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“Map of Life” Shows the Location of All Organisms, Large and Small


By Rebecca Boyle  05.15.2012 at 4:45 pm http://www.popsci.com/

Ever wonder exactly where grizzly bears live on this continent? Or where you might find Myotis lucifungus, the fuzzy, adorable little brown bat that is currently threatened with extinction because of white-nose syndrome? Now you can track them on Google Maps, thanks to a new program that aims to plot the location of every single living thing on Earth.

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.