Video: Earth's wandering magnetic field
Earth's magnetic field is continuously changing.
New evidence on lightning strikes: Mountains a lot less stable than we think
(Phys.org) —Lightning strikes causing rocks to explode have for the first time been shown to play a huge role in shaping mountain landscapes in southern Africa, debunking previous assumptions that angular ...
Baby fish 'steer by the sun'
(Phys.org) —Baby coral reef fishes find their way home using the sun and a body clock to steer by.
Emoticons get more emotional
Emoticons not expressing the full complexity of your feelings? UC Berkeley psychologist Dacher Keltner and his team at the campus's Greater Good Science Center can help. They have assisted in creating a nuanced ...
Smithsonian dedicates new exhibition to navigation
Smithsonian curators found themselves chasing the proverbial moving target when they put together a new permanent exhibition opening Friday that explains how people get from A to B.
Hide and seek with a quantum compass
How would you look for something that can be in two 'places' at once? The answer, according to Oxford University research into a quantum phenomenon called superposition, seems to be to ask where it isn't ...
Shipwreck find could be legendary 'sunstone'
An oblong crystal found in the wreck of a 16th-century English warship is a sunstone, a near-mythical navigational aid said to have been used by Viking mariners, researchers said on Wednesday.
Sugar ants 'know when they're lost'
(Phys.org)—Australian sugar ants know their surroundings so well that putting them in a different place can immediately trigger a 'lost' reaction, new research shows.
CAPTCHA evokes sympathetic (aka correct) response
China adds 2 satellites to global positioning net
(AP)—China has added two more satellites to a global navigation network that will eventually compete with America's Global Positioning System.
Stone age man had 'feminine side'
Dr. Karina Croucher, who has studied buried remains of people living between 7,500 and 10,000 years ago across the Middle East, says the stereotypical view of how Neolithic men and women lived is wrong.
Researchers create the first GPS for the blind
A new application for devices with Android operating systems, called OnTheBus, helps people find their way and move around in large cities. The application is based on universal design principles and is therefore ...
News narratives can heighten compassion, increase willingness to act
How the news media tell a story can make those who consume the story more compassionate and willing to act and help others.
Birds evolved compass 'head up display'
(PhysOrg.com) -- Certain birds may have compass information mapped directly onto their vision, much as fighter pilots have head up displays overlaying flight information on their view of the skies.