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    Dung Beetles Navigate Via the Milky Way, An Animal-Kingdom First

    Talk about star power—a new study shows that dung beetles navigate via the Milky Way, a first in the animal kingdom.

    The tiny insects can orient themselves to the bright stripe of light generated by our galaxy, and move in a line relative to it, according to recent experiments in South Africa.

    “This is a complicated navigational feat—it’s quite impressive for an animal that size,” said study co-author Eric Warrant, a biologist at the University of Lund in Sweden.

    Moving in a straight line is crucial to dung beetles, which live in a rough-and-tumble world where competition for excrement is fierce. (Play “Dung Beetle Derby” on the National Geographic Kids website.)

    http://newswatch.nationalgeographic....kingdom-first/
    http://youtu.be/zSgiXGELjbc

    "A still more glorious dawn awaits
    Not a sunrise, but a galaxy rise
    A morning filled with 400 billion suns
    The rising of the milky way"

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    If we do not destroy ourselves
    We will one day venture to the stars" -Carl Sagan

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    Not a fan of beetles..or any creepy crawly things for that matter, but this is pretty darn cool lol

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    competition for excrement is fierce lol

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