BBC News - Science & Environment
Household food waste level 'unacceptable'
Changing rules on best before dates and the sale of "wonky vegetables" could help cut waste, MPs say.
DNA of extinct humans found in caves
The DNA of extinct humans can be retrieved from sediment in caves - even in the absences of skeletal remains.
Trump executive order aims to allow Arctic drilling
The US president said he hoped the new order would create "thousands and thousands" of jobs.
Cassini radio signal from Saturn picked up after dive
The Cassini spacecraft is back in contact with Earth after diving in between Saturn's rings and cloudtops.
Government bid to delay air pollution plan fails
The UK Government has lost a court bid to delay publication of its air pollution strategy.
First Americans claim sparks controversy
A study that claims humans reached the Americas 130,000 years ago, much earlier than previously suggested, has run into controversy.
Baby humpback whales 'whisper' to mums to avoid predators
New recordings show newborn humpback whales and mothers "whisper" to each other, to avoid predators.
'Fossil' groundwater's modern secret
The deepest and oldest waters on Earth are not immune from contamination, warn scientists.
Builders 'behind UK flooding risk'
Government rapped again for failure to tighten flood-prevention rules on new homes
Physics of throwing analysed by scientists
Scientists have calculated the optimal strategy for throwing something accurately, even a ball of paper.
Primitive human 'lived much more recently'
Homo naledi could be from just 200,000 years ago, not three million, a study suggests.
Family tree of dogs reveals secret history of canines
The largest family tree of dog ever assembled shows how dogs evolved into more than 150 modern breeds.
'World's oldest fungus' raises evolution questions
Fossils found in rock from beneath the sea may be the oldest known fungi by one to two billion years.
Premature lambs kept alive in 'plastic bag' womb
Scientists were able to keep premature lambs alive for a month using an artificial "plastic bag" womb.
Plastic-eating caterpillar could munch waste, scientists say
A caterpillar that munches on plastic bags could hold the key to tackling plastic waste, say scientists.
Brexit university ‘brain drain’ warning
Academic staff from EU countries should be urgently guaranteed a right to stay, say MPs.
Can plastic roads help save the planet?
A start-up company is persuading local councils in the UK to turn local plastic waste into roads.
Road verges 'last refuge' for plants - conservation charity
Roadsides are often littered with rubbish and weeds but they are havens for rare flowers.
British Veterinary Association slams designer cat breeding
Scottish Fold cats have increased in popularity through social media.
Why does this rhino have 24-hour security?
Sudan is a the northern white rhino, and the last chance for the survival of his species.
Trump calls record-breaking astronaut Peggy Whitson
'Better you than me,' jokes US president as astronaut Peggy Whitson reveals drinking recycled urine.
The village that made itself hedgehog friendly
Hedgehogs, nursed back to health in an animal sanctuary, are released in the village of Burton Fleming, East Yorkshire.
Cut-back crew for ISS launch
Russia scales back staff on the ISS until a long-delayed space lab is sent to the outpost in 2018.
Birth of last baby orca in captivity filmed at SeaWorld
Killer whale Takara was already pregnant when the end of the breeding programme was announced.
Munch inspired by 'screaming clouds'
A new theory may explain the background to one of the most famous works of art ever produced.
New Zealand earthquake gives unexpected benefit
Raised coastline could end the threat of sea erosion for the time being.
'Fake research' comes under scrutiny
The scale of "fake research" in the UK appears to have been underestimated, a BBC investigation suggests.
Iceberg 'doodles'
Scientists publish a new atlas of the poles, detailing the sometimes strange shapes on the ocean floor.
Machine learning
Many people are unsure about what machine learning is, but the chances are they are using it every day.
Circular runways
The engineer who proposed circular runways answers critics in defence of his radical design for airports.
Restless mountains
European satellites will routinely map every land volcano on Earth, looking for early eruption signs.
Whale world
A study that attached cameras with suction cups to the backs of Antarctic whales has revealed never before seen feeding habits and social interactions.
Ancient walker
It's not a household name, but an ancient amphibian found in the Scottish borders fills a crucial period in the evolutionary record.
Delivery delay
See the animals born since the world's been watching for April the giraffe to give birth
Galactic garbage
Millions of pieces of human-made trash are orbiting the Earth. Some are tiny, but all pose a risk.
Farm of the future
Could edible caterpillars help fight malnutrition and food security problems in West Africa?
Shutting up shop
China begins closing down its legal ivory trade, but will consumer attitudes to prized artwork change?
Testing for 'defectives'
After years of protest, the University of Melbourne has removed the name of a controversial figure.
Cardboard cribs
What evidence is there that Finland's famous baby boxes actually reduce infant mortality rates?