The latest stories from the Science & Environment section of the BBC News web site.
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The BBC's forthcoming mini-computer gains features absent in an earlier prototype, but is also to be more bulky when used as a standalone device.
The New Horizons spacecraft lost very little science data when it went into "safe mode" at the weekend, the mission team says.
Scorching summers such as the one in 2003 look set to become more common in England and Wales, a study suggests.
The pollen count is an important part of the weather forecast for the estimated 31 million people who suffer from hayfever.
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Scientists say a compound in cat urine changes mouse behaviour, making them less afraid of cats.
Solar Impulse, the aeroplane that is powered only by the sun, lands in Hawaii after making a historic 7,200km flight across the Pacific from Japan.
A major report warns that life in the seas will be irreversibly changed unless CO2 emissions from industrial society are drastically cut.
Northern Ireland is to start a limited cull of badgers as part of a research project to combat a disease in cattle that costs the taxpayer £30m a year.
Zoo animals across Europe are being fed frozen treats to keep them cool and hydrated during the current heatwave.
A gene therapy has stabilised and slightly improved cystic fibrosis in some of 136 patients in a trial.
High-speed video reveals how insects take to the air
A major report warns that life in the seas will be irreversibly changed unless CO2 emissions are drastically cut.
Researchers are using super slow-motion footage to reveal the secrets of the most acrobatic insects
Juan Pablo Culasso has been blind since birth but he has become one of the best "birdwatchers" in South America.
BP has reached an $18.7bn (£12bn) settlement with the US Department of Justice following the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
The New Horizons mission to Pluto releases new colour views of the dwarf planet, revealing some intriguing dark spots.
Robots move into homes and the workplace
The founding chairman of a leading rural development and anti-poverty organisation wins the 2015 World Food Prize.