Social bats pay a price: Fungal disease, white-nose syndrome ... extinction?
The effect on bat populations of a deadly fungal disease known as white-nose syndrome may depend on how gregarious the bats are during hibernation, scientists have discovered.
Researchers find bats use curled leaves for sound amplification
Bat brains offer clues as to how we focus on some sounds and not others
How do you know what to listen to? In the middle of a noisy party, how does a mother suddenly focus on a child's cry, even if it isn't her own?
Fungus causes white-nose syndrome in bats, researchers confirm
(PhysOrg.com) -- Scientists have proven that the fungus Geomyces destructans causes white-nose syndrome, a fast-spreading and highly lethal disease of bats.
Researchers Discover Secret of Success For Mysterious Hybridized Caribbean Bats
(PhysOrg.com) -- Sometime in the last 30,000 years or so, two separate bat species colonized the Caribbean and converged on islands in the southern Lesser Antilles. One came from Mexico while the other traveled from northern ...
Why does rain keep bats grounded?
Documentarians capture vampire bats on video feeding on juvenile penguins
Deadly bat disease is spreading west
A disease killing more than 1 million with a mortality rate close to 100 percent continues to sweep across the country. First detected in New York in 2006, it is now found in 14 states in the East and South, leaving starvation ...
Researchers unlocking the secrets of cross-species rabies transmission
Like most infectious diseases, rabies can attack several species. However, which species are going to be infected and why turns out to be a difficult problem that represents a major gap in our knowledge of ...
Study evaluates bat deaths near wind turbines
(PhysOrg.com) -- It's something of an ecological murder mystery countless numbers of bats are turning up dead near wind farms. But what is killing them?
New cave-dwelling arachnids discovered in Brazil
Two new species of cave-dwelling short-tailed whipscorpions have been discovered in northeastern Brazil, and are described in research published May 22 in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Adalberto Santos ...
Bats and whales behave in surprisingly similar ways
Sperm whales weigh up to 50 tons, and the smallest bat barely reaches a gram. Nevertheless, the two species share the same success story: They both have developed the ability to use echolocation - a biological ...
Sucker-footed bats don't use suction after all (w/ Video)
There are approximately 1,200 species of bats worldwide. Of that total, only six are known to roost with their heads pointed upward. Investigators did not know why, because they knew next to nothing about ...
'Zen' bats hit their target by not aiming at it (w/ Video)
New research conducted at the University of Maryland's bat lab shows Egyptian fruit bats find a target by NOT aiming their guiding sonar directly at it. Instead, they alternately point the sound beam to either ...