• By Helen Briggs BBC News, science and environment 4 April 2020 Image copyright fundaoprncipe_ffi Image caption Numbers are declining due to accidental fishing and egg collectingThe largest turtle in the ocean, the leatherback gets its name from its tough, rubbery skin. Migrating long distances a year, the turtle can cross the Pacific Ocean. But with threats like getting tangled in fishing gear,...

  • 3 April 2020 Image copyright Getty ImagesDr William Frankland, a British immunologist who transformed the world's understanding of allergies, has died aged 108. His pioneering work included developing the idea of a pollen count to help hay fever sufferers. Dr Frankland, whose medical career spanned 70 years, was known as "the grandfather of allergy". As a British army doctor in World War Two, he...

  • By Roger Harrabin BBC environment analyst 3 April 2020 comments Related Topics Coronavirus pandemic Image copyright AFP Image caption Is the infrastructure we need for the future better motorways or broadband super-highways?The aftermath of the Covid-19 crisis will transform the way we live, work and travel in the UK, the AA says. It predicts a permanent reduction in the demand for travel...

  • By Mark Kinver Environment reporter 3 April 2020 Image copyright Ed Suominen/Flickr Image caption The bark of larch trees was found to offer the most effective sound absorptionScientists say trees have a role to play in combating noise pollution in urban environments and have identified the best species for the job. The larch was found to be the most effective tree when it comes to absorbing...

  • By Paul Rincon Science editor, BBC News website 2 April 2020 Image copyright Science Image caption The remains recovered from the cave complex include the earliest example of Homo erectus - a direct human ancestorTwo million years ago, three different human-like species were living side-by-side in South Africa, a study shows. The findings underline a growing understanding that the present-day...

  • By Roger Harrabin BBC environment analyst 2 April 2020 Image copyright Getty ImagesThe UK is using 1.2 billion tonnes of materials a year – that’s the equivalent of 18.5 tonnes of material for every person in the country. The materials include food, timber products, metals, construction materials and fossil fuels. They are vital to the economy, but the figures show the UK is...

  • By David Shukman Science editor 2 April 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus pandemic Image copyright ReutersShould more of us wear face masks to help slow the spread of coronavirus? This question is to be assessed by a panel of advisers to the World Health Organization (WHO). The group will weigh up research on whether the virus can be projected further than previously thought; a study in the US...

  • By Matt McGrath Environment correspondent 1 April 2020 Related Topics UK climate change protests Image copyright SEC Image caption The Scottish Events Campus in Glasgow, which is due to host COP26, includes the Armadillo and the SSE Hydro buildingsA key climate summit in Glasgow will be delayed until next year due to disruption caused by the coronavirus. The announcement was made in a joint...

  • By Matt McGrath Environment correspondent 1 April 2020 Related Topics Climate change Image copyright R.Hucke-GaeteDespite being treated as humanity's rubbish dump for decades, the oceans of the world are proving remarkably resilient, says a new scientific review. Building on that resilience could lead to a full recovery within three decades, the researchers argue. Climate change, and the...

  • By Jonathan Amos Science correspondent 1 April 2020 Related Topics Climate change Image copyright AWI/James McKay Image caption An artist's impression of what it might have looked like in West Antarctica 90 million years agoScientists drilling off the coast of West Antarctica have found the fossil remains of forests that grew in the region 90 million years ago - in the time of the dinosaurs....

  • By Paul Rincon Science editor, BBC News website 1 April 2020 Image copyright ESA/Hubble, M. Kornmesser Image caption Artwork: The presumed black hole revealed itself by tearing apart a star that ventured too closeA team of astronomers has found what it says is the best evidence yet for an elusive class of black hole. They say the presumed "intermediate mass" black hole betrayed its existence by...

  • By Matt McGrath Environment correspondent 1 April 2020 Related Topics COP26 Image copyright Javier de la PuenteRising temperatures may be having a profound physical impact on one of the world's favourite songbirds. Researchers in Spain found that over a 20-year period, nightingales had evolved smaller wingspans. The scientists say this is linked to a changing climate in the region which has seen...

  • By Jonathan Amos Science correspondent 31 March 2020 Image copyright Jeff Overs/BBC Image caption There is more data for London than some of the other UK citiesAir pollution has started to fall in many UK cities in response to the lockdown measures introduced as a result of the coronavirus crisis. The trend mirrors that seen across continental Europe as people have spent less time in vehicles,...

  • By Victoria Gill Science correspondent, BBC News 31 March 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus pandemic Image copyright Getty ImagesTo persuade the majority to continue to comply with the lockdown to slow the spread of coronavirus, it must become the only "socially acceptable norm", a King's College London study suggests. "Social pressure from others" had an important role to play, lead researcher Dr...

  • By Jonathan Amos Science correspondent 31 March 2020 Related Topics Climate change Image copyright Hulton CollectionScientists have been amazed at the public's response to help digitise the UK's old rainfall records. Handwritten numbers on documents dating back 200 years are being transferred to a spreadsheet format so that computers can analyse past weather patterns. The volunteers blitzed...

  • By Matt McGrath Environment correspondent 31 March 2020 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The murder of Thomas Becket in 1170Ancient air pollution, trapped in ice, reveals new details about life and death in 12th Century Britain. In a study, scientists have found traces of lead, transported on the winds from British mines that operated in the late 1100s. Air pollution from lead in this...

  • By Paul Rincon Science editor, BBC News website 30 March 2020 Image copyright SPL Image caption Brain activity was fed into a computer system, which recognised recurring features in the dataScientists have taken a step forward in their ability to decode what a person is saying just by looking at their brainwaves when they speak. They trained algorithms to transfer the brain patterns into...

  • Image copyright Joseph Schubert Image caption Maratus azureus: It's common for the male spiders to wave their third pair of legs in a courtship danceOK, a lot of people don't like arachnids. But c'mon, these little guys are simply stunning. Seven new peacock spiders have been described in the journal Zootaxa. And just like their cousins in the Maratus genus, they all live in Australia and they...

  • 30 March 2020 Related Topics Climate change Visitors to Antarctica are often awed and humbled by its size, and its extreme climate. But it also caused the BBC's Justin Rowlatt to reflect on the human ability to solve problems together - and to feel hope for the future. We take off from a glacier near McMurdo, the main US research centre in Antarctica, heading for the middle of the West Antarctic...

  • By Jonathan Amos Science correspondent 28 March 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus pandemic Image copyright ESA/CNES/ARIANESPACE Image caption OneWeb has contracts for multiple rocket launches to get all its satellites in the skyOneWeb, the high-profile London-based satellite start-up, has filed for bankruptcy protection in the US. The firm, which has been building a network to deliver broadband...