Science: Owls Debunked

Scientists are always wondering about something, and Dr. Lee R. Dice of the University of Michigan got to wondering about owls. He wondered whether the owl was really such a traditionally wise old bird, whether it could find its way home in the dark—whether, in fact, it was all it was cracked up to be. Dr. Dice built a light-tight "reaction room." There was a perch near the top and a dim, adjustable light. He put a dead mouse on the sand-covered floor, shut an owl inside, and waited for results.

Sometimes the owl found the mouse, sometimes it didn't. By...