The latest stories from the Science & Environment section of the BBC News web site.
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Two genes are associated with repeat violent offenders, according to a genetic analysis of almost 900 criminals in Finland.
Funding has been confirmed for a £97m supercomputer to improve the Met Office's weather forecasting and climate modelling.
Conservationists are warning that some of Britain's endangered plants are being put under even greater threat, because thieves are stealing them to order.
Plans are unveiled for a £97m supercomputer which will boost the Met Office's computing capacity by 13 times, improving weather forecasting and climate modelling.
Australia's Academy of Science says a government draft plan to protect the Great Barrier Reef will not prevent its decline.
The high-stakes world of botanical crime
A fragment of ancient Australia is found under Vanuatu in the South Pacific, raising new questions about how continents are formed.
Attempts to restrict population growth will not solve global sustainability issues in the short term, new research says.
The UK's smallest and rarest swan suffers an "alarming crash in numbers", the Gloucestershire-based Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust says.
The 10 trees to make the final of England's "Tree of the Year" competition are announced.
Into the assembly of the world's fastest car
A new £1.1m study led from Dundee University is to investigate whether eye tests can provide an "early warning" of Alzheimer's disease.
Australia's green energy firms hit by target cuts
DNA-programmed blotting paper could soon be giving doctors a simple disease test that will reveal an infection in 30 minutes for just a few pence.
Wetheriggs Animal Rescue Centre in Cumbria move their 1700 animals to a new home County Durham.
10 things you may not have known about being amused
Google executive Alan Eustace has broken the world altitude record for a parachute jump by leaping from 135,890 feet (41,419 metres) beating Felix Baumgartner's record.
Can science explain the flocking habits of starlings?
Google executive Alan Eustace breaks the world altitude record for a parachute jump set two years ago by Felix Baumgartner.
Stags, starlings and more turn out for Autumnwatch