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Image of the Day: Horseshoe Bat
Staff, The Scientist Staff | Dec 4, 2017
Factors such as humidity and temperature can affect how
White-Nose Syndrome Fungus Infects Bats in Texas
Jef Akst | Mar 27, 2017
The pathogenic fungus that has decimated populations of bats throughout the eastern United States has surfaced in the state for the first time, although none of the bats appear diseased.
Jenny Rood | Feb 17, 2015
Luna moths use their long tails to throw bats off their trail.
Vampire Bats Lack Bitter Taste
Jef Akst | Jun 25, 2014
With a diet of blood, the flying mammals have largely lost the ability to taste bitter flavors.
More Evidence MERS Came from Bats
Kerry Grens | Oct 10, 2013
Genomic analysis suggests that the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus circulated among bats for a while before jumping to humans.
Bats a Source of MERS?
Kate Yandell | Aug 23, 2013
A fragment of viral RNA isolated from an Egyptian tomb bat matches viral RNA isolated from the first human victim of the novel coronavirus.
Moth Mating Calls Linked to Bats
Ed Yong | Jun 20, 2013
The degree of honesty in moth courtship songs might have been influenced by their similarity to bat echolocation calls.
New Genus of Bat
Jef Akst | Apr 11, 2013
In South Sudan, researchers discover another specimen that they’ve classified into an entirely new genus of the flying mammal.
Kate Yandell | Mar 19, 2013
What researchers are learning as they sequence, map, and decode species’ genomes
Bat Deaths Hit 6 Million
Hannah Waters | Jan 19, 2012
The deadly white-nose fungus has killed some 6 million bats in the 5 years since its discovery—and it doesn’t show sign of stopping.