BBC News - Science & Environment
BBC News - Science & Environment
A licence to kill bear cubs?
Wed, 16 Aug 2017 23:05:49 GMT
Trump is once again allowing hunters in Alaska to shoot bear cubs and hibernating bears, but is this as bad as it sounds?
The algae that terraformed Earth
Thu, 17 Aug 2017 10:02:30 GMT
A planetary takeover by ocean algae 650 million years ago was the kick that transformed life on Earth.
'Frankenstein dinosaur' mystery solved
Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:26:26 GMT
A dinosaur that seemed to be an evolutionary mishmash turns out to have a key place in history.
Penguin feathers record migration route
Tue, 08 Aug 2017 23:11:02 GMT
Scientists study the chemistry of penguin plumage to track the birds' movements.
First 'winged' mammals flew over dinosaurs
Thu, 10 Aug 2017 07:49:59 GMT
Fossils of the first "winged" mammals, from 160 million years ago, are discovered in China.
Pen Hadow sets sail for North Pole as Arctic ice melts
Tue, 15 Aug 2017 15:28:56 GMT
Can 10 men and a dog, led by British explorer Pen Hadow, become the first to sail to the North Pole?
Total solar eclipse: Meet Sharon and Billy Hahs
Thu, 17 Aug 2017 22:27:18 GMT
Now Sharon and Billy Hahs are preparing for one in their own backyard.
Italy official defends killing rare bear after man mauled
Mon, 14 Aug 2017 11:55:32 GMT
A rare female brown bear had to be shot in the Italian Alps as it threatened humans, a governor says.
Exposure to oil sends birds off course
Thu, 10 Aug 2017 07:47:30 GMT
Even light exposure to oil from disasters like the Deep Water Horizon oil spill makes flying more difficult for birds.
Sat, 29 Jul 2017 00:20:18 GMT
How field crickets are being brought back from the brink of extinction by a unique conservation project.
Anger over 'untrue' climate change claims
Fri, 11 Aug 2017 10:55:09 GMT
Scientists respond furiously to claims about climate change made in a BBC radio interview.
Fish sauced? Goldfish turn to alcohol to survive icy winters
Fri, 11 Aug 2017 16:19:59 GMT
Researchers uncover the evolved ability of goldfish to generate alcohol when deprived of oxygen.
Not just stars
Tue, 01 Aug 2017 23:07:37 GMT
The shortlisted images in this year's Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year have now been selected.
Chimps can play rock-paper-scissors
Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:42:59 GMT
Japanese researchers have taught chimps the rules of rock-paper-scissors.
Tue, 11 Jul 2017 09:50:54 GMT
We will have to wait until the second half of the century for fusion reactors to start generating electricity, experts have announced.
Scotland's largest solar farm gets green light
Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:57:06 GMT
Elgin Energy is granted planning permission for a 20MW project near Urquhart in Moray
Scientists discover a new flower of Shetland
Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:08:41 GMT
The Shetland Monkeyflower has a bigger flower with a wider throat than its ancestors.
Cassini skims Saturn's atmosphere
Mon, 14 Aug 2017 07:34:54 GMT
Cassini is on its final five full orbits of Saturn, getting close enough to directly "taste" its gases.
'Beam me up, Scotty'
Fri, 14 Jul 2017 15:27:05 GMT
Chinese scientists have "teleported" a photon particle to a satellite - could humans be next?
Cannibals engraved bones of the dead
Thu, 10 Aug 2017 09:25:00 GMT
The prehistoric cannibals of southern England marked up the bones of the people they ate.
Climate crusader Gore takes up arms again
Fri, 11 Aug 2017 11:11:23 GMT
BBC environment analyst Roger Harrabin reviews Al Gore's climate movie sequel.
Record-sized data centre planned inside Arctic Circle
Mon, 14 Aug 2017 23:08:13 GMT
The facility in the north of Norway will take advantage of cheap energy and the cool air.
Giant dinosaur slims down... a bit
Thu, 10 Aug 2017 12:11:52 GMT
Scientists revise their estimate of the bulk of a colossal titanosaur, but not by much.
James Webb: Telescope's giant origami shield takes shape
Wed, 09 Aug 2017 16:53:39 GMT
The size of a tennis court, it will shield the vision of the biggest space telescope ever built.
Chantek, the orangutan who used sign language, dies at 39
Tue, 08 Aug 2017 03:23:07 GMT
Chantek could also clean his room, make and use tools and learn the route to a restaurant.
Pioneering type 1 diabetes therapy safe
Wed, 09 Aug 2017 18:00:19 GMT
One day, the immunotherapy could free patients from daily insulin injections.
Burning policy puts pressure on recycling targets
Mon, 07 Aug 2017 05:02:10 GMT
A rash of new incinerators could make it impossible for the UK to meet future recycling targets.
New grass snake identified in the UK
Mon, 07 Aug 2017 14:03:24 GMT
There are now four species of wild snake native to the UK, not three as scientists first thought.
Newquay is go!
Mon, 17 Jul 2017 12:06:44 GMT
World Land Speed record holder Andy Green looks forward to the first, low-speed runs of the Bloodhound supersonic car.
Climate change has shifted the timing of European floods
Thu, 10 Aug 2017 22:58:52 GMT
In different parts of Europe, rivers are flooding earlier or later because of rising temperatures, say scientists.
Fewer cars not cleaner ones key to tackling air quality
Fri, 04 Aug 2017 13:48:44 GMT
Plans to promote electric vehicles in the UK are not enough tackle air pollution says leading adviser.
Rare white moose captured on film in Sweden
Sun, 13 Aug 2017 16:40:31 GMT
This video has been removed for rights reasons.
Freeze-dried dung gives clue to Asian elephant stress
Wed, 16 Aug 2017 23:04:19 GMT
Indian scientists say they can monitor the physiological health of elephants by analysing their dung.
'Dodgy' greenhouse gas data threatens Paris accord
Mon, 07 Aug 2017 23:22:58 GMT
There are huge uncertainties in greenhouse gas totals due to inaccurate data, the BBC finds.
Plants 'hijacked' to make polio vaccine
Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:14:05 GMT
A breakthrough could lead to easier, faster and cheaper vaccines.
Mon, 10 Jul 2017 23:07:32 GMT
Galaxy Zoo is one of the most successful citizen science projects ever conceived. We look back at what it's achieved over 10 years.
'Donald Trump forest' climate change project gains momentum
Tue, 15 Aug 2017 10:57:59 GMT
Campaigners plan to plant enough trees to counteract the climate impact of the US President.
'Impressive' Perseid meteor shower seen over UK
Sun, 13 Aug 2017 11:08:49 GMT
A display of hundreds of shooting stars has been captured by stargazers from across the UK.
Tue, 18 Jul 2017 01:23:05 GMT
We're all used to ants sprouting wings and taking to the air during summer, but is there really such a thing as a "flying ant day"?
Emojis help software spot emotion and sarcasm
Mon, 07 Aug 2017 12:15:55 GMT
The algorithm learned to recognise sarcasm, allowing it to spot hate speech faster than humans.
'Unusual' Greenland wildfires linked to peat
Wed, 09 Aug 2017 16:21:42 GMT
New images have been released of wildfires that continue to burn close to the Greenland ice sheet.
Radioactive 'pooh sticks' trace carbon's ocean journey
Wed, 16 Aug 2017 23:07:20 GMT
Scientists trace nuclear waste from Sellafield over 15,000km to Bermuda to see how the ocean transports carbon.
Mon, 14 Aug 2017 23:56:50 GMT
The Galapagos Conservation Trust has announced the winners in its annual photographic competition.
Bats set up home inside dinosaur at Devon theme park
Mon, 14 Aug 2017 08:15:02 GMT
The lesser horseshoe bats moved in to the belly of a triceratops at the Wildlife and Dinosaur Park.
GM pigs take step to being organ donors
Fri, 11 Aug 2017 01:01:52 GMT
Pigs have been freed of viruses that stop them being viable organ donors.
Fracking: Shale rock professor says UK gas reserves 'hyped'
Wed, 16 Aug 2017 23:01:40 GMT
UK shale deposits were formed 55 million years too late to trap large amounts of gas, a professor warns.
Extreme weather 'could kill up to 152,000 a year' in Europe by 2100
Sat, 05 Aug 2017 08:51:50 GMT
Weather-related deaths could surge by 2100 if nothing is done to curb climate change, scientists say.