BBC Science

Syndicate content BBC News - Science & Environment
The latest stories from the Science & Environment section of the BBC News web site.
Updated: 16 min 5 sec ago

MPs demand new data on pet primates

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 16:59
MPs call for urgent government action to determine how many primates are being kept as pets across the UK.

'World's smallest' pacemaker fitted

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 09:01
The world's smallest pacemaker is fitted inside the heart of a patient for the first time in England.

Computer convinces panel it is human

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 05:36
A computer program called Eugene Goostman, which simulates a 13-year-old Ukrainian boy, is said to have passed the Turing test at an event organised by the University of Reading.

AUDIO: How fist fights shaped the human face

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 04:01
Humans developed "beefy" facial features as protection during fist fights, according to scientists.

Aspirin 'not best to stop strokes'

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 03:48
Doctors are being told not to routinely prescribe aspirin for a common heart condition that increases a person's risk of stroke.

Holy sites 'may offer clues to antibiotic resistance'

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 01:51
How a Ganges festival could hold clue to drug resistance

The lost whaling station at the end of the world

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 01:29
The lost whaling station at the end of the world

Eagle flies into woman's living room

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 01:08
A woman is left "quite shocked" when an eagle flies into her living room while she is watching the French Open tennis championship.

Male faces 'evolved to take punches'

Sun, 06/08/2014 - 21:12
The faces of our male ancestors evolved certain features as a defence against fist fights, according to an argument put forward by US researchers.

Human remains found inside crocodile

Sun, 06/08/2014 - 21:11
Australian police are examining human remains recovered from a crocodile to see if they match the DNA of a missing man.

Rats regret bad decisions, study says

Sun, 06/08/2014 - 10:17
Rats experience regret when their poor decisions make them miss out on better food options, a study finds.

VIDEO: Polar bear's-eye view of Arctic life

Sun, 06/08/2014 - 03:27
The US Geological Survey has released the first video footage ever ''filmed'' by a polar bear - in the Beaufort Sea, near Alaska.

Bumper barn owl brood celebrated

Sun, 06/08/2014 - 02:53
Conservationists celebrate as barn owls successfully hatch twice as many chicks on a Cambridgeshire farm as they did the previous year.

Rising seas uncover Pacific war dead

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 18:59
Rising sea levels have disturbed the skeletons of soldiers killed on the Marshall Islands during World War Two.

The bringer of life and death

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 16:13
The element that's crucial to life - and explosives

Upset at 'missing' climate ministers

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 05:43
Negotiators and campaigners have reacted angrily to the failure of many environment ministers to attend UN talks in Bonn.

VIDEO: Science behind the D-Day landings

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 02:54
How innovations helped make the D-Day landings possible

RSPB: 'We did not kill 22 birds'

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 01:07
RSPB Scotland says "outrageous rumours" have been spread accusing it of accidentally killing birds of prey.

Blind cavefish are able to 'count'

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 00:05
Blind cave-dwelling fish found in Somalia are able to recognise differences in quantities, say scientists.

Farm wildlife protection 'fails'

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 16:46
A new analysis suggests measures to protect wildlife on farms have been so diluted they may be counter-productive.