29th Oct '20

The Latest Science from BBC News


Thursday October 29, 2020


Animal Crossing: 'My sister lives on in a video game'
Tending to her sister's virtual town in Animal Crossing helps Meredith Myers keep her memory alive and cope with her grief.


Wednesday October 28, 2020


Facebook sued over Cambridge Analytica data scandal
The company is accused of misusing almost one million users' data in England and Wales.

Facebook, Twitter and Google face questions from US senators
Heads of Facebook, Google and Twitter defend a key piece of internet law, in front of senators.

Climate change: China's forest carbon uptake 'underestimated'
Scientists put new numbers of Chinese trees' ability to pull carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

Trump campaign website hacked in 'cryptocurrency scam'
The US president's re-election campaign insists there was "no exposure to sensitive data".

Senior police voice concern over failed IT systems
In a leaked letter, senior police officers blame government for over-budget delayed projects.

Great Barrier Reef: Scientists find reef taller than Empire State Building
Standing 500m (1,640ft) tall, the "blade-like" reef was found off Australia's far north.

BT signs 5G deal with Ericsson to help ditch Huawei
The move means its EE mobile network will be powered by both Ericsson and Nokia's products.

Ankhi Das: Facebook India's policy head quits amid hate speech row
Ankhi Das was at the centre of allegations that Facebook allowed anti-Muslim posts by BJP supporters.

How KSI earned more than his teachers by playing Fifa
The YouTuber built a multi million-pound business empire from his bedroom. Now he's pursuing music.


Tuesday October 27, 2020


Cyberpunk 2077 delayed until December despite developer crunch
Despite mandatory overtime to get the game finished, it will now miss the next-gen consoles launch.

Brexit border software developers warn of delays
Software designed to solve post-Brexit border friction is unlikely to be ready in time, they say.

Experian: Credit agency told to stop sharing data without consent
The millions of people whose data it is selling on must now be informed, says the UK watchdog.

Fears over 'weakening' of UK green watchdog
Campaigners fear that a body designed to protect the environment is being undermined.

Deep-diving whale dies after swimming up river
Rescuers made a "sterling effort" to save the 21ft-long animal found in a tributary of the River Clyde near Glasgow Airport.

Woolworths High Street 'relaunch' proves a hoax
The Twitter account @UKWoolworths, which now has more than 4,000 followers, misspelled the shop's name.

Viral photo sparks concerns about Indonesia's 'Jurassic Park'
The viral image has raised questions about the conservation impact on the animal native to Indonesia.

Mobile networks banned from selling locked phones
The watchdog Ofcom says the move should encourage more people to switch and save money.

Beached: Can rescuers save this dolphin in time?
Hundreds of dolphins beach each year, but this US team has dramatically improved survival rates

The inventor who wanted to keep his daughter safe
Kim Kyeong Yeon developed his virus-destroying machine after his child injured herself.


Monday October 26, 2020


Water on the Moon could sustain a lunar base
The "unambiguous detection of water" will boost Nasa's hopes of establishing a lunar base.

Climate change: 'Dangerous and dirty' used cars sold to Africa
Millions of polluting and unsafe used cars from rich nations are exported to Africa and Asia.

Fantastic beasts in the real world and where to find them
London's Natural History Museum is set to stage one of the most ambitious exhibitions in its history.

The explosive problem of 'zombie' batteries
Batteries that power mobile phones and other devices are causing fires because they are not disposed of properly.

How the rAInbow AI chatbot is tackling domestic abuse
The rAInbow chatbot learns people's behaviour to help detect whether users are in an abusive relationship.


Sunday October 25, 2020


'Murder hornet': First nest found in US eradicated with vacuum hose
The Asian giant hornets can wipe out a colony of honeybees in hours.

Climate change: Technology no silver bullet, experts tell PM
Boris Johnson's techno-optimism ignores the need for big societal changes, experts warn.

Mario Kart Live: Mixed-reality karts race around the home
Nintendo reveals a mixed-reality version of its top-selling game, but is it more than a gimmick?


Saturday October 24, 2020


Osiris-Rex: Nasa probe risks losing asteroid sample after door jams
The Osiris-Rex spacecraft collected so much rock from asteroid Bennu that bits are leaking out.

The man who taught Uber how to say sorry
Economist John List had a bad ride with Uber and never got an apology, so he showed them the best way to do it.

Why AI live fact-checked the 2020 US presidential debates
The software should be able to speed up the time in takes to separate truth from fiction.


Friday October 23, 2020


HS2: Moving ancient woodland habitat for rail line flawed, ecologists say
Soil is being moved to new sites but ecologists question whether the process is effective.

Quest Sprout: 'The most wholesome thing on the internet'
Among the horrors of 2020, one small green hero has emerged to bring brief moments of joy.

The apps promising to improve your sex life
There are a growing number of apps that promise to help with sexual wellbeing, but are they effective?

Fabric responds to temperature changes and other news
BBC Click?s Jen Copestake looks at some of the best technology news stories of the week.


Thursday October 22, 2020


Norway funds satellite map of world's tropical forests
Norway pays for a monthly satellite dataset to track the state of the world's tropical forests.

Osiris-Rex: Nasa asteroid mission confident of success
The first images are released of the Osiris-Rex spacecraft trying to grab rock from asteroid Bennu.

Planners 'must prepare' for weather extremes - Met Office
The Met Office is launching a tool to help planners prepare for further weather extremes.

More pollution expected from stay-home workers
Air pollution in big cities could increase because so many people are working from home, a report says.


Wednesday October 21, 2020


Secrets of the 'uncrushable' beetle revealed
How a tiny insect with super-tough body armour can survive being stamped on or run over by a car.

Climate change: 'Cooling paint' could cut emissions from buildings
Researchers have developed a white paint that reflects sunlight and helps cool buildings.

Sir David Attenborough polar research ship set to begin sea trials
Four years in the making, Britain's new 200m polar ship has left the builder's yard for testing.

Satellites picture methane across the globe
The GHGSat company releases a tool to show how methane varies in the atmosphere across the world.


Tuesday October 20, 2020


Why US election could decide climate change battle
Who next occupies the White House could be decisive in the battle to limit global warming.

Eating jellyfish: Why scientists are talking up a 'perfect food'
Amid fresh concern about overfishing, scientists say eating more jellyfish may give us benefits.


Monday October 19, 2020


Could cold water hold a clue to a dementia cure?
Swimmers at a London lido aid understanding of what cold does to the body.


Saturday October 17, 2020


Ammonite: Who was the real Mary Anning?
In a romantic Victorian-era drama, Kate Winslet plays the role of fossilist Mary Anning. Who was she?


Friday October 16, 2020


Pieces of orbiting space junk 'avoid collision'
There is "no indication of collision" between bits of discarded Russian and Chinese space hardware.

Extreme weather: October downpour sees UK's wettest day on record
Persistent rain on Saturday 3 October breaks the record for the wettest day across the entire UK.


Thursday October 15, 2020


Conservation: Bridge of hope for world's rarest primate
An artificial rope bridge across a divided forest could help save the ape, a type of gibbon, from extinction.

Unlocking the secrets of 'six-headed chief' burial
Archaeologists have used DNA analysis to help explain who was buried in the ancient Highlands grave.

Superconductors: Material raises hope of energy revolution
Scientists find a material that displays a much sought-after property at room temperature.

Idris Elba: We can all help solve climate change
Idris Elba and his wife Sabrina tell BBC podcast there is "hope" for beating climate change.

I Am Greta: The coming of age movie wrapped up in a super-hero flick
A documentary about the teenage climate change activist is compelling because it's so unlikely.


Wednesday October 14, 2020


Glitter litter 'could be damaging rivers'
Glitter contains microplastics, which can get into rivers and seas, taking years to degrade.

Soyuz rocket reaches ISS in record time
The trip took just three hours and three minutes ? half the usual journey time.

Google reveals Mineral crop-inspecting robots
The project will analyse every leaf on every crop, helping farmers tend the fields.

Europe steps up contributions to Artemis Moon plan
Thales Alenia Space will build Europe's two major contributions to the Lunar Gateway space station.

US West Coast fires: Is Trump right to blame forest management?
Is poor management of forests to blame for deadly fires in the United States?

Great Barrier Reef has lost half of its corals since 1995
Every type of coral has declined since 1995 because of climate change, an Australian study finds.

New Shepard: Jeff Bezos' rocket tests Nasa Moon landing tech
The New Shepard rocket carried technology designed to return humans to the Moon in four years.


Tuesday October 13, 2020


Hidden camera's hugging tiger wins wildlife photo award
A camera-trap image of an Amur tiger takes the grand prize at Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020.

Project Artemis: UK signs up to Nasa's Moon exploration principles
The UK backs the accords that will guide the American-led return to the Moon this decade.

Climate change: Better warning systems needed for extreme weather - UN
The UN calls for a rapid rise in investment in early warning systems for extreme weather events.

Covid: Why bats are not to blame, say scientists
Bats have been scapegoated by humans for centuries, with Covid only the latest example, say scientists.


Monday October 12, 2020


German ship completes historic Arctic expedition
The German Research Vessel Polarstern returns to port after drifting for a year in Arctic sea-ice.


Sunday October 11, 2020


BCG: Can a vaccine from 1921 save lives from Covid-19?
Vaccines may cause wide-scale changes in the immune system which can boost the body's protection.

Planet Mars is at its 'biggest and brightest'
The Red Planet is unmissable in the night sky right now as its orbit aligns with Earth's.


Saturday October 10, 2020


Glass ceilings and black holes: How history was made in the 2020 science Nobels
What this year's science Nobel Prizes showed us about the darkest mysteries of the Universe.


Thursday October 08, 2020


Attenborough: 'Curb excess capitalism' to save nature
Sir David Attenborough tells a new BBC podcast that we will all be happier if we live more frugally.

Prince William and Sir David Attenborough join forces on 'Earthshot' prize
The Duke of Cambridge and Sir David launch the biggest environmental award ever.


Wednesday October 07, 2020


Square Kilometre Array project frets about satellite interference
There are worries that satellite mega-constellations could interfere with the Square Kilometre Array.

Should your accelerator pedal curb your speeding?
The EU proposes fitting all new cars with technology that makes it harder to exceed the speed limit.


Tuesday October 06, 2020


Black hole breakthroughs win Nobel physics prize
Three scientists including the UK's Roger Penrose have been awarded the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics.


Monday October 05, 2020


Beirut blast was 'historically' powerful
The port area of Beirut was destroyed by one of the biggest non-nuclear explosions in history.


Wednesday September 30, 2020


Biodiversity: Why the nature crisis matters, in five graphics
Human destruction of nature has led to the extinction of many plants and animals.