The latest stories from the Science & Environment section of the BBC News web site.
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Environment Agency chairman Sir Philip Dilley, who faced criticism during the recent floods, resigns.
A mountain lion killed in the US state of Idaho had a set of fully-formed teeth growing out of its forehead, wildlife officials say.
Scientists make microscopic 3D maps of the tracks carved by comet dust when a Nasa spacecraft collected samples in blocks of gel.
What can be learned from preparing for a medical emergency in space?
The growth in number of seal pup births on a public beach in Norfolk is described as "spectacular".
By measuring the age of 70,000 stars across the Milky Way, astronomers make a "growth chart" for our galaxy.
Fracking firms exploring for shale gas are to be allowed to sink boreholes and set off explosive charges without planning permission.
The evidence suggesting we have entered a new geological epoch defined by humanity's impact on the Earth is now overwhelming, believes an international scientific panel.
Astronomer Feryal Ozel speaks to the BBC's Jonathan Webb about the Event Horizon Telescope.
Sandringham School in St Albans makes a small piece of history by making the first amateur radio call from the UK to a British astronaut on the space station.
Scientists at Newcastle University fit tiny 3D glasses on praying mantises in experiments which could help visual perception in robots.
A global network of nine radio telescopes is set to take the first ever picture of a black hole's event horizon in 2017.
Bacteria recovered from Oetzi the Iceman shed light on his health and also human history, scientists report.
The late French explorer Jacques Cousteau's famous ship, Calypso, will sail again following renovation work, its owners reveal.
We may owe our ability to fight disease to our extinct relatives - the Neanderthals and Denisovans.
Farmers in Cumbria have been hard hit by the floods, including one who watched his flock drown.
British researchers use diamonds to compress hydrogen very close to the conditions where it ought to start behaving like a metal.
A plan to pay farmers in England for allowing their land to be flooded, in a bid to protect towns downstream, is to be considered by the government.
Will refugee crisis hurt Sweden's green energy plans?
Two astronomers argue that ancient, dense clusters of stars at the fringe of the Milky Way are a good bet in the search for alien intelligence.