• By Mark Kinver Environment reporter, BBC News 14 June 2017 From the section Science & Environment Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionCan going to the dentist really become a walk on the beach?Could sitting in the dentist's chair really be as enjoyable as a walk on the beach?UK scientists found that putting patients in a virtual reality (VR) environment while being...

  • 14 June 2017 From the section Science & Environment Image copyright E.Shute/FU/Kim.Benson/T.Rodd/A.Camens Image caption Artwork: Modern megapode bird (L), grey kangaroo (C) and a visualisation of Progura gallinacea It has been described as a "giant flying turkey" the size of a grey kangaroo by Australian scientists.It is actually an extinct species of megapode bird - an ancient cousin of the...

  • By Matt McGrath Environment correspondent 14 June 2017 From the section Science & Environment Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Green groups across Europe protested the US pullout from Paris Speaking to the European Parliament, Jean-Claude Juncker categorically ruled out any re-negotiation of the Paris climate agreement.The European Commission President said: "We have spent 20 years...

  • By Rebecca Morelle Science Correspondent, BBC News 14 June 2017 From the section Science & Environment Image copyright Edgargo Latrubesse Image caption The Amazon basin is the largest and most complex river system in the world The Amazon basin could suffer significant and irreversible damage if an extensive dam building programme goes ahead, scientists say. Currently, 428 hydroelectric dams...

  • By Helen Briggs BBC News 13 June 2017 From the section Science & Environment Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The White-tailed bumblebee emerges early in the spring Competition for nesting sites could explain why some birds and bumblebees are declining faster than others.Research suggest animals that build their nests in early spring may win the fight for available habitat at the...

  • By Helen Briggs BBC News 12 June 2017 From the section Science & Environment Image copyright Tim Blackburn Image caption The grey squirrel - originally from North America - is pushing out red squirrels Great Britain is in the top 10% of areas for harbouring alien species, according to a study.Animals that have moved in from afar include the grey squirrel, rose-ringed parakeet and the noble...

  • By Jonathan Amos BBC Science Correspondent 12 June 2017 From the section Science & Environment Image copyright BLOODHOUND SSC Image caption The Bloodhound project was first announced in 2008 The Bloodhound supersonic car will run for the first time on 26 October. It is going to conduct a series of "slow speed" trials on the runway at Newquay airport in Cornwall. Engineers want to shake down...

  • By Matt McGrath Environment correspondent 9 June 2017 From the section Science & Environment Image copyright Rooobert Bayer Image caption Dogs and wolves displayed a strong sense of inequity when their partners got better treats The sense of fair play is an important human trait, but new research suggests that it's a key behaviour for dogs and wolves as well. In tests, if one animal was...

  • By Roger Harrabin BBC environment analyst 8 June 2017 From the section Business Image copyright Getty Images Renewable sources of energy have generated more electricity than coal and gas in the UK for the first time.National Grid reported that, on Wednesday lunchtime, power from wind, solar, hydro and wood pellet burning supplied 50.7% of UK energy.Add in nuclear, and by 2pm low carbon sources...

  • By Pallab Ghosh Science correspondent, BBC News 8 June 2017 From the section Science & Environment Researchers at Leicester University have shown that it might be possible to develop an alternative to antibiotics for treating diseases in pigs. They have identified a range of viruses, called bacteriophages, that can be used to kill common pig infections.The aim is to reduce the risk of...

  • By Roger Harrabin BBC environment analyst 8 June 2017 From the section Science & Environment Image copyright Getty Images Nations responsible for much of the world's ocean plastic pollution have promised to start cleaning up their act.At a UN oceans summit, delegates from China, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines said they would work to keep plastics out of the seas.Some of the promises...

  • 7 June 2017 From the section Europe Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Parisians have faced a series of high pollution episodes in recent years A Parisian woman is taking the French state to court for failing to protect her health from the effects of air pollution.Clotilde Nonnez, a 56-year-old yoga teacher, says she has lived in the capital for 30 years and seen her health...

  • By Helen Briggs BBC News 7 June 2017 From the section Science & Environment Image copyright Getty Images Image caption T. rex was one of the largest terrestrial carnivores of all time Despite its ancestors having feathers, Tyrannosaurus rex most likely had scaly skin, according to fossil evidence. Researchers say the huge predator had scales much like modern reptiles rather than feathers or...

  • By Jonathan Amos BBC Science Correspondent 7 June 2017 From the section Science & Environment Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBBC Horizon: Halley VI is one of the most remote scientific research centres in the worldRestricted operations at the British Antarctic Survey's Halley station may have to continue for some time to come.The base, which ordinarily stays open...

  • By Pallab Ghosh Science correspondent, BBC News, Paris 7 June 2017 From the section Science & Environment Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe shape of a Jebel Irhoud skull (L) is almost identical to ours (R)The idea that modern people evolved in a single "cradle of humanity" in East Africa some 200,000 years ago is no longer tenable, new research...

  • By Victoria Gill Science reporter, BBC News 5 June 2017 From the section Science & Environment Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The researchers used body cam footage in their research California police officers speak less respectfully to members of the public who are black than to those who are white, researchers studying body camera footage say.Scientists developed a way to...

  • 6 June 2017 From the section Science & Environment comments Image copyright NASA/JPL-Caltech Image caption Artwork: The planet, named KELT-9b, orbits its star about 650 light-years from us Scientists have found a hellish world where the "surface" of the planet is over 4,000C - almost as hot as our Sun.In part, that’s because KELT-9b’s host star is itself very hot, but also...

  • 5 June 2017 From the section Africa Image copyright animal DEFENDER INTERNATIONAL Image caption José and Liso had suffered a life of abuse, according to ADI Two lions rescued from circuses in South America and relocated to South Africa have been killed by poachers. Animal Defenders International (ADI) which helped move 33 lions last year, including José and Liso, says it might...

  • By Bethany Bell BBC News, Bolzano and Munich 4 June 2017 From the section Science & Environment Image copyright South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology/Ochsenreiter Image caption Dutch artists Alfons and Adrie Kennis created an Oetzi lookalike High in a remote area of the Oetztaler Alps in northern Italy, 5,300 years ago, Oetzi the Iceman was shot in the back with an arrow. It hit a main artery...

  • India launches 'monster' rocket 5 June 2017 From the section India Image copyright AFP Image caption The Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mark III is the heaviest rocket ever made by India India's space agency has successfully launched its heaviest rocket. The 640-tonne rocket blasted off from a launching site off the Bay of Bengal in Sriharikota.As one website put it, "it's been a big...