Homing Pigeons Have Built In “GPS”

Homing Pigeons Have Built In “GPS”

Homing pigeons use the Earth’s magnetic field 

Homing pigeons have built in ‘satnav’ that uses Earth’s magnetic field to pinpoint position and help them find their way home, according to a study.  Scientists have suspected for years that birds possess the ability to use the Earth’s magnetic field for their navigation, although it has never been proved beyond doubt.

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University Offers Masters Degree In “The Beatles”

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The Fab Four

A Liverpool university has launched a Masters degree on The Beatles, popular music and society. Liverpool Hope University claims the course is the first of its kind in the UK and “probably the world”.

The course looks at the studio sound and compositions of The Beatles and how Liverpool helped shape their music.

Mike Brocken, course leader, said: “There have been over 8,000 books about The Beatles but there has never been serious academic study.” He added: “The Beatles influenced so much of society, not just with their music, but also with fashion from their collar-less jackets to their psychedelic clothes.

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Smoother Steering When Driver’s Fix Gaze On Specific Targets

Smoother Steering When Driver’s Fix Gaze On Specific Targets 

 This video frame shows the blue target bar positioned on the tangent point — the point at which the edge line on a road seems to begin changing direction — as the road curves to the left.

A study recently published in ARVO’s online Journal of Vision may inform the next generation of in-car driving assistance systems. New research finds that when drivers fix their gaze on specific targets placed strategically along a curve, their steering is smoother and more stable than it is in normal conditions.

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