The latest stories from the Science & Environment section of the BBC News web site.
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An unmanned rocket bound for the International Space Station has exploded during its launch from the US state of Virginia.
The story of two families and one fragile Louisiana wetland
About 2,000 hectares of fertile land are lost each day due to damage caused by salt, according to a UN analysis.
A lava flow from the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island is now drawing close to homes.
An unmanned cargo rocket has exploded seconds after lifting off from a commercial launch pad in Virginia.
A new study confirms that giant tortoise numbers on one of the Galapagos Islands have bounced back thanks to captive breeding.
Google is attempting to diagnose cancers, heart attack risks and other ailments with a system that combines nanoparticles and a wrist-worn sensor.
A mobile phone app that recognises which species of bird is singing is being developed by a researcher at Queen Mary University in London.
Two genes are associated with repeat violent offenders, according to a genetic analysis of almost 900 criminals in Finland.
Funding has been confirmed for a £97m supercomputer to improve the Met Office's weather forecasting and climate modelling.
Conservationists are warning that some of Britain's endangered plants are being put under even greater threat, because thieves are stealing them to order.
Plans are unveiled for a £97m supercomputer which will boost the Met Office's computing capacity by 13 times, improving weather forecasting and climate modelling.
Australia's Academy of Science says a government draft plan to protect the Great Barrier Reef will not prevent its decline.
The high-stakes world of botanical crime
A fragment of ancient Australia is found under Vanuatu in the South Pacific, raising new questions about how continents are formed.
Attempts to restrict population growth will not solve global sustainability issues in the short term, new research says.
The UK's smallest and rarest swan suffers an "alarming crash in numbers", the Gloucestershire-based Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust says.
The 10 trees to make the final of England's "Tree of the Year" competition are announced.
Into the assembly of the world's fastest car
A new £1.1m study led from Dundee University is to investigate whether eye tests can provide an "early warning" of Alzheimer's disease.