25th Jun '19

The Latest Science from BBC News


Tuesday June 25, 2019


Used car batteries may power football stadium lights
Refurbished batteries are already in use at stadiums in Norway and the Netherlands.

Cyber-bullying affects more girls than boys in Northern Ireland
A study indicates some children were mocked about their appearance and some were sent nude pictures.

'Jet in a box' powers remote Halley Antarctic base
Engineers succeed in automating science experiments at the UK's Halley research station.

Etika: Body found in search for missing YouTuber
The gamer, who went missing last week, had uploaded a video describing suicidal thoughts.

Rhino release: Epic journey to freedom in Rwanda
Five zoo-born eastern black rhinos have been transported from Europe to Africa.

Global phone networks attacked by hackers
Attackers had power to shut networks down but chose to snoop on users instead.

Nasa puts up deep-space atomic clock
The miniaturised timepiece will be used to overhaul deep-space navigation if it proves its worth.

Dutch emergency line hit by KPN telecoms outage
The four-hour disruption was the largest in years and the cause is still unclear.

Rhino release: Endangered animals despatched to Rwanda
Five critically endangered rhinos from European zoos are flown to Rwanda to be released into the wild.

Changi Airport: Drones disrupt flights in Singapore
A rise in drone use has created growing security concerns for airports around the world.

Icelanders tire of disrespectful Instagram influencers
Locals are frustrated at a number of cases where influencers have been disrespectful at tourist sites.

How a ransomware attack cost one firm 45m
When malicious hackers disable a business and demand a ransom, many firms pay up. But should they?


Monday June 24, 2019


Sudan crisis: Internet restored - but only for lawyer
A lawyer, who won his case over a three-week blackout, is to return to court on behalf of other Sudanese.

Facebook: Nick Clegg says 'no evidence' of Russian interference in Brexit vote
Sir Nick Clegg says Facebook found no "significant attempt" by outside forces to sway the 2016 vote.

Raspberry Pi used to steal data from Nasa lab
Lax security at a Nasa lab let a hacker lurk on the agency's network for almost a year, says report.

EE fined 100,000 for unlawful texts
The mobile network sent 2.5 million messages to customers about its app and handset upgrades.

Nasa's Curiosity Mars rover senses methane spike
Nasa's Mars robot records its largest measurement yet of methane in the Red Planet's air.

Ransomware cyber-attacks are targeting large companies and demanding huge payments
A Norwegian aluminium producer is recovering after hackers took thousands of computers offline and demanded a ransom.

CO2 and how it links manure and fizzy drinks
Roger Harrabin looks at how manure could help to deal with CO2.

Turning carbon dioxide into cash
Scientists say carbon dioxide can be used to benefit humanity instead of overheating the planet.


Sunday June 23, 2019


The women fighting for Lapland
As climate change affects the livelihoods of Finland's indigenous Sami people, a proposed new Arctic railway, forestry and mining could change Lapland forever.


Saturday June 22, 2019


How recyclable is your food shop?
Research suggests almost half of packaging used by major UK supermarkets can't be easily recycled.

'Friendly' bacteria could help save frogs from disease
A discovery by UK scientists could help save species such as the European common frog from extinction


Friday June 21, 2019


British orchids thriving in Dunstable Downs 'sunken trails'
Eight species of British orchid are flourishing on historical sheep-driving pathways.

The chart that defines our warming world
Communicating what's meant by climate change in one simple, easy to understand visualisation.

Robot taught to 'feel' objects by sight and other news
BBC Click's Paul Carter looks at some of the week's best technology stories.

Take a VR trip inside a giant sequoia tree with 80-year-old Ted
Pensioner Ted Waight gives his verdict on an immersive virtual reality exhibit which takes viewers inside one of the world's biggest trees.

Clean electricity overtaking fossil fuels in Britain
Britain is obtaining more of its power from zero-carbon sources than from fossil fuels.

'I want to be a guinea pig to help others'
How one amputee is helping scientists improve the lives of other people who rely on prosthetic limbs.

Why the age of electric flight is finally upon us
Air travel accounts for 2%-3% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Are electric engines an answer?

The plane that can fly 600 miles on batteries alone
The Israeli firm Eviation unveils a plane which can travel over 600 miles on battery power alone.


Thursday June 20, 2019


Hydrogen trains: Are these the eco-friendly trains of the future?
With zero emissions and water as a by-product, Tom Burridge was on board one of the test runs.

UK climate emergency: What does it mean for how we live?
How our life and work could be affected as Wales aims to reach zero carbon emissions by 2050.


Wednesday June 19, 2019


European Space Agency probe to intercept a comet
Europe will launch another probe to an icy dirtball, following the highly successful Rosetta mission.

Spy satellites reveal extent of Himalayan glacier loss
The melting of Himalayan glaciers has doubled over the last 40 years, scientists say.

Vaccines: Low trust in vaccination 'a global crisis'
The biggest global study into attitudes on immunisation reveals confidence is low in some regions.

Why are Nike trainers washing up on beaches?
From Bermuda and the Azores to Ireland and France, large numbers of shoes are washing ashore.


Tuesday June 18, 2019


Fossil proves hyenas once roamed Canada's Arctic Plains
A 50-year-old mystery has been solved by scientists who identified the teeth of ancient Arctic hyenas.

UK 'likely' to host critical climate conference next year
The UK is in pole position to host next year's key climate meeting after agreeing a partnership with main rival Italy.

Greenland?s ?unusual? melting sea ice captured in stunning image
A climate scientist has captured the reality of sea ice loss in Greenland in a viral picture.

Worm with eyes in head and bottom found off Shetland
Scientists found the new species during a survey of a marine protected area off Scotland.

'Boaty McBoatface' maps deep ocean water
The intrepid submarine has made its first significant discovery, say UK scientists.

Experts cast doubt over Highlands spaceport plan
Concerns have been raised over the suitability of a site in Sutherland aiming to become the UK's first major spaceport.

Instagram boss Adam Mosseri: 'We can't solve bullying on our own'
The company's boss Adam Mosseri tells Radio 1 Newsbeat he wants Instagram to be "less pressurised".

MPs call for end to 'throwaway clothes' era
A report by MPs urges the UK government to end the era of throwaway clothes and poor working conditions in the fashion supply chain.

Atlantic Ocean 'running out of breath'
Edinburgh University leads an international research programme to assess the health of the Atlantic.

Dogs' eyes evolve to appeal to humans
Scientists have found a muscle that allows dogs to make 'puppy eyes' and bond with humans.

Inside Heathrow's high-tech baggage system
Heathrow's luggage system handles 180,000 items per day. Tom Burridge takes a look inside.

Face to face with DR Congo's deadly vipers
Photographer Hugh Kinsella Cunningham captures close-up portraits of some of the world's most dangerous snakes.

How a struggling airline went soaring through the cloud
In a "David and Goliath" battle of the skies, the small airline used tech to punch above its weight.


Monday June 17, 2019


Using DNA to tailor medicine
Technology is making it possible to tailor treatments to ever smaller groups of patients.

A bridge made of grass
The annual remaking of the last remaining Inca rope bridge at Q'eswachaka in Peru.

'Cryoegg' to explore under Greenland Ice Sheet
UK sensors placed under the Greenland Ice Sheet will monitor how its glaciers slide towards the ocean.


Friday June 14, 2019


The super-tough drones and robots going where we can't
How do you build unmanned vehicles that can withstand extreme temperatures, pressures and terrains?


Thursday June 13, 2019


Greenland map captures changing Arctic in fine detail
The British Antarctic Survey produces an exquisite new printed sheet map of Greenland and the European Arctic.


Wednesday June 12, 2019


The man who helped feed the world
The crops developed by Norman Borlaug have saved millions of people from starvation.


Tuesday June 11, 2019


Why is so much of the US under water?
America's heartland has faced months of record-breaking floods. Why is it so bad now and what's the impact?

How to design a superfast car... in the real world
Land Speed Record holder Andy Green explains why the design of a superfast car can't just be done in a computer.

How to cope with email overload
It might be inefficient but we still use email, despite the emergence of rival systems.


Monday June 10, 2019


'#IAmHere': The people trying to make Facebook a nicer place
A huge network of volunteers is fighting hate speech on Facebook using closed groups.