The latest stories from the Science & Environment section of the BBC News web site.
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Remembering the man who invented the dinosaur
A machine inspired by the human brain has learned how to play 49 classic Atari video games - a step towards self-thinking robots, scientists say.
A collection of vintage Nasa photos is set for auction
Residents of the Dutch town of Purmerend are advised to take umbrellas out at night after a rogue owl leaves man requiring stitches to head wounds.
Russia commits itself to operations on the International Space Station until 2024, matching the intentions of the Americans.
The European Union officially declares Isle of Man bees to be free of the deadly Varroa pest which has wiped out billions around the world.
Is the world ready for modified mosquitoes?
The "workhorse" satellite in Europe's new multi-billion-euro Earth observation programme is built and ready to go into orbit.
A drone specialist in Portugal demonstrates a flight controlled by human brainwaves, and suggests a future of large-scale unmanned flying.
The desert that may one day become water again
The world's national parks and nature reserves receive eight billion tourist visits a year, generating around $600bn of spending, according to research.
The UK has now become the first country to approve laws to allow the creation of babies from three people.
US President Barack Obama vetoes a bill that would have approved construction of the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline, White House officials say.
Sea levels along the northeast coast of the US rose dramatically during 2009-2010 in an event scientists describe as "very unusual".
A brief look at some of the biggest sinkholes in recent history.
The head of the United Nations climate change panel, Rajendra Pachauri, steps down amid sexual harassment allegations he denies.
Scientists at the University of Newcastle are using microchips as fine as human hair to produce a prosthetic hand.
Gerbils from Asia rather than black rats were responsible for repeated outbreaks of the bubonic plague in Europe, a study suggests.
A new generation of bionic limbs could be the result of research being led by scientists at Newcastle University.
Kew Gardens, which is facing an annual £5m budget deficit, announces its new science strategy.