19th Aug '19

The Latest Science from BBC News


Monday August 19, 2019


E-Scooters: Should they be legal on public roads?
Some riders are calling for regulation rather than an outright ban.

Call Of Duty World League Championship: eUnited crowned winners
The finals of the e-sports championship took place in Los Angeles this weekend.

How online extremists are shaping the minds of white teens
How can parents intervene when boys seem drawn into extremist internet culture - and should they?

The floating farm for cows
The cows on this floating farm in the Netherlands are helping find ways of making food sustainably


Saturday August 17, 2019


Nasa picks headquarters for Moon lander
A Nasa facility in Alabama will play a key role in sending astronauts to the Moon's surface in 2024.

The Fortnite coach who helped create teenage millionaires
Hugh Gilmour failed to qualify for the Fortnite World Cup, so has turned to coaching instead.

Elephant protection debate to dominate conservation meeting
Some countries are seeking extra protection while others want to re-open ivory markets at key trade meeting in Geneva.


Friday August 16, 2019


Uganda and Zambia rejects Huawei spying allegations
Uganda and Zambia reject a report that they used Chinese telecoms firm Huawei to spy on the opposition.

'Fake' Amazon ambassadors baited on Twitter
Amazon says its warehouse ambassadors are authentic, but critics accuse them of being "paid to lie".

Meadowhall shoppers scanned in facial recognition trial
The owner of Sheffield's Meadowhall centre says data was "immediately deleted" after the trial.

Google Play app store accused of anti-gay bias
Social app Hornet says Google moderators in Malaysia targeted its app several times.

Home Office role in 'Woke' Muslim social network revealed
The network on Facebook and Instagram helps combat online radicalisation, says Home Office.

Robotic Buddhist priest joins temple and other news
BBC Click?s LJ Rich looks at some of the week?s best technology stories.

Jimmy Kimmel show fined $395,000 over alert joke
ABC?s Jimmy Kimmel Live! mocked an emergency presidential alert issued to warn of major threats.

Welsh bees threatened by deadly disease American Foulbrood
One keeper says he spotted the signs and had to burn an entire hive to protect others.

Eurofins Scientific: Cyber-attack leads to backlog of 20,000 forensic samples
Police warn of delays to investigations and court cases after the attack led to a backlog of 20,000 samples.

Early fish tapeworms found at 'Britain's Pompeii' Must Farm
Prehistoric inhabitants were infected with intestinal worms from eating raw fish, experts say.

'How I lost 25,000 when my cryptocurrency was stolen'
Investing in digital currencies is fraught with danger, not just because the prices are so volatile.

Extinction: Humans played big role in demise of the cave bear
The arrival of human ancestors in Europe spelled the downfall of the cave bear some 40,000 years ago.


Thursday August 15, 2019


The plight of a US dairy farm
It's a family business which has been around since 1942 - but now the last remaining cows are being sold off.

Greta Thunberg: Caroline Lucas reports Arron Banks to Twitter
Brexit campaigner Arron Banks says his tweet about "freak yachting accidents" was a joke.

How reliable is AI at telling us about ourselves?
An art project is looking at how machines might perceive the world compared to humans.

Do we need to worry about banana blight?
A fungal banana disease that experts describe as a serious threat to production has reached Colombia.

Dr Becky: The Oxford University YouTube astrophysicist
'Dr Becky' receives thousands of views on her YouTube channel which answers questions about the universe.


Wednesday August 14, 2019


Spaceplane gets a ride for space station trips
Dream Chaser will launch into orbit on the future Vulcan rocket for re-supply flights to the space station.

Mount Everest: Climbers set to face new rules after deadly season
Only experienced mountaineers should be climbing the world's highest peak, a Nepali panel recommends.

Why is there microplastic in Arctic snow?
Scientists have found that particles of plastic are falling out of the sky with snow in the Arctic.

Plastic particles falling out of sky with snow in Arctic
Even in the Arctic, microscopic particles of plastic are falling out of the sky with snow, a study has found.

Toxic blue-green algae warning for dog owners and swimmers
People urged to check for the bloom which can cause swimmers rashes and fever and prove fatal to dogs.

Greta Thunberg: Climate change activist sets sail from Plymouth
The teenage climate change activist is waved off by supporters as she sets sail from the UK.

'Human-sized penguin' lived in New Zealand
The animal, dubbed "monster penguin" by Canterbury Museum, stood around 1.6m (5ft 3in) tall.

Astronaut Luca Parmitano plays DJ set from International Space Station
Luca Parmitano played from the International Space Station to a cruise ship in the Mediterranean Sea.

Deforestation: What?s wrong with planting new forests?
Planting trees can sometimes actually do more harm than good to the environment. Here's why.


Tuesday August 13, 2019


Is the bystander effect a myth?
A study of CCTV footage from around the world suggests there are more Good Samaritans out there than we think.

Black squirrels the result of 'interbreeding' grey squirrels, study finds
Black squirrels evolved when greys and fox squirrels historically bred, Cambridge researchers find.

Exomars: Parachute test failure threat to launch date
A European-Russian effort to land on Mars has been hit by another parachute failure, during a drop test in Sweden.

Greta Thunberg's zero carbon journey
Climate change activist Greta Thunberg will travel to New York on a boat with very few home comforts.

Libra: Could Facebook?s new currency be stopped in its tracks?
How Facebook?s Libra could be stopped in its tracks


Monday August 12, 2019


Environmentalists warn Trump 'weakening' endangered species protections
A new rule will allow officials for the first time to weigh the economic cost of species protection.

Beetles threaten Yorkshire's purple heather moorland
Yorkshire's moors could be losing their purple colour because of an "infestation" of heather beetles.

Grouse shooting: Labour calls for review amid habitat concerns
Labour raises environmental concerns ahead of the four-month grouse shooting season from Monday.

King's Cross developer defends use of facial recognition
The tech is one of "a number of detection and tracking methods" used at the London site, the firm said.

Electronic tongue puts fiery foods to the test
Human taste buds tire very quickly, but the machine can maintain accuracy regardless of the heat.

Is this the world's most sustainable building?
An enormous logistics warehouse in the Netherlands is helping to power 750 households a year.

Smart sensors listen to healing wounds
Researchers are developing a new technique that can hear what is going on below a patient's bandages.


Saturday August 10, 2019


Why gaming is coming to this school's curriculum
Newsbeat has been to visit the first school in the UK to introduce gaming into its curriculum.

'We moved to the forest to fight climate change'
Janne Utriainen is tackling climate change in his own way - leaving the city to live off the land.


Friday August 09, 2019


COP26: Glasgow could host 2020 UN climate change summit
The city will host the UN summit next year if the UK wins the right to hold the conference for up to 200 world leaders.

Japan's newest flying car takes to the air and other news
BBC Click's Dan Simmons looks at some of the week's best technology stories.

Iceye satellites return super-sharp radar images
Helsinki-based Iceye showcases high-resolution radar images from its growing satellite constellation.

Hong Kong protesters turn to Uber and Pokemon
Demonstrators make use of high-tech services to keep their struggle alive and evade being tracked.

Women in labour given virtual reality to ease pain of childbirth
Virtual reality headsets, aimed at reducing the pain of women in labour, are being trialled.

Locals ?kicked out of their homes for holiday lets'
Valencia is one of the cities in Europe fighting back against holiday rental websites.

Tesla motors make classic Ferraris go faster
Electric cars have to be as cool as petrol ones to really take off, and these engineers think they can be


Thursday August 08, 2019


TikTok videos spread climate change awareness
The play-on-words hashtag #Globalwarning has been viewed more than 24 million times by users of the app.

Plant-based diet can fight climate change - UN
A major report says the West's high consumption of meat is fuelling global warming.


Tuesday August 06, 2019


8chan: Where are users going now?
The site's owner says a million people are now "looking for a home" after 8chan was driven offline.


Friday August 02, 2019


'Siberia is burning': Artists raise awareness of Russia wildfires
Russian artists want more urgent action to take place.


Thursday August 01, 2019


North Atlantic right whales in crisis - and the people risking lives to save them
Once hunted to near extinction, North Atlantic right whales are now facing new human threats.


Wednesday July 31, 2019


Bloodhound Diary: All roads lead to South Africa
The British-based land speed record team is heading to Northern Cape to conduct high-speed trials.


Tuesday July 30, 2019


Genetic testing: What secrets could it reveal about you?
Genome sequencing projects around the world are revealing promising new health insights.