The latest stories from the Science & Environment section of the BBC News web site.
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Scientists in South Africa have discovered a new human-like species, which could change ideas about our early relatives.
It is "essential" that the genetic modification of human embryos is allowed, according to a global group of scientists, ethicists and policy experts.
Environmentalists should keep cool heads over fracking, says Bryony Worthington - Friends of the Earth's former climate campaigner and now Labour shadow energy minister.
Engineers in Yorkshire have developed a system of 3D barcodes made from tiny indentations with variable heights, which could help tackle counterfeiting of drugs, watches or automotive parts.
Prof Emmanuelle Charpentier spoke to BBC News on the potential of the CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing system as a tool for research and treatment of disease.
Scientists are looking for a link between visual processing and sporting performance, and their battery of tests could help with talent spotting.
The US space agency's Dawn satellite returns its best views yet of the enigmatic bright spots on the dwarf planet Ceres.
China is planning to attempt the first ever landing of a lunar probe on the far side of the Moon, an engineer has said.
People might be able to contract Alzheimer's during certain medical procedures, just like they can catch the brain disease CJD, say researchers.
Scientists say the way sperm whales learn to chit-chat indicates they are behaving in ways that at some level mirror the operation of human cultures.
A new computer model predicts that multi-bed hospital wards increase bacterial hand contamination by 20% compared with single-bed wards.
Will new climate treaty be a 'nothing burger'?
How science is helping to improve surfing
Is it time to look for frozen climbers, as the ice melts?
As they prepare a major trial of the idea, UK scientists say that starting school at 10:00 could have huge benefits for teenagers because it better matches their “body clock".
Former science minister Lord Drayson launches a smartphone app that monitors local air quality and encourages people to choose cleaner ways to travel.
Members of the public are being given the opportunity to name storms affecting the UK and Ireland.
Archaeologists invite the public to help hunt for fossils in Africa's arid Turkana Basin, via a new online citizen science project.
The villagers taking on a copper mine over polluted water
DNA from ancient remains appears to have solved the puzzle of one of Europe's most enigmatic peoples: the Basques.