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Biological Compass

By | November 16, 2015

A protein complex discovered in Drosophila may be capable of sensing magnetism and serves as a clue to how some animal species navigate using the Earth’s magnetic field.

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Turtle Magnetism

By | January 19, 2015

Loggerhead sea turtles use the Earth’s magnetic fields to find their way home.

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Source of Animal Magnetism Identified

By | July 9, 2012

Decades after science discovered that animals can navigate using the earth’s magnetic field, researchers isolate the first vertebrate cells containing magnetic iron.


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iPad Affects Shunt Settings

By | June 26, 2012

The settings of programmable shunt devices used to treat brain swelling in children can be altered by magnetic fields, such as those given off by the Apple iPad 2.


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Pigeon GPS Identified

By | April 26, 2012

A population of neurons in pigeon brains encodes direction, intensity, and polarity of the Earth’s magnetic field.


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Magnetic Yeast

By | February 28, 2012

Researchers succeed in magnetizing yeast cells, providing insight into how magnetism could be genetically induced in other organisms.


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Magnetic Swimmers Cultured

By | December 22, 2011

For the first time, researchers culture a bacteria that uses a magnetic sulfide compound to navigate.


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