19th Feb '19

The Latest Science from BBC News


Tuesday February 19, 2019


Rail customers 'unable to collect pre-paid tickets'
Rail companies have been advising customers to travel with their ticket confirmation email.

Child abuse images being traded via secure apps
Stolen credit cards and other illegal material are also on sale, a File on 4 investigation discovers.

Could hackers 'brainjack' your memories in future?
A decade from now, memory-boosting implants could be available commercially, but at what risk?

Fast fashion: 'Penny on a garment' to drive clothes recycling
Clothing brands and retailers should pay per item to fund a 35m annual recycling scheme, MPs say.


Monday February 18, 2019


The US cannot crush us, says Huawei founder
Ren Zhengfei says the firm will survive despite security concerns and his daughter's legal troubles.

'Hundreds' of badgers illegally killed each year in NI
Badger baiting: 'Hundreds' illegally killed every season in Northern Ireland

Plastic waste - what Neath pupils think
What do these Neath pupils think of plastic waste after a beach clean-up?

Facebook security app used to 'spy' on competitors
A cross-party group of MPs says Facebook used its Onavo app to gather information on competitors.

YouTube backtracks after Pokemon 'child abuse' ban
Google backtracks after "mistakenly" deleting YouTubers for "sexual content involving minors".

YouTube aids flat earth conspiracy theorists, research suggests
The ranks of people who believe the Earth is flat are being helped by YouTube, suggests a US study.

ZSL London Zoo shares animal X-rays
X-ray images reveal the inner workings of a variety of different species at ZSL London Zoo.

Australian political parties hit by 'state actor' hack, PM says
The "sophisticated" activity follows an intrusion on parliamentary servers, PM Scott Morrison says.

Pulwama attack: Google searches 'hijacked' to link Pakistan flag to toilet paper
The results are believed to be the work of Indian protesters responding to the 14 February Kashmir attack.

Huawei risk can be managed, say UK cyber-security chiefs
UK intelligence chiefs reportedly conclude the Chinese tech giant Huawei can bid for telecoms projects.

Stores accused of 'watering down' bottle deposit scheme
Campaigners say retailers want fees to apply only to smaller containers, rather than all plastic bottles.

Clothing conscience
How sustainable are your fashion habits? Take our quiz.

How we made the effects on Solo: A Star Wars Story
Visual effects supervisor Julian Foddy explains how they helped make the film.


Sunday February 17, 2019


Quadriga: The cryptocurrency exchange that lost $135m
When Quadriga's founder died he left behind a mystery: what happened to millions in cryptocurrency?


Saturday February 16, 2019


AAAS: Machine learning 'causing science crisis'
Techniques used to analyse data are producing misleading and often wrong results, critics say.


Friday February 15, 2019


Call to ban killer robots in wars
Scientists have called for a ban on the development of weapons controlled by AI.

Hiker speaks after taking on mountain lion... and winning
Travis Kauffman was hiking in Colorado when he came toe-to-toe with a young mountain lion

Gene-edited animal plan to relieve poverty in Africa
Researchers in Edinburgh develop gene-edited farm animals for poor farmers in Africa.

Climate march students: 'We need change and we need it now'
Students have protested across the UK to air their views on the issue of climate change. We talked to some of those in Manchester.

Climate strike: Schoolchildren protest over climate change
Students in cities around the UK walked out of school to call for action from the government.

Hong Kong seizes $1m worth of rhino horn at airport
Two men carrying at least 24 severed rhino horns have been arrested at Hong Kong airport's customs.

BP: Plastic ban 'could have unintended consequences'
The oil and gas company believes a prohibition on single-use plastic could increase CO2, but is that true?

PewDiePie: Roblox lifts ban after social media backlash
Online multiplayer game Roblox has reinstated PewDiePie after banning the YouTuber for using his name.

Ad code 'slows down' browsing speeds
The code putting ads on webpages can stop pages loading by seconds, finds analysis of millions of sites.

Mobile networks call for 5G security inspector
The mobile network industry has called for a new security testing scheme to check 5G equipment.

Space harpoon skewers 'orbital debris'
A British-led mission demonstrates a projectile that could one day be used to clear up space junk.

Space junk: Harpoon tested to clean up space
New footage from a space mission shows the latest idea to collect space junk.

Tilly Lockey: 'I can paint with my bionic arms'
Tilly Lockey, 13, has bionic arms that are so sophisticated she can now use a paintbrush and apply make-up.

Climate strike: Why are students striking and will it have an impact?
Across the UK, students are set to take part in a climate strike, but will it make a difference?

Made In Chelsea's Andy Jordan: Being an influencer made me 'a puppet'
Made In Chelsea's Andy Jordan has a warning about the realities of being a social media influencer.

Ford puts bed hoggers in their place, and other news
BBC Click's Jen Copestake looks at some of the best technology stories of the week.

LIGO gravitational waves: Black hole detectors to get upgrade
The UK and US governments announce a 25m project to improve the sensitivity of the LIGO facilities.

Meet the tech entrepreneurs tackling sexual harassment
In the wake of the #MeToo movement, new apps are helping victims gather and share evidence.


Thursday February 14, 2019


Cambridge anglers win fish loss compensation
Anglian Water admits ammonia discharge from a recycling unit killed big bream in the River Cam.

Amazon cancels New York City campus plan
The internet giant hit local opposition over the roughly $3bn in subsidies it had been promised.

Chernobyl: The end of a three-decade experiment
The abandoned Chernobyl exclusion zone could be about to change for the first time since the world's worst nuclear disaster.

Chemicals 'repair damaged neurons in mice'
Some early studies in mice suggest drugs can be developed to halt mental decline, say scientists.

JP Morgan creates first US bank-backed crypto-currency
The US investment bank has created the JPM Coin to handle wholesale payments for some clients.

British hacker Marcus Hutchins loses bid to omit 'intoxicated' testimony
Devonian Marcus Hutchins is accused of writing virus code and says he was "intoxicated" in an interview.

What is Article 13? The EU's copyright directive explained
The final version of the new EU copyright law is agreed after three days of talks in France.

Search for Shackleton's lost Endurance ship called off
Thick ice and a lost sub bring an end to the search for the famous Antarctic explorer's sunken polar yacht.

School bomb hoax suspect arrested in US
Thousands of US schools were shut down by fake threats involving bombs, allege prosecutors.

YouTube's copyright claim system abused by extorters
Google acts after YouTubers report users attempting to extort money via fraudulent copyright claims.

Paying tribute to the nation's forests
Britons are being urged to write a poem, letter or story to celebrate the woodlands of the UK.

The basketball coverage directed and filmed by AI
The British Basketball League is testing a new way of filming games that picks the action using AI.

Former Apple lawyer charged with insider trading
Gene Levoff is accused of engaging in insider trading on several occasions between 2011 and 2016.

'I'm standing up for our planet'
Every Friday morning, 13-year-old Holly Gillibrand skips school for an hour to demand more is done over climate change.


Wednesday February 13, 2019


Nasa calls time on silent Opportunity Mars rover
The 15-year mission of "Oppy" the robot is declared over after repeated failed attempts to contact it.

Apple to investigate Saudi app
An app that can be used by men to stop women leaving the country will be investigated by Apple.

Nasa's InSight mission: Mars 'mole' put on planet's surface
The US space agency's InSight mission positions the second of its surface instruments on Mars.

Elon Musk named as Twitter boss favourite
The choice has raised eyebrows because of the controversial nature of some of Mr Musk's tweets.

Is new game Apex Legends a threat to Fortnite?
Apex Legends, a new Battle Royale game has had over 25 million downloads in its first week - will it be a threat?

Overwatch and Call Of Duty maker to cut 800 jobs
Activision Blizzard will lay off about 800 people, despite announcing record revenue.

New 'mysterious' frog species discovered in India's Western Ghats
The new species were found after three years of extensive explorations in the Western Ghats.

Christopher Robin: How we made the film's visual effects
Visual effects supervisor Chris Lawrence explains how they helped make the film.

Tech Take-back: Hove pop-up shop for recycling old tech
A pop-up recycling shop in Hove collects unwanted tech items, erases the data and recycles them.

Pangolins: Rare insight into world's most trafficked mammal
Scientists release rare footage of the secretive giant pangolin to highlight the scaly mammal's plight.

Dirty secret
One small town has become a dumping ground for the world's waste and it's causing a stink.

Kings of the jungle on top in photo award
The winning pictures in this year's Wildlife Photographer of the Year People's Choice Award.

Crackdown on young celebs in gambling ads
Cartoon figures and young stars will be banned from many adverts in a bid to protect children.


Tuesday February 12, 2019


Green New Deal : Can this plan pushed by some Democrats really work?
A radical plan to tackle climate change pushed by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez may now come to the Senate for a vote.

China and India help make planet leafier
There are now more than 2 million sq miles of extra leaf area per year, compared with the early 2000s.

MPs immerse themselves in VR questions
MPs open inquiry into immersive technology such as VR and AR.

DJI makes drone safety improvements
The geo-fencing technology that means drones cannot fly near airports is improved.

Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering: GPS pioneers lauded
Four Americans are celebrated for their roles in developing the sat-nav Global Positioning System.

Facebook and Google news should be regulated, Cairncross Review says
The landmark review also recommended the BBC should do more to share its technical and digital expertise.

Ligue du LOL: Secret group of French journalists targeted women
Media execs at several major outlets used anonymous accounts to harass women writers and activists.

Ordnance Survey to launch mapping drone
The mapping organisation's craft will collect images and data for businesses and organisations to use.

Would you be happy to see your doctor online?
Video consultations are saving doctors time and money, but are they good for patients, too?


Monday February 11, 2019


Teen has vaccinations after asking Reddit
Ethan Lindenberger took to the website to ask whether he could get vaccines without his parents .

Would you swap your smartphone with a brick phone?
Michaela Community School sells "brick phones" to students to stop them from being distracted.

Gavin Williamson: Drone 'swarm squadrons' to be deployed by military
The defence secretary says the network enabled aircraft could be used to overwhelm the enemy.

Russia considers 'unplugging' from internet
Russia may briefly disconnect from the internet as part of a test of its cyber-defences.

Tinder-style app for cows tries to help the meat market
So you think the dating scene is just a meat market? Wait till you hear about this matchmaking app.

Paris to sue Airbnb over 'illegal ads'
The fine could amount to ?12.5m ($14m, 11m) for the 1,000 ads the city says break French law.

Alita: Battle Angel - how we made the film
Director Robert Rodriguez explains how technology helped bring the film to life.

Reddit: Censorship fears spark criticism of Tencent funding reports
Redditors flooded the site with snarky posts after reports of funding from Chinese tech giant Tencent.

'Orange water'
Families in West Virginia say the coal mines have poisoned their water. Now they're fighting back.


Sunday February 10, 2019


Grindr and Tinder 'must not risk children's safety'
Minister vows to question Grindr and Tinder on safeguarding measures following "shocking" findings.

Donald Trump's wall: How tech guards the US-Mexico border
Camera-laden towers and underground sensors plug the gaps in the existing US-Mexico border fence.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald visual effects
The joint visual effects supervisor behind the Bafta-nominated film explains how the images were made.


Saturday February 09, 2019


Plants with a hidden history
Many of our best loved garden plants are there because they were once recommended to heal the sick.

TikTok: Where gummy bears singing Adele rule
The Chinese-owned meme platform taking over the internet.

What is TikTok?
The social media app was downloaded more times than Instagram and Snapchat in 2018.


Friday February 08, 2019


Robot aims to inspire girls to take STEM and other news
BBC Click's Jen Copestake looks at some of the best technology stories of the week.

YouTube U-turn over child abuse singer
YouTube deletes singer Austin Jones's channel, after he exchanges sexual images with underage girls.

In six objects
The National Museum of Scotland unveils the final three galleries of its 80m redevelopment.

'How a smartphone saved my mother's life'
The smartphone is becoming a powerful medical tool that can diagnose a growing number of conditions.


Thursday February 07, 2019


Social media: How can governments regulate it?
As the government draws up plans, what are its options for regulating the firms?

Self-harm, suicide and social media: Can you talk about them online safely?
The boss of Instagram is meeting the government to talk about sensitive content on social media.

The Franklin rover
The rover Europe sends to Mars in 2020 to look for life will carry the name of an unsung hero of DNA discovery.

'The gates of hell'
Ten years ago, the nation had its worst-ever bushfire disaster - and it has left a profound legacy.


Wednesday February 06, 2019


Fan smashes his TV when his team loses
YouTuber and Marseille fan Mohamed Henni tells BBC World Service that he breaks TVs when his football team loses "to make people happy".


Tuesday February 05, 2019


Do money apps make us better or worse with our finances?
Apps that help us manage our money are proving increasingly popular, but how effective are they?