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Neurons in Bird Brains Encode Earth’s Magnetic Field, Giving Pigeons Reliable Internal GPS

By Rebecca Boyle  at http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2012-04/neurons-bird-brains-encode-earths-magnetic-field-giving-pigeons-reliable-internal-gps

Neurons in the brains of pigeons encode the direction of Earth’s magnetic field, endowing the birds with an innate internal GPS system, according to a new study.

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