Steal Super Powers From BIRDS!

by Moin Uddin Ahmed Tipu

You know that sixth sense birds have telling them to fly south in the winter? Now a few people have figured out how to obtain this sixth sense for themselves. Anthony Carboni tells us why this is freakin’ awesome!

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Lil'Eevee July 12, 2014 - 6:04 AM

I would be a willing test subject for any of these

Danger Squirrel July 16, 2014 - 10:21 PM

Supposedly humans already have a kind of magnetoception. There's an iron deposit in the tip of your nose that subconsciously tells you where north is. I was skeptical until we tried an experiment in my geography class where everyone closed their eyes, spun around in place, and stopped when they thought they were facing north. Surprisingly, most people got it right. I'd like to see a formal study done on this.

frostcrackle July 23, 2014 - 9:29 AM

I wouldn't put a magnet in my finger, unless it's extremely tiny. 
How would I use my phone without, like…messing it up…or whatever? :)

David Arnryd July 24, 2014 - 3:16 AM

Some scientist think that humans where able to sense the magnetic field in the past to help with hunting and some even believe that they build houses in such a way so that the field was in the corner of the house because it caused problems if you slept under one, but I might be TOTALY wrong so don't take my word for it… 

Purujeet Parida July 24, 2014 - 9:08 PM

There can be evolutionary reasons for vestigial organs but not for having new powers/organs. Those are mutations that get chosen by environment. Magnetoception may have been a power we had in the past, which got overwritten or suppressed in our DNA because we developed other local means of direction sensing. We gradually became different organisms and evolution made us forget our magnetic directions. In that case, anytime we actually manage to implant magnetoception devices, that will be the first time that card will be played in modern human evolution. 
Can there really be an evolutionary reason to not have magnetoception – unless it restricts brain growth,  for ex: look at the heads of birds.

Israel Barraza August 16, 2014 - 12:47 PM


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KatraASMR October 31, 2014 - 3:23 PM

Firstly and foremost, magnetic fields produce electricity when combined with electrical conductors and motion. This means that the neuropaths in our bodies (which are conductors, look it up), would become live wires all the time whenever we go around these fields. We are exposed to TONS upon TONS of these fields daily. That's all fine and dandy, and, unless I'm missing the biggest scandal ever here, nobody has died. But if you apply electricity to a PERMANENT magnet, which most people just refer to as a "magnet" (usually a small piece of dark gray metal, painted red and white to distinguish it's polls), it scrambles the magnet, and ruins it. The whole concept of inserting a magnet into your pinky or body at all is, generally speaking, not dangerous (so long as the surgery is done properly), but over time, in a world where electricity runs our lives, and electricity is run by magnets, this would only cause this single magnet to get scrambled over time. Small scale usage, for example, a matter of weeks, could possibly work, but long term directional path-finding is simply not practical. This does not mean that there isn't a way to make it work, simply that, based on what was said in the video, it wouldn't be a great way to do it.

The simply fact that we CAN do this AT ALL, is beyond amazing, and almost surreal. And with science in an ever-increasing exponential curve, this might just go somewhere, quickly, possibly allowing us to trace the source of the "sixth sense" of these birds, and genetically add it to humans. With that being said, if you did this, any time you looked up at those magical power wires over your street, you would see a rippling, strobing sine wave of power, which would not only pull unaware people towards it through general curiosity, but also pose a few medical risks, such as general fear, and potential epileptic induction.

Can't wait to see where this goes!

Mister Foxxo November 10, 2014 - 3:28 PM

Why do we need to put it in our body? Why can't it just be a gadget that we wear like eye glasses or whatever?

Jonathan Lee November 11, 2014 - 7:32 AM

I canz have super powers? HELLZ YEAHZ BOYZ!

war wolf Warrior January 2, 2015 - 1:01 AM

I'm confuse about one thing you can make these awesome cool electronics but you can't make is awesome robot maid???? Does anyone agree…

Brevilo March 31, 2015 - 5:54 AM

isnt there already this blind black kid who makes klick sounds to navigate like with sonar

ADerpyReality April 7, 2015 - 9:03 PM

All the likes :D

TJ Your hug buddy November 30, 2015 - 9:31 AM

The reason why humans don't have magnetoreception is probably the simplest answer, we just haven't needed it. Although it might come in handy when you don't have anything to go by, when you have a sun or moon to tell you east and west, you don't need a compass allot of the time. And when you have landmarks and trails, yet again the same is true. Where as fish need to travel across vast distances to breed, and birds need to head south, both with consistency. So having a sense for that sort of thing probably comes in handy. As a bird, you don't have roads, and your going really far. Across continents far. Humans might go far as the hunter gatherer tribes trotted across areas, but they don't need necessarily to go back to where they were 40 years ago. They just need to go where food is plentiful. But that's just what I surmise, so whatever.

The Alchemist February 27, 2016 - 5:46 AM

I ran out of paper to wrap my weed in, so I used some paper with something by some guy named "Aristotle", whoever the fuck he is. I found it during my vacation to Greece. It was in some ancient looking ruins and looked old as fuck.

Disabled Unicorn October 12, 2016 - 5:38 AM

Oh god no! If I had this magnet in my finger, i'd be feeling the vibration to all the loud music in the neighborhood.

kelly werth May 22, 2017 - 11:41 PM

I've always wonder sens hearing about the magnet implant if it would mess up your phone or some other hand held device, if not I want one

Jef Koele-wijn April 12, 2018 - 11:54 PM


A. Raven March 6, 2019 - 8:09 AM

My supper power is dive booming cars, and yes I'm better…..

louer le seigneur October 5, 2021 - 1:44 PM