The prospect of a deep sea "gold rush" opening a controversial new frontier for mining on the ocean floor has moved a step closer.
A tree expert says the biggest threat facing UK trees is likely to come from a disease currently unknown to science.
GPS data could provide faster and more accurate early warning systems for tsunamis, a German team of scientists suggest.
Scientists get their hands dirty as they attempt to unravel the mystery of giant Ice Age beasts like the sabretooth cat.
An Asian insect is destroying native species around the world by unleashing a lethal biological cocktail.
The UK's spring butterflies are being welcomed by enthusiasts, but weeks later than they usually arrive.
A $15m computer that uses "quantum physics" effects to boost its speed is to be installed at a Nasa facility.
Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield says he could not resist sharing his life in space on social media, in his first public appearance since landing.
For the first time scientists have developed a map that shows the world's unique and endangered species.
Protesters take to the streets of Kunming in China for the second time this month over plans for a chemical plant.
Human cloning is used to produce early embryos, marking a "significant step" for medicine, say US scientists.
The planet-hunting space telescope, Kepler, has been hobbled by a broken reaction wheel, say scientists at Nasa.
Mosquitoes carrying the malaria parasite are more attracted to human body odour than uninfected insects, scientists report.
The trend for barefoot running could lead to injuries in some runners, a small study suggests.
Researchers spot particles called neutrinos coming from outside our Solar System for the first time, a find that could spark a new era in astronomy.
Scientists say 1.5-billion-year-old water drilled from rock in a North American mine is the most ancient yet found on Earth.
A UK-based firm says it has stopped selling a drug to Arkansas because the US state had planned to use it to execute prisoners on death row.
Women live longer than men partly because their immune systems age more slowly, a study suggests.
Europe's first advanced civilisation had a local origin and was not imported from outside the continent, according to a new study.
The Sun has unleashed the most powerful eruption - a solar flare - of 2013 so far.
The UK says it has agreed new laws with the European Union which include banning the dumping of unwanted fish, such as mackerel and herring.
India's tigers face extinction due to a collapse in the variety of their mating partners, say Cardiff University researchers.
Experts have come up with their most accurate estimate yet for the impact of melting ice sheets and glaciers on sea level.
Sugar beet farmers are counting the cost of a "mystery" condition resulting in more than 50% of some crops failing.
New research suggests that cutting down trees in the rainforest could limit the amount of electricity generated by hydropower.
An ancient Mayan temple in Belize has been destroyed by a road-building crew using bulldozers and backhoes to extract gravel for road filler.
A three-month long study to determine the puffin population on the Farne Islands in Northumberland gets under way.
A black widow spider is found in Aberdeen in a shipment from America.
The reintroduction of white-tailed eagles to Britain has been hailed as a conservation success, but will they ever fly beyond Scotland?
Roboticist Will Jackson of Engineered Arts gives a tour of his robot factory in Cornwall, and talks about recent developments in the industry.