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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.
Behavior Brief
Behavior Brief
Karen Zusi | Jan 4, 2016
A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research
Biological Compass
Biological Compass
Bob Grant | Nov 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.
Sensing North
Sensing North
Jef Akst | Apr 2, 2015
“Blind” rats fitted with a neuroprosthetic device that stimulates the brain when the animals turn their heads to the north or south can navigate mazes as well as sighted rats.
Modifying Memories During Sleep
Modifying Memories During Sleep
Anna Azvolinsky | Mar 9, 2015
Researchers create a link between a location and a reward in sleeping mice.
“Inner GPS” Support
“Inner GPS” Support
Anna Azvolinsky | Feb 5, 2015
Grid cells—the neurons that function as a spatial navigation system—require input from another set of neurons, a rat study shows.
Turtle Magnetism
Turtle Magnetism
Jenny Rood | Jan 19, 2015
Loggerhead sea turtles use the Earth’s magnetic fields to find their way home.
Python Auto-Pilot
Python Auto-Pilot
Rina Shaikh-Lesko | Mar 21, 2014
Invasive snakes in Florida show evidence of a compass sense they use to navigate back to home territory.
Behavior Brief
Behavior Brief
Rina Shaikh-Lesko | Mar 12, 2014
A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research