The latest stories from the Science & Environment section of the BBC News web site.
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US regulators have given the go-ahead to genetically modified salmon, making it the first GM animal destined for human consumption.
A government-commissioned review says UK science funding should be determined by a single independent agency, and overseen perhaps by the chancellor himself.
Bacteria are now resistant to drugs of last resort meaning the world is on the cusp of a "post-antibiotic era", warn scientists.
A group of Tasmanian Devils are being reintroduced to their natural habitat in Tasmania as part of a plan designed to save the carnivorous marsupials from a cancer threatening them with extinction.
Reflective paint, which could "save hundreds" of Dartmoor's livestock from being killed by vehicles, is put on ponies after an initial trial is deemed a success.
Scientists say the contribution of a melting Antarctica to sea level rise this century will be significant and challenging, but that some nightmare scenarios are just not realistic.
Bees exposed to widely-used nicotine-like pesticides are not as good at pollinating crops, according to a study.
The UK's remaining coal-fired power stations will be shut by 2025, energy secretary Amber Rudd proposes.
For the first time, researchers eliminate a devastating amphibian fungal disease in a population of toads.
A new study sheds light on unanswered questions about the risks of pesticides to bees.
Scientists say a particular fold at the front of the brain tends to be shorter in those schizophrenia patients who experience hallucinations.
A new calculation fixes the total amount of groundwater on the planet, held in rock and soil below our feet, at 23 million cubic km.
Wet and cold spring and summer weather is blamed for one of Scotland's rarest breeding birds having a poor season.
Some of the UK's dung beetle species are becoming scarcer and could even face extinction, according to scientists gathering information on the insects.
The "huge dependency" of refugees on wood and charcoal-based fuels has horrific consequences on refugees' health, a report has warned.
This year's El Niño weather event is expected to gain in strength before the end of this year according to the latest research.
Geneticists have detected a fourth ancestral "tribe" which contributed to the modern European gene pool.
The sequence for firing up a supersonic car
A humpback whale is freed by fishermen from a buoy and rope that were attached to lobster pots.
Actor Peter Sarsgaard talks about his challenging new movie Experimenter about the 1961 electric shock experiment that stunned the world.