9th May '21

The Latest Science from BBC News


Saturday May 08, 2021


Big Chinese rocket segment set to fall to Earth
Tracking radars are following closely the gradual fall to Earth of a large Chinese rocket vehicle.

Chernobyl alcohol drink seized by authorities
The first batch of a spirit made with ingredients grown in the Chernobyl exclusion zone is seized.


Friday May 07, 2021


TripAdvisor sorry for Auschwitz review error
TripAdvisor initially found nothing wrong with a death camp review containing a gas chamber "joke".

Virgin Media customers left waiting longest on phone
Virgin Media and Virgin Mobile had the longest average customer call waiting times, Ofcom has found.

Twitter adds 'tip jar' to pay for good tweeting
Twitter launches a new payment feature for good tweets - but it comes with privacy concerns.

Robot learns to brush hair and other tech news
LJ Rich looks at some of the best technology news stories of the week.

India Covid: How bad is the second wave?
There are signs infections have slowed in some regions - but is India past the worst?

Report: China emissions exceed all developed nations combined
The country is responsible for 27% of global greenhouse gas emissions, according to a new report.

Trump social media: Twitter suspends account sharing ex-president's posts
The social media platform said the account was trying to evade Mr Trump's Twitter ban

Taking an invention from idea to the marketplace
Lockdown spurred many people to invent new products, but how did they get to market?

Rare fish set for return to River Severn breeding grounds
One of the UK's rarest fish is set to benefit from a conservation project to unlock the River Severn.


Thursday May 06, 2021


Road and rail building plans under review after Covid
Post-pandemic shifts in travel habits could undermine the logic behind many infrastructure projects.

Cutting methane gas 'crucial for climate fight'
Reducing methane emissions needs to play a much more important role in tackling global warming.

BT Smart Hub 2 router 'disrupting' home networks
Users say they are being forced to choose between range or speed, or face an unusable network.

IBM 2nm chip breakthrough claims more power with less energy
Next-gen processor tech gives more performance with less energy use, IBM claims.

No full-time return to the office for over a million
Almost all of 50 big UK firms tell the BBC staff will divide their time between home and office in future.

Twitter tells users to be nice and think twice before replying
The social media platform will prompt users to review "potentially harmful or offensive" replies.

Millions at security risk from old routers, Which? warns
Research by Which? looked at a selection of older routers still being used by customers.


Wednesday May 05, 2021


Father calls for pornography sites to require proof of age
A father and an Oxford student seek a High Court hearing to require age verification on porn sites.

Income inequality 'drives global wildlife trade'
Some 420 million wild animals have been traded in 226 nations over two decades, new data suggests.

Ancient child grave was Africa's earliest funeral
A young child buried in a cave 78,000 years ago is the earliest known funeral in Africa.

Pétrus wine aged in space up for sale at Christie's
Christie's predicts the bottle of Pétrus 2000 that orbited the earth could sell for $1m (£720,000).

Mary Rose crew was ethnically diverse, study finds
A study suggests members may have come from southern European coasts, Iberia, and North Africa.

Then and Now: Restoring coral reefs in Indonesia
Around 40,000 sq m of coral reef has been restored in Indonesia with plans to extend the scheme further.

UK supermarkets warn Brazil over Amazon land bill
Almost 40 UK companies say proposed laws could accelerate deforestation in the Amazon region.


Tuesday May 04, 2021


Gates divorce: Business 'as usual' for foundation
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is likely to continue as now, Dr Beth Breeze says.

Norwich peregrine falcons caught in battle with red kite
The peregrines distract and dive-bomb the kite to protect their chicks in their cathedral nest.

Climate change: Promises will mean rise of 2.4C - study
Recent climate change pledges bring the world a fraction closer to Paris goals, analysis suggests.

Microchip shortage: Inside a factory racing to meet demand
Katie Silver tours a microchip factory in Singapore racing to meet demand amid a global shortage.

Food giants respond to worries over packaging
The phasing out of single-use plastics gathers pace with big companies adopting alternatives.


Monday May 03, 2021


How rising sea levels are threatening my home
Hereiti, 17, lives on Rarotonga, the largest of the Cook Islands in the South Pacific Ocean.

Grab: How an Uber killer became a powerful Asian super-app
South East Asian taxi firm Grab is becoming one of Asia's most powerful financial super-apps

Huawei Mate X2: Mastering the folding phone formula
Huawei has revealed the third iteration of its folding phone, taking inspiration from Samsung.

Carbon: How calls for climate justice are shaking the world
Young activists are breathing new life into the long-running debate over how to cut carbon fairly.

'I was terrible at crosswords so I built an AI to do them'
Dr Fill , a computer program, has just won one of the most prestigious crossword competitions in the US.

'More and more people don't want a traditional burial'
With cremations on the rise, firms now offer such things as turning your ashes into artificial reef formations or human compost.


Sunday May 02, 2021


Nasa astronauts splash-land on Earth in SpaceX capsule after ISS mission
This was the first night-time landing for Nasa astronauts since Apollo 8's return 53 years ago.

Then and now: When silence descended over Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls is one of the natural wonders of the world, yet in 2019, it fell silent.


Saturday May 01, 2021


Why is this the 'most instagrammable' bird?
How a study designated the rare, odd-looking frogmouth the most instagrammable of avian species.

Wood burners: Sale of coal and wet wood restricted in England
Owners of wood burners and open fires will need to burn cleaner alternatives as new rules come into force.

Do you know where plastic waste in the oceans is coming from?
The Ocean Cleanup suggests plastic pollution comes from more rivers in the world than previously thought.


Friday April 30, 2021


Mars Ingenuity helicopter mission extended by Nasa
Nasa is so pleased with the success of the Ingenuity helicopter, it is extending its mission.

Ransomware victims urged to go to police
Using malicious software gangs encrypt an organisation's data and then demand money to restore it.

The ransomware surge ruining lives
A coalition is calling for action from governments as victims describe crippling cyber-attacks.


Thursday April 29, 2021


China launches first module of new space station
It's a major step in China's ambitions to rival the United States and Russia in space exploration.

They are killing our forest, Brazilian tribe warns
The Awa, who have been called "the most threatened tribe on earth", face fresh challenges in Brazil.


Wednesday April 28, 2021


Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins dies at 90
Michael Collins stayed in orbit as Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the Moon in 1969.

Accident leaves deep sea mining machine stranded
A prototype deep sea mining machine is lying stranded on the floor of the Pacific Ocean.


Monday April 26, 2021


Space junk map tracks 200 ?ticking time bombs?
Large defunct rocket bodies have the potential to break into thousands of pieces, threatening functioning satellites that provide vital services like GPS.

The salmon you buy in the future may be farmed on land
A giant fish farm in Florida is rearing salmon for the US market in a huge indoor facility.


Saturday April 24, 2021


US Dragon spaceship arrives at International Space Station
SpaceX's Dragon Endeavour spacecraft has docked with the International Space Station.


Thursday April 22, 2021


Coffee waste: Companies offer up new solutions
A new crop of coffee companies have solutions to cut waste in their industry.


Tuesday April 20, 2021


Russia plans its own space station in 2025
The International Space Station is nearing the end of its life and Russia is working on a new module.


Monday April 19, 2021


Nasa successfully flies small helicopter on Mars
The Ingenuity drone completes the first powered, controlled flight by an aircraft on another world.

The best climate solution you've never heard of
Meet the teams who track down and destroy hidden sources of greenhouse gases.


Friday April 16, 2021


Nasa chooses SpaceX to build Moon lander
SpaceX will build a lander that the US space agency will use to return humans to the Moon this decade.


Thursday April 15, 2021


Sir David Attenborough's new doc: 'Humans are intruders'
Sir David Attenborough fronts a new documentary on lockdown's effect on the natural world.


Tuesday April 13, 2021


Climate Check, from BBC Weather
With record high CO2 levels and destructive tornadoes, Ben Rich has more on extreme weather around the globe this spring.


Monday April 12, 2021


Would you wear 'Iron Man' body armour?
The market for exoskeletons - high-tech external body support systems - is tipped to grow strongly.