The latest stories from the Science & Environment section of the BBC News web site.
Updated: 19 min 18 sec ago
Thu, 07/03/2014 - 06:12
Europe's Rosetta spacecraft is edging ever closer to its quarry - the 4km-wide Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
Thu, 07/03/2014 - 02:23
Scientists on rival projects looking for evidence that the early Universe underwent a super-expansion are in discussion about working together and publishing a joint paper.
Thu, 07/03/2014 - 02:10
A major study into the potential of fracking to contaminate drinking water with methane is published, highlighting where shale deposits and aquifers coincide.
Thu, 07/03/2014 - 02:10
Plants have been grown inside a microscope to allow scientists to watch their roots developing in 3D.
Thu, 07/03/2014 - 02:09
Members of the public are being asked to send in their sightings of the UK's bizarre and beautiful woodland moths for Moth Night 2014.
Wed, 07/02/2014 - 18:28
Scientists have worked out the unique anatomy that allows giraffes' long, spindly legs to support their weight.
Wed, 07/02/2014 - 18:24
An ancient creature halfway between a dinosaur and a bird had feathered "trousers" on its hindlimbs, a new fossil reveals.
Wed, 07/02/2014 - 16:02
Tackle food waste and help feed the world
Wed, 07/02/2014 - 14:49
Oklahoma drought kindles spectre of 1930s crisis
Wed, 07/02/2014 - 14:11
Parts of the United States are experiencing the worst drought for decades with farmers warning that harvests are being badly hit.
Wed, 07/02/2014 - 11:03
A gene that allows present-day people cope with life at high altitude was inherited from an extinct species of human, Nature journal has reported.
Wed, 07/02/2014 - 11:00
The UK will have to divert a significant amount of waste away from landfill under new EU proposals on recycling.
Wed, 07/02/2014 - 10:07
New research shows that the spread of TB in cattle can only be controlled if more radical measures are adopted.
Wed, 07/02/2014 - 04:45
Research reporting one of the biggest "breakthroughs" in stem-cell science has been withdrawn after "critical errors" were discovered.
Wed, 07/02/2014 - 03:58
Nasa has launched a mission dedicated to measuring carbon dioxide (CO2) from space.
Wed, 07/02/2014 - 02:08
African cichlid fish's memory of feeding areas can span up to twelve days, scientists show.
Tue, 07/01/2014 - 23:01
Many coral reefs in the Caribbean could vanish in the next 20 years, according to a report published by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.
Tue, 07/01/2014 - 21:23
Naps may help dormice help them save energy and survive until it is time to hibernate, say scientists.
Tue, 07/01/2014 - 18:17
Medicine could soon be "cast back into the dark ages" unless action is taken to tackle the growing resistance to antibiotics, David Cameron says.
Tue, 07/01/2014 - 09:47
New tracking data shows that Chilean devil rays dive down nearly 2km below the ocean surface.