The latest stories from the Science & Environment section of the BBC News web site.
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German doctors are highlighting the dangers of headbanging after a 50-year-old man developed bleeding in the brain following a Motorhead concert.
Researchers work out the meaning of the gestures that wild chimpanzees use to communicate.
Budding bumblebee enthusiasts are being encouraged to take part in a research project designed to help save crucial species.
Disposing of fossil fuel wastewater is likely to have triggered a sharp rise in earthquakes in the US state of Oklahoma, say scientists.
Prof Dame Sally Davies answers your questions
Europe's Rosetta spacecraft is edging ever closer to its quarry - the 4km-wide Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
Scientists on rival projects looking for evidence that the early Universe underwent a super-expansion are in discussion about working together and publishing a joint paper.
A major study into the potential of fracking to contaminate drinking water with methane is published, highlighting where shale deposits and aquifers coincide.
Plants have been grown inside a microscope to allow scientists to watch their roots developing in 3D.
Members of the public are being asked to send in their sightings of the UK's bizarre and beautiful woodland moths for Moth Night 2014.
Scientists have worked out the unique anatomy that allows giraffes' long, spindly legs to support their weight.
Fossil reveals early bird's feathered "trousers"
Tackle food waste and help feed the world
Oklahoma drought kindles spectre of 1930s crisis
Parts of the United States are experiencing the worst drought for decades with farmers warning that harvests are being badly hit.
A gene that allows present-day people cope with life at high altitude was inherited from an extinct species of human, Nature journal has reported.
The UK will have to divert a significant amount of waste away from landfill under new EU proposals on recycling.
New research shows that the spread of TB in cattle can only be controlled if more radical measures are adopted.
Research reporting one of the biggest "breakthroughs" in stem-cell science has been withdrawn after "critical errors" were discovered.
Nasa has launched a mission dedicated to measuring carbon dioxide (CO2) from space.