The latest stories from the Science & Environment section of the BBC News web site.
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The European Space Agency confirms the decision to try to land a robot on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on Wednesday 12 November.
Campaigners say the UK will lose its leading position in science and engineering unless current cutbacks are reversed.
Italy will become the first country in Europe to legally require "advanced biofuels" in cars and trucks, the BBC has learned.
The Philae robot, soon to attempt a landing on Comet 67P, takes another dramatic image of the icy object.
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A new form of solar cloud is identified by research led by Dundee University into "space weather" emanating from the Sun.
Global climate models under play the amount of CO2 being absorbed by plants, according to new research.
Scientists are warning that an army of shrimps and mussels from Turkey and Ukraine is poised to invade Britain's waterways and kill off native species.
A new species of hermaphrodite land snail found in Taiwan has been named in support of marriage equality.
A backpacker finds a leech which had been living in her nose for a month after returning from a trip to South East Asia.
A new species of mussel has been found in the UK which could be hugely damaging to British wildlife.
Geologists name the UK's top 100 geological sites, including 10 "people's favourites".
Hi-res surveillance system causes US controversy
Scientists warn that an army of organisms from Turkey and Ukraine is poised to invade Britain's waterways and destroy native species.
How the first human to walk in space nearly didn't return to Earth
Archaeologists in Greece uncover a large floor mosaic at a huge burial site at Amphipolis dating to the time of Alexander the Great.
How the US changed the language of science
Can a team of ponies munch a meadow back to life?
A small group of neurons that respond to the hormone oxytocin are key to controlling sexual behaviour in mice, a team finds.
US researchers discover how sidewinders climb sand dunes by studying their motion in the lab and copying it with a robot.