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Magnetic reversal hints in Earth’s core

The Earth’s magnetic field may flip every few thousand years due to lopsided growth of the planet’s core. Scientists investigating the phenomenon of m…

Millefiori

Photographer Fabian Oefner creates lovely art by mixing water color paint with ferrofluids, and then subjecting it to a magnetic field. See various close-up views of the artwork in¬†Oefner’s project called Millefiori and a “making-of” video at his site. Link -via The Daily What Geek

Pigeons Have GPS Built Into Their Brain

That GPS unit on your car sure is fancy, but pigeons have got you beat: they have GPS built right into their brain! Researchers have spotted a group of 53 cells within pigeons’ brains [...]

Magnetic moon mystery solved

Why are there magnetised rocks on the lunar surface when the Moon has no magnetic field ? Two new studies have been published that attempt to solve th…

Two huge holes spotted in the sun

Scientists in Japan have identified two large holes in the sun’s magnetic field via the Hinode satellite. The two coronal holes are gaps through which…

Top 10 Reasons Why the World Won’t End in 2012

This list from the Discovery Channel might come in handy to give to someone you know who might get too nervous about the 2012 doomsday predictions and the movie about them. Each scenario is debunked with what scientists really know. For example, 1. Changes in the Sun’s magnetic field will lead to powerful flares. So what else [...]

Radiation prevents manned Mars mission

Radiation may prove to be the single biggest hurdle in putting a human on the planet Mars. Without the protective atmosphere and magnetic field of…