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March 1, 2019

 

Smelling Your Way Around

Scientists at McGill University in Canada have found that people who have a great sense of smell are often also good navigators.

October 8, 2015

 

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The Eye of the Dung Beetle

Dung beetles use moonlight's polarization to guide its dung hunts.

April 28, 2015

 

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Little Navigators

Spiny lobsters have an amazing navigational sense called magnetic position fixing.

May 7, 2014

 

A time-lapse image of the night sky in the norther hemisphere reveals that the North Star doesn't move very much.

What Makes The North Star So Special?

On a dark night, you can see thousands of stars with the naked eye. What makes the North Star stand out above the rest?

December 31, 2013

 

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Do Fish Have Memories?

Your pet fish's cognitive abilities will probably surprise you!

January 17, 2013

 

The equator is a circle, which we know has 360 degrees. Each degree is divided into sixty minutes, which are not the same as the minutes on your watch.

What Is The Difference Between A Mile And A Nautical Mile?

A Moment of Science would like to clarify a small point of navigation: the difference between a mile on land and a nautical mile.

October 15, 2010

 

Cognitive Maps And Bird Navigation

Humans use a process called "Constructing a cognitive map" to mentally visualize their surroundings. Do birds do this too?

September 23, 2006

 

Airplane Navigation

How do modern-day pilots navigate their way at 35,000 feet?

October 30, 2003

 

The Eye of the Dung Beetle

Learn about dung beetles and their nightly travels on this Moment of Science.

September 27, 2003

 

North Star

The North Star is the brightest star in the constellation known as the Little Dipper. It is called the North Star because of the special position it occupies relative to the earth’s axis. If you were to stay up all night gazing at the stars, you’d slowly see them revolve around a point in the sky known as the North Celestial Pole.

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