The latest stories from the Science & Environment section of the BBC News web site.
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The government may have failed to protect the interests of bill payers when awarding green energy contracts, say auditors.
Is animal welfare helping to kill wild apes?
Insects find locating their favourite flowers gets harder when there are competing smells around, new research shows.
Nasa says the most complex test yet of the parachute system for its Orion spacecraft proceeded without a snag.
"Drastic action" is needed to contain the spread of deadly Ebola in West Africa, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
What information is driving new search for flight MH370?
Guenon monkeys' colourful and varied faces have evolved as a way to avoid crossbreeding, new research shows.
Making solar cells with a salt used in tofu manufacturing could make generating energy from the Sun much cheaper, say scientists.
Researchers say that "immediate protection" is required for the pristine waters around the remote Pitcairn Islands in the Pacific.
Analysis of a 50,000-year-old scrap of human faeces adds weight to the view that Neanderthals ate plants as well as meat.
Police forces use latest scanning tech to record crime scenes
Late drug lord's hippo herd stages local land grab
Antibiotic resistance has been selected as the focus for a £10m prize set up to tackle a major challenge of our time.
Researchers have developed a new manufacturing method which could bring down the cost of making a type of solar cell.
Scientists have developed a vaccine that they say provides some protection against brain tumours in mice by boosting the immune system.
A South Korean research institute has developed a goosebump sensor that it says could be used to measure changes in a wearer's emotional state.
Britain is running out of land for food and faces a potential shortfall of two million hectares by 2030 according to new research.
The monarch butterfly uses a magnetic compass to navigate thousands of miles across North America, scientists discover.
Vampire bats' strict blood diet makes them lose much of their ability to taste bitter flavours, scientists show.
Scottish woman Corinne Hutton is to be the first person in the UK to have a double hand transplant, BBC Scotland reveals.