Electronics may confuse a bird's ‘compass’

Robins get disoriented when surrounded by the electromagnetic noise given off by some ordinary electronic devices

By Stephen Ornes, 11:29 AM May 19, 2014

Birds know where to go when it’s time to migrate. They get some of that superb sense of direction from their ability to detect Earth’s magnetic field. That magnetic sense acts a bit like a compass used by human hikers. But the energy coming from some electronic devices can perturb a birds’ internal compass. And that might confuse a bird's sense of direction, according to a new study.

Most electronic devices send out waves of energy called electromagnetic radiation. The levels are too low to ha...

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