The latest stories from the Science & Environment section of the BBC News web site.
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A study calls on the world’s sailors and seafarers to help map the oceans’ phytoplankton, microscopic plants that form the bedrock of marine food chains.
Koichi Wakata is the first Japanese astronaut in history to take up the post of commander on the International Space Station
A campaign is launched to help track juniper numbers across Scotland as figures show the plant could be nearing extinction.
Scientists identify four new man-made gases that are contributing to the depletion of the ozone layer.
Animals and electronic noses could transform diagnosis
Building gigantic walls across the US could protect Tornado Alley "forever", a physicist says, though critics say the idea is unworkable.
What are the strangest sounds in the universe?
Roger Harrabin looks how the Exmoor peat bogs are being restored to help soak up water – preventing it running off into rivers and causing flooding further downstream.
This winter's extreme winds caused the biggest loss of trees in in more than 20 years, according to the National Trust.
Elephants that give birth as teenagers die younger, but are fitter than mothers that delay, scientists say.
Are climate “sceptics” ready to accept more of the science?
The UK government is discussing new rules to stop farmers contributing to flooding through poor land management.
Warmer temperatures are causing malaria to spread in the African and South American highlands, traditionally havens from the disease, scientists say.
A French scientist has unravelled a formula for trick roping, made famous in Western movies, to teach himself how to lasso like a cowboy.
Two classic cowboy rope tricks in super-slow motion.
HMS Vanguard is to be refuelled at a cost of £120m after low levels of radioactivity were discovered in the cooling waters of a submarine test reactor.
A great white is about to make history as the first of its species to be seen crossing from one side of the Atlantic to the other.
Doctors have upgraded the immune system of 12 patients with HIV to help shield it from the virus's onslaught.
The world's financial markets could be creating a "carbon bubble" by overvaluing the fossil fuel assets of large companies.
Mysterious lightning flashes that appear to precede earthquakes could be sparked by movements in the ground below, scientists say.