14th Aug '22

The Latest Science from BBC News


Saturday August 13, 2022


Climate change: Drought highlights dangers for electricity supplies
Dry conditions in the UK and Europe are stress on facilities including nuclear, say experts.


Friday August 12, 2022


Why are large parts of England now in drought?
An official drought has been declared in parts of southern, central and eastern England, what happens now?

The science of drought explained in pictures
What does drought mean and what are the implications for water, food, rivers and wildlife?

High and low-tech ways to tackle India's water crisis
India's water situation requires a big investment in tech and many small projects on the ground.


Thursday August 11, 2022


NHS IT supplier held to ransom by hackers
Its IT provider says it may take three or four weeks to fully recover from the cyber-attack.

Disney adds subscribers but warns over cricket loss
The media giant is gaining subscribers as it details plans to launch an ad-supported service in December.

Climate scientists chase Arctic storms
Why climate scientists are trying to fly through Arctic cyclones in a small aircraft.

'Every day it doesn't rain, the pressure mounts'
The heatwave will make conditions on England's farms worse as experts warn of smaller harvests.

Meta's chatbot says the company 'exploits people'
The new prototype doesn't think much of the company's CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, either.

Commonwealth Games takes big step towards esports
Competitive gaming may soon be added to the Commonwealth Games programme, after a successful test event in Birmingham.


Wednesday August 10, 2022


Elon Musk sells $6.9bn of Tesla shares as Twitter lawsuit looms
The world's richest man says he needs the money in case he is forced to buy Twitter for $44bn.

Wildlife under stress as dry spell shrinks rivers
Most of the world's chalk streams are in southern and eastern England and are under particular strain.


Tuesday August 09, 2022


US invests $280bn in high tech to compete with China
US President Joe Biden said the new funding for tech would keep the US competitive.

WhatsApp: Mark Zuckerberg reveals new privacy features
The changes will let users silently leave group chats and control who sees their online status.

Supermarket food could soon carry eco-labels, says study
Scientists hope that a scoring system will lead manufacturers to compete over sustainability.

Are we falling in love with robots?
Far from being scary, people who actually live with robots are finding them endearing.


Monday August 08, 2022


US Senate passes sweeping climate, tax and healthcare package
The bill seeks to lower the cost of medicines, increase corporate taxes and reduce carbon emissions.

Causes of deadly dry-lightning wildfires revealed
The conditions for dry lightning, responsible for devastating California wildfires, have been identified.

How will humans fare against robo-footballers?
Omar Mehtab visits the home of RoboCup champions Tech United to challenge them to a match.

The plans for giant seaweed farms in European waters
As worldwide sales of the algae soar, the European Union wants to establish giant seaweed farms.


Sunday August 07, 2022


France whale: Hopes fading for lost mammal stuck in River Seine
The visibly malnourished all-white beluga has been stuck 70km north of Paris since at least Tuesday.

Macro photography: The hidden world of garden insects
Macro photographer Geraint Radford says insects have a bad reputation, but they're "funny".

Is there anything green about plastic grass?
More people are swapping real lawns for fake but experts are worried about its environmental impact.


Saturday August 06, 2022


NHS 111 software outage confirmed as cyber-attack
The problems are reported to have impacted referrals from the NHS 111 helpline to out-of-hours GPs.


Friday August 05, 2022


Can drumming reconnect you to your colleagues?
Companies are having to work extra hard to make their staff feel connected to their organisation.


Thursday August 04, 2022


Great Barrier Reef sees record coral cover, but it is highly vulnerable
Parts of the reef see the most coral growth in 36 years - but it is highly vulnerable to threats.

How a small Hong Kong tech firm saw its shares soar
The meteoric rise of AMTD Digital's shares has been likened to the so-called "meme stock" phenomenon.

Plastic pollution: Birds all over the world are living in our rubbish
Photographs from every continent except Antarctica show birds nesting or tangled in rubbish.


Wednesday August 03, 2022


Space debris Australia: Piece of SpaceX capsule crashes to Earth in field
This may become more common as the number of rockets sent to space increases, an expert said.

UK Parliament closes TikTok account after China data warning
Senior MPs had raised data security concerns and had called for the account to be taken down.

Booking.com scam: Tourists descend on north London private home
A woman says she feels vulnerable after dozens of tourists arrived at her private home throughout July.

Tinder: CEO Renate Nyborg to leave dating app after one year
Renate Nyborg's exit is part of a major shake-up of the dating app's management and strategy.


Tuesday August 02, 2022


Airbnb bookings hit record high as travel recovers
Rising prices did not deter travellers, the lodging website said.

Starlink: Why is Elon Musk launching thousands of satellites?
The billionaire's SpaceX company hopes to provide an internet service from space.

Uber attracts record number of drivers as cost of living bites
The ride-hailing app had been facing a driver shortage, leading to long waiting times for customers.

Cristiano Ronaldo & Harry Maguire most abused players on Twitter - report
Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo and Harry Maguire receive the most Twitter abuse of any Premier League players, a report finds.

Pollution: 'Forever chemicals' in rainwater exceed safe levels
From Antarctica to Tibet, long-lasting chemicals in rainwater are well above US safety guidelines.

Pornhub: Judge rules Visa can be sued in abuse claim
A woman who was thirteen when an explicit video of her was posted, is suing Mindgeek and Visa.

Space debris: How do we solve the problem of dead satellites?
Space agencies and companies are looking at ways of tidying up the broken satellites orbiting Earth.

Should Premier League football clubs travel so far for pre-season?
BBC Sport examines the climate impact of the Premier League's globe-trotting pre-season tours.

Bitcoin: Missing hard drive could fund Newport crypto hub
Nearly 10 years after binning the hard drive, it is thought the Bitcoin on it could be worth 150m.

Ambani and Adani: Asia's richest men battle to dominate 5G in India
Mukesh Ambani and Gautam Adani are set to compete in the world's second-largest internet market.

Countryside crime rise linked to cost-of-living crisis
The cost-of-living crisis has seen a rise in thefts of farm animals, vehicles and fuel, a report says.

How rangers are using AI to help protect India's tigers
India's tigers roam across vast areas, so artificial intelligence is being developed to help track them.


Monday August 01, 2022


Climate change: More studies needed on possibility of human extinction
New research says it could be "fatally foolish" not to think the unthinkable on climate change.

Driest July in England since 1935 - Met Office
Parts of England saw the driest July on record with serious impacts on farmland and wildfire.

Conjoined twins separated with the help of virtual reality
Surgeons say space-age technology helped doctors in separate countries to work together.

Weave: New device will investigate Milky Way's origins
A new device will help reconstruct the formation of the Milky Way in unprecedented detail.

Ofcom urged to help end broadband loyalty penalty
Many long-standing customers pay more for broadband and mobile contracts than new customers do.

The space tech helping to tackle deforestation
How the International Space Station is helping to tackle deforestation


Sunday July 31, 2022


Long March 5B: Debris from Chinese rocket falls back to Earth
China says most of the rocket fragments burnt during the re-entry over the Sulu Sea.


Saturday July 30, 2022


WhatsApp: We won't lower security for any government
The tech giant's boss says he'd rather see the app blocked than break encryption under proposed laws.


Friday July 29, 2022


Single-use plastic carrier bags use down 20% since 10p charge
But environmentalists say the government must go much further to tackle the plastic problem.

Instagram U-turns on TikTok-style revamp
The social media platform pauses the rollout of new features after an online community backlash.

Farmers warn 'if the rain doesn't come we're really in trouble'
The recent dry weather is causing problems for farmers in the East of England.

Invasive species bullfrog and snake cost world $16bn - study
The American bullfrog and brown tree snake damage crops, cause power outages, and disrupt ecosystems.

UK's 40C heatwave 'basically impossible' without climate change
Human-caused climate change made the high temperatures last week much more likely, say scientists.

The super material reinforcing rinks, cars and buildings
From roller rinks to skyscrapers the addition of graphene could make concrete construction stronger.


Thursday July 28, 2022


Cold sores traced back to kissing in Bronze Age by Cambridge research
Scientists say a strain of herpes arose during vast migrations of people 5,000 years ago.

Climate change: UK sea level rise speeding up - Met Office
The Met Office's annual look at our climate says higher temperatures are the new normal.


Wednesday July 27, 2022


Facebook owner Meta in first ever sales fall
The owner of Instagram and WhatsApp faces increased competition from the likes of TikTok.

Gaming time has no link with levels of wellbeing, study finds
Researchers analysed the gaming habits of 39,000 players of big titles such as Animal Crossing.

The art of cutting carbon - how new technologies can help
With the 'de-printer' specially coated sheets of paper can be used 10 times over.


Tuesday July 26, 2022


Cost of living: Inside the 'foodbank' for data
The National Databank initiative offers free data to people struggling to pay for connectivity.

Russia to pull out of International Space Station
Moscow says it now wants to build its own station, ending more than 20 years of cooperation with the US.

Music industry as tough as it has always been, watchdog says
The Competition and Markets Authority releases its latest report into the impact of streaming.

Kim Kardashian and Kylie Jenner share Instagram criticism
Reality TV stars share post telling Instagram to "stop trying to be TikTok".

Satellite firms Eutelsat and OneWeb aim to combine operations
The French company is set to merge with the satellite firm pulled from bankruptcy by the UK government.

Amazon Prime subscription price raised by 1 a month
The 1-a-month rise comes after years in which the streaming service paid millions for football rights.

Digital India: How India's digital revolution is connecting millions
Access to the internet has transformed the lives of millions in India.

A mind-reading combat jet for the future
The Tempest fighter jet will have artificial intelligence tech to monitor and help the pilot.

Convenience store spy cameras face legal challenge
Big Brother Watch campaigners says the "Orwellian" cameras at Southern Co-op shops breach people's rights.


Monday July 25, 2022


Elon Musk denies affair with Google co-founder Sergey Brin's wife
The technology multi-billionaire's comments came in response to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

Google rules blocked children's diabetes app
An NHS-recommended app says Google will not permit it to send text message alerts about glucose levels.

The tech helping to bring you your morning coffee
How Brazil, the world's largest grower of coffee, is turning to technology to boost production.


Sunday July 24, 2022


Chess robot breaks seven-year-old boy's finger during Moscow Open
The child was trying to make his next move at the Moscow Open when the robot grabbed him.

China launches second module for its space station Heavenly Palace
Tiangong or Heavenly Palace is scheduled to be operational by the end of 2022.

Climate change: How to talk to a denier
Tips about how to engage with people who think climate change is a "hoax".


Saturday July 23, 2022


UK blocks University of Manchester sensor deal with Chinese company
The proposed licensing of vision-sensing technology could be a national security risk, the government says.

Blake Lemoine: Google fires engineer who said AI tech has feelings
Blake Lemoine went public with his beliefs that Google's breakthrough Lamda technology is sentient.

World Cup to use drones to help protect stadiums
Venues in Qatar will be defended from potential drone attacks by the unmanned aerial vehicles.


Friday July 22, 2022


Abortion: YouTube removes misinformation videos
Videos promoting unsafe abortion methods and false claims are being taken down.

Twitter spent $33m in three months on Elon Musk deal
The social network also reported losses in its latest financial figures.

Snapchat owner hit as advertising slump hits sales
The California-based company is best known for the photo-sharing app Snapchat.

Tinder: Women's safety now at the heart of the app
The technology company is launching a partnership with domestic-violence campaign group No More.

The YouTuber who built a career from true crime and make-up
Bailey Sarian dabbled in YouTube for years before a chance idea led to a new profession.

Whisky makers are turning their backs on peat
Burning peat has long been a way of adding flavour to whisky but some are now rejected that process.


Thursday July 21, 2022


Neutron stars: New telescope detects dead suns colliding
Light from the crashes is only visible for a couple of nights.

China ride-hailing giant Didi fined $1.2bn after probe
The country's cyber security watchdog launched a probe into the firm just days after its US listing.

Elon Musk's Tesla sells most of its Bitcoin holdings
The announcement comes as the value of the world's biggest cryptocurrency has plunged.

Baidu unveils new self-driving taxi in China
Baidu says its latest robo-taxi has the road skills of a driver with 20 years' experience.


Wednesday July 20, 2022


Heatwave forced Google and Oracle to shut down computers
Record temperatures meant some cooling systems failed at the firm's London data centres.

US seizes stolen funds from suspected North Korean hackers
The Department of Justice has already returned ransom payments to two hospitals.

Apple settles US butterfly-keyboard legal action for $50m
Apple will pay $50m (41.6m) over claims its laptop keyboards were unresponsive and unreliable.

Netflix loses almost a million subscribers
Season four of the hit series Stranger Things may have helped to stem the exodus of Netflix customers.

Rogers outage: Why a network upgrade pushed millions in Canada offline
A Canadian telecoms giant is under pressure to ensure a network crash felt nationwide doesn't happen again.


Tuesday July 19, 2022


Twitter-Musk takeover dispute heading for October trial
Twitter hopes that the trial will end with a court order for Musk to complete a $44bn takeover bid.

Aerospace electrified by new technology
Electric and hybrid aircraft are under development which could cut the need for jet fuel.


Monday July 18, 2022


Firms 'going to war' against rivals on social media
The boss of a high-tech monitoring company says some retailers are spreading lies about competitors.