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Radio waves zap the biomagnetic compass

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Weak radio waves in the medium-wave band are sufficient to disrupt geomagnetic orientation in migratory birds, according to a particularly well-controlled study. But the underlying biophysics remains a puzzle. See Letter p.353

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Figure 1: Biological 'magnetomonsters'.

a, Marianne Hanzlik; b, Heinz A. Lowenstam/Joseph L. Kirschvink; c,d, Dirk Schumann

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Kirschvink, J. Radio waves zap the biomagnetic compass. Nature 509, 296–297 (2014). https://doi.org/10.1038/nature13334

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