Image of the Day: Flock in the Night
Image of the Day: Flock in the Night
The National Weather Service’s radar in Key West captures a spectacular moment in bird migration.
Image of the Day: Flock in the Night
Image of the Day: Flock in the Night

The National Weather Service’s radar in Key West captures a spectacular moment in bird migration.

The National Weather Service’s radar in Key West captures a spectacular moment in bird migration.

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Book Excerpt from <em>Physical Intelligence</em>
Book Excerpt from Physical Intelligence
Scott Grafton | Jan 13, 2020
In Chapter 2, “Surfaces,” author Scott Grafton describes the ancient process of action perception, which helps organisms navigate their environments.
Image of the Day: Virtual Landscape
Image of the Day: Virtual Landscape
Emily Makowski | Nov 25, 2019
Flashing lights activate fly navigation neurons.
Image of the Day: Eel Compass
Image of the Day: Eel Compass
Emily Makowski | Oct 14, 2019
Glass eels form a magnetic memory of their estuaries’ currents in order to migrate.
Making Sense of Magnetic Navigation
Making Sense of Magnetic Navigation
David Barrie | Jun 1, 2019
A new book about remarkable feats of migration by animals explores the front lines of research into how they do it.
Contributors
Contributors
The Scientist Staff | Jun 1, 2019
Meet some of the people featured in the June 2019 issue of The Scientist.
Memories Can Distort the Brain&rsquo;s GPS
Memories Can Distort the Brain’s GPS
Emma Yasinski | Mar 28, 2019
Two independent studies in rats find grid cells, which form the brain’s map, are more plastic than thought and are subject to the influence of reward.
A Keen Sense of Smell Appears to Go Hand in Hand with Spatial Memory
A Keen Sense of Smell Appears to Go Hand in Hand with Spatial Memory
Shawna Williams | Jan 31, 2019
Authors of a small study say the two abilities likely evolved in tandem.
Mag-Neato!
Mag-Neato!
The Scientist Staff | Aug 31, 2016
Scientists are unraveling how animals use Earth's magnetic field to navigate.
Demystifying the Brain’s GPS
Demystifying the Brain’s GPS
Tanya Lewis | Jul 12, 2016
Studies in rodents are beginning to reveal how mammalian navigational sense works.