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Some Bats Buzz Like Hornets to Deter Predators
The behavior is the first example of a mammal mimicking a more-dangerous species.
ABOVE: Marco Scalisi
Some Bats Buzz Like Hornets to Deter Predators
Some Bats Buzz Like Hornets to Deter Predators

The behavior is the first example of a mammal mimicking a more-dangerous species.

The behavior is the first example of a mammal mimicking a more-dangerous species.

ABOVE: Marco Scalisi

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Fruit Bats Echolocate During the Day Despite Having Great Vision
Natalia Mesa | Apr 20, 2022
Contrary to what researchers had assumed, Egyptian fruit bats don’t rely solely on sight to orient themselves as they drink and forage for food in daylight. 
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The Genes Vampires Lost
Alejandra Manjarrez | Oct 28, 2021
According to a preprint, the common vampire bat lacks 13 genes present in other bat species, which may help explain their blood-only diet and other curious aspects of their lifestyle.
When Pursuing Prey, Bats Tune Out the World
Lisa Winter | May 1, 2021
As they close in for the kill, the flying mammals use quieter echolocation to focus on the chase.
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Q&A: A Molecular Toolkit to Build SARS-CoV-2 Research Capacity
Asher Jones | Mar 3, 2021
Sam Wilson discusses a user-friendly set of resources that he and his collaborators developed to aid labs pivoting to study COVID-19.
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Are Climate-Driven Shifts in Bat Diversity to Blame for COVID-19?
Asher Jones | Feb 12, 2021
A study proposes that habitat for bats—and their accompanying coronaviruses—has increased in southern Asia over the last century, but experts debate the reliability of the analysis.
Alterations in Immune Genes Make Bats Great Viral Hosts
Abby Olena | Oct 27, 2020
Bat species use different strategies to dampen immune activation in response to viruses.
Spike Structure Gives Insight into SARS-CoV-2 Evolution
Abby Olena | Jul 16, 2020
Researchers demonstrate that the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein is more stable and binds the human ACE2 receptor with much higher affinity than the spike protein of its closest known relative, bat coronavirus RaTG13.
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Bat Ecologist Thomas Kunz Dies
Claire Jarvis | Jun 5, 2020
The Boston University professor, who died of complications related to COVID-19, spent more than 40 years researching the lives of bats.
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NIH Cancels Funding for Bat Coronavirus Research Project
Shawna Williams | Apr 28, 2020
The abrupt termination comes after the research drew President Trump’s attention for its ties to the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
Australian Lab Cultures New Coronavirus as Infections Climb
Jef Akst | Jan 29, 2020
With more than 6,000 cases of the 2019-nCoV virus confirmed, researchers are hoping that studying the pathogen in the lab will help stop the outbreak.
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Where Coronaviruses Come From
Shawna Williams | Jan 24, 2020
EcoHealth Alliance President Peter Daszak speaks with The Scientist about how pathogens like 2019-nCoV jump species, and how to head off the next pandemic.
Ecuadorian Cactus Absorbs Ultrasound, Enticing Bats to Flowers
Emily Makowski | Jan 17, 2020
Many plants reflect ultrasonic waves, thereby attracting the pollinators, but one cactus takes a different approach.
Social Bonds Among Captive Vampire Bats Persist in the Wild
Emily Makowski | Nov 1, 2019
Bats that share food with their hungry cage-mates stay close after being released.
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Image of the Day: Target Practice
Chia-Yi Hou | Jun 5, 2019
Bats move their ears fast to create frequency shifts in echoes that can give them more information about their prey targets or the surroundings they are navigating through.
Bedbugs Predated T. rex and Triceratops, New Family Tree Shows
Ashley Yeager | May 17, 2019
The finding overturns the idea that the insect’s first victims were bats and reveals that certain species started targeting humans as a side snack, not as a main meal.
Opinion: Disease Prediction by Bat Virus Surveys Is a Waste
Merlin Tuttle | Jan 21, 2019
Costly virus hunts are ineffective in protecting public health and have unfairly harmed the historically excellent safety record of bats as beneficial neighbors.
Thousands of Australian Animals Die in Unprecedented Heatwave
Jef Akst | Jan 17, 2019
Freshwater fish suffer from low levels of oxygen in the country’s rivers, while bats are unable to survive the extreme air temperatures.
Bats in Sierra Leone Carry Marburg Virus
Kerry Grens | Dec 31, 2018
It’s the first time the deadly pathogen has been found in West Africa.
Image of the Day: Fire Alarm
Sukanya Charuchandra | Aug 24, 2018
Bats use both echolocation and vision to avoid eating unpleasant fireflies.