Cow Compass

Tuesday, August 26, 2008 - 16:21 in Astronomy & Space

Lost in drive-by country? Look for a cow. It will probably be pointing north—or south. After analyzing satellite photos of 8,000 cows in 308 different locations, German scientists have found that the milk-makers usually confront the world in a north-south direction. This preference isn’t an indication of the cows sunning themselves, researchers say—it shows that they can sense the Earth’s magnetic field. read more

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