The latest stories from the Science & Environment section of the BBC News web site.
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Computers can be better at predicting our personality than friends and family, an experiment with tens of thousands of volunteers suggests.
Regular and lengthy naps are the key to memory and learning in early life, say scientists.
An elephant in Thailand is caught on camera as it goes on the rampage in Thailand.
The privately built Dragon capsule has docked with the International Space Station carrying a much needed cargo of supplies.
A new species of marine reptile that lived about 170 million years ago is identified from fossils found on the Isle of Skye.
Divers capture what they believe to be the first photograph ever taken of the live birth of an oceanic shark.
Do obese people have slower metabolisms?
Should tourists be banned from visiting the Antarctic?
US company SpaceX says its experiment to bring part of its Falcon rocket down to a soft landing on a floating sea platform did not work - but its cargo mission to the space station remains on track.
Botanists have been stunned by the results of their annual hunt for plants in flower on New Year’s Day.
A virulent pathogen that starves and can kill olive trees poses a serious threat to EU olive production, experts warn.
One of deep space's spinning "lighthouses" fades from view as it warps space-time, tilting its radio beams away from Earth.
The little world is finally about to come into view
Astronomers measure Saturn’s position with unprecedented accuracy thanks to a continent-wide radio telescope.
How milking snake venom could save thousands of lives
Scientists in Canada create a computer program that they say is the perfect poker player - never making a mistake.
What is the future for drones?
Astrophysicists studying the unstable "stellar monster" Eta Carinae unveil fresh insights and a 3D model of the destructive maelstrom at its heart.
The hardware helpers invading your home
The world's biggest ship - for 53 days