The latest stories from the Science & Environment section of the BBC News web site.
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The complexities of assembling the ultimate kit
How builders and architects in Chichester are embracing new technology to make houses greener and more attractive to buyers.
The discovery of a branched carbon molecule 27,000 light-years from Earth suggests the building blocks of life may be ubiquitous throughout the galaxy.
Russia has sent a woman into space for the first time in 17 years as part of a joint US-Russian mission to the International Space Station (ISS).
US President Barack Obama expands a marine reserve in the Pacific, creating the largest network of oceanic protected areas in the world.
How space rocks could become private cosmic filling stations
Nasa's Curiosity rover on Mars drills its first full hole since May - into a mudstone at the base of Mount Sharp in Gale Crater.
Farmers warn oil seed rape crops are being destroyed because of a ban on a pesticide brought in to protect bees.
A search is underway for two hen harriers which have gone missing, prompting the RSPB to offer a £1,000 reward for help in their safe recovery
The Amazon rainforest is being fertilised by the remains of ancient fish blown in by great duststorms from Africa.
Dubai has constructed the first environment friendly mosque in a region which is among the worst polluters in the world
India's space agency releases its first pictures of Mars as its satellite begins work a day after entering orbit around the Red Planet.
New recommendations on dealing with the residues of pesticides in food are expected to be made by the UN's food and health agencies.
Brazilian researchers release thousands of mosquitoes infected with a bacterium that suppresses Dengue fever into the environment in Rio de Janeiro.
Are weather forecasts really becoming more accurate?
Brazilian researchers release thousands of mosquitoes infected with a bacteria that suppresses dengue fever into the environment in Rio de Janeiro.
A cloud-free atmosphere reveals signs of water vapour on HAT-P-11b, the smallest planet beyond our Solar System ever to yield such an insight.
Two of the rarest birds of prey in England, which had been satellite tagged, vanish in unexplained circumstances.
India becomes the fourth nation to put a satellite into orbit around Mars, as Mangalyaan arrives to study the Red Planet's atmosphere.
How did India get to Mars so cheaply?