The latest stories from the Science & Environment section of the BBC News web site.
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The great predators of Britain's seas need protection from over-fishing, pollution, boat traffic and marine development, a report says.
Remote controlled cars, some disguised as penguins, help researchers to study animals without stressing them, say scientists.
The government has made an agreement with landowners including Network Rail and the Highways Agency to restore bee-friendly habitat throughout England.
When a blue thermos flask sent from Zaire arrived at a lab in Antwerp in September 1976, no one knew that the blood samples inside would contain the worlds first glimpse of Ebola.
US officials say a descent safety device on the crashed Virgin Galactic spacecraft deployed early during Friday's fatal test flight.
Engineers produce child-safe batteries that could prevent thousands of injuries, because a special insulating layer makes them safe to swallow.
Laser experts head an Australian space industry boom
People could be offered the chance to buy shares in local wind farms, solar farms and hydro power stations under new industry guidelines.
Ideal growing conditions means British fruit farmers are still harvesting strawberries into November.
The Woodland Trust asks for votes to choose England's first Tree of the Year to compete in a Europe-wide contest.
Safety board gives early details of fatal Virgin crash
A safety device on the Virgin Galactic spacecraft that crashed on Friday deployed early during the fatal test flight, US investigators say.
Virgin Galactic insists safety has always been central to its operations, following the crash of its experimental spacecraft in the US on Friday.
The unrestricted use of fossil fuels should be phased out by 2100, if the world is to avoid dangerous climate change, a UN-backed expert panel says.
The unrestricted use of fossil fuels must end soon if the world is to avoid dangerous climate change, according to scientists on a UN-backed panel.
The investigation into the Virgin Galactic spacecraft crash in California could take about 12 months, the US transport safety chief says.
US investigators begin an inquiry into why a Virgin Galactic space rocket crashed on a test flight, killing a pilot.
Researchers in the US investigate whether the hum and rumble of urban life is what makes rhinos reluctant to breed in captivity.
Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson vows to continue his space tourism venture despite the SpaceShipTwo craft crashing in the US, killing a pilot.
Results from a citizen science online experiment suggests that the Spice Girls' Wannabe is the UK's catchiest hit single.