The latest stories from the Science & Environment section of the BBC News web site.
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Construction of the Giant Magellan Telescope receives the go-ahead, leading to preliminary operations in 2021 or 2022.
The Large Hadron Collider has re-started scientific investigations after a two-year pause.
New research suggests chimps have most of the mental capabilities needed to cook food.
Dramatic footage has emerged of Ecuador's Wolf volcano spewing lava into the ocean.
Experts call for "Global Apollo Programme" to tackle climate change
Seven sawfish in a Florida estuary become the first virgin-born vertebrates ever found in the wild, in a sexually reproducing species.
Solar Impulse, the zero-fuel aeroplane, lands in Japan after being forced to abort a Pacific crossing due to deteriorating weather ahead of it.
Britain's oldest sauropod dinosaur is identified from a fossil bone discovered on the North Yorkshire coast, experts reveal.
A decade of information about the world's harshest seas has been gathered together from specially tagged wandering seals.
Around half the world's Saiga antelope have died suddenly in Kazakhstan since May 10th, possibly due to stomach bacteria turning on their hosts.
Poor weather forces solar-powered plane Solar Impulse to make unscheduled stop in Japan en route from China to Hawaii.
European researchers have been working on underwater robots that aim to mimic the behaviour of animals and fish.
The plane attempting to circumnavigate the world powered only by the sun, is being forced to make a landing in Japan because of bad weather.
The Solar Impulse, which is attempting the world's first Pacific Ocean crossing in a solar-powered plane, is in holding pattern as weather worsens.
The bumpy road to climate change talks
Swiss pilot Andre Borschberg begins his bid to cross the Pacific, from China to Hawaii, in the zero-fuel Solar Impulse aeroplane.
Solar Impulse, a plane powered entirely by the sun, takes off on the most difficult leg of its mission to fly a solar plane around the world from China to Hawaii.
A powerful undersea earthquake south of Japan shakes buildings in the capital Tokyo and is felt across the country.
Scientists are using drones to monitor gray whales of the coast of California.
Awaiting Unesco's decision on a wonder of the natural world