BBC Science

Syndicate content BBC News - Science & Environment
The latest stories from the Science & Environment section of the BBC News web site.
Updated: 8 min 23 sec ago

Crystal beauty: Illuminating the structure of matter

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 01:41
Illuminating the crystalline structure of matter

The woman who cracked Enigma cyphers

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 19:43
Story of Bletchley Park's top female codebreaker

VIDEO: Twin waterspouts form off Liguria

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 02:14
Footage has emerged of the moment two waterspouts appeared simultaneously off the coast of Liguria, Italy,

Brain's taste secrets uncovered

Sat, 11/08/2014 - 16:00
The brain has dedicated neurons for each of the five taste categories - salty, bitter, sour, sweet and umami - scientists have discovered.

Testes 'most distinct human tissue'

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 18:13
The testes have been identified as the most distinctive type of human tissue, by a major project in Sweden.

History beckons for comet mission

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 10:50
If the Rosetta probe can get into just the right position around Comet 67P on Wednesday, it will eject the Philae lander on to a seven-hour descent to the surface of the 4km-wide icy object.

AUDIO: Mild winter 'behind fruit fly plague'

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 04:59
An unseasonal plague of fruit flies, being experienced by some parts of the UK, is down to an "exceptionally mild winter", according to Dr Michelle Fountain, an entomologist specialising in fruit crops at the East Malling Research Station in Kent.

Bats jam rivals' senses in food race

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 17:49
A species of bat has been observed for the first time interfering with the sound signals of competitors to "steal" food.

'Ghostly presence' created in lab

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 17:35
Scientists say they have identified parts of the brain that generate feelings of a phantom-like presence and create an experiment that makes people feel like a ghost is nearby.

First Europeans 'weathered Ice Age'

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 12:05
The genetic ancestry of the earliest Europeans survived the last Ice Age, DNA analysis suggests.

Half of stars are 'outside galaxies'

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 12:02
A new study of the universe's background light suggests that as many as half its stars might be hidden in the space between galaxies.

VIDEO: Bird poisoning 'a shocking case'

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 11:06
Norfolk gamekeeper Allen Lambert has been sentenced for what wildlife groups are calling the worst case of bird of prey poisoning recorded in England.

Mystery over monster cosmic cloud

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 07:12
Observations of a cosmic confrontation between a huge gas cloud and the black hole at the centre of our galaxy spark a debate.

Bird of prey poisoner sentenced

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 05:31
A gamekeeper convicted of "the worst case of bird of prey poisoning" recorded in England, according to the RSPB, is given a suspended sentence.

Whale makes a big splash off Skye

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 04:19
A fisherman captures images on his mobile phone of a humpback whale breaching in the sea off the Isle of Skye.

Planet formation captured in photo

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 04:03
The Alma radio telescope has snapped the clearest ever image of planets forming around a very young star.

VIDEO: Mobile phone recycling in Ivory Coast

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 03:27
As everyone rushes to get the newest phones with the latest gizmos, the BBC's Tamasin Ford finds out what happens to all the old ones.

Pharma industry gets high on profits

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 01:00
How do pharma firms make such fat profits?

Inflatable baby incubator wins award

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 21:01
A prototype inflatable incubator for prematurely born babies has been picked as 2014's winner of the James Dyson Award for engineering.

Interstellar tests brain and stamina

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 18:42
Space epic tests brain and stamina