29th May '20

The Latest Science from BBC News


Friday May 29, 2020


Twitter hides Trump tweet for 'glorifying violence'
For the first time, Twitter has hidden a tweet on the president's profile behind a warning.

PlayStation 5: Sony confident coronavirus won't change release plans
The CEO of PlayStation reveals how it's responded to coronavirus as it prepares to release the PS5.

Glastonbury Council plays down link to 'anti-5G' device
Glastonbury report insists recommendation of 5GBioShield came from committee member - not council.

BBC orders review of social media use by staff
The former director of global news at the BBC will examine online posts from programmes and staff.

Climate change: 'Stunning' seafloor ridges record Antarctic retreat
Scientists are learning just how fast the ice margin of Antarctica can retreat in a warming world.

Thousands of TalkTalk users hit by internet problems
Firm says the issue is now resolved after customers across the UK reported connection difficulties.

Facebook dominates cases of recorded social media grooming
About 55% of the online offences logged by police in England and Wales were on a Facebook-owned app.

Trump signs executive order targeting Twitter after fact-checking row
The US president's move follows a decision by Twitter to add a "fact-check" notice to his tweets.

A Raspberry Pi robot with emotions and other tech news
BBC Click's Paul Carter looks at some of the best of the week's technology news stories.

The little lights now packing a deadly punch
LEDs already light our houses but developments are making them even more powerful.

World's deepest octopus captured on camera
A "Dumbo" octopus is photographed at a depth of 7,000m in the Indian Ocean's Java Trench.

Coronavirus: 'I built a memorial to my grandfather on Animal Crossing'
One young woman used popular game Animal Crossing for her family tradition of Bai San.


Thursday May 28, 2020


COP 26: New date agreed for UN climate summit in Glasgow
The COP26 UN summit, which was postponed due to coronavirus, will now take place between 1 and 12 November 2021.

Biggest UK solar plant approved
Climate change: Go-ahead for controversial solar farm - the UK's biggest

Isle of Wight pterosaur species fossil hailed as UK first
The University of Portsmouth identified it as a tapejarid, a flying pterosaur from the Cretaceous period.

Coronavirus: How will contact tracing work in England?
Millions in the UK will soon be asked to monitor who they have been near to combat coronavirus.

Coronavirus: France set to roll out contact-tracing app before UK
One minister has compared the UK and France's outlier approaches to their nuclear deterrent effort.

Twitter fact-checks China amid bias row
After fact-checking President Trump, Twitter adds warnings to Chinese tweets too.

Evolution of the spacesuit
How SpaceX's stylish spacesuit differs from other attire flown by astronauts.

Uber destroys thousands of bikes and scooters
Videos of the red bikes being crushed were shared online after Uber sold its Jump business to Lime.

Keeping fit in lockdown: Apps and sites which could help
Kate Russell looks at the online tools and guides helping motivate you to take exercise.


Wednesday May 27, 2020


Nasa, SpaceX crew launch stymied by weather
A late decision is made to delay the first astronaut launch to orbit from US soil in nine years.

How we got to this point
Why is SpaceX launching astronauts to the International Space Station for Nasa?

Drone drops off Isle of Mull coronavirus masks
Trials of delivery by drone are taking place on the Isle of Mull on Scotland's west coast.

Roman mosaic floor found under Italian vineyard
Authorities north of Verona in Italy found the well-preserved tile floor after decades of searching.

Record drop in energy investment, warns International Energy Agency
The pandemic has caused a record fall in energy investment and will likely lead to more pollution.

SpaceX launch: What is SpaceX and why is it going to the ISS?
Ahead of the launch of the Crew Dragon mission, the BBC explains what SpaceX does exactly


Tuesday May 26, 2020


Epic 7,500-mile cuckoo migration wows scientists
Scientists have tracked a cuckoo's migratory flight from Africa to its breeding ground in Mongolia.

Australia's megafauna roamed the tropics with first humans but then disappeared
New evidence shows climate change may have wiped out Australia's giant beasts.

Dinosaur asteroid's trajectory was 'perfect storm'
The angle at which a life-destroying space rock hit Earth 66 million years ago was particularly lethal.

European contract signed for Moon mission hardware
When astronauts go back to the Moon in 2024, they'll be using European hardware to get there.

Thailand: Elephants on 'great migration' to survive coronavirus starvation
With the collapse of the tourism industry because of the coronavirus, Thailand's captive elephants are now at risk of starvation.

Huawei: What would happen if the UK ditched the Chinese firm?
Officials are taking another look into Huawei, but the Chinese firm warns against a 5G ban.


Monday May 25, 2020


Coronavirus: Hairdressers offer virtual appointments in lockdown
Salons are giving advice via video chat apps to help people style and colour their hair at home.

Could coronavirus kickstart more accessible tech?
Video calling has risen during the pandemic but for some disabled people it also brought challenges.

How Coronavirus lockdown made a 'Zoom boom' generation
Digital transformation has advanced two years in just two months, says Microsoft.


Sunday May 24, 2020


Mission timeline in graphics
These are the key phases in the first crew mission to go to orbit from the US in nine years.

Who are the astronauts?
BBC News profiles the space travellers who will launch in SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule.


Saturday May 23, 2020


Coronavirus: 'Baffling' observations from the front line
Doctors on the front lines are observing things that they have never encountered before - and it's a challenge.

Your questions about the mission answered
BBC News answers questions about the first orbital launch of astronauts from US soil in nine years.


Friday May 22, 2020


Nasa SpaceX crew mission cleared to launch
A review panel finds no technical reason to delay the first US orbital crew launch in nine years.


Thursday May 21, 2020


Covid recovery could 'tip the balance' for nature
Scientists call for the conservation of nature to be at the centre of the economic recovery after the coronavirus pandemic.

Amazon under threat: Fires, loggers and now virus
How the loss of the Amazon goes beyond deforestation - and what the nine countries that share this natural resource are doing to protect it.

Nasa SpaceX launch: Astronauts get to work ahead of historic flight
Nasa's Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken are a week away from their flight to the space station.


Wednesday May 20, 2020


Nasa: Doug Loverro steps down days before crewed launch
Doug Loverro steps down the week before the US's first crewed launch to orbit in almost a decade.

Antarctic algal blooms: 'Green snow' mapped from space
UK scientists create the first wide-area maps of microscopic algae growing in coastal Antarctica.

Social distancing: When extreme weather and coronavirus collide
People displaced by extreme weather are forced to break Covid-19 social distancing safety guidelines.

Climate change: Top 10 tips to reduce carbon footprint revealed
A report lists some of the best ways people can tackle their own contribution to climate change.


Tuesday May 19, 2020


Climate change: Scientists fear car surge will see CO2 rebound
An analysis shows a huge daily CO2 drop, but a return to car travel may see emissions rebound.


Monday May 18, 2020


Climate change: Future floods will delay emergency response
Increases in rainfall in England could impact ambulance and fire crew response times.

Project seeks super view of Earth's mantle
UK scientists aim to build some of the most sophisticated models yet for how rock moves inside the planet.


Tuesday May 05, 2020


What is climate change? A really simple guide
BBC News looks at what we know and don't know about the Earth's changing climate.


Friday April 17, 2020


Nasa to launch first crewed mission from US in decade
The mission will take place on 27 May using a rocket and spacecraft made by private firm SpaceX.


Sunday January 19, 2020


SpaceX completes emergency crew escape manoeuvre
The US company demonstrates how it would rescue astronauts during a failing rocket launch.


Monday July 22, 2019


Bezos vs Musk: Silicon Valley space race
The battle between two billionaires vying to take us to the Moon and beyond.


Tuesday July 16, 2019


Leaky component led to SpaceX explosion
A leaky component may have been to blame for the dramatic explosion of a SpaceX capsule during testing in April.


Friday September 28, 2018


SpaceX entrepreneur: Who is Elon Musk?
Meet the man who inspired Robert Downey Jr's take on Iron Man.