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Birds 'fled day before US tornadoes'

Tracking data reveals that golden-winged warblers fled one day before the April 2014 US tornado outbreak, probably because they "heard it coming".

Carbon mission returns global maps

Nasa's Orbiting Carbon Observatory produces its first global maps of carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere.

New record depth for deepest fish

Fish are filmed more than 8,000m down in the Mariana Trench - the deepest place on Earth.

3D printer makes tool in space

Astronauts on the International Space Station have used their 3-D printer to make a wrench from instructions sent up in an e-mail.

7ft marine reptile fossil beach find

An amateur fossil hunter has unearthed a 7ft skeleton of a carnivorous marine reptile on a beach in south Wales.

Badger cull fails to meet target

Fewer than half the target number of badgers were killed in this year's cull in Gloucestershire, Defra announces.

Bats 'showing signs of recovery'

Populations of most of Britain's bat species are stable or increasing following previous years of decline, report says.

Philae comet landing 'all a blur'

An image has been released that shows the hairy moment that the Philae comet lander bounced back into space.

'Vast store' of world's oldest water

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.

Sentinel tracks continued Napa slip

The creeping movement of the ground in California's Napa Valley, following its August earthquake, has been observed from space.

UK using less energy, report finds

People in the UK are using less energy, even though the economy is growing, new figures confirm.

Autism link to air pollution raised

A link between autism and air pollution during pregnancy has been suggested by scientists.

Ministers unveil science strategy

The UK government has formally unveiled its strategy for science and innovation.

Methane 'belches' detected on Mars

Nasa's Curiosity rover has detected "belches" of methane gas on Mars - a gas that could hint at past or even present life on the planet.

Squirrels are 'climate culprit'

Arctic ground squirrels could play a greater role in climate change than was previously thought, research suggests.

Yeti polar bear theory challenged

A theory that the Himalayas' mythical yeti is a rare polar bear-brown bear hybrid animal is being challenged.

Festival lights viewed from space

Satellites view how Christmas in the US and Ramadan in the Middle East brighten the globe.

California's water woes quantified

Scientists assess the scale of the epic California drought and say it will require more than 40 cubic km of water to return the US state to normal.

Even in colour, Comet 67P is grey

The first colour image from the Rosetta spacecraft shows that Comet 67P is even more dark and monochrome than expected.

Cosmic bangs 'common on Earth'

Scientists shed light on the energetic emission of radiation that occurs in thunderstorms.

Top 10 physics breakthroughs listed

Landing on a comet, laser fusion and a working tractor beam are among the physics breakthroughs of the year, as chosen by a leading magazine.

Life from 'deepest drill' revealed

Tiny microbes uncovered by the deepest-ever marine drilling expedition are analysed by scientists to see how they can survive under the seabed.

Peat is Amazon's carbon superstore

Satellite data reveals that the most dense stores of carbon in Amazonia is not above ground in trees but below ground in peatlands.

Deal reached at UN climate talks

UN member states reach agreement on how countries should tackle climate change, after differences cause talks to overrun by two days.

Arctic sea ice volume holds up

Two cool summers in a row have now allowed the pack ice in the Arctic to increase and then hold on to a good deal of its volume.

Threatened birds of prey 'vanish'

Two of the rarest birds of prey in England, which had been satellite tagged, vanish in unexplained circumstances.

Hyenas feast at vulture restaurants

"Restaurants" of dead meat set up for endangered vultures also attract an undesirable clientele of hyenas and jackals, according to a six-year study.

Brazil releases 'good' mosquitoes

Brazilian researchers release thousands of mosquitoes infected with a bacteria that suppresses dengue fever into the environment in Rio de Janeiro.

VIDEO: New record depth for deepest fish

Fish have been filmed more than 8km down in the Mariana Trench - the deepest place on Earth.

VIDEO: India launches largest rocket

India has successfully launched its largest rocket and an unmanned capsule which could send astronauts into space.


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