A round-up of general science news as collated by the BBC (in the UK).

Birds 'fled day before US tornadoes'

19 Dec 2014 at 2:21am
Tracking data reveals that golden-winged warblers fled one day before the April 2014 US tornado outbreak, probably because they "heard it coming". Read more...

Carbon mission returns global maps

18 Dec 2014 at 10:36pm
Nasa's Orbiting Carbon Observatory produces its first global maps of carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere. Read more...

New record depth for deepest fish

19 Dec 2014 at 1:01am
Fish are filmed more than 8,000m down in the Mariana Trench - the deepest place on Earth. Read more...

Shrink ship bubbles ‘for climate fix’

19 Dec 2014 at 12:26am
Shrinking the bubbles generated by ships could counteract the impact of climate change, a study suggests. Read more...

Badger cull fails to meet target

18 Dec 2014 at 3:33pm
Fewer than half the target number of badgers were killed in this year's cull in Gloucestershire, Defra announces. Read more...

Bats 'showing signs of recovery'

18 Dec 2014 at 3:24pm
Populations of most of Britain's bat species are stable or increasing following previous years of decline, report says. Read more...

Philae comet landing 'all a blur'

17 Dec 2014 at 6:06pm
An image has been released that shows the hairy moment that the Philae comet lander bounced back into space. Read more...

'Vast store' of world's oldest water

18 Dec 2014 at 1:25am
The world's oldest water, which is locked deep within the Earth's crust, is present at a far greater volume than was thought, scientists report. Read more...

Sentinel tracks continued Napa slip

17 Dec 2014 at 12:25pm
The creeping movement of the ground in California's Napa Valley, following its August earthquake, has been observed from space. Read more...

UK using less energy, report finds

18 Dec 2014 at 12:38am
People in the UK are using less energy, even though the economy is growing, new figures confirm. Read more...


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