The latest stories from the Science & Environment section of the BBC News web site.
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Orion, the US space capsule that could one day help get humans to Mars, is about to make its maiden flight from Cape Canaveral.
Zig-zag patterns on a fossilised shell in Indonesia may be the earliest known engravings by a human ancestor, scientists say.
A study of fruit bats as they fly and land upside-down reveals a 3-D compass in their brains, researchers say.
As a key UN climate change conference continues, BBC News visits a Nepali village destroyed by a landslide and finds a lack of funds is delaying protection projects.
This year is in the running to be the hottest globally and for the UK since records began, early estimates show.
Scientists have completed a comprehensive study of genetic diversity in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Neglecting the health of Africa's soil will lock the continent into a cycle of food insecurity for generations to come, a report warns.
Scientists at London's Natural History Museum have begun the most detailed analysis ever carried out on a Stegosaurus skeleton.
Scientists have begun the most detailed analysis ever carried out on a stegosaurus skeleton.
Bristol, London, Coventry and Milton Keynes are selected as the hosts of driverless car tests set to begin in 2015.
Sea-level rise and river engineering "spell disaster" for many of the world's river deltas, say scientists.
What makes temperatures vary from year to year?
Among the commitments to science funding in his Autumn Statement, Chancellor George Osborne says the UK will play the "lead role" in Europe's 2018 Mars rover programme.
A detailed plan of a medieval city near Salisbury in Wiltshire is produced by experts without the need for a single archaeological dig.
An "awareness gap" among consumers about the impact of the livestock sector threatens to undermine efforts to curb climate change, a report warns.
This year could be the UK's warmest as measured by the world's oldest temperature record over almost 250 years, say researchers.
Research ministers approve the development of a new Ariane rocket for Europe, with pledges of 5.924bn euros for space programmes.
A personal DNA test that has sparked controversy in the US launches in the UK.
Are we really at risk of smart machines killing us off?
Analysis of Richard III's DNA has thrown up surprising evidence of infidelity somewhere in his family tree.