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Animal Magnetism

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About the Course

In this lecture Professor Peter Hore (University of Oxford) reveals the latest research on magnetoreception in birds. How do birds orient themselves, and travel in the correct direction when migrating? We (i) look at the vast distances covered by different birds on their migration routes to understand why some sort of internal compass would be useful for migratory animals; (ii) we then see the experiments carried out to prove the existence of some internal response to the Earth’s magnetic field, changing the effects of the magnetic field on a night-migratory songbird; (iii) then moving onto the prevailing theory behind magnetoreception, the radical pair mechanism; (iv), demonstrating and observing the radical pair mechanism within specific proteins; and (v) looking at additional experiments, possible uses and exciting speculations.

About the Lecturer

Peter John Hore is a British chemist and academic. He is a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Oxford and fellow of Corpus Christi College, Oxford. He is the author of two Oxford Chemistry Primers (OCP 32 and 92) on Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) and research articles primarily in the area of NMR, electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR), spin chemistry and magneto-reception during bird migration.