The latest stories from the Science & Environment section of the BBC News web site.
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Two fast-moving fires in California destroy 10 homes and force the evacuation of hundreds more, as a man dies in a lightning strike in Los Angeles.
What do long term experiments actually tell us?
Has a 'child prodigy' taken credit for a discovery?
A Russian satellite containing geckos could plummet to earth if control is not regained, according to reports.
Specially designed mobile games can help scientists answer important questions about cognition, a team finds.
The atomic ship that totally failed to change the world
Sub-Saharan Africa's agricultural sector needs to harvest the fruits of biotechnology in order to establish sustainable development, says a Chatham House report.
A discovery of 150 million year old fossils in Siberia indicates that feathers were much more widespread among dinosaurs than previously thought.
New research suggests that the global reduction in wildlife is connected to an increase in human trafficking and child slavery.
MPs have called for a ban on food waste going in to landfill.
A ban on sending leftover food to landfill is needed to move away from a 'throwaway society', say MPs.
Europe's Rosetta probe has acquired new images of the comet it is chasing through space.
The UK government wants to scrap a community veto which allows local politicians to block a future £12bn nuclear waste repository.
Burning wood to fuel power stations can create as many harmful carbon emissions as burning coal, according to a government report.
Nasa is asking for help to get data back from future science missions orbiting Mars or roaming its surface.
The timing of when a girl reaches puberty is controlled by hundreds of genes, say scientists.
Jealousy is not just part of the human condition, a study suggests, it appears to be hard wired into the brains of dogs too.
Why the US public lost interest in lunar exploration
A crew of sailors is embarking on a pioneering citizen science expedition through the Northwest Passage between Canada and Greenland.
Warming seas are reducing the food supply for Antarctic seals, say researchers.