One good turn: Birds swap energy-sapping lead role
Migrating birds 'share the pain' of the arduous task of leading a v-formation, so that they can then take turns saving energy by following in another bird's wake, a new study shows.
Neural 3-D compass discovered in mammalian brain
Pilots are trained to guard against vertigo: a sudden loss of the sense of vertical direction that renders them unable to tell "up" from "down" and sometimes even leads to crashes. Coming up out of a subway ...
Study confirms highways are bad news for several bat species
BaTboT is up for imitating smart bat maneuvers
Bats obey 'traffic rules' when trawling for food
Foraging bats obey their own set of 'traffic rules', chasing, turning and avoiding collisions at high speed, new research from the University of Bristol, UK has found.
Bat species is first mammal found hibernating at constant warm temperatures
Many mammals—and some birds—escape the winter by hibernating for three to nine months. This period of dormancy permits species which would otherwise perish from the cold and scarce food to survive to ...
Fossils link Caribbean bat extinction to humans, not climate change
Sharing caves with millions of bats, the Caribbean's first humans may have driven some species of the winged mammals to extinction.
Hunting bats rely on 'bag of chips effect'
When bats hunt in groups at night, they rely on the sounds of their fellow bats to tip them off on the best places to a grab a good meal. Researchers reporting their findings in the Cell Press journal Current Bi ...
How does white-nose syndrome kill bats?
For the first time, scientists have developed a detailed explanation of how white-nose syndrome (WNS) is killing millions of bats in North America, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey and ...
'Non-echolocating' fruit bats actually do echolocate, with wing clicks
In a discovery that overturns conventional wisdom about bats, researchers reporting in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on December 4 have found that Old World fruit bats—long classified as "non-e ...
Study of deadly bat disease finds surprising seasonal pattern of infections
The deadly fungal disease known as white-nose syndrome has spread to bat colonies throughout eastern North America over the past seven years, causing bat populations to crash, with several species now at ...
Groundbreaking study compares how bat and human cells respond to viruses
Why are viruses such as Ebola so dangerous to humans yet do not appear to harm the bats which transmit them? A team of scientists from the University of Bristol, UK and CSIRO's Australian Animal Health Laboratories ...
The female of the species is harder to please than the male
Female bats are fussier than males when it comes choosing where to eat in urban areas, according to new research from the University of Stirling.