The latest stories from the Science & Environment section of the BBC News web site.
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Botanists have been stunned by the results of their annual hunt for plants in flower on New Year’s Day.
A virulent pathogen that starves and can kill olive trees poses a serious threat to EU olive production, experts warn.
One of deep space's spinning "lighthouses" fades from view as it warps space-time, tilting its radio beams away from Earth.
The little world is finally about to come into view
Astronomers measure Saturn’s position with unprecedented accuracy thanks to a continent-wide radio telescope.
How milking snake venom could save thousands of lives
Scientists in Canada create a computer program that they say is the perfect poker player - never making a mistake.
What is the future for drones?
Astrophysicists studying the unstable "stellar monster" Eta Carinae unveil fresh insights and a 3D model of the destructive maelstrom at its heart.
The hardware helpers invading your home
The world's biggest ship - for 53 days
The teams burying the Ebola victims in Sierra Leone
The animals killed and maimed in Australia's bushfires
The decades-long drought in the search for new antibiotics to tackle drug-resistant infections could be over, after a breakthrough by US scientists.
Can we really give up fossil fuels?
Most of the world's fossil fuel reserves must stay in the ground if dangerous global warming is to be avoided, modelling work suggests.
What you need to drive at 1,000mph
Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell agrees to a $84m (£55m) settlement with residents of the Bodo community in the Niger Delta for two major oil spills.
Should planes be tracked in real time?
The Antarctic people treading in Shackleton's footsteps