BBC News - Science & Environment

BBC News - Science & Environment

Botanic gardens 'best hope' for saving endangered plants
The world's botanic gardens contain a third of all known plants and help protect 40% of endangered ones.
09/26/2017 06:01 AM
Australia joins UK space radar mission
Australia is to be a launch partner on the UK's innovative new small radar satellite, NovaSAR.
09/26/2017 04:19 AM
Panda's habitat 'shrinking and becoming more fragmented'
Despite signs that numbers of giant pandas are rising, suitable habitat has shrunk, satellite data shows.
09/25/2017 03:08 PM
Big Antarctic iceberg edges out to sea
The near-6,000 sq km block of ice known as A-68 looks finally to be on the move.
09/22/2017 04:04 PM
Australia to create national space agency
The country is one of the few major developed nations not to have a dedicated agency.
09/25/2017 02:19 PM
Scottish Power says UK will need to boost capacity
Scottish Power says electric cars and a shift to electric heating could mean a big rise in demand for electricity.
09/24/2017 11:28 PM
Neanderthal brains 'grew more slowly'
A new study shows that Neanderthal brains developed more slowly than ours.
09/21/2017 11:44 PM
Plant-eating dinosaurs 'strayed from veggie diet'
The idea of plant-eating dinosaurs having a strict vegetarian diet is called into question.
09/21/2017 03:12 PM
Birds 'churring' is a sign isles' shipwreck rats dying out
The call of storm petrels are recorded for the first time on islands where rats came ashore from shipwrecks.
09/21/2017 11:17 PM
New antibody attacks 99% of HIV strains
It will enter clinical trials to prevent and treat the infection next year.
09/21/2017 11:45 PM
Ancient DNA sheds light on African history
DNA from ancient remains is used to reconstruct thousands of years of population history in Africa.
09/21/2017 04:08 PM
UK strikes research deal with US in run-up to Brexit
The UK and US reach an agreement that aims to allow freer movement of research equipment and scientists.
09/20/2017 07:58 PM
Owls hold secret to ageless ears
Barn owls keep their acute sense of hearing into old age, scientists have discovered.
09/20/2017 07:18 AM
UK scientists edit DNA of human embryos
Understanding the first moments of life could lead to better IVF and explain why women miscarry.
09/20/2017 05:01 PM
Neolithic Orkney rivalries detailed in new study
Rivalries in Orkney more than 4,500 years ago led to competition between communities, according to new research.
09/19/2017 11:11 PM
Paris climate aim 'still achievable'
The ambitious goal of limiting global warming to 1.5C is still within reach, a study indicates.
09/19/2017 10:55 AM
Size matters when it comes to extinction risk
The biggest and the smallest of the world's fish, birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles are most at risk of dying out.
09/18/2017 11:53 PM
Rhino horn smuggled as jewellery
Rhino horn is being processed into bangles, beads and bracelets, a charity's investigation reveals.
09/18/2017 02:48 AM
Snow leopard no longer 'endangered'
The conservation status of the elusive snow leopard is downgraded from "endangered" to "vulnerable".
09/14/2017 02:50 PM
Paris climate deal: US denies it will stay in accord
Reports say the US will no longer withdraw from the Paris deal or will change its approach.
09/17/2017 07:14 AM
Cassini: Probe incinerates on entry to Saturn
The US-led Cassini space probe reaches a spectacular climax, burning up in Saturn's atmosphere.
09/15/2017 11:57 AM
Why are there so many berries this year?
Berries are appearing early this year - and promise to last much longer than usual, according to experts.
09/13/2017 12:57 PM
Belfast scientists design flexible organic battery
Queen's University scientists design a flexible long-life battery that could be used in pacemakers.
09/13/2017 01:04 PM
Badger culling gets go-ahead in 11 new areas of England
A vaccination programme to stop the spread of bovine tuberculosis is also restarting.
09/11/2017 12:35 PM
Man-of-war spotted along coast in Cornwall and Wales
The RNLI closed Perranporth beach to swimmers because of large numbers of jellyfish-like creatures.
09/12/2017 04:24 PM
Row over AI that 'identifies gay faces'
Researchers and LGBT groups clash over facial recognition tech that supposedly spots gay people.
09/11/2017 01:17 PM
Satellites the size of a shoebox
US firm Planet Labs makes satellites you could hold in your hands, and has more in orbit than anyone else.
09/25/2017 03:55 PM
Is Bali volcano about to erupt?
Mount Agung on Bali is an active volcano that may be about to erupt for the first time in 54 years.
09/25/2017 08:21 AM
The winners of 2017's Insight Astronomy Photographer award
Judges has to choose between 3,800 entries from all over the world.
09/24/2017 12:59 PM
'I fell from the top of the jungle to save an eagle'
Alexander Blanco's conservation work is helping to save the world's most powerful eagle.
09/23/2017 11:21 PM
How killer flies have the fastest vision of any animal
Some flies see six times faster than us, catching prey in mid-air in less than a second.
09/24/2017 07:14 AM
How business is driving the new space race
Why firms are spending millions to beat each other into orbit
09/21/2017 11:04 PM
Tackling the canine obesity crisis
Why, in the mission to improve the health of man's best friend, scientists say greedy Labradors are at the head of the pack.
09/09/2017 11:54 PM
Orchid gives up the secrets of its success
Science is laying bare the secrets of orchids, one of the biggest families of flowering plant.
09/13/2017 06:38 PM
Bright sparks
The fast-growing US solar industry is at odds with itself - and the decision may be left to Trump.
09/21/2017 08:52 PM
DNA dogma
Evolutionary biologist Matthew Cobb unpicks a lecture that, sixty years ago, set the course for the genetic revolution.
09/21/2017 09:59 AM
'What I saw'
In this photo essay, photographer Clayton Conn shares his experience of the Mexico City earthquake.
09/20/2017 11:19 PM
Outwitted
How tiny creatures with small brains outwit us so easily.
09/16/2017 11:39 PM
Moving on up
The people of the Guna Yala archipelago, off the Panama coast, may be among the first island communities to leave their homes and move onshore.
09/20/2017 11:27 PM
Down on the body farm
Would British forensic science benefit from having its own outdoor laboratory to study human decomposition?
09/07/2017 12:51 AM
Life after Earth
In September 1991, eight scientists sealed themselves inside a giant greenhouse for two years. Linda Leigh was one of them.
09/05/2017 11:44 PM
Flood capital
The reasons why the fourth-largest city in the US has become its flood capital.
08/31/2017 12:02 PM
Poisonous progress
The arguments nearly a century ago over the use of leaded petrol.
08/27/2017 11:16 PM