Science In Action

Science In Action

BBC World Service

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

Categories: Science & Medicine

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Storm Daniel devastated the city of Derna in Libya after heavy rainfall broke a dam, causing extreme flooding downstream. The World Weather Attribution (WWA) reports that severe flooding in Libya and across the Mediterranean has been made more likely and more intense due to human induced climate change. WWA scientist Friederike Otto gets into the report. Back in 2020, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx scooped up rock and dust samples from asteroid Bennu and on Sunday September 24th, 2023 the sample capsule will finally be released 100,000 kilometres above Earth, delivering it to the Great Salk Lake Desert. OSIRIS REx engineer Anjani Polit tells us about the nail-biting return. Also this week, Dr Peter Hotez warns us about the dangerous and rapid rise of anti-science sentiment in the United States. It’s all in his new book "The Deadly Rise of Anti-Science". And the remnants of what is thought to be the oldest wooden structure have been found in Zambia. Professor of Archaeology Lawrence Barham talks about the simple structure made by our ancestors almost 500,000 years ago. Presenter: Roland Pease Producer: Ella Hubber Editor: Martin Smith Production Co-ordinator: Jana Bennett-Holesworth (Image: Building collapsed and surrounded by rubble following floods in Derna. Credit: RICARDO GARCIA VILANOVA / Getty Images)

Previous episodes

  • 419 - More likely, more intense 
    Thu, 21 Sep 2023
  • 418 - Deadly floods in Derna 
    Thu, 14 Sep 2023
  • 417 - Returning to the North Pole 
    Thu, 07 Sep 2023
  • 416 - Drowning coastal ecosystems 
    Thu, 31 Aug 2023
  • 415 - Brain-computer interfaces 
    Thu, 24 Aug 2023
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