The latest stories from the Science & Environment section of the BBC News web site.
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The El Nino event predicted for later this year has the potential to increase food prices, say climate scientists.
Stones tools that are 3.3 million years old have been unearthed pre-dating the earliest-known humans in the Homo genus.
Three firms working in very different fields make the 2015 shortlist for the MacRobert Award, the UK's longest-running engineering prize.
Scientists hold a dedication ceremony to inaugurate the Advanced Ligo facilities, which will be trying to detect gravitational waves from some of the most violent events in the cosmos.
The UK is among the worst countries in the EU for protecting its wildlife habitats, says an official report.
Animal protection groups and marine scientists say they have successfully suspended the recording of a TV series called "Dolphins with the Stars".
Organic farms act as a refuge for wild plants, offsetting the loss of biodiversity on conventional farms, a study suggests.
The Inuit people of Greenland are challenging an EU ban on seal hunting and the trade in seal meat and skins, arguing it has "crashed" the Inuits' economy.
US researchers say that they can distinguish individual right whales based on the sound of their vocalisations.
A titanium floor will protect the Bloodhound supersonic car from a maelstrom of grit when it tries to break the land speed record later this year.
New discoveries about ash clouds could help predict where planes can safely fly following volcanic eruptions, Edinburgh researchers find.
UK scientists take science lectures to the pub in the Pint of Science festival in 12 cities across the country.
A project will see thousands of schoolchildren experiment on seeds that have spent six months on the International Space Station.
Is the British front garden disappearing?
Scientists have figured out how to brew morphine using the same kit used to make beer at home.
British astronaut Tim Peake invites schoolchildren to help him in an experiment to learn more about how to grow food in space.
How Aboriginal legend is informing science
Cyber-archaeology is salvaging artworks destroyed by militants
Where mobile phones are banned for 13,000 square miles
Open Air Laboratories (Opal), the citizen science network, is expanded and will now includes projects in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.