BBC Science

Syndicate content BBC News - Science & Environment
The latest stories from the Science & Environment section of the BBC News web site.
Updated: 1 min 28 sec ago

New phase in polar bear breeding plan

Fri, 02/19/2016 - 07:07
A polar bear breeding project in Scotland takes a step forward with the arrival of a crate for moving a male bear to a female's enclosure.

Goats gut fungi could boost biofuels

Fri, 02/19/2016 - 06:12
The legendary abilities of goats and sheep to digest a wide range of inedible materials could help scientists produce cheaper biofuels.

Bronze Age wheel at 'British Pompeii'

Fri, 02/19/2016 - 03:11
A Bronze Age wheel described as an "unprecedented" find is unearthed at a site dubbed "Britain's Pompeii".

VIDEO: Timelapse shows Virgin Galactic space ship

Fri, 02/19/2016 - 02:04
Sir Richard Branson is preparing to unveil a new version of his Virgin Galactic space ship after months of preparation in the Mojave desert in California.

Orders 'distance us' from our actions

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 12:31
Neuroscientists add fresh insight to the famous observation that people are content to hurt others if they are ordered to do so.

'Consequences' if US quits Paris deal

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 09:55
US lead climate negotiator warns of significant diplomatic consequences if a new President pulls out of the Paris climate agreement.

VIDEO: 'Hairy panic' invades Australia town

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 08:14
Extremely dry conditions have caused masses of tumbleweed to pile up outside homes in rural Australia.

Australia town consumed by 'hairy panic'

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 00:41
A fast-growing tumbleweed called "hairy panic" is clogging up homes in a small Australian town.

Tiny sea snail 'swims like a bee'

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 00:24
A microscopic species of sea snail "flies" underwater using movements just like winged insects, according to a study.

Why shouldn’t a sledge go at 150mph?

Wed, 02/17/2016 - 17:29
The world speed record for a gravity-powered snow sledge is currently 83mph (134km/h) but three Norwegian friends are hoping to smash it.

Earlier date for Neanderthal-human sex

Wed, 02/17/2016 - 11:29
Neanderthals and humans interbred about 40,000 years earlier than was previously thought, a study suggests.

Bird cells 'can clear fatal infection'

Wed, 02/17/2016 - 09:47
A specialised white blood cell found in birds can destroy an infection which is thought to cause thousands of deaths a year worldwide, scientists claim.

VIDEO: In a spin: Tim Peake demos gyroscope

Wed, 02/17/2016 - 04:58
Watch astronaut Tim Peake demonstrate how gyro-stabilisation is used to allow greater control on the International Space Station.

Space archaeologist wins $1m TED prize

Wed, 02/17/2016 - 04:56
Archaeologist Dr Sarah Parcak says she will spend the $1m TED prize to try to locate undiscovered sites around the world.

VIDEO: Rocket launch from Japan space centre

Wed, 02/17/2016 - 04:55
Japan has launched a rocket from the Tanegashima Space Centre in the south of the country.

'Significant' fertiliser boost needed

Wed, 02/17/2016 - 04:28
The world must significantly increase its use of phosphorus-based fertiliser to meet future demands for food says a new study.

Inside the UK's largest salt mine

Tue, 02/16/2016 - 19:51
The business idea keeping salt mines afloat

Meteorites 'buried in ice' by the Sun

Tue, 02/16/2016 - 17:09
A study suggests there could be a layer of iron-rich meteorites hidden just beneath the Antarctic ice.

VIDEO: Why the brain is a marvel of evolution

Tue, 02/16/2016 - 10:07
Fergus Walsh introduces the marvel that is the human brain.

Why brains are beautiful

Tue, 02/16/2016 - 09:59
Neuroscience is getting closer to tackling mental illness