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Dogs take shortcuts based on Earth’s magnetic fields

New research sees dogs checking a North-South axis on their way home.

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  • As dogs navigate, they appear to be using the Earth's magnetic fields.
  • 170 dogs orient themselves to north and south as they plot shortcuts back to their people.
  • Dogs join the growing number of magnetism-sensitive animals.

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Magnetic north isn’t even close to where it used to be

You won't notice much of a difference unless you're north of the 55th parallel, though.

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  • Magnetic north has recently been moving north from Canada to Russia in a cold hurry.
  • It's moving about 33 miles a year instead of the usual 7 miles.
  • World navigation models had to updated ahead of schedule to catch up with it.
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