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Education

Submission + - Bird's-Eye View May Include Magnetic Fields

BoredStiff writes: In a story heard on NPR and reported in ScienceDaily reports that a new study finds that migratory birds can "see" magnetic fields. The findings from a current study by a research group from Oldenburg, Germany strongly supports the hypothesis that migratory birds use their visual system to perceive the reference compass direction of the geomagnetic field and that migratory birds are thus likely to "see" the geomagnetic field.
Censorship

Submission + - Verizon Rejects Abortion Rights Text Messages

Silver Sloth writes: The New York Times has an article saying that Verizon Wireless has rejected a request from Naral Pro-Choice America, the abortion rights group, to make Verizon's mobile network available for a text-message program. From TFA

The dispute over the Naral messages is a skirmish in the larger battle over the question of "net neutrality" — whether carriers or Internet service providers should have a voice in the content they provide to customers.

"This is right at the heart of the problem," said Susan Crawford, a visiting professor at the University of Michigan law school, referring to the treatment of text messages. "The fact that wireless companies can choose to discriminate is very troubling."

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