Episodes
Monkeypox: 20 confirmed cases in England, with cases predicted to rise. High risk or close contacts are being told to isolate for three weeks. We take a look at the symptoms. Europe’s first autonomous petrol station launches, we find out how the technology works and why it'll help customers. Clearview AI will delete all facial recognition data belonging to UK residents. The Hubble Space Telescope’s data suggests ‘something weird’ is going on with our universe. Google’s DeepMind says it is on...
Published 05/23/22
Nasa discusses its VIPER moon mission, how hackers threaten our global food supply, Tik Tok’s plans to get into gaming and more!    Nasa has been explaining the details behind its latest moon mission: Viper. It plans to send its lunar rover to the Moon’s south pole, to look for ice and water. There’s a warning the global food supply chain is at risk from malicious hackers targeting ‘smart’ farm machinery. It’s thought the could hack into things like automatic crop sprayers, drones and robotic...
Published 05/20/22
The new president of Costa Rica has declared that his country is at war with a ransomware group. The cybercriminal gang known as ‘Conti’ has disabled agencies across the government since April using ransomware attacks. Plus, the CEO of a disability rights group has praised Apple for its new accessibility tools. We speak with Kamran Mallick from Disability Rights UK about the new tech, including voice controls, eye tracking and door detection for the blind. Plus: ‘Closest probe to the sun’...
Published 05/19/22
As Disney Plus prepares to bring in a cheaper ad-supported subscription service, there are fresh reports about how long its ad breaks might be. According to Variety and the Wall Street Journal, the streaming service will run ads for four minutes on movies or shows that last an hour or less. And, officials in the US appear to be taking UFOs a bit more seriously. Yesterday congress held its first hearing in half a century on unidentified flying objects. Pentagon officials said they encourage...
Published 05/18/22
To Mars: Nasa’s Perseverance will begin heading to a new part of the red planet called ‘Hawksbill Gap’. They hope rocks found here could provide the best evidence of past life. Elon Musk warns his Twitter takeover may not go ahead, until Twitter proves spam bot numbers, and Marvel Studios team up with London’s Science Museum for Black Panther technology experience. Also in this episode: Mi5 warns of spies targeting thousands of high tech businesses and government officialsWhy jelly fish...
Published 05/17/22
North Korea has drafted in its military to help deal with an 'explosive' outbreak of coronavirus. Experts said it could devastate the country - which has no vaccine programme and limited medical supplies. Google and Samsung join forces to make it easier to sync fitness data between apps. Scientists say the Tonga eruption was a 'record atmospheric explosion'. Chris Packham is urging us to take part in Greenpeace’s ‘Big Plastic Count’. Gaming: fans track down the developer of Atari 2600's...
Published 05/16/22
Elon Musk announces his $44 billion acquisition of Twitter is on ice as he probes the number of spam and fake accounts on the social media platform. Astronomers have revealed a donut-shaped giant black hole at the centre of our Milky Way that’s four million times bigger than the Sun - it’s called Sagittarius A*, a whirling, gaseous gravitational force 26,000 light-years away. We speak with radio astronomy and astroparticle physics expert Professor Heino Falcke, co-founder of the global Event...
Published 05/13/22
Bitcoin drops to a low of $25,401, and is down more than 45 per cent so far this year - a long way from its $69,000 peak in November 2021. Can ‘pandemic darling’ Peloton reverse fortunes amid cost-of-living crisis? Scientists want to build a solar power plant in space. Google unveils first Pixel Watch. Disney Plus reports gaining nearly eight million new subscribers. Facebook-owner Meta ‘tells AR division to prepare for budget cuts’. Drone delivery routes expanded by Royal Mail. Assassin’s...
Published 05/12/22
Elon Musk says he’ll reverse Twitter’s ban on former US president Donald Trump as part of his plan to make account suspensions a “rare thing”. London rapper Jords and charity Mind want more people to reach out for mental health help - for more information and support, visit mind.org.uk or call 0300 123 3393. End of musical era as Apple discontinues iPod after two decades. How worrying is US nuclear rocket plan to patrol Earth-moon space? Scotland ready to blast off 19-metre ‘microlauncher’...
Published 05/11/22
New figures from Britain’s National Cyber Security Centre reveal a record 2.7 million online scams were taken down last year. The NCSC said there were 10 times more phishing cons than in 2020 as fraudsters preyed on public concern around the pandemic. How whales once walked the Earth. Bitcoin crash: El Salvador buys dip.  TikTok singer Sam Ryder chosen as UK’s Eurovision 2022 entry. Nasa’s James Webb Space Telescope to capture first colour images. Officer’s terror recorded by smart watch as...
Published 05/10/22
Children in China are to be banned from tipping video game streamers without parental consent - and they won’t be allowed to play on consoles after 10pm under new rules imposed by authorities.According to China’s National Radio and Television Administration, it’s part of a regulatory crackdown on web companies to manage how under-18s use technology. It includes managing youngsters’ peak playing hours and consoles being turned off “forcibly” by 10pm under a concept called “youth...
Published 05/09/22
Apple, Google and Microsoft are all taking a major step to get rid of passwords. The tech giants announced they’re expanding support for a password-free sign-in standard from the FIDO Alliance and the World Wide Web Consortium. Meaning you’ll soon be asked for verification by your fingerprint, face scan or a PIN by most platforms and devices instead. Could an autonomous F1 race be in sight? In line with the 2022 Miami Grand Prix this weekend, we spoke to PoliMOVE about their autonomous...
Published 05/06/22
The CIA is asking Russians with state secrets to slide into its DMs. The agency posted a set of instructions in Russian on its official Instagram account in the hope of appealing to people who might want to act as informants in relation to Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.  The Financial Conduct Authority is warning of an 86% increase in screen sharing scams, they tell us why we should never allow others access to our screens. It comes the same day a cyber security expert is calling on...
Published 05/05/22
Elon Musk says there may be a 'slight cost' for businesses and governments using Twitter in the future. Posting on his personal account on the platform, Musk clarified that the site would always remain free for “casual users”.  We hear about the new £5million Virtual Reality centre in the UK. Pippa Bostock, Business Director at the Centre for Creative and Immersive XR at the University of Portsmouth, explains why it’s needed to help plug the talent gap in this growing industry.  The UK...
Published 05/04/22
Hear the moment a helicopter catches a falling rocket mid-air. Unfortunately, the booster was then dropped into the ocean by mistake. However, Rocket Lab's mission is still being deemed a success as it completed its primary objective of deploying 34 satellite payloads into space. Elon Musk has been speaking about his plans for Twitter whilst at the Met Gala. This came following reports that more than half of Musk’s Twitter followers appear to be fake. The EU has accused Apple of breaking...
Published 05/03/22
We speak to Snapchat’s General Manager for the UK, Ed Couchman, who says the camera company wants to ‘lead the way’ in Augmented reality. The firm’s announced a series of new AR tech, including an AR shopping feature called "dress up", as well as a drone that hovers near you and automatically takes photos and videos. We speak with Snapchat's General Manager for the UK Ed Couchman about the tech, and why they're investing so much in AR. Blizzard are set to reveal all about their first ever...
Published 04/29/22
A new mysterious martian aurora has been discovered by a space probe orbiting Mars. The Emirates Mars Mission said their Hope probe has discovered the red planet’s own version of the Aurora Borealis. It’s thought the discovery will answer and raise questions about the planet’s surface, magnetic fields, and solar wind. Two sisters who are hoping to reforest the planet with their food-waste seed pods have secured £50,000 of funding from the Royal College of Art. Bike and Begum Ayaskan have...
Published 04/28/22
Elon Musk is being urged to ‘clean up’ Twitter’s digital town square, once his purchase of the social platform is completed. Tory MP Damian Collins has called on the billionaire to follow through with his pledge to support free speech, and clear Twitter of what he called ‘spam bots’ spreading disinformation on the platform. A café in Manchester has been transformed into a project to show people how they use their data while using websites and apps. The ‘Ethical Dilemma Café’ has been set up...
Published 04/27/22
Twitter founder Jack Dorsey has welcomed Elon Musk’s all-but-done takeover of the social media platform. An agreement was reached on Monday for the Tesla owner to purchase the social media platform for $44billion. Professor Charlie Beckett, the Director of Polis the Journalism think tank at the London School of Economics, explains why it’ll be a challenge for Elon - find the full interview with him from 4pm here. A professor working on the next set of experiments for the Large Hadron Collider...
Published 04/26/22
Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter appears to have moved a step closer, as he met with top execs from the social network. They met on Sunday, with the Tesla owner claiming a deal could be done as soon as this week. A team of scientists on the ISS are carrying out experiments to see if they can grow meat in zero-gravity. The aim is to see if they can create a source of food for future humans who set up colonies on the moon or other planets. Plus: The spider which flings females away like a...
Published 04/25/22
In a special Tech & Science Daily episode to mark Earth Day, we explore the hidden secrets beneath the world’s surface with astronaut Jeremy Hansen, from the Canadian Space Agency. As part of Jeremy’s cave training with the European Space Agency, he has ventured deep underground rocky caves in Sardinia. The skill and equipment required means not everyone can experience this mysterious place… until now. Jeremy relives his journey through the caves, explains their relevance for astronaut...
Published 04/22/22
Elon Musk’s e-car firm announces bumper $3.2 billion profits for 2022, with customers footing the bill for supply chain hikes. One hour less on your phone daily will make you happier, German study finds. Spanish healthcare worker suffers double Covid in under three weeks. Daredevil pilot cousins race gravity to swap planes in 120mph nosedive record attempt. Nasa’s Perseverance rover snaps rare Mars solar eclipse. Pokémon buys manufacturer of its trading cards as demand soars. Actors band...
Published 04/21/22
Netflix blames inflation, war in Ukraine and competition for loss of 200,000 subscribers, sending stock price tumbling over 25 per cent. Next stop: Uranus, space scientists tell Nasa. Prostate cancer: new bacteria link to aggressive illness. Would you trust Alexa to pre-empt your life? Watching TV in future self-driving cars ‘to become legal’ in UK - at up to 37mph. Space treat for Earth’s stargazers as Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn come into view. LOL, it’s the FBI’s internet slang...
Published 04/20/22
Vice-president Kamala Harris has announced America will stop using missiles to blast old orbiting satellites for weapons tests, hoping to reducing the risk of galactic conflict between nations. Beanstalk nightmare as ethereum-based stablecoin crashes after $182 million hack. TikTok probed by Department of Homeland Security over child abuse material. How Twitter could look under Elon Musk’s management. Research finds overweight women are at nearly double risk of womb cancer. Was Boris...
Published 04/19/22