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Sharks Find Their Way Using Smell

Posted by on Jan 8, 2016 in animal navigation, navigation, tracking, Wayfinding | 0 comments

Sharks Find Their Way Using Smell

Scientists are closer to solving one of the mysteries of how living creatures who can’t rely on GPS and wayfinding skills (unlike you, dear reader) find their way around. Take sharks, for example. Experts knew that sharks are guided by the earth’s magnetic field as they move in the ocean, but were curious about other factors, including smell, that might also influence navigation. A team of five investigators tracked leopard sharks, “a Pacific coastal species that makes foraging trips out...

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While You’re Watching Your GPS, It May be Watching You

Posted by on Jan 28, 2014 in apps, Directional Sense, Directionally challenged, GPS, tracking, Wayfinding | 0 comments

While You’re Watching Your GPS, It May be Watching You

If you’re directionally challenged, your New Year’s resolutions may relate to GPS devices: get one that’s always accurate, only use voice prompts when driving (ignore that distracting screen), and even learn to rely on your own devices more and GPS less. But here’s another reason to be aware of GPS: while you’re watching it, it may also be watching you. A new report by the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) says that companies providing location-based services (in personal...

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Apps for Finding the Whereabouts of Your Travel Companions

Posted by on Jun 16, 2013 in apps, getting lost, personal navigation, tracking | 0 comments

Apps for Finding the Whereabouts of Your Travel Companions

If you’re directionally challenged, it’s hard enough just to find your own way from one place to another — so what happens when you’re on a family vacation or traveling with friends and you become separated? If you don’t do everything en masse, how can you be sure to meet up at the right place? Or, if the various members of your group (or your kids) each decide to go off on their own merry ways, how can you know where they’ve disappeared to? One option is to...

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