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Properties of Magnets

How compasses work

Find out more about earth’s magnetic field, compasses and even the aurora!


Magnetoreception refers to animals’ ability to perceive magnetism. We know from behavioral evidence that many organisms, from bacteria, to lobsters, to pigeons sense and respond to magnetic fields but scientists are just starting to learn how this works.

Gadgets that make use of magnets

Observe various gadgets that rely on the properties of magnets to work. Can you identify the relevant property of magnets in each gadget?