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The aquatic bacterium Magnetospirilllum magneticum takes in iron and produces magnetite, a natural magnet. Researchers have taken this over to create very small magnets and wires that could be used to make nanoscale microchips that are also compatible with the human body (biocompatible).

Researchers have found that pigeons have neurons in their brains that are sensitive to the earth’s magnetic field, and they use these to navigate. It used to be through that they used iron in their beaks but these seem to be iron-rich blood cells.

pigeonRead the abstract in Science.

Researchers have created a magnetic soap that contains iron. This could be used to dissolve oil spills and then the soap and oil could be removed with a magnet.

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