23rd Jun '18

The Latest Science from BBC News


Saturday June 23, 2018


Marine plastic: Hundreds of fragments in dead seabirds
Flesh-footed shearwater chicks are starving to death because of plastic, a BBC documentary reveals.

Codebreaking Bombe moves to computer museum
Designed by Alan Turing, the machine helped uncover how German forces had scrambled key messages.

The birds filling up with plastic
On a remote island in the Tasman Sea scientists are battling to save flesh-footed Shearwater chicks.


Friday June 22, 2018


Why does India's air look different from space?
Europe's Sentinel-5P satellite tracks formaldehyde emissions in the air over the Indian sub-continent.

YouTube fans to fund favourite film-makers
The site will let video-makers charge fans a monthly fee for exclusive content.

Arizona Uber crash driver was 'watching TV'
The police report suggests the safety operator was streaming The Voice just before a fatal collision.

How to shop in Birmingham's plastic-free supermarket
Reusable bags, bottles and containers are the key to success for these buyers in Birmingham.

Cyan colour hidden ingredient in sleep
Adding or removing the colour cyan can have an impact on sleep, according to biologists.

Over the influence?
Unilever has taken a stand against 'influencers' who buy social media followers to game the system.

The slow-motion video made after filming plus other tech news
BBC Click's Lara Lewington looks at some of the best technology news stories of the week.

'Dangerous' carbon monoxide alarms removed from Amazon and eBay
Consumer watchdog Which? finds carbon monoxide alarms on sale online fail British safety tests.


Thursday June 21, 2018


Mystery extinct ape found in ancient Chinese tomb
The discovery of a prehistoric pet gibbon suggests humans pushed apes to extinction far back in history.

Koko: Gorilla who mastered sign language dies in California
Koko is said to have been able to communicate thoughts and feelings using more than 1,000 hand signs.

Intel chief Brian Krzanich resigns over relationship
The company says Brian Krzanich is leaving because of "a violation of Intel's non-fraternisation policy".

The man who was fired by a machine
When a machine decided Ibrahim Diallo no longer worked at his office there was little any human could do.

Instagram star Daryl Aiden Yow used stock image photos
Big brands including Sony and Uniqlo had worked with Daryl Aiden Yow because of his online fame.

Xbox steps back on VR plans
There are "no plans" for virtual reality on Xbox One X after all, Microsoft confirms.

Fake Fortnite Android apps spread across internet
Security experts warns the fake apps look realistic but in fact only make money for scammers.

Fifa's hi-tech World Cup 'performance tracker'
Each team in the 2018 World Cup has been given access to data from Fifa's optical tracking system.

Wimbledon tennis to be screened in 4K HDR by BBC
The World Cup 4K HDR trial is being extended to Wimbledon - Sky Q viewers will also benefit.

The 'Baby' that ushered in modern computer age
Scientists are celebrating the birth 70 years ago of a machine that kick-started the modern computer age.

O2 changes post policy after racist hate mail sent out
The phone company acts after mail is addressed to "Mr Isis Terroriste" and "Mr Getout Ofengland".

Deeply dippy
Dippy the diplodocus is proving a huge draw on its UK-wide tour. Why are some people so fascinated with dinosaurs?


Wednesday June 20, 2018


Instagram reaches a billion users - and other things we learnt from boss Kevin Systrom
In an exclusive interview with Newsbeat its boss says: "We want to make sure we're a positive force".

Burger King apologises for social media ads
Burger King offering a reward to women who get pregnant by players adds to wave of sexism.

The gene-edited pigs immune to lung disease
Pigs in Scotland have had their genes altered so they are now immune to a deadly respiratory disease.

Gene-edited farm animals are on their way
Scientists create pigs that are immune to one of the world's costliest livestock diseases.

Tesla sues former worker for hacking
Tesla says it has suffered "significant" damages as a result of the alleged theft.

Astronauts eject UK-led space junk demo mission
The RemoveDebris satellite will trial technologies for snaring broken hardware drifting in orbit.

Council demanded payment card details via email
A London local authority requested security codes among other details be sent via a Word document.

BT fined for five million spam emails
BT fined for sending nearly five million emails promoting three charities to customers.

'Disastrous' copyright bill vote approved
Critics call it a "dark day" as an EU committee adopts two controversial changes to copyright law.

Rural residents hang up on mobile banking, regulator finds
Fewer than a quarter of those living in rural areas use a smartphone for banking, regulator finds.

Bithumb: Hackers 'rob crypto-exchange of $32m'
One of the largest crypto-currency exchanges says thieves have seized $31.6m worth of its funds.

Wolves in France: Farmers fear attacks
One mayor says children under 10 years old should not walk alone, in case of an attack.


Tuesday June 19, 2018


Mountain lion kittens found living in US cave
Meet the new residents of a cave in California.

Vault 7: CIA engineer Joshua Schulte charged with data leak
Software engineer Joshua Schulte released information on how the CIA can take over iPhones.

Missing Norfolk man in 'lucky' police drone rescue
Peter Pugh, 75, was found up to his armpits in marshland nearly a day after going missing.

Facebook ordered to explain deleted profile
The social network has been ordered by a UK judge to reveal who told it to delete the profile of a jazz musician

Rover test: What's it like to ride a rocket to Mars?
European engineers shake their Mars rover to see that it can survive the violence of a rocket launch.

The $300 system in the fight against illegal images
The owner of an image hosting platform is fighting back against illegal material with a low-budget solution.

Amazon Echo comes to Marriott hotels
Marriott says digital assistant Alexa will be installed in some of its US properties.

Tesla chief Elon Musk accuses worker of sabotage
Tesla chief Elon Musk says an employee carried out "extensive and damaging sabotage".

Puan, oldest known Sumatran orangutan, dies in Australia
Puan left an "incredible legacy" of descendants for the critically endangered species, keepers say.

Will Norway's electric plane take off?
A battery-powered plane that could mean guilt-free travel is part of a plan to tackle climate change.

Apple fined for misleading customers in Australia
The company breached consumer law by refusing to fix devices once serviced by third parties.

The AI developed to identify and count wild animals
University researchers are using deep neural networks to study wildlife and enhance conservation.

'They stuck my face on to a porn clip'
Indian reporter Rana Ayyub got rape and death threats because of a tweet falsely attributed to her.

Feeling the heat?
As demand for air conditioning goes through the roof, what are the implications for our planet?

Hot air
As demand for air conditioning goes through the roof, what are the implications for our planet?


Monday June 18, 2018


How hats were placed atop the Easter Island statues
It took only small teams using ramps and ropes to cap the giant statues of Rapa Nui, a new study says.

YouTube's paid music and video services come to UK
The platform will charge a fee for an ad-free experience with the ability to download content.

'Dumpling-shaped' space rock comes into view
A Japanese space probe has been sending back images as it approaches its target, the asteroid Ryugu.

Huawei rejects Australia security concerns
The Chinese telecoms company says worries about who controls it are "ill informed".

Elijah Wood reveals techno-horror VR game at E3
Virtual reality game Transference presents the memories of a "traumatised mental patient"."

Facebook cuts out gun-accessory ads for children
The change means children will no longer see ads for scopes, holsters and other gun accessories.


Sunday June 17, 2018


Tomorrow's Cities: Will the bike become an urban must-have?
Urban spaces are congested and polluted, so do we all need to get on our bikes?


Friday June 15, 2018


Stars turn out for Stephen Hawking memorial at Westminster Abbey
All corners of society attend a London service to pay tribute to the great Cambridge physicist.

Work starts to upgrade Large Hadron Collider
Improvements to the world's biggest particle smasher are designed to uncover new physics.

The 3D magnets that go inside your body plus other news
BBC Click's Lara Lewington looks at some of the best technology news stories of the week.

What's it thinking?
"Deep learning" algorithms are becoming so complex their creators don't understand how they work.


Thursday June 14, 2018


Gene therapy reverses rat's paralysis
Experts say the findings could be life-changing for millions of patients.

Prehistoric frogs in amber surface after 99 million years
Frogs trapped in amber for 99 million years give clues to lost world. The four fossils were found in Myanmar.

Stephen Hawking's words will be beamed into space
The words of the renowned physicist have been set to music by composer Vangelis.

Who's testing the World Cup 2018 football?
Telstar 18 - the official World Cup 2018 ball - gets put through its paces at a British university.

Mars Opportunity: Rover 'should ride out storm'
Nasa says it is concerned but hopeful that a veteran robot rover can survive a big dust storm.

Einstein's travel diaries reveal racist stereotypes
Xenophobic comments are found in private journals from the physicist's 1920s tour of Asia.


Wednesday June 13, 2018


Antarctica loses three trillion tonnes of ice in 25 years
Satellites observing the White Continent detect a jump in the rate of ice being lost to the ocean.

UK rebuffed over Galileo sat-nav procurement
Delegations to the European Space Agency vote to procure another batch of spacecraft, despite British calls to delay.

One in five British mammals at risk of extinction
The red squirrel, the wildcat, and the grey long-eared bat face severe threats, a study says.


Tuesday June 12, 2018


Top hat
With the first 500mph runs now pushed back to mid-2019, there is more time to prepare the world's first supersonic car.

Female unfriendly
How using off-putting language can mean people you want to apply for a job don't bother.


Monday June 11, 2018


Big cat spat
The US has more captive tigers than the rest of the world has wild ones. Why?


Friday June 08, 2018


The 360 degree phone camera 'revolution'
BBC Click's Dan Simmons looks at some of the best technology news stories of the week.

Electric thrills
Electric motorbikes are fast, clean, and quiet - could they eclipse electric cars?


Thursday June 07, 2018


Shunning Britain
British farmers say they are facing a shortage of workers to pick fruit and vegetables as recruitment companies say they can't find enough to fill vacancies.

Aira helps blind people see through the eyes of others
Aira is a new service using technology to give visually impaired people more freedom.

Human planet
Scientists Simon Lewis and Mark Maslin believe humans are not on an inevitable course to self-destruction.

Meet the nuns helping save a sacred species from extinction
The axolotl - a salamander unique to Mexico - has almost been wiped out by pollution and over-fishing.

The beauty of vloggers
More money is being spent on make-up than ever before. How much do we spend, and has YouTube influenced what we buy?


Wednesday June 06, 2018


Has US physics lab found a new particle?
Results from the MiniBooNE physics experiment suggest a particle known as the sterile neutrino might have been found.


Tuesday June 05, 2018


What do slugs hate? Home remedies put to the test
Traditional remedies used by gardeners to deter slugs and snails are to be tested scientifically for the first time.

Dangerous waters
In a warming world, extreme weather and natural disasters are on the rise. Can tech help us prepare?


Monday June 04, 2018


Does Jurassic Park make scientific sense?
How were the dinosaurs of Jurassic Park created, and what have we learned about them since?


Sunday June 03, 2018


Margaret Atwood
Speaking at a climate change conference in London, author Margaret Atwood supported a ban on single use plastic.

Tomorrow's Cities: How Barcelona shushed noise-makers with sensors
Citizens take control of their own cities with low-cost sensors.


Saturday June 02, 2018


Are you scared yet? Meet Norman, the psychopathic AI
Norman is an artificial intelligence which sees death and destruction in everything.


Friday June 01, 2018


'I bought my mum a flat'
How peer-to-peer (P2P) platforms are overcoming trust issues to help us make cash from our stuff.


Wednesday May 30, 2018


Pokemon reinvented
Nintendo and Game Freak have brought Pokemon as close to a reboot as the series has ever come by announcing new games.


Tuesday May 29, 2018


Bitter on Twitter
Experts take us through the dos and don'ts of social media interactions with customers.


Sunday May 27, 2018


Moonwalkers
Read the experiences of the four surviving astronauts to have set foot on the lunar surface.


Friday May 25, 2018


Global problem
National Geographic magazine has published some startling images of the global plastic pollution scourge.


Thursday May 24, 2018


GDPR quiz
Test your knowledge of how the EU's data protection law could affect you.


Tuesday May 22, 2018


Fatal confusion
Drivers may be confusing autonomous cars with driver assistance technology, with sometimes fatal consequences.


Monday May 21, 2018


Seeds of hope
The gardens giving hope and a sense of belonging to Syrian refugees in Iraq.


Friday May 18, 2018


Pump it down
A high-tech solution being tested in Iceland gets rid of waste carbon dioxide by pumping it 1,000m underground.


Tuesday May 15, 2018


Building back up
After last years first test runs, the Bloodhound supersonic car is being rebuilt ready to go faster still.