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The latest stories from the Science & Environment section of the BBC News web site.
27 Jan
Astronomers say they have discovered a gigantic ring system around a distant planet - the first such structure discovered outside our Solar System.
28 Jan
The best image ever acquired of Ceres, the largest asteroid in the Solar System, is now in the hands of science.
27 Jan
England's natural environment is in decline and its deterioration is harming the economy, an independent advisory group warns.
27 Jan
Scientists who tracked the large asteroid 2004 BL86 as it passed by Earth say it has a small satellite.
27 Jan
Extreme weather arising from a climate phenomenon in the Pacific Ocean will get much worse as the world warms, according to climate modelling.
27 Jan
Scientists need to work together to capitalise on a growing body of evidence showing a link between biodiversity and human wellbeing, a US review suggests.
26 Jan
President Barack Obama is to propose setting aside the majority of Alaska's national wildlife refuge as a wilderness area.
27 Jan
MPs overwhelmingly reject a bid to suspend fracking for shale gas - but agree to Labour proposals to impose new conditions.
25 Jan
Nasa's mission to Pluto gets under way in earnest as the New Horizons probe starts taking the pictures needed for July's close fly-by.
23 Jan
A jellyfish tagging study reveals the creatures' ability to swim against the current when forming their submarine swarms, say researchers.
23 Jan
A team of Scottish scientists make light travel slower than the speed of light by changing the shape of photons.
23 Jan
Scientists working on Europe's Rosetta mission say they may have found evidence for how comets are formed.
23 Jan
The first batch of a vaccine against Ebola is on its way to Liberia and trials are expected to start soon.
22 Jan
The number of rhinos killed in South Africa last year sets a new record, officials say.
22 Jan
A UK-developed smart application that incorporates satellite and other data is tracking illegal fishing on the high seas.
22 Jan
Researchers have decoded ancient recordings from fragments of an asteroid dating back billions of years to the start of the Solar System.
27 Jan
New high-speed video footage suggests that the classic chemistry explosion of an alkali metal in water is driven by positive charges repelling each other.
27 Jan
Lance Armstrong says the time is coming when he should be forgiven, and tells the BBC he would do it again under the same circumstances.
22 Jan
Atlas - one of the most advanced robots in the world - is upgraded by its owner Google to include a battery pack, allowing it go "wireless".
21 Jan
An X-ray scanning technique allows physicists to read letters from a fragile, burnt scroll dug from beneath Mount Vesuvius - without unrolling it.
20 Jan
Doctors have carried out the first organ transplant from a newborn in the UK, giving a dead baby's kidneys and liver cells to two separate recipients.
16 Jan
High-resolution images taken from orbit identify the landing location of the lost Beagle2 probe, and it appears to be in one piece.
22 Jan
US scientists say they have taken the first step towards making "safer" GMOs that cannot spread in the wild, using synthetic biology.
20 Jan
The socioeconomic shocks following the collapse of the Soviet Union also affected the region's wildlife, a study suggests.
20 Jan
US scientists are asking the public to send in soil samples that can be screened for compounds that could be used to make vital new drugs to fight deadly infections and cancer.
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