The latest stories from the Science & Environment section of the BBC News web site.
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Senior neuroscientists attack a major European project aiming to simulate the human brain.
Rats can change the way they use their whiskers depending on how well they know their surroundings, new research shows.
A contraceptive computer chip that can be controlled by remote control has been developed in Massachusetts.
Wild elephants are being held in horrific conditions in Myanmar as smugglers seek to resume a lucrative trade to Thailand, a report says.
Teaching an endangered species to love again
Environmentalists accuse Commonwealth Games organisers of reneging on promises to create low emission zones around venues.
A rare bird of prey has been spotted hunting on the River Mersey, says a wildlife charity.
Medical and scientific research across the UK will suffer if Scotland votes for independence, claim the heads of three academic institutions.
Customers call the shots on Ariane 6
A baby rhino who was saved after his mother was killed by poachers is on the road to recovery, his rescuers have said.
US conservationists and a satellite imaging company have teamed up to use the power of crowdsourcing to halt the spread of destructive invasive plants.
One of Europe's premier scientific research laboratories - the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility - is to go through a 150m-euro (£120m) upgrade.
Some people are unhappy in their own company and prefer painful experiences to their own thoughts, claims a contentious new study.
Researchers from the University of St Andrews say they have translated the meanings of gestures that wild chimpanzees use to communicate. The findings are published in the journal Current Biology.
Researchers say they have worked out the meaning of the gestures that wild chimpanzees use to communicate.
German doctors are highlighting the dangers of headbanging after a 50-year-old man developed bleeding in the brain following a Motorhead concert.
Researchers work out the meaning of the gestures that wild chimpanzees use to communicate.
Budding bumblebee enthusiasts are being encouraged to take part in a research project designed to help save crucial species.
Disposing of fossil fuel wastewater is likely to have triggered a sharp rise in earthquakes in the US state of Oklahoma, say scientists.
Prof Dame Sally Davies answers your questions