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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Do humans have a 'sixth sense'? Scientist claims we can detect Earth's magnetic fields

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by Emily Reynolds
Wired

A US researcher says humans can unconsciously detect the Earth's magnetic fields

A US scientist has claimed to have found evidence of a "sixth sense" in humans that can detect the Earth's magnetic fields.

Joe Kirschvink, from the California Institute of Technology, says his experiment can also be "repeated and verified", something research on magnetoreception has never been able to do before.

The trial, which involved just 24 people and has not yet been peer reviewed, builds on a 2016 study that suggested other mammals, including dogs, foxes and primates have "magnetic sensors" in their eyes.


This previous research, undertaken by the Max Planck Institute and published in Nature Scientific Reports, found animals including "dogs, wolves, bears, foxes, badgers, orangutans and macaques" have the field-sensing molecule cryptochrome 1a present in their retinas.
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