Magnets in Penguin bottoms.
I love it!
In the last of our shortlisted entries to the 2011 Wellcome Trust Science Writing Prize, Mike Jones explains the inventions a researcher is using to map the lives of penguins.
It’s early May. I am sitting with 15 other Oxford biology students in a seminar, as part of a course on ecology and conservation. The room is dark and hot, with the last of the afternoon sunlight streaming through a narrow gap in the curtains. All eyes are fixed on Rory Wilson, a professor visiting from Swansea University. “After we’d made the magnets small enough to fit in their bums,” he explains, “the difficult part was figuring out how powerful to make them.”
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