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The latest stories from the Science & Environment section of the BBC News web site.
6 Feb
Scientists say replacing broadleaved species with conifers over the past two centuries has increased global temperatures.
6 Feb
US astronaut Edgar Mitchell, who was the sixth man to walk on the Moon and had an "epiphany" in space, dies at the age of 85.
5 Feb
A Swedish study suggests that changes in the gut flora of brown bears help them to cope with the weird metabolic demands of hibernation.
5 Feb
The global honeybee trade is driving a pandemic that threatens hives and wild bees, according to a study.
5 Feb
Among 14 newly described species of tarantula is Aphonopelma johnnycashi, which lives near Folsom Prison in California.
5 Feb
Secondary rainforests - if allowed to flourish in the right conditions - can absorb 11 times as much carbon as old-growth rainforests, a study shows.
5 Feb
Health officials in Colombia are warning that as many as 600 babies could be born with microcephaly this year.
4 Feb
A global deal to limit emissions of carbon dioxide could make millions of forest dwellers homeless, according to a new analysis.
4 Feb
A decades-long mystery of a deep-sea creature that resembles a discarded purple sock has been solved, scientists say.
3 Feb
The Luxembourg government has signalled its intention to get behind the 'next industrial revolution' - the mining of asteroids in space.
3 Feb
The attempt to break the world land speed record with the Bloodhound 1,000mph car has been put back again, to 2017, because the funding is not yet in place.
3 Feb
Astronomers capture images of two vast, bright jets of material, fired into space in opposite directions by a distant black hole.
3 Feb
The UK Ministry of Defence is going to acquire some high-altitude "eternal" solar planes.
2 Feb
Cutting down trees in rainforest regions facilitates the spread of invasive black rats, a study suggests.
6 Feb
A hungry sea lion pup is rescued after finding its way into a restaurant in the US city of San Diego.
2 Feb
Scientists recreate the furrows of a human brain using a simple two-layered gel model, showing that the brain's folds have physical origins.
2 Feb
Scientists edge closer to better monitoring of volcanoes, with research suggesting volcanoes are primed to erupt on a time scale of days to months rather than years.
2 Feb
Insulating buildings should be a key infrastructure priority alongside roads, rail, flood defences and energy, ministers have been told.
2 Feb
Greenhouse gas output in the UK fell almost 8% in 2014, although emissions from transport and agriculture rose slightly, official figures show.
4 Feb
The mystery of a deep-sea creature that resembles a discarded purple sock has been solved, scientists report.
29 Jan
The World Health Organisation has convened an emergency committee to discuss the spread of the Zika virus, which has been linked to thousands of birth defects in Latin America.
2 Feb
Scientists replicate how the human brain folds using a 3D model made out of gel, and computer simulations.
29 Jan
A female sand tiger shark has slowly eaten a smaller male shark in a Seoul aquarium, bite by bite
29 Jan
Polecats, which were almost wiped out in Britain in the last century, have made a remarkable recovery. Naturalist Chris Packham explains.
28 Jan
Work is nearing completion on building Russia's new Vostochny space port, designed to replace the Baikonur launch facility in Kazakhstan.
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