The latest stories from the Science & Environment section of the BBC News web site.
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An ambitious project was launched Wednesday to collect the genomes of the planet's major plant groups and put them into deep freeze.
Scientists release their latest map of the surface of Pluto, using images from the inbound New Horizons probe.
Astronomers have discovered a very rare system of five connected stars.
Science closing in on link between nature and well-being
Measuring loads on a car that is travelling at supersonic speeds
The BBC's forthcoming mini-computer gains features absent in an earlier prototype, but is also to be more bulky when used as a standalone device.
The New Horizons spacecraft lost very little science data when it went into "safe mode" at the weekend, the mission team says.
Scorching summers such as the one in 2003 look set to become more common in England and Wales, a study suggests.
The pollen count is an important part of the weather forecast for the estimated 31 million people who suffer from hayfever.
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The best images from Friday night's thunder storms
Scientists say a compound in cat urine changes mouse behaviour, making them less afraid of cats.
Solar Impulse, the aeroplane that is powered only by the sun, lands in Hawaii after making a historic 7,200km flight across the Pacific from Japan.
A major report warns that life in the seas will be irreversibly changed unless CO2 emissions from industrial society are drastically cut.
Northern Ireland is to start a limited cull of badgers as part of a research project to combat a disease in cattle that costs the taxpayer £30m a year.
Zoo animals across Europe are being fed frozen treats to keep them cool and hydrated during the current heatwave.
A gene therapy has stabilised and slightly improved cystic fibrosis in some of 136 patients in a trial.
High-speed video reveals how insects take to the air
A major report warns that life in the seas will be irreversibly changed unless CO2 emissions are drastically cut.
Researchers are using super slow-motion footage to reveal the secrets of the most acrobatic insects