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BBC News - Science & Environment
The latest stories from the Science & Environment section of the BBC News web site.
19 Sep
The human eye has inspired physicists to create a processor that can analyse particle collisions 400 times faster than currently possible.
19 Sep
Recognising the land rights of local people could provide cost-effective protection for many of the world's tropical forests, a report says.
19 Sep
Research that investigated why bananas are slippery when you step on them wins one of this year's Ig Nobel prizes.
18 Sep
A major international study finds that killings among chimpanzees result from normal competition, not human interference.
18 Sep
Most present-day Europeans are a mixture of three ancient populations, according to a major study published in the journal Nature.
17 Sep
Engineers build a chin strap that harnesses the energy produced by jaw movements, and could one day power hearing aids or bluetooth earpieces.
17 Sep
Effective urban transit systems can encourage people out of their cars and provide a cost-effective way to tackle climate change, a report suggests.
17 Sep
The US space agency picks the companies it hopes can take the country's astronauts back into space - a capability lost when the shuttles retired in 2011.
17 Sep
King Richard III was probably killed by two blows to the head during a "sustained attack", according to new research.
17 Sep
A trial of an experimental vaccine against the Ebola virus is to begin in Oxford.
17 Sep
BBC Click looks at a new laser projector that promises to deliver brighter and clearer pictures.
17 Sep
Hedgehogs are more thinly spread in the UK than previously believed, a study using ink pads to record their paw prints reveals.
17 Sep
US President Barack Obama calls the Ebola outbreak in West Africa a threat to security worldwide while announcing a larger US role, including 3,000 troops, to help fight the virus.
16 Sep
The government is failing to reduce air pollution, protect biodiversity and prevent flooding, a cross-party body of MPs says.
16 Sep
A global commission says the extra costs of tackling climate change will be 'modest', but doing nothing could put the world economy at risk.
16 Sep
An Australian goldfish called George is recovering from successful microsurgery in which a large tumour was removed from his brain.
9 Sep
Archaeologists date the weapon to the Shang or Zhou dynasties - the dawn of Chinese civilisation.
15 Sep
Europe's Rosetta mission, which aims to land on a 4km-wide comet later this year, identifies what it thinks is the safest place to touch down.
12 Sep
The Advanced Ligo instrument, a laser "ruler" built to measure the traces of gravitational waves, is progressing at amazing speed, scientists say.
12 Sep
A robot unveiled today at the British Science Festival will be loading dishwashers next year, its developers claim.
12 Sep
A giant fossil, unearthed in the Sahara desert, has given scientists an unprecedented look at Spinosaurus - the largest-known carnivorous dinosaur.
12 Sep
The brain is still active while we sleep, say scientists, who found people were able to classify words according to their meaning during their slumber.
11 Sep
The Rosetta spacecraft has sent a hauntingly beautiful picture of itself from deep space.
15 Sep
The Chinese sturgeon, thought to have existed for more than 140 million years, is now on the brink of extinction, say local media.
15 Sep
Construction has begun on a giant observation tower in the heart of the Amazon basin in Brazil to monitor climate change.
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