The latest stories from the Science & Environment section of the BBC News web site.
Plans to generate electricity from the world's first series of tidal lagoons are unveiled in the UK, with sites proposed in Wales, Somerset and Cumbria.
Scientists say climate change will lead to a shift in the timing of when trees come into leaf in British woodlands.
The Svalbard "Doomsday" seed vault, which protects the world's food crops, accepts its first consignment of seeds from forest tree species.
UK industry completes construction of the modules that make up the Lisa Pathfinder satellite - a remarkable probe that will test the key technologies needed to detect gravitational waves in space.
Fragments of wheat DNA suggest wheat was present in Britain 8,000 years ago, long before it was grown by British farmers.
Scientists at Plymouth University play improvised pieces of music with the help of slime mould.
The United Kingdom should create an ambassador for the Arctic or risk being pushed out of key decisions for the region, a House of Lords report says.
A devastating disease that has wiped out amphibians around the world has been discovered in Madagascar, scientists report.
Concerns are growing about antibiotic resistance of bacteria carried by poultry, according to a new report.
A team of Brazilian scientists says they have calculated that the bite of a giant prehistoric caiman was twice has strong as that of a T-Rex.
Europe's approval system for GM crops is "fundamentally flawed" and should be overhauled, say MPs.
A machine inspired by the human brain has learned how to play 49 classic Atari video games - a step towards self-thinking robots, scientists say.
The results of the UK government's first auction for renewable energy subsidies are a boost for offshore wind, with solar the biggest loser.
Residents of the Dutch town of Purmerend are advised to take umbrellas out at night after a rogue owl leaves man requiring stitches to head wounds.
Smart syringes that can be used only once should be used for injections, the World Health Organization has announced.
A new generation of bionic limbs could be the result of research being led by scientists at Newcastle University.
Russia commits itself to operations on the International Space Station until 2024, matching the intentions of the Americans.
A drone specialist in Portugal demonstrates a flight controlled by human brainwaves, and suggests a future of large-scale unmanned flying.
The winds blasted out by supermassive black holes at the centre of galaxies are strong enough to slow the birth of new stars, astronomers reveal.
Sea levels along the northeast coast of the US rose dramatically during 2009-2010 in an event scientists describe as "very unusual".
The head of the United Nations climate change panel, Rajendra Pachauri, steps down amid sexual harassment allegations he denies.
Kew Gardens, which is facing an annual £5m budget deficit, announces its new science strategy.
A new project at Glasgow University aims to help resolve why robins are up all night singing in cities.
Two of the rarest birds of prey in England, which had been satellite tagged, vanish in unexplained circumstances.
"Restaurants" of dead meat set up for endangered vultures also attract an undesirable clientele of hyenas and jackals, according to a six-year study.