channel Rossiya 24.

Climate change: Sir David Attenborough warns of 'catastrophe'
The veteran naturalist's BBC programme on climate change is his strongest warning yet on the threat of rising temperatures.

Elon Musk swaps shots with Museum of English Rural Life
The Museum of English Rural Life now appears as Elon Musk on Twitter after he used their sheep picture.

Facebook bans UK far right groups and leaders
A dozen named groups and individuals will be purged from the social network, it said.

'Giant lion' fossil found in Kenya museum drawer
The bones of the huge creature belong to a new species which roamed east Africa 20 million years ago.

Facebook copied email contacts of 1.5 million users
The social network was grabbing email contacts of some new users for almost three years, it says.

Evidence of rabbits in UK in Roman times, say academics
Tests on a bone, found in West Sussex, show for the first time the animal was alive in the first century AD.

Samsung's folding phone breaks for reviewers
Several outlets reviewing Samsung's ground-breaking new folding smartphone have reported major problems with its screen.


Wednesday April 17, 2019


TED 2019: The online campaign that ended a beard ban
The woman aiming to build "a labour movement for the 21st Century" shares her plan at TED.

Extinction Rebellion London activists chained to Jeremy Corbyn's home
Four Extinction Rebellion campaigners glued themselves together outside the Labour leader's home.

Notre-Dame fire: Assassin's Creed's maker pledges aid
Ubisoft is to donate money and offer use of its digital reconstruction of the cathedral.

Pig brains partially revived four hours after death
The study could aid medical research and fuel debate about the difference between life and death.

Confused about climate change? Talk to our chat bot
BBC News launches a chat bot to help users learn about climate change in weekly conversations.

'Why I write fake online reviews'
Two people explain why they post made-up reviews, while psychologists deconstruct the power of the review.

TED row over net classes for toddlers
Plans to give millions of dollars to a program for online learning for pre-schoolers has been criticised.

Xbox One with no discs: 'The way forward' or 'bad timing'?
Gamers give their verdict as Microsoft announces an "all-digital edition" of the console.

Government in email privacy blunder
A department responsible for data protection shares the personal details of hundreds of journalists.

Netflix to trial showing top 10 lists to UK users
Streaming company Netflix is to trial showing UK users its most-watched shows over a weekly period.

Star Wars: Mark Hamill supports superfan's emotional video
Mark Hamill supports a YouTuber who faced a backlash for his tearful reaction to the new Star Wars trailer.

Rare kakapo parrots have best breeding season on record
Kakapos were one of New Zealand's most common birds, but they are now on the brink of extinction.

Google to police new app developers more closely
Apps from unfamiliar developers will be scrutinised more deeply before they go on the Play Store.

UK to introduce porn age-checks in July
Sites that fail to comply will face being blocked by internet service providers.

Axiom soccer indie game takes a shot at goal
Marc Cieslak reviews the game Axiom Soccer - a mashup between football and a third person shooter.

Apple and Qualcomm settle billion-dollar lawsuit
The surprise settlement brings a long-running legal battle between the two tech firms to an end.

TikTok: Apple and Google block video sharing app in India
The move comes after a court called for a ban on the video app over concerns it put children at risk.

Only one in 50 people have nights free from light pollution
Just one in 50 people in England experiences nights that are free from light pollution.

Technology to keep dementia patients out of hospital
Radar technology and tiny brain-monitors are just some of the devices being tested by a new research centre.

The robot that tidies up bedrooms
Robots are good at repetitive tasks but struggle with new objects. Can they be trained to overcome that?

What do drones and GPS owe to a 1744 shipwreck?
When HMS Victory sank, she took with her an early prototype of the gyroscope, crucial to modern technology.

TED 2019: The $50 lab burger transforming food
TED fellow Bruce Friedrich tells the TED conference about his vision for the future of food.

Vodafone 'gigafast' ad banned after Virgin Media complaint
The promotion described broadband packages as being "gigafast" that did not offer 1Gbps speeds.


Tuesday April 16, 2019


TED 2019: Twitter boss offers to demote likes and follows
Jack Dorsey has been talking at TED about the changes the platform is considering.

Extinction Rebellion: What do they want and is it realistic?
The UK needs to move to net zero CO2 emissions by 2025 say protestors but how hard would that be to achieve?

PlayStation 5: Sony reveals first details of next-gen console
Sony's next-gen console, which will replace the PS4, will be much faster and include improved audio.

Early ocean plastic litter traced to 1960s
Scientists "accidentally" record the history of ocean plastic, including what may have been the first plastic bag to be fished out of the ocean.

Game of Thrones: Now TV glitch hits Apple TV owners
Sky's Now TV app failed to load for some viewers while displaying a degraded version of the show.

Microplastics found in 'pristine' Pyrenees mountains
Scientists from Scotland and France spent five months monitoring the secluded site in the Pyrenees.

Epilepsy charity calls for social media seizure warnings
People with epilepsy are being exposed to flashing images, some deliberately, says a charity.

Facebook given TED talk challenge
Journalist Carole Cadwalladr challenges Mark Zuckerberg to address TED about "election fraud".

Stonehenge: DNA reveals origin of builders
Ancestors of the people who built Stonehenge travelled west across the Mediterranean to get to Britain.

How can you stop your kids viewing harmful web content?
Is content filtering tech the answer or is education and discussion the key to keeping kids safe?

Amazon 'flooded by fake five-star reviews' - Which? report
Top-rated reviews on popular items are dominated by unknown brands, consumer group Which? finds.


Monday April 15, 2019


Hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy Fold
The BBC's Chris Fox tries Samsung's folding smartphone to find out what it can do.

Swedish Social Democrats' Twitter account hacked
Messages posted on the hijacked account included anti-immigration rhetoric.

Lyft removes faulty bikes from three US cities
Riders report that brakes were being jammed on sharply on some motor-assisted bike journeys, said Lyft.

Article 13: UK helps push through new EU copyright rules
The UK supports a final vote in favour of new online copyright rules, but some EU nations objected.

Apple and Qualcomm square off in US court
The row is about how much phone makers should pay for the chips essential to modern smartphones.

Under-18s face 'like' and 'streaks' limits on social media
The UK's data watchdog proposes restrictions on Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat among others.

TED 2019: 10 years of 'ideas worth spreading'
TED talks have become synonymous with cutting-edge ideas and are watched by millions.

How social media is changing comedy
Social media changed many aspects of modern life, but how has it impacted traditional stand-up comedy?


Sunday April 14, 2019


Gatwick drone attack possible inside job, say police
The drone operator was monitoring activities at the airport during the attack, officials believe.

Baby boom for North Atlantic right whales off US coast
US researchers spot three mother and calf pairs of the endangered North American right whale species.

President's underwater plea for the oceans
Seychelles' leader delivers a speech in defence of the Indian Ocean from inside a submersible.

Plane with the largest wingspan in the world takes flight
Its wingspan measures 117m - the length of an American football field.


Friday April 12, 2019


Beresheet spacecraft: 'Technical glitch' led to Moon crash
Preliminary data suggests a technical glitch caused the Beresheet spacecraft to shut down its main engine at the wrong time.

Can you spot ocean plastic from space?
Scientists work on the challenging task of tracking pollution from orbit with encouraging results.

The robot supermarket shelf scanner and other news
BBC Click's Paul Carter looks at some of the week's best technology stories.

How does it feel to be watched at work all the time?
Many more firms are monitoring and analysing employee communications and behaviour. Does it work?


Thursday April 11, 2019


Can Nintendo make virtual reality gaming a success?
Newsbeat plays with the Nintendo Labo VR kit and meets one of the brains behind it.

The robot that sorts out recycling
The RoCycle system uses pressure sensors to detect an item's size and composition.

Plastic toys: Is it time we cut back?
Plastic toys are convenient and cheap but they can be bad for the environment.


Wednesday April 10, 2019


First ever black hole image released
The "monster" black hole is three million times the size of Earth.

Study identifies danger glacial lakes across Tibetan Plateau
A comprehensive study assesses the flood danger posed by glacial lakes across the Tibetan Plateau.

The tech that could help clean polluted air
A new system at London Marylebone station is helping to remove harmful gases from the environment.

Extinction Rebellion: The climate protesters who want to get arrested
The climate change protest group urging people to get arrested to gain attention.


Sunday April 07, 2019


The Pokemon card artist 'taking the border off the artwork'
Pictures of classic Pokemon cards turned into unique artworks which sell for hundreds of dollars.

India eco-school: Is this the greenest campus on Earth?
Secmol is an Indian school pioneering practical green education in one of the harshest environments.


Friday April 05, 2019


Box lifting warehouse robots unveiled
BBC Click's Jen Copestake looks at some of the week's best technology stories.


Thursday April 04, 2019


The lunar effect - why the Moon makes us all romantics
For centuries, our lunar neighbour has been a source of fascination and inspiration for poets and artists.

Robot arm can feed people with mobility issues
The device is able to identify food and works out the best way of feeding it to the person.


Saturday March 30, 2019


Tasmanian devils 'adapting to coexist with cancer'
There is hope for the world's largest carnivorous marsupials whose numbers have been ravaged by disease.


Friday March 29, 2019


Climate change: How green is your parcel?
The Royal Mail is introducing e-trikes but what are other delivery companies doing to cut their emissions?


Thursday March 28, 2019


Back on track
The British-led project to break the Land Speed Record is brought back from the brink of cancellation.

No pain
Jo Cameron is one of two people on Earth known to have a mutation that means she feels almost no pain.


Tuesday March 26, 2019


Ready Player One: How we made the film's visual effects
Industrial Light and Magic explain the challenges involved in making the film.