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Magnetic Field Inspires Dog Defecation Dance, Says Study

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January 8, 2014
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Dogs use the Earth's magnetic fields to align their position while defecating, according to new research. A team from the Czech Republic and Germany studied the body positions of 70 dogs across 37 breeds while they excreted, and found that they preferred to poop while aligned with the north-south axis. Jim Drury has more.


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Reuters (Aug. 8, 2013) Research into the landing behavior of water birds has revealed that they appear to align with magnetic field lines to choose their preferred landing direction, which is usually along the north-south axis. Czech scientists say the research could assist in improving landing navigation systems for aircraft, helping to prevent accidents when planes land close to water.
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Male Lyrebirds Get Their Rhythmic Groove on at Mating Time

Male Lyrebirds Get Their Rhythmic Groove on at Mating Time

Reuters (June 7, 2013) The elusive lyrebird, one of Australia's unique animal species, knows how to dance to its own song, according to scientists. The discovery supports the long held theory that for humans as well, music and dance are innately connected and can play a part in taking romance to the next level. Elly Park reports.
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Mass Extinction Looks Like a GMO Field in Iowa

Mass Extinction Looks Like a GMO Field in Iowa

FORA.tv (Aug. 19, 2013) Mass Extinction Looks Like a GMO Field in Iowa The Long Now Foundation - Our planet gets up to no end of apocalyptic-like tricks over time---periods when it is nearly all ice, all melting ice, all desert, all sea water, all molten lava, and civilizations come and go, sometimes for geological or climate reasons. The planet has samples of all of those conditions that can be visited right now, but no one in their right mind goes there. Craig Childs goes there. One of the world's great intrepid travelers and story-tellers, he finds the places on Earth that are most geologically or climatically dangerous and hangs out, observing closely, giving personal as well as scientific perspective. Through him, we experience "a field guide to the everending Earth."
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Eyes and Ears Speak Volumes About a Dog's Life

Eyes and Ears Speak Volumes About a Dog's Life

Reuters (Aug. 14, 2013) A wagging tail is not the only clue to a dog's level of happiness, according to researchers in Japan. A team from Azabu University say their studies suggest that if you really want to know how your dog feels, take a close look at its ears and eyebrows.
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