The latest stories from the Science & Environment section of the BBC News web site.
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Scientific names offer fresh perspective on natural world
A new study offers insights into the genetic changes that allowed land-dwelling animals to develop sex organs.
Two Vietnamese nationals in South Africa have been charged with the illegal possession of 41kg (90lbs) of rhino horn, police tell the BBC.
Where are we after release of final UN climate report?
Volunteers and residents in New Zealand manage to help free some pilot whales which had become beached in Ohiwa Harbour.
The shape of birds' eggs could have helped them survive the mass extinction event that killed off the dinosaurs, new research proposes.
Spending on flood protection in England is "insufficient" to maintain defences, the National Audit Office warns.
Using a remote-controlled vehicle disguised as a penguin helps researchers study shy emperor penguins up close.
A video of astronaut Chris Hadfield singing David Bowie's song on board the International Space Station is back online
The landing site on a comet to be targeted by a European robot next week is named "Agilkia" following a public competition.
Investigators looking into the Virgin Galactic accident set up a "human performance" team to help them understand the actions of the pilots.
Matt Shardlow from Buglife shows the BBC's Victoria Gill around a city rooftop that's been designed to attract bees.
The British Ecological Society has offered to check the government's badger culling trials, amid questions about their scientific basis.
The great predators of Britain's seas need protection from over-fishing, pollution, boat traffic and marine development, a report says.
Remote controlled cars, some disguised as penguins, help researchers to study animals without stressing them, say scientists.
The government has made an agreement with landowners including Network Rail and the Highways Agency to restore bee-friendly habitat throughout England.
When a blue thermos flask sent from Zaire arrived at a lab in Antwerp in September 1976, no one knew that the blood samples inside would contain the worlds first glimpse of Ebola.
US officials say a descent safety device on the crashed Virgin Galactic spacecraft deployed early during Friday's fatal test flight.
Engineers produce child-safe batteries that could prevent thousands of injuries, because a special insulating layer makes them safe to swallow.
Laser experts head an Australian space industry boom