19th Nov '17

The Latest Science from BBC News


Saturday November 18, 2017


The world's biggest lithium battery farm
The plant in the US state of California stores enough energy to power 20,000 homes for four hours.

Small steps forward as UN climate talks end in Bonn
UN climate talks finish with progress on technical issues but with questions on carbon cuts unresolved.

Trump puts elephant trophy imports on hold
The US president's move comes a day after US hunters were told they could import elephant trophies.

Gamer predicts that eSports is going to be 'bigger than soccer'
A day in the life of Travis "Castaway" Waters, the South African who gets paid to play video games.

How worried should we be about melting ice caps?
As the UN climate change conference ends, BBC Science's David Shukman takes a look at melting ice caps.

UK seeks future cyber-security stars
UK initiatives aim to get young people choosing a career in cyber-security to close a looming skills gap.


Friday November 17, 2017


Tech to cut young drivers' insurance bills
Which is the best insurance technology for young drivers: Black box or dash cam?

Fireball in Finland sky 'probably a meteorite'
The suspected meteor shook buildings when it raced through the sky in Lapland.

Apple delays launch of smart speaker
The HomePod will now go on release in early 2018 as the gadget still needs work, said Apple.

Visibility poor
A shortage of weather data is holding back many African economies. Some start-ups are changing this.

Net filters help avoid dodgy domains
Consumers can get help to spot domains that are known to be used by phishing gangs and cyber-thieves

Germany bans children's smartwatches
Telecoms regulator says kids' smartwatches are spying devices and are to be banned under German law.

Fishing 'best argument for seagrass conservation'
Seagrass meadows are diminishing worldwide, which has serious implications for fishing activity.

Unilad Facebook account blocked
The Facebook account for viral news website Unilad has been deleted.

Gamers' anger halts Star Wars Battlefront II payments
EA temporarily suspends in-game purchases as it does not want controversy to "overshadow" its game.

Tesla shows off new truck and surprise Roadster
Tesla shows off a long awaited truck, but surprises with its new Roadster sports car.

The humanoid robot that can do a backflip
Atlas, a humanoid robot developed by Boston Dynamics, is now able to perform backflips.

Fullscreen 'YouTube Red rival' to close in January
The online talent network said it wanted to focus its investment elsewhere.

Interstellar asteroid is given a name
The first known asteroid to visit our Solar System from interstellar space has been given a name.

Baidu's voice-controlled smart speaker and other news
BBC Click's Nick Kwek looks at some of the best of the week's technology news stories.

Chill seekers
A simple innovation is helping to cut supermarkets' refrigeration costs by 15%.


Thursday November 16, 2017


Apology after Japanese train departs 20 seconds early
Management on the Tsukuba Express line "sincerely apologised for the inconvenience" caused.

UK and Canada lead global alliance against coal
A significant group of nations take a stand against using coal for electricity generation at UN climate talks.

Colombia zoo gives trafficked elephant root canal surgery
The procedure took 30 people three hours to complete. Tantor had been rescued from a ranch in Colombia.

Cyberbullying: Mum's story of loss inspires prince to act
Prince William worked with tech firms, charities and parents to come up with a code of conduct.

'Routine' detection of space ripples
Laser labs sense black holes merging at a distance of about a billion light-years from Earth.

Cash Converters reveals customer data breach
The High Street pawnbroker warns customers passwords and delivery addresses were exposed.

Kaspersky defends its role in NSA breach
The Russian anti-virus company explains why it copied files off a PC used by a cyber-spy contractor.

Far-right accounts lose Twitter verified tick
The social network says it will remove the verified badge from accounts that break its rules.

Epic India leopard rescue photo wins award five years later
In a rare instance, Indian villagers and forest officers worked together for hours to save the animal

First gene-editing in human body attempt
Gene-editing has been attempted on cells inside a patient, in a world first by doctors in California.

Silicon Valley firms compete to hack R2-D2
Several top Silicon Valley companies took part in a competition to hack an R2-D2 robot.

Welsh fintech firms face skilled staff battle
Hi-tech firms in south Wales face recruitment challenges in hiring the best staff, an expert warns.

Singapore welcomes rare blue macaw parrots
Singapore and Brazil are working together to bring two blue macaw species back from near-extinction.

CAST studies how robots could work better with people
A new research lab is looking to find the best ways to train robots to work with people.

Nasa forecast: Which cities will flood as ice melts?
A forecasting tool reveals which cities will be affected as different portions of the ice sheet melt, say scientists.


Wednesday November 15, 2017


Europe steps in to cover US shortfall in funding climate science
French and UK governments say they will make up for any shortfall in funding for a global science body.

SSTL to build Canadian satellite constellation
Vancouver-based UrtheCast contracts UK firm SSTL to build a series of satellites to image Earth every day.

Jack Dorsey saddened by Japan's 'Twitter killer'
The social network's chief reacts to reports that a killer used Twitter to lure suicidal victims.

Nearby planet is 'excellent' target in search for life
Astronomers have found a cool, Earth-sized planet that's relatively close to our Solar System.

Climate's magic rabbit: Pulling CO2 out of thin air
Can technology to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere really help prevent dangerous climate change?

Green planet
The United Arab Emirates' space research is turning to growing food on Mars.

Press print
The Swedish hi-tech firm at the forefront of using 3D printing to create human ears, noses and other body parts.


Tuesday November 14, 2017


Face ID iPhone X 'hack' demoed live with mask by Bkav
A Vietnamese cyber-security firm shows the BBC how a mask can be used to unlock Apple's new phone.


Monday November 13, 2017


'World's oldest wine' found in 8,000-year-old jars in Georgia
Pottery found near Tbilisi shows wine-making was taking place 8,000 years ago, scientists say.

Antarctica's warm underbelly revealed
Scientists make the most detailed map yet of the heat rising under the ice sheet from rocks below.

First CO2 rise in four years puts pressure on Paris targets
Uptick in coal use in China sees global CO2 emissions projected to rise after years of little or no growth.

Propaganda machine
A Russian "troll factory" is working with rebels in eastern Ukraine to discredit pro-Ukrainian elements, BBC Russian has learned.


Sunday November 12, 2017


Gove plans post-Brexit green watchdog
Minister Michael Gove insists environmental standards won't be sacrificed.


Friday November 10, 2017


Ice ceiling
For decades, there was a ceiling not of glass but of ice, holding women back from doing research in Antarctica.

Talking pants
We love shopping online for clothes but often have to return them. Can tech help make things easier?


Thursday November 09, 2017


Looking good at 20?
Front pages of the BBC News website show how the look and feel of the site has changed since its launch, in 1997.

Trump tweets
Donald Trump has kept up his tweeting in China - even though Twitter is officially blocked there.

Ben Nevis gets automatic weather station
For the first time in 113 years, live data is streaming from the top of the UK's tallest mountain.


Wednesday November 08, 2017


Sewing for Nasa
From the Apollo spacesuits to the Mars rovers, women behind the scenes have stitched vital spaceflight components.


Tuesday November 07, 2017


Tiger cubs
Asia is driving the massive growth in online shopping, with younger generations leading the charge.


Saturday November 04, 2017


Xbox One X: Microsoft's new console reviewed
The console can display 4K 60 frames-per-second graphics in high dynamic range.


Friday November 03, 2017


Rare spectacle
The Norwegian island of Kval°ya is now one of the few places in Europe to see a pod of killer whales.

Ford builds robot which tests car seats and other news
BBC Click's Nick Kwek looks at some of the best of the week's technology news stories.


Wednesday November 01, 2017


How algorithms helped design a concert hall
Each of the 10,000 acoustic panels is unique and designed to give the best listening experience.


Sunday October 29, 2017


Waterworld
Sir David Attenborough is returning to our screens and people are very excited about it.


Saturday October 28, 2017


AI takes centre stage in new Adobe tools
Click visits the Adobe Max conference to find out the latest developments in Photoshop.


Friday October 27, 2017


The robot that can swim and fly and other tech news
BBC Click's Marc Cieslak looks at some of the best of the week's technology news stories.


Wednesday October 25, 2017


Inside Microsoft's new mixed reality capture studio
Microsoft opens a hi-tech studio dedicated to creating mixed reality content.

A new era
We need to be more concerned than ever about how society uses scientific discoveries, says Venki Ramakrishnan.

How a graphene tattoo could monitor your health
The tattoo could be a wearable device measuring electrical activity of the brain, muscles or heart.


Thursday October 19, 2017


Carbon case history
Prof Joanna Haigh from Imperial College London explains why this gas has played a crucial role in shaping the Earth's climate.


Tuesday October 17, 2017


High speed camera uses 1,000 frames per second
The camera that can process images faster than the eye can see.