The latest stories from the Science & Environment section of the BBC News web site.
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Can anyone stay sane after years in solitary confinement?
A concept aircraft of the future has been shown off at the TEDGlobal conference in Edinburgh.
A study of the movements of cheetahs suggests that their hunting prowess comes not from sheer speed, but from rapid acceleration and deceleration.
The technology and science of monitoring cat behaviour
See what 10 cats got up to when followed through the cat flap
A report by oil giant BP highlights that the US saw the largest single year increase in oil production ever recorded in 2012.
Is US-China deal on refrigerant gases good for the environment?
Astronomers point X-ray telescopes at a galaxy's central black hole, last seen snacking on a cloud of gas - but it seems to have fallen dormant.
Britain's wheat harvest could be a third smaller than it was last year because of extreme weather conditions, the National Farmers' Union warns.
A year since it was first discovered in the wider environment and ancient woodland, the impact of the disease is starting to become evident.
Long, thin grooves on the surface of Mars may be made by frozen blocks of "dry ice" that flow down Martian sand dunes, scientists say.
The "harmful misuse" of mobile phone apps that mimic birdsong can stop birds performing important tasks such as feeding their young, experts say.
The Forestry Commission is warning that a whole generation of ash trees is likely to die because of the unstoppable spread of the ash dieback disease.
A UK government decision to create a marine park around the Chagos Islands in the Indian Ocean is upheld by the High Court in London.
New research shows China is outsourcing carbon dioxide emissions within its own borders, just as the West outsources emissions to China.
China has launched its latest Shenzhou manned space mission, carrying three astronauts on their journey to the orbiting Tiangong space lab.
A smartphone app is released that can measure the impact of construction work, such as noise disturbance, on waterbirds in protected areas.
Three Chinese astronauts launch on their Long March rocket for a 15-day mission that will take them to the Tiangong orbiting laboratory.
A floral, scented lawn, planted in a west London park is friendlier to pollinating insects than traditional grass, according to researchers.
A new tool suggests that the reality of land acquisition around the world differs greatly from media reports.