The latest stories from the Science & Environment section of the BBC News web site.
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Dr Vanessa Banks from the British Geological Survey explains why recent heavy rainfall has led to an increased number of sinkholes.
A West African giraffe - said to be "one of the rarest animals on the planet" - has been born at a Cumbrian wildlife park.
A monkey's brain has been used to control the movements of a sedated monkey, scientists report, raising hope for advances in overcoming paralysis.
Britain likely to face threat of more sinkholes, say experts
A West African giraffe - said to be one of the rarest animals on the planet - is born at a Cumbrian wildlife park.
Barrage over climate change's role in floods
Why our hands and feet are marvels of engineering
Bizarre bones of the animal kingdom
A tool for predicting the risk of clinical depression in teenage boys has been developed by researchers.
Nobel Prize winner Peter Higgs could have been one of the architects of the biggest physics theory - but missed out because of an early night.
Chicago goes to war with Asian carp
How has homosexuality survived natural selection?
A project seeks hundreds, maybe thousands, of volunteer boats to help map the depth of the seas around the UK and beyond.
Can Europe keep its data to itself?
Can wearable sleep monitors give athletes a competitive edge? The BBC's Jane O'Brien reports.
Floods have unexpected impacts on UK wildlife
Scientists make an impassioned plea for a responsible approach to industrial mining of deep-ocean resources such as high-value metals.
The EU freezes talks with Switzerland over its participation in EU research and education programmes amid tensions over immigration.
Researchers claim their new study is compelling confirmation that weaknesses in firearm laws in the US lead to deaths from gun violence.
Why do placebos often seem to work for people?