Science in Action

The BBC brings you all the week's science news.


  • Cyclone Idai

    Mar 21 2019

    It has been called the worst natural disaster on record by the UN. However Cyclone Idai was predicted. What were the factors which contributed to the intensity of this extreme weather event? Fossils from China – a river bed has revealed a number of ancient animals previously unknown to science. And space rocks, news from asteroids Ryugu and Bennu have thrown into question theories on how our own planet formed. We also travel to Antarctica to look at the Thwaites glacier, the state of this ma...more

  • Volcanic activity in the Comoros Islands

    Mar 14 2019

    Since last May the Comoros islands in the Indian Ocean have been experiencing earthquake tremors and the island of Mayotte has sunk by more than 10cm. French geologists have set up monitoring equipment on land and the seabed to try to assess the extent of the continuing seismic activity. Our diet influences our language according to a new study on the evolution of the way we bite. Softer foods, eaten more commonly as we developed cooking and agriculture meant our teeth wore in different ways ...more

  • How humans are changing chimpanzee behaviour

    Mar 07 2019

    The world’s largest study of chimpanzee behaviour has come to the rather negative conclusion that interactions with humans decrease the range of chimpanzee behaviours and may interfere with the way in which chimp parents pass skills to their offspring. Chimps learn skills from swimming to digging for insects with sticks and exhibit a wide range of vocal communications. In environments where they may be living near humans such skills or behaviours are displayed less and may be replaced altogethe...more

  • Rising methane levels impact climate change

    Feb 28 2019

    By the year 2000, methane levels in the atmosphere were thought to have stabilised. But just a few years later, in 2007, these levels suddenly started to rise. Research suggests that the spread of intense farming in Africa may be involved, in particular in tropical regions, where conditions are becoming warmer and wetter because of climate change. The awe-inspiring Japanese Hayabusa 2 space mission achieved another milestone on the other side of the Sun. This remarkable craft touched down on ...more