Global Positioning System for Turtles

Global positioning system for turtles reported in Nature, vol. 428, p90, 29 April 2004. Migrating animals are known to use a variety of environmental cues such as stars, sun position, polarisation of light and earth’s magnetism to keep themselves orientated towards their goal as they travel, but they must also have some kind of internal […]

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Galactic Guidance for Dung Beetles

Galactic guidance for dung beetles described in articles in BBC News, ScienceDaily, ScienceNOW, 24 January and Current Biology 2013; DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2012.12.034. When dung beetles find a pile of droppings they gather some, shape it into a ball, and then quickly roll it far away ‘in a straight line’ to prevent others stealing it before they […]

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Complex Navigation System

Space and defence scientists are studying a complex navigation system that tracks the horizon, detects blue, green and ultra-violet light, has a compass that works on sunlight polarisation, gauges airspeed and changes in direction, and computes how fast images of surrounding objects pass by. No, it is not a secret device stolen from some mysterious […]

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Bee Orientation Gene

Bee orientation gene found, according to ScienceDaily 29 May 2013. Before bees go out foraging for nectar they need to be able to orient themselves in the landscape and to the sun, and recognise landmarks, including the appearance of the hive. To do this they go on orientation flights close to the hive. Claudia Lutz […]

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How Hummingbirds Avoid Crashes

How hummingbirds avoid crashes according to ScienceDaily and New Scientist 18 July 2016 and PNAS doi: 10.1073/pnas.1603221113, published online 18 July 2016. Hummingbirds are incredibly agile and fast flyers. In their natural environment they are able to fly through dense forests at speeds up to 50km per hour without colliding with any obstacles, and accurately […]

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