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Homing Pigeons Follow Their Noses
2013-11-06 12:14:54

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A scientist writing in the journal Biogeosciences suggests that homing pigeons may using their noses to help guide them back home. Birds are known to use tools like the sun and Earth’s magnetic field to help them navigate around. Homing pigeons are king of this category and were even used by spies in World War II to help deliver messages in and out of war zones. However, the skill homing pigeons possess to help navigate the skies has...

2008-12-04 13:09:12

U.S. scientists have a new theory to explain how some marine animals find their way back to their birthplace to spawn after migrating thousands of miles. Marine biologists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill believe that salmon and sea turtles read the magnetic field of their home area and imprint it, allowing the animals to distinguish that location from all others when they're ready to return years later to reproduce. Previous studies showed young salmon and sea turtles can...


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malpais
  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
'Malpais' translates from Spanish as 'bad land.'