The latest stories from the Science & Environment section of the BBC News web site.
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Russia's troubled space port nears launch
Work is nearing completion on building Russia's new Vostochny space port, designed to replace the Baikonur launch facility in Kazakhstan.
Are fitbands the future of genetic research?
Would it be right to completely eradicate mosquitoes?
Commercial satellite giant Intelsat launches the first of its new Epic spacecraft - a next-generation high-throughput telecommunications system - that will be critical to the future fortune of the company.
An artificial intelligence program developed by Google beats Europe's top player at the ancient Chinese game of Go, about a decade earlier than expected.
The planned introduction of 30 Marine Protected Areas off Scotland has sparked a "passionate debate", says the environment secretary.
The Devils Hole pupfish, one of the rarest species in world, may not have existed as a distinct population for as long as once thought.
Astronomers discover the largest known solar system, consisting of a large planet that takes a million years to orbit its star.
Facebook says its is "getting close" to having artificial intelligence software capable of beating the top players of the board game Go.
Remote communities are not receiving the compensation they are entitled to from schemes designed to conserve tropical forests, a study suggests.
The woman who could have been on ill-fated shuttle flight
It's difficult to keep a conspiracy under wraps, scientists say, because sooner or later, one of the conspirators will blow its cover.
One of the founding fathers of artificial intelligence has died, aged 88.
A transcript of Stephen Hawking's first Reith Lecture, annotated by BBC science editor David Shukman
James Webb, the space telescope that will take over from Hubble, is reaching some key milestones in its preparation for launch in 2018.
Explorer Henry Worsley dies during a solo attempt to cross Antarctica and complete the unfinished journey of his hero Sir Ernest Shackleton.
Five sperm whales have washed up on beaches in Lincolnshire and Norfolk.
The secretary bird kicks snakes to death with a strike that packs five times the bird's own weight in a fraction of a second, scientists say.
UK researchers measure the power in the strike of the secretary bird, which hunts by kicking.