BBC News - Science & Environment
The latest stories from the Science & Environment section of the BBC News web site.
Solar plane sets off again across US
The Solar Impulse plane, which holds records including the longest manned zero-fuel flight, sets off on the second leg of a bid to cross the US.
'Worrying declines' for UK species
A stocktake of UK nature suggests 60% of animal and plant species studied have declined in the past 50 years.
2013 cold start may mean fruit boom
UK fruit growers could enjoy a much better harvest of apples and pears this year, following the dismal crop in 2012, experts believe.
Green light for 'biggest' wave farm
Plans for the world's largest commercial wave farm off the Western Isles move forward after minister give full consent for the project.
Iodine lack 'may lower UK baby IQs'
Mild iodine deficiency during pregnancy could be dimming the intellect of some babies born in the UK, say researchers who studied 1,000 families.
Fifty-five beaches meet new rules
Fifty five beaches in England meet tough new EU standards on water quality to achieve Blue Flag awards.
Vitamin C can kill drug-resistant TB
Vitamin C can kill multidrug-resistant TB in the lab, scientists reveal.
Ant abilities could aid robot design
A study showing how ants tunnel their way through confined spaces could aid the design of search and rescue robots, say scientists.
Vaccine developed for farm disease
A vaccine to protect sheep and cattle from a livestock virus spread by midges has been approved by government vets.
EU bathing water 2012 data released
The latest data on EU bathing water quality is released, showing that 93% of more than 22,000 sampled locations meet the minimum standards.
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Why the internet will never replace universities
All the recent hype about online higher education and 'Moocs' misses the point, says Kel Fidler - universities have been doing it for years.
Ed Miliband says Google and Apple as bad as banks
Ed Miliband has launched a stinging attack on global businesses including Apple and Google, comparing their behaviour to that of investment banks Goldman Sachs and Lehman Brothers.
What will Yahoo! do with all that Tumblr porn?
As long-time users of Tumblr who post adult-themed material are suddenly being hit with violation notices, Dr Brooke Magnanti asks whether it's because of the takeover by Yahoo!, who do risk "screwing it up" regardless of what Marissa Mayer claims.
Xbox One analysis: One small step for gamers, a giant leap for living rooms
The aim is nothing less than to take over the living room, but Microsoft's focus on family viewing with the Xbox One may leave gamers feeling short-changed, says Matt Warman.
The Last of Us hands-on preview
Tom Hoggins gets to grips with The Last of Us, a fascinating survival horror game which looks to combine ambient story-telling and tense thrills.
Microsoft hopes Xbox One will integrate home entertainment
Microsoft unveils the Xbox One, a console the technology giant promises will provide all-in-one entertainment.
Creator of the GIF says it is pronounced "Jif"
The creator of the GIF file format has sparked a lively debate on Twitter after announcing that it must be pronounced "Jif".
New Xbox One revealed
Microsoft have unveiled the Xbox One a home entertainment system that can be used for gaming, television and Skype.
Microsoft Xbox One powered by voice and facial recognition
Microsoft has launched a new Xbox video games console that it claims will become the single device that users need to control TV, video games, music and entertainment in the living room.
Xbox One launch: live
Join us for the latest updates as Microsoft launches its new Xbox console, the Xbox One, simultaneously in Seattle and London.