The latest stories from the Science & Environment section of the BBC News web site.
Updated: 10 min 58 sec ago
Wed, 05/01/2013 - 08:43
Newly discovered bones prove the first permanent British settlers in North America turned to cannibalism over the winter of 1609-10, US researchers say.
Wed, 05/01/2013 - 07:03
US scientists have developed RFID-enabled paper that could be used to create banknotes that are easy to authenticate.
Wed, 05/01/2013 - 06:18
Satellite images reveal that 2,275 homes were destroyed during a military raid to hunt down militant Islamists in the northern Nigerian town of Baga last month, a rights group says.
Wed, 05/01/2013 - 02:00
The sticky challenge of bonding supercar parts together
Wed, 05/01/2013 - 01:42
IBM scientists use a few dozen atoms as stars in their film A Boy and his Atom, which has garnered the title of world's smallest movie.
Tue, 04/30/2013 - 23:48
A material called boron nitride - originally touted as useful for next-generation electronics - turns out to be a high-performance pollutant absorber.
Tue, 04/30/2013 - 20:40
The Tree council launch their annual woodland festival
Tue, 04/30/2013 - 20:06
Scientists find lab-dwelling fruit flies will eat one another - a discovery that could shed light on the biology of cannibalism.
Tue, 04/30/2013 - 18:10
Women may be more vulnerable to smoking-related diseases than men, a study of 600,000 medical records suggests.
Tue, 04/30/2013 - 16:00
Glow-in-the-dark ice alerts and other road revamps
Tue, 04/30/2013 - 10:51
Three peregrine falcon chicks have successfully hatched on the ledge of a city centre building belonging to Nottingham Trent University.
Tue, 04/30/2013 - 10:38
Researchers from the Alpha experiment at Cern report results from their first bid to determine if ghostly antimatter is a source of "antigravity".
Tue, 04/30/2013 - 10:26
Web debate reveals huge public interest in proposed mission to Mars
Tue, 04/30/2013 - 10:24
A group of space enthusiasts have spoken to the BBC about why it might be worth living on Mars.
Tue, 04/30/2013 - 08:29
Mental tasks are impaired at high altitude, meaning big decisions are best avoided, says the first UK professor of aerospace medicine.
Tue, 04/30/2013 - 07:28
A revamp of planning rules in Scotland could see wind farms being outlawed in the country's national parks and designated scenic areas.
Tue, 04/30/2013 - 06:53
The idea that humans nearly became extinct because of a super-volcano eruption 75,000 ago is not supported by new data from Africa, scientists say.
Tue, 04/30/2013 - 05:57
A Spanish doctor accused of running one of the world's largest sports doping rings is given a one year suspended sentence for endangering public health.
Tue, 04/30/2013 - 05:02
The spaceplane being developed by UK billionaire Sir Richard Branson has made its first powered flight.
Tue, 04/30/2013 - 02:59
Babies who sweat more when faced with scary situations show less aggression at the age of three, according to research by Cardiff University.