Author Archives: Richard Nissen

The hippocampus of rats

Prof Kate Jeffery has done some very interesting work on how the hippocampus of rats processes navigational information. Scientists are clear that the hippocampus is critical for navigation but believe that it is only one part of a larger system … Continue reading

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Monarch Butterflies

Here is a link to Monarch Butterflies http://phys.org/tags/monarch+butterflies/ Editor’s remark I have difficulty understanding these results which  suggest that Cryptrochromes are involved which I am fairly clear is impossible as there is not enough time for the quantum coherence to … Continue reading

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Songbirds really do fly south for the winter

There has been a recent article in the New Scientist 9 August 2014 entitled: “Songbirds really do fly south for the winter” Scientists had postulated that intercontinental migratory songbirds flew north for the summer to breed in order to escape … Continue reading

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Chris the Cuckoo running later than ever

In previous years, Chris has been one of the first tagged Cuckoos to cross the Sahara desert but this year he seems to be on a much more relaxed schedule. His previous arrival dates south, of the Sahara desert, were … Continue reading

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Another story of a person saved by their dog

The story is about a three years old girl lost in Siberia, she was with the family dog and a few days later the dog showed up at the home and they thought that the little girl would die because … Continue reading

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Summary of ideas Spring 2014

Intro I have put together this article to spell out some of the thinking that I have come across recently.  A lot is highly contentious (such as Torsion waves) but as we struggle to understand how animals (and humans) navigate … Continue reading

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Hefted Sheep

This is an English term for sheep that learn to live in a particular location who do not stray from their “land”.  For us this is another piece of the jigsaw of how animals operate in the wild and know … Continue reading

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