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The latest stories from the Science & Environment section of the BBC News web site.
29 Jan
An ancient skull discovered in Israel could shed light on the migration of modern humans out of Africa some 60,000 years ago.
29 Jan
London's Natural History Museum is re-modelling its entrance, moving out the famous Diplodocus skeleton and moving in the bones of a blue whale.
29 Jan
The Scottish government announces a block on planned fracking operations, pending the outcome of further inquiries.
29 Jan
Nasa's Curiosity rover gets straight back to work after a software upgrade by drilling a new test hole.
28 Jan
Experts are pinning their hopes on in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) to save the northern white rhino from extinction.
28 Jan
Cutting carbon emissions can be achieved while improving living standards - but big trade-offs in land use and energy are needed, say ministers.
28 Jan
An ancient solar system similar to our own is discovered by scientists at the University of Birmingham studying data from the Kepler telescope.
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.
28 Jan
The chief of Microsoft's research division says he does not believe artificial intelligence systems are going to wipe out humankind.
28 Jan
A cat in Florida who was presumed dead after being run over appears five days later having somehow escaped its grave.
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.
23 Jan
A team of Scottish scientists make light travel slower than the speed of light by changing the shape of photons.
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
Scientists working on Europe's Rosetta mission say they may have found evidence for how comets are formed.
23 Jan
A jellyfish tagging study reveals the creatures' ability to swim against the current when forming their submarine swarms, say researchers.
22 Jan
The number of rhinos killed in South Africa last year sets a new record, officials say.
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.
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