21st Aug '18

The Latest Science from BBC News


Tuesday August 21, 2018


Superdrug's online customers targeted by criminals
The High Street chain warns its online customers to change their passwords.

Facebook gives users trustworthiness score
The social network says it has developed the scale to help it tackle fake news reports.

Gamescom: The seven biggest announcements at the show
Next-generation graphics, new games and cult favourites take the stage at Gamescom in Cologne.

How far will these eagles spread their wings?
There's hopes that a new project in Scotland will re-introduce Golden Eagles in England and Wales.

New perspective on how lemurs got to Madagascar
The history of the lemurs, the most endangered group of mammals, is more complex than we thought.

Drones hunt cocaine farms in Colombia
President IvŠn Duque wants to use unmanned aircraft to keep damage to neighbouring crops to a minimum.

Water ice 'detected on Moon's surface'
Scientists say they have definitive evidence for water-ice on the surface of the Moon.

'Gas leak' iPad prompts Apple shop evacuation
The Dutch fire brigade is called to help deal with a "fuming" Apple device.

Microsoft claims win over 'Russian political hackers'
Cyber-attacks on US political groups are stopped after Microsoft grabs key net domains, the company says.

My green idea: Recycling India's floral waste
One woman's mission to turn the tide on India's polluted waterways by recycling leftover flowers.

Bitcoin buster?
Bitcoin's price rises and falls wildly, making it high risk. Is there a more stable alternative?


Monday August 20, 2018


Ants show 'lazy' approach may be best for digging
A new study on ants and robots has shown that having more workers is not necessarily better when working in confined spaces.

Gatwick flight information screens fail
Airport staff had to write flight information on whiteboards after screens went blank.

Facebook apologises for blocking Prager University's videos
The firm had blocked one video critical about Muslims and another that defended male aggression.

Gig economy pressures make drivers 'more likely to crash'
Drivers and couriers who get their work from apps face a "heightened risk" of crashes, a study suggests.

Honeypot pornography lawyer pleads guilty
A US lawyer who tricked people into paying for films he had helped pirate faces years in jail.

Social media faces EU fine if terror lingers for an hour
The European Commission is planning stricter rules for social media companies.

Apple 'pulls gambling apps from China App Store'
The reported removal of thousands of apps follows criticism by Chinese state media.

The woman who created 'Tinder for lonely mums'
As the first of her friends to become a mum, Michelle Kennedy didn't have a network of other mothers to share her experiences with.

Superfast broadband 'boosts UK business by £9bn'
The government says thousands of firms are now reaping the financial benefit of faster connectivity.


Sunday August 19, 2018


Plastic pollution: 'Stop flushing contact lenses down the loo'
Flushing daily disposable lenses down the toilet is increasing the threat from plastics, say experts.

Harry Potter wand teaches children to code
A magic wand designed to teach children how to code has been revealed.


Saturday August 18, 2018


Public 'back' taxes to tackle single-use plastic waste
Ministers say they are looking at measures after thousands support action to reduce single-use items.

What's the truth about spiders in our homes?
Animal expert Dr Tim Cockerill talks us through the truth about spiders.


Friday August 17, 2018


Tesla investors spooked by revelations in emotional interview
In an "emotional" newspaper interview, Elon Musk also said he takes a sedative to help him sleep.

Martian timesheet
Living on Mars time, landing nightmares and sometimes spreadsheets... a day in the life of a Nasa engineer.

Tiptree joins race to build fruit-picking robots
It is a job better-suited to humans, but fruit growers say fewer people want to do it these days.

Body scanners to screen LA subway riders
Passengers will be scanned for explosives and weapons as they enter subway stations.

The karaoke robot and other technology news
BBC Click's Emily Bates looks at some of the week's best technology stories

Apple files stored by teen in 'hacky hack hack' folder
An Australian 16-year-old is in court following a series of intrusions into Apple's internal network.

Google employees criticise 'censored China search engine'
Employees have written to the firm criticising its plans to launch a 'censored Chinese search service'.

Brave moo world?
An offshore dairy farm aims to help Rotterdam produce its own food more sustainably.

Floating farm
An offshore dairy farm aims to help Rotterdam produce its own food more sustainably.


Thursday August 16, 2018


Earliest galaxies found 'on our cosmic doorstep'
Some of the earliest galaxies to form in the Universe are sitting on our cosmic doorstep, a study says.

Wheat gene map to help 'feed the world'
Researchers are set to develop higher yield wheat varieties requiring less water after making a gene map.

FBI sought Google location data of many to catch robber
A search warrant seen by Forbes magazine reveals the extent of location data the FBI wants.

Motorola phone 'brazen copy' of iPhone X
Critics have mocked Motorola for "ripping off" Apple's design.

President Trump relaxes US cyber-attacks rules
President Trump has signed an order reversing the long-winded process of using cyber-weapons.

Uber's move into bikes and food delivery deepens losses
Losses mount as Uber tries to build future profits by moves into Eats and bike sharing.

Celebrities warned over social media ads
The UK's competition watchdog launches an investigation into the world of celebrity endorsements.

Marine Le Pen's presence deemed 'disrespectful' at Web Summit
Conference organiser Paddy Cosgrave initially defended her invitation to the technology summit.

Ancient Egyptian mummification 'recipe' revealed
Forensic examination of a mummy shows the original ancient Egyptian embalming recipe, scientists say.


Wednesday August 15, 2018


Twitter suspends Alex Jones for one week
The InfoWars conspiracy theorist is reported to have posted a link to a video that broke Twitter's rules.

Children 'at risk of robot influence'
A study suggests young children will trust robots and change their minds.

New pesticides 'may have risks for bees'
Attempts to find a new generation of pesticides to replace neonicotinoids have been dealt a potential blow.

Myanmar Rohingya: Facebook 'still hosts hate speech'
More than 1,000 posts containing anti-Rohingya hate speech are found on the social network.

Tesla 'to be probed by regulators' over privatisation plan
According to reports, regulators want to question executives at the firm about its privatisation plans.

Star Trek saga casts new Spock actor Ethan Peck
How will Ethan Peck compare to Leonard Nimoy and other actors who've played the pointy-eared science officer?

Mystery Russian satellite's behaviour raises alarm in US
Official says "there is no way to verify" what object is and whether or not it may pose a danger.

Footage suggests basking sharks use Scottish seas for courtship
Scientists collected footage showing basking sharks being "sociable" with each other off the coast of Mull.

Wi-fi could be used to detect weapons and bombs
A US study has tested out a suspicious object detection system based on ordinary wi-fi.

Virgin Media broadband teams 'left holes in walls'
Customers have complained about damage, which they say has been left for many days without being fixed.

Hot weather reveals hidden history to archaeologists
The UK heatwave has been good for aerial archaeologists spotting hidden treasures in the dry fields.

A hand database to catch paedophiles
A paedophile who hid his face from the camera was convicted when an expert could identify his hands.

How the humble cabbage can stop cancers
Researchers reveal how chemicals in some vegetables can prevent bowel cancer.

Biometric Mirror: Reflecting the imperfections in AI
The personality trait rating system helps to highlight the flaws in artificial intelligence.


Tuesday August 14, 2018


Study suggests drastic decline in mountain hares
Conservation groups have called for an end to the "indiscriminate and ruthless" mountain hare culls.

Instagram hack sees accounts replaced with film stills
Affected account holders are seeing random film stills replacing their profile photos.

Rare Chinese tree's flowers attract visitors to Roath Park
The Chinese tree has flowered for the first time since it was planted in Cardiff more than 100 years ago.

Next few years 'may be exceptionally warm'
The next few years could be "anomalously warm", according to a new study.

Fortnite used by company for job interviews
An advertising agency is conducting job interviews in the video game Fortnite.

Being human: Big toe clung on longest to primate origins
Our big toe was one of the last parts of the foot to become human-like, as our early ancestors evolved to walk on two legs.

Google tracks users who turn off location history
A study from Associated Press suggests that users are still tracked even if they turn off location history.

Palm oil: A new threat to Africa's monkeys and apes?
Large-scale expansion of palm oil in Africa will very likely risk the lives of primates, a study finds.

Charging ahead
From battery-powered trucks to Formula E racing cars, electric vehicles are going mainstream around the world.

Going plastic-free with kids
Reducing your dependence on plastics can be daunting, especially if you've got a young family.


Monday August 13, 2018


Hippo bite kills Taiwan tourist in Kenya
The animal turned on the Taiwanese man after he got too close with his camera at Lake Naivasha.

Winged reptiles thrived before dinosaurs
A newly discovered species of pterosaur that lived about 210 million years ago has been found in the Utah desert.

Tax haven link to rainforest destruction and illegal fishing
Deforestation of the Amazon and illegal fishing have both been linked to tax havens according to a new study.

Can technology make you a better footballer?
Click looks at the technology that could help you improve your game.

Jakarta, the fastest-sinking city in the world
With frequent floods, sinking markets and engulfed homes, by 2050 parts of Jakarta will be underwater.


Sunday August 12, 2018


Killer whale mother finally lets dead newborn calf go, after 17 days
After 17 days, the orca at last stops carrying her newborn and begins chasing salmon off Canada.

Parker Solar Probe: Nasa launches mission to 'touch the Sun'
The US space agency launches a probe that aims to travel closer to the Sun than ever before.


Saturday August 11, 2018


Weedkiller glyphosate 'doesn't cause cancer' - Bayer
The new owner of the Monsanto group insists glyphosate use is safe despite a cancer payout.


Friday August 10, 2018


The Meg: the myth, the legend (the science)
What to we really know about the giant prehistoric shark reincarnated by Hollywood?

Rise in wolf attacks alarms Dutch sheep farmers
After one wolf killed 26 sheep Dutch farmers worry about installing costly electric fencing.

Art alive
How augmented reality is giving artworks and exhibitions new dimensions.


Thursday August 09, 2018


Galaxy Note 9's stylus doubles as a selfie stick
Samsung's new phone comes with a stylus that can be used as a remote control to trigger photos.

Hack attack can stop people's hearts
Researchers disclose an unfixed vulnerability that threatens medical devices.


Monday August 06, 2018


Android Pie: Slicing up Google's new features
The chief of Android's London engineering team shows off the operating systems new grayscale mode.

It'll be toasty
When the Bloodhound supersonic car attempts to break the land speed record, managing heat around the vehicle is going to be important.

Rush to dam
Developing economies around the world are investing in hydropower.


Friday August 03, 2018


Big pong
Temperatures hit the 30s and there were no proper drains, bringing flies, disease and panic.

Crop-spraying drones
Drones are now delivering pesticides, fertilisers and crop monitoring to farms around the world.

Sky farmers
Drones are now delivering pesticides, fertilisers and crop monitoring to farms around the world.


Thursday August 02, 2018


Phone etiquette
From no phones at dinnertime to turning it off at the checkout, here are some rules worth observing.

In pictures
Parts of eastern Australia are suffering their worst drought in memory, as these aerial images show.

Heathrow high
It's Europe's busiest airport but why is Heathrow also a magnet for hot weather?


Wednesday August 01, 2018


How Greenland scorched its underside
The world's largest island ran over Iceland's volcanic hotspot and has the rocky scar to prove it.

The robot controlled by your thoughts
How you can correct the mistakes of robots using only brain and muscle signals.


Tuesday July 31, 2018


The tech helping drive the Tour de France
BBC Click joined Team Dimension Data at the Tour de France to see how tech could influence the race.


Saturday July 28, 2018


A to Z of Google
Searching for each letter of the alphabet can lead you to some unexpected places...


Thursday July 26, 2018


Turning the Royal Albert Hall into a light show
The Royal Albert Hall became a massive projection screen for a light show as part of the BBC Proms.


Wednesday July 25, 2018


Using a paper clip to clean headphone sockets
BBC Click's Kate Russell with a tip on how to get the best sound from a smartphone.


Saturday July 21, 2018


Lovell lights
How the giant Lovell radio telescope at Jodrell Bank is transformed into a 3,200 tonne art installation.


Friday July 20, 2018


Charcoal grilling
A growing taste for al fresco dining is driving record charcoal sales in the UK but is it also fuelling global deforestation and climate change?


Tuesday July 17, 2018


Having all the fin
Research suggests new kinds of shark could migrate to UK waters as the oceans warm.


Wednesday July 11, 2018


Turn the clock back
Travelling in time might sound like fantasy, but some physicists think it might really be possible.


Wednesday July 04, 2018


Curious camera
A new exhibition reappraises the work of Harry Burton, who photographed the decade-long Tutankhamun excavation.