The latest stories from the Science & Environment section of the BBC News web site.
Updated: 14 min 47 sec ago
A successful "drop test" is conducted on Europe's IXV, an experimental re-entry vehicle that will help engineers design the next generation of spacecraft.
Environment Secretary Owen Paterson says GM makes sense for consumers, farmers and the environment and calls for reform of EU regulations.
Speedboats and water bikes using Cardigan Bay may be driving its famous dolphins over 100 miles north to quieter waters, experts have warned.
Adding silver to antibiotics boosts their ability to fight infection, research suggests.
China has held its first classroom lecture from its orbiting space station as part of efforts to appeal to young people.
A genetic similarity between snail fossils found in Ireland and the Eastern Pyrenees suggests humans migrated from southern Europe to Ireland 8,000 years ago.
A jellyfish usually native to the colder waters off Scotland is discovered stranded in a rock pool near Newquay.
The plights of the world's threatened birds show the value of investing in conservation, according to an international report.
Mars' atmosphere could have been rich in oxygen four billion years ago - well before Earth's air became augmented with the gas.
A rodent that never gets cancer could hold the key to preventing or treating malignant tumours, say scientists.
A moth not previously recorded in Scotland is spotted in the Highlands after conservationists missed their ferry.
How the Cassini spacecraft will photograph Earth from Saturn
High levels of a toxic radioactive isotope, strontium-90, have been found in groundwater at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant, its operator says.
Edinburgh marine biologists discover a deep-sea shark spawning ground on Scotland's only inshore coral reef.
The Cassini probe in orbit around Saturn is going to picture the ringed planet in a special photo that also includes a distant Earth.
Older male burying beetles work harder at parental care and mating than younger counterparts, a study suggests.
A hairy crab named after US actor David Hasselhoff hitched a ride on an ocean "super-highway" to colonise deep sea vents in the Atlantic.
The quality of a performance does not drive the amount of applause an audience gives, a study suggests.
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