BBC News - Science & Environment

BBC News - Science & Environment



Earliest galaxies found 'on our cosmic doorstep'

Some of the earliest galaxies to form in the Universe are sitting on our cosmic doorstep, a study says.

Posted on 16 August 2018 | 5:09 pm


Wheat gene map to help 'feed the world'

Researchers are set to develop higher yield wheat varieties requiring less water after making a gene map.

Posted on 16 August 2018 | 2:00 pm


Ancient Egyptian mummification 'recipe' revealed

Forensic examination of a mummy shows the original ancient Egyptian embalming recipe, scientists say.

Posted on 15 August 2018 | 9:01 pm


New pesticides 'may have risks for bees'

Attempts to find a new generation of pesticides to replace neonicotinoids have been dealt a potential blow.

Posted on 15 August 2018 | 1:46 pm


Star Trek saga casts new Spock actor Ethan Peck

How will Ethan Peck compare to Leonard Nimoy and other actors who've played the pointy-eared science officer?

Posted on 15 August 2018 | 10:49 am


Mystery Russian satellite's behaviour raises alarm in US

Official says "there is no way to verify" what object is and whether or not it may pose a danger.

Posted on 15 August 2018 | 8:05 am


Footage suggests basking sharks use Scottish seas for courtship

Scientists collected footage showing basking sharks being "sociable" with each other off the coast of Mull.

Posted on 15 August 2018 | 7:57 am


Hot weather reveals hidden history to archaeologists

The UK heatwave has been good for aerial archaeologists spotting hidden treasures in the dry fields.

Posted on 14 August 2018 | 11:44 pm


How the humble cabbage can stop cancers

Researchers reveal how chemicals in some vegetables can prevent bowel cancer.

Posted on 14 August 2018 | 8:22 pm


Study suggests drastic decline in mountain hares

Conservation groups have called for an end to the "indiscriminate and ruthless" mountain hare culls.

Posted on 14 August 2018 | 1:36 pm


Rare Chinese tree's flowers attract visitors to Roath Park

The Chinese tree has flowered for the first time since it was planted in Cardiff more than 100 years ago.

Posted on 14 August 2018 | 12:00 pm


Next few years 'may be exceptionally warm'

The next few years could be "anomalously warm", according to a new study.

Posted on 14 August 2018 | 11:31 am


Being human: Big toe clung on longest to primate origins

Our big toe was one of the last parts of the foot to become human-like, as our early ancestors evolved to walk on two legs.

Posted on 14 August 2018 | 9:35 am


Palm oil: A new threat to Africa's monkeys and apes?

Large-scale expansion of palm oil in Africa will very likely risk the lives of primates, a study finds.

Posted on 14 August 2018 | 5:16 am


The farmers using sewage to make saris

As groundwater supplies dwindle in rural India, farmers turn to wastewater to grow crops like mulberry, which is used to make silk.

Posted on 13 August 2018 | 7:08 pm


Going plastic-free with kids

Reducing your dependence on plastics can be daunting, especially if you've got a young family.

Posted on 13 August 2018 | 7:05 pm


Hippo bite kills Taiwan tourist in Kenya

The animal turned on the Taiwanese man after he got too close with his camera at Lake Naivasha.

Posted on 13 August 2018 | 11:50 am


Winged reptiles thrived before dinosaurs

A newly discovered species of pterosaur that lived about 210 million years ago has been found in the Utah desert.

Posted on 13 August 2018 | 11:20 am


Tax haven link to rainforest destruction and illegal fishing

Deforestation of the Amazon and illegal fishing have both been linked to tax havens according to a new study.

Posted on 13 August 2018 | 11:00 am


US mid-term elections: Truth-seeking scientists run for office

"Scientists are not natural politicians... but they solve problems," says one of the record number running in the US mid-term elections.

Posted on 12 August 2018 | 7:55 pm


Jakarta, the fastest-sinking city in the world

With frequent floods, sinking markets and engulfed homes, by 2050 parts of Jakarta will be underwater.

Posted on 12 August 2018 | 7:10 pm


Killer whale mother finally lets dead newborn calf go, after 17 days

After 17 days, the orca at last stops carrying her newborn and begins chasing salmon off Canada.

Posted on 12 August 2018 | 5:11 pm


Parker Solar Probe: Nasa launches mission to 'touch the Sun'

The US space agency launches a probe that aims to travel closer to the Sun than ever before.

Posted on 12 August 2018 | 5:03 am


Weedkiller glyphosate 'doesn't cause cancer' - Bayer

The new owner of the Monsanto group insists glyphosate use is safe despite a cancer payout.

Posted on 11 August 2018 | 9:25 am


The Meg: the myth, the legend (the science)

What to we really know about the giant prehistoric shark reincarnated by Hollywood?

Posted on 10 August 2018 | 11:33 am


Rise in wolf attacks alarms Dutch sheep farmers

After one wolf killed 26 sheep Dutch farmers worry about installing costly electric fencing.

Posted on 10 August 2018 | 7:57 am


Coral reefs 'weathered dinosaur extinction'

Researchers have found that the algae living in coral reefs may have evolved 160 million years ago.

Posted on 10 August 2018 | 2:06 am


Primate speech: How some species are 'wired' for talk

Primate brain study reveals a "wiring" key to our ability to talk.

Posted on 9 August 2018 | 5:17 pm


Organic solar cells set 'remarkable' energy record

Cheap, flexible solar panels could become a reality as organics achieve the same power efficiency as silicon.

Posted on 9 August 2018 | 2:02 pm


The unpleasant reason men navigate better than women

Scientists show innate ability is not the explanation for men navigating better than women.

Posted on 9 August 2018 | 12:20 pm


Elusive nightjar back at RSPB Sandy reserve

A pair have been spotted breeding at the Bedfordshire site for the first time in 45 years.

Posted on 9 August 2018 | 9:21 am


Online dating: Aim high, keep it brief, and be patient

Researchers say that contacting people "out of your league", can be a successful online dating strategy.

Posted on 8 August 2018 | 2:07 pm


Why stealthy viruses are making you ill

Newly discovered trick used by viruses makes them more dangerous.

Posted on 8 August 2018 | 11:31 am


Climate change: 'Hothouse Earth' risks even if CO2 emissions slashed

Researchers warn that even limited climate warming could trigger conditions not seen in a million years.

Posted on 6 August 2018 | 3:07 pm


It'll be toasty

When the Bloodhound supersonic car attempts to break the land speed record, managing heat around the vehicle is going to be important.

Posted on 6 August 2018 | 8:25 am


Rush to dam

Developing economies around the world are investing in hydropower.

Posted on 5 August 2018 | 9:13 pm


Plastic food pots and trays are often unrecyclable, say councils

The majority of plastic containers used for yoghurts, ice cream, ready meals and fruit end up in landfill.

Posted on 4 August 2018 | 10:54 am


Big pong

Temperatures hit the 30s and there were no proper drains, bringing flies, disease and panic.

Posted on 3 August 2018 | 6:35 am


Crop-spraying drones

Drones are now delivering pesticides, fertilisers and crop monitoring to farms around the world.

Posted on 2 August 2018 | 7:43 pm


In pictures

Parts of eastern Australia are suffering their worst drought in memory, as these aerial images show.

Posted on 2 August 2018 | 5:32 am


Heathrow high

It's Europe's busiest airport but why is Heathrow also a magnet for hot weather?

Posted on 1 August 2018 | 10:08 pm


How Greenland scorched its underside

The world's largest island ran over Iceland's volcanic hotspot and has the rocky scar to prove it.

Posted on 1 August 2018 | 10:10 am


Lovell lights

How the giant Lovell radio telescope at Jodrell Bank is transformed into a 3,200 tonne art installation.

Posted on 20 July 2018 | 7:18 pm


Charcoal grilling

A growing taste for al fresco dining is driving record charcoal sales in the UK but is it also fuelling global deforestation and climate change?

Posted on 20 July 2018 | 2:42 am


Having all the fin

Research suggests new kinds of shark could migrate to UK waters as the oceans warm.

Posted on 17 July 2018 | 12:58 pm


Turn the clock back

Travelling in time might sound like fantasy, but some physicists think it might really be possible.

Posted on 11 July 2018 | 10:46 am


Curious camera

A new exhibition reappraises the work of Harry Burton, who photographed the decade-long Tutankhamun excavation.

Posted on 3 July 2018 | 9:04 pm


Meet the nuns helping save a sacred species from extinction

The axolotl - a salamander unique to Mexico - has almost been wiped out by pollution and over-fishing.

Posted on 6 June 2018 | 7:24 pm


Stephen Hawking dies: Scientist's most memorable quotes

Remembering some of the key theories and quotes of the world renowned physicist, who has died.

Posted on 14 March 2018 | 9:06 am


Stephen Hawking: A life in pictures

The physicist, who battled motor neurone disease for most of his life, has died at the age of 76.

Posted on 14 March 2018 | 7:24 am