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The latest stories from the Science & Environment section of the BBC News web site.
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Death Star moon is 'wonky or watery'

October 16, 2014 - 12:04pm
The internal structure of Saturn's moon Mimas is either irregularly shaped or awash with water, according to a new study of its tell-tale wobbling movements.
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Mercury's hidden water-ice revealed

October 16, 2014 - 9:14am
A Nasa spacecraft has provided the first optical images of ice within permanently shadowed craters on the planet Mercury.
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Smart meters open to hack attack

October 16, 2014 - 6:18am
Smart meters widely used in Spain can be hacked to cut power bills, two security researchers find.
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AUDIO: MPs 'should end Climate Change Act'

October 16, 2014 - 4:24am
Parliament should scrap the Climate Change Act and MPs should stop "exaggerating" the effects of climate change, says Owen Paterson.
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Paterson in 'lights out' warning

October 16, 2014 - 2:57am
The government's energy policy will "fail to keep the lights on", the former environment secretary has said.
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VIDEO: How Ebola samples are processed

October 15, 2014 - 2:23pm
Government scientists from Wiltshire are calling for micro-biologists to volunteer in the fight against the growing threat of the deadly Ebola virus.
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Giant kangaroo 'walked on two feet'

October 15, 2014 - 1:26pm
A family of extinct kangaroos, three times bigger than living species, probably walked rather than hopped, according to a detailed study of their bones.
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Ebola: How many people have died?

October 15, 2014 - 9:23am
Why we don't know how many people Ebola has killed
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Comet landing gets green light

October 15, 2014 - 7:51am
The European Space Agency confirms the decision to try to land a robot on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on Wednesday 12 November.
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UK science 'losing ground' to rivals

October 15, 2014 - 4:28am
Campaigners say the UK will lose its leading position in science and engineering unless current cutbacks are reversed.
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Boost for 'next generation' biofuels

October 14, 2014 - 11:50am
Italy will become the first country in Europe to legally require "advanced biofuels" in cars and trucks, the BBC has learned.
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Comet lander pictures its target

October 14, 2014 - 8:50am
The Philae robot, soon to attempt a landing on Comet 67P, takes another dramatic image of the icy object.
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Ebola treatments - how far off?

October 14, 2014 - 6:18am
How far away is a treatment and vaccine?
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New form of space weather identified

October 14, 2014 - 4:01am
A new form of solar cloud is identified by research led by Dundee University into "space weather" emanating from the Sun.
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Plants 'absorb more CO2 than thought'

October 13, 2014 - 6:58pm
Global climate models under play the amount of CO2 being absorbed by plants, according to new research.
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VIDEO: Mussels 'threat to UK waterways'

October 13, 2014 - 12:34pm
Scientists are warning that an army of shrimps and mussels from Turkey and Ukraine is poised to invade Britain's waterways and kill off native species.
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Snail named after marriage equality

October 13, 2014 - 7:04am
A new species of hermaphrodite land snail found in Taiwan has been named in support of marriage equality.
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Woman finds three-inch leech in nose

October 13, 2014 - 6:52am
A backpacker finds a leech which had been living in her nose for a month after returning from a trip to South East Asia.
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VIDEO: Why are these mussels a menace?

October 13, 2014 - 3:28am
A new species of mussel has been found in the UK which could be hugely damaging to British wildlife.
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UK's 'Greatest Geosites' announced

October 12, 2014 - 6:10pm
Geologists name the UK's top 100 geological sites, including 10 "people's favourites".
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