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Cog·i·ta·tion [koj-i-tey'-shun] – noun: Concerted
reflection; meditation; contemplation.
Kirt [kert] – proper noun: RF Cafe webmaster.
You've heard of homing pigeons,
but how about homing lobsters? Researchers have recently discovered
that the Caribbean spiny lobster has an uncanny homing ability. There
is an apparent sensing of the earth's magnetic field, because even when
the lobster is far removed from its place of origin, it immediately
heads on a bearing that will take it home. The theory has been tested
by noting that inserting magnets, with powers similar to the earth's
own, near the lobster throws off the homing ability. If the local magnetic
field is adjusted to match that of the "known" location, the lobster
will take off toward the simulated homeland. This is quite a feat for
an invertebrate, which is generally considered to be amongst the lowest
of life forms (politicians, lawyers, etc.).