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Chemical defenses allow some moths to escape predatory bats

January 9, 2020

A new NSF-supported study published in Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution reveals that less appetizing moths are more nonchalant when attacked by bats, whereas…
Tiny Insects Become “Visible” to Bats When They Swarm

December 17, 2019

Bats use echolocation to hunt insects, many of which fly in swarms. In this process, bats emit a…
Scientists uncover genetic similarities among species that use sound to navigate

October 7, 2019

Insect-eating bats navigate effortlessly in the dark and dolphins and killer whales gobble up prey in murky waters…
Hoary bat numbers declining at rate that suggests species in jeopardy in Pacific Northwest

September 12, 2019

The hoary bat, the species of bat most frequently found dead at wind power facilities, is declining at…
Model predicts bat species with potential to spread Nipah virus

July 8, 2019

Since its discovery in 1999, Nipah virus has been reported almost yearly in Southeast Asia, with Bangladesh and…
Bats’ brains sync when they socialize

June 21, 2019

The phrase “we’re on the same wavelength” may be more than just a friendly saying: A new study…
Every bat travels differently

May 29, 2019

The females of some bat species migrate hundreds of kilometres after hibernation to give birth to their offspring…
Egyptian Fruit Bats Trade Food for Sex

May 24, 2019

Female scroungers form bonds with particular male producers and exchange mating for nourishment, TAU researchers say. Female Egyptian…
California leaf-nosed bat. Image credit: Alan Harper via Flickr, CC BY-NC 2.0
Bats evolved diverse skull shapes due to echolocation, diet

May 6, 2019

Humans may be forgiven for overlooking bats. After all, many bat species are out and about when we’re…
Vaccination May Help Protect Bats from Deadly Disease

May 2, 2019

“This is a significant step forward in developing control mechanisms to combat the devastating spread of white-nose syndrome…
Hearing in 3D

April 25, 2019

The sonar system of bats exploits spatial information in a way similar to our sense of sight, despite…
Scientists created a 3D model of the bat’s flight to aid creation of the new generation of drones

March 1, 2019

Scientists and engineers want to improve drones so that their flight would be more efficient. We want drones…
Fat bats withstand the effects of white-nose syndrome, study finds

February 22, 2019

New findings explain how some populations of little brown bats are persisting, even after initial population declines caused…
Venom of vampire bats could be used to treat a huge variety of medical conditions

January 16, 2019

In this case movies didn‘t lie to you – vampire bats do exists. Not only they are real,…
Researchers discover how ‘cryptic’ connections in disease transmission influence epidemics

November 23, 2018

Diseases have repeatedly spilled over from wildlife to humans, causing local to global epidemics, such as HIV/AIDS, Ebola,…
Misunderstood flying fox could prove bat species demise, warn scientists

November 20, 2018

An international team of researchers, including the University of Bristol, that monitored the damage directly caused by the…
Study reveals importance of ‘cryptic connections’ in disease transmission

November 20, 2018

A new study of disease transmission in bats has broad implications for understanding the hidden connections that can…
Engineers study hovering bats and hummingbirds in Costa Rica

September 29, 2018

Each sunrise in Las Cruces, Costa Rica, River Ingersoll’s field team trekked into the jungle to put the…
Beneficial bats help control insects in the garden

June 18, 2018

With a swish of his cape, Count Dracula ruined the reputation of bats forevermore. Maybe. In the 120…
Study bolsters bats’ reputation as mosquito devourers

May 30, 2018

It’s a common assumption: Bats are important because they feast upon those pervasive warm-weather pests known as mosquitoes.…
New DNA screening pinpoints whose blood the vampire bat is drinking

April 25, 2018

The common vampire bat prefers to feed on the blood of domestic animals such as cows and pigs,…
Vampire bat immunity and infection risk respond to livestock rearing

April 4, 2018

The availability of livestock as a food source for vampire bats influences their immune response and infection by bacterial…
Hairy tongues help bats drink up

February 8, 2018

Animals have evolved all manner of adaptations to get the nutrients they need. For nectar-feeding bats, long snouts…
Glass fronts can be acoustic illusions for bats

September 8, 2017

Sometimes bats perceive a smooth, vertical surface as an open pathway. A dangerous error in times of buildings…
Study Finds Pallid Bat Is Unfazed by Venom of Arizona Bark Scorpion

September 1, 2017

The Arizona bark scorpion is the most venomous scorpion in North America. It possesses venom that causes serious…
Night vision for bird- & bat-friendly offshore wind power

August 13, 2017

PNNL’s ThermalTracker software can aid responsible wind farm siting and operations The same technology that enables soldiers to…
Deadly Fungus Affecting Hibernating Bats Could Spread During Summer

August 2, 2017

The cold-loving fungus (Pseudogymnoascus destructans, or Pd) that causes white-nose syndrome, a disease that has killed millions of…
Study reveals interplay of an African bat, a parasite and a virus

July 17, 2017

If there is anything scientists are certain of when it comes to bats and their supposed role in…
Hot new imagery of wintering bats suggests a group behavior for battling white-nose syndrome

July 6, 2017

Hot new imagery from temperature-sensing cameras suggests that bats who warm up from hibernation together throughout the winter…
Scientists use smart sensors to monitor bat population in an urban environment

June 30, 2017

Cities are crowded with residents, but not just people. You might not notice through your daily work, but…
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