The latest stories from the Science & Environment section of the BBC News web site.
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The chimp that a rights group wants recognised as a person
The Met Office opens a new centre dedicated to the forecast of the weather in space.
The discovery of 40,000-year-old artworks in Indonesian caves challenges established views on the origins of humans' artistic capabilities.
A new £24.5bn nuclear power station at Hinkley Point in Somerset is to go ahead after it received final approval from European Union regulators.
Dealing with the leftovers from the Dounreay demolition job
A total lunar eclipse has been visible in much of the Americas and East Asia, the second such event of the year.
Nobel Prize for chemistry is awarded to three scientists for their work on boosting the resolution of microscopes.
Is Virgin Galactic closer to the dream of commercial spaceflight?
BBC Click gets rare access to the twin of Nasa's Curiosity Mars rover which is helping scientists solve problems on the Red Planet.
The UK Met Office formally opens its Space Weather Operations Centre to lead the forecasting of the Sun’s disruptive effects on Earth.
The last eel catcher fishing the river in Rome
Could 13-year-old be first human to reach red planet?
Injecting trees with a concentrated form of garlic might help save trees in the UK from deadly diseases.
A Madrid hospital investigates how a nurse became the first person to contract Ebola outside West Africa, as three more people are quarantined.
The BBC's Claire Marshall takes a closer look at how you go about injecting a tree with a prototype fungicide, derived from garlic, as part of the fight against ash dieback.
The 2014 Nobel Prize for physics is won by trio of scientists in Japan and the US for the invention of blue light emitting diodes (LED).
Professor Brian Cox joins a search-and-rescue mission in the depths of winter as they collect two cosmonauts and an astronaut as they arrive back on Earth after months living aboard the International Space Station.
Nobel Prize winner John O'Keefe warns the government that policies on immigration and animal research are risking Britain's scientific standing.
The magic of video game sound effects
Can four felines live happily under the same roof?