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Fruit Bats Echolocate During the Day Despite Having Great Vision
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. 
Fruit Bats Echolocate During the Day Despite Having Great Vision
Fruit Bats Echolocate During the Day Despite Having Great Vision

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. 

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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Fear Could Help Explain the Behavior of Animals in the Ocean
Catherine Offord | Jan 4, 2022
Avoidance of predation is a driving force behind the daily movements of marine creatures across the food web, a study concludes.
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.
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.
Watcher of Whales: A Profile of Roger Payne
Diana Kwon | Nov 1, 2019
A love of music and science led the marine biologist to discover that whales sing songs, a discovery that he’s since used to convince the world the animals are worth saving.
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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.
Image of the Day: Acoustic Camouflage
Kerry Grens | Nov 14, 2018
Moths’ scales vibrate in the frequency range of bats’ echolocation calls, perhaps helping the insects to avoid predation.
Image of the Day: Fire Alarm
Sukanya Charuchandra | Aug 24, 2018
Bats use both echolocation and vision to avoid eating unpleasant fireflies.
Nick Pyenson Reconstructs Bygone Whale Populations Using Fossils
Jim Daley | Jul 1, 2018

The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History paleobiologist also studies the evolution of echolocation and special sensory structures in modern whales.

Image of the Day: Bat Attack!
The Scientist Staff and The Scientist Staff | Mar 15, 2018
Barbastelle bats trick moths with muffled echolocation calls.
What Bat Quarrels Tell Us About Vocal Learning
Katarina Zimmer | Jan 1, 2018
New research shows humans aren’t that different from our winged cousins.
Image of the Day: Horseshoe Bat 
The Scientist Staff and The Scientist Staff | Dec 4, 2017
Factors such as humidity and temperature can affect how Rhinolophus clivosus use echolocation. 
Teaching Humans to Echolocate
Diana Kwon | Oct 1, 2017
By investigating the science behind “seeing” with sound, researchers hope to help blind individuals independently navigate the world.
Introducing Batman
The Scientist Staff | Sep 30, 2017
Daniel Kish, who is blind, uses vocal clicks to navigate the world by echolocation.
Biologist Who Communicated With Dolphins Dies
Alison F. Takemura | Aug 15, 2016
Louis Herman, who made seminal discoveries on dolphin cognition, has passed away at age 86.
Khaleel Razak: Hearing Engineer
Jef Akst | Sep 1, 2015
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology University of California, Riverside. Age: 44
Distracting Tails
Jenny Rood | Feb 17, 2015
Luna moths use their long tails to throw bats off their trail.
Bat Navigation Revealed
Bob Grant | Dec 4, 2014
As the flying mammals navigate complex environments, they make use of specialized brain cells that cooperate to build a coordinate system that works in three dimensions.
A Whale of a Problem
Lesley Evans Ogden, Knowable Magazine | Jan 19, 2014
Researchers propose how the disruptive impacts of seafloor seismic surveys on marine mammals might be mitigated.
Surprising Similarities in Divergent Genomes
Ruth Williams | Sep 4, 2013
Researchers find genome-wide evidence of convergent evolution between bats and dolphins.