Watch this falcon trick a crow, using a pretty sophisticated illusion

This falcon-cam view as the predator hunts a crow is incredible — but just as incredible is the old sailing illusion it's using to do so. » 1/16/14 11:47am 1/16/14 11:47am

Pigeons have a magnetic GPS in their brain

We're still working on understad how animals detect magnetic fields, but what's going on in their brains to make sense of it all? Researchers have discovered the part of pigeon's brain that can process magnetic signals they detect, and it's enough to direct them travelling across the globe. » 4/29/12 8:30am 4/29/12 8:30am

Neanderthals were sailing the Mediterranean 100,000 years ago

Humans likely first took to the seas about 50,000 years ago. But there's mounting evidence that our Neanderthal cousins were routinely sailing throughout the Mediterranean twice as long ago. Alternatively, they were just really good at long distance swimming. » 2/29/12 4:40pm 2/29/12 4:40pm

The secret of ancient Viking navigation was transparent crystals

Before the invention of modern navigational equipment, ancient sailors crossed the seas largely through their knowledge of the positions of the Sun and stars. So how did Vikings cross from Europe to America in the often foggy, cloudy northern Atlantic? » 11/02/11 4:00pm 11/02/11 4:00pm

How many groups reached the Americas before Christopher Columbus?

In 1492, Christopher Columbus landed in what is now the Bahamas, changing the world forever. But was he first non-indigenous person to reach the Americas? Vikings got there before him, and possibly Polynesians too...and those are just the sane theories. » 3/30/11 9:22am 3/30/11 9:22am

Forget pirates. Navigate like a viking.

Vikings did a lot of navigating in their line of work. Those who didn't know how to use the sun to get exactly where they wanted to go would end up razing only sandcastles, pillaging only bird's nests, and setting fire only to their own beards. So when cloudy, foggy, gray days caused these intrepid seamen to tear the… » 2/03/11 12:30pm 2/03/11 12:30pm