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BBC News - Science & Environment
The latest stories from the Science & Environment section of the BBC News web site.
1 Nov
A pilot is killed and another is injured as Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo space tourism craft crashes in California.
31 Oct
A team has developed micro-sized rockets, powered by seawater, that can neutralise chemical and biological weapons.
1 Nov
Results from a citizen science online experiment suggests that the Spice Girls' Wannabe is the UK's catchiest hit single.
31 Oct
Technology developed during World War Two is to be used as a back-up for GPS in ports across England and Scotland.
31 Oct
A skin-eating fungus threatens salamanders and newts across Europe, and probably arrived on pet amphibians imported from Asia.
30 Oct
Scientists and government officials are meeting in Copenhagen to edit a report on the causes, impact and solutions to global warming.
31 Oct
Animals took so long to evolve and thrive on Earth because of incredibly low levels of oxygen during a period more than a billion years ago, scientists say.
30 Oct
The builders of an unmanned supply rocket which exploded on the way to the International Space Station have vowed to find the cause of the failure.
30 Oct
Scientists confirm that a frog found living in New York City wetlands is a new species.
30 Oct
Australian scientists say they have successfully tested a vaccine aimed at protecting wild koalas from chlamydia.
29 Oct
About 2,000 hectares of fertile land are lost each day due to damage caused by salt, according to a UN analysis.
29 Oct
A new study confirms that giant tortoise numbers on one of the Galapagos Islands have bounced back thanks to captive breeding.
28 Oct
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.
29 Oct
Google is attempting to diagnose cancers, heart attack risks and other ailments with a system that combines nanoparticles and a wrist-worn sensor.
28 Oct
Two genes are associated with repeat violent offenders, according to a genetic analysis of almost 900 criminals in Finland.
28 Oct
Australia's Academy of Science says a government draft plan to protect the Great Barrier Reef will not prevent its decline.
30 Oct
An innate ability some people have to manipulate their vocal frequency could be the key to sounding charismatic, according to new research.
31 Oct
Scratching an itch releases serotonin, which paradoxically makes you more itchy, research suggests.
28 Oct
A fragment of ancient Australia is found under Vanuatu in the South Pacific, raising new questions about how continents are formed.
24 Oct
Campaigners start legal action to prevent the government from capturing a family of wild beavers.
24 Oct
The extinction of the biggest shark known to science may have triggered whales to grow to their current hefty sizes, a study suggests.
23 Oct
Farmland birds are at their lowest levels since records began, according to government figures.
23 Oct
DNA analysis of a 45,000-year-old human has helped scientists pinpoint when our ancestors interbred with Neanderthals.
23 Oct
Two dinosaur skeletons have been unearthed in Mongolia, solving a mystery that has baffled palaeontologists for 50 years.
28 Oct
Attempts to restrict population growth will not solve global sustainability issues in the short term, new research says.
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