Big Brown Bats Call Dibs On Their Dinners

You probably can't tell, but there's quite a bit of bat chatter going on in the American night sky. We knew that bats use echolocation to find food, but researchers have recently realized that they also have a variety of social calls. At ScienceNews, Scicurious reports on new research that describes one function of… » 3/28/14 10:45am 3/28/14 10:45am

Hawkmoths use their genitals to scare off bats

Bats hunt moths and other insects by using echolocation, where they emit ultrasonic calls and analyze the rebounding sound. So to avoid getting eaten by hungry bats, hawkmoths blast the flying mammals with their own ultrasound…which comes from their genitals. Seriously. » 7/04/13 10:30am 7/04/13 10:30am

Why male bats take the high road and female bats take the low road

Daubenton's bat is found throughout Eurasia, its habitat stretching from the United Kingdom to Japan. But as one northern English population reveals, these bats divide their space along strict gender lines, with males living up the bachelor existence at high altitudes while females raise their young at low altitudes... … » 1/27/13 4:00pm 1/27/13 4:00pm

Solving the ancient mystery of what destroyed the bats of the Caribbean

About 25,000 years ago, the Earth was a very different planet. It was deep in the midst of a geological period referred to as the "last glacial maximum," meaning the last time when the planet was so cold that glaciers reached down from the North Pole into North America, Europe, and Asia. With so much water frozen solid, … » 11/12/12 5:10pm 11/12/12 5:10pm

This is what Batgirl would've looked like in the 1880s

If Gotham City needed crimefighters in the Victorian era, these dress designs from the 1880s would've been a good place to start. These lovely fledermaus-themed ensembles appeared in the 1887 edition of La mode illustrée, journal de la famille and an 1882 copy of the German publication Fliegende Blätter, respectively. » 9/21/12 9:35am 9/21/12 9:35am

Fungal infection could wipe out some species of bats completely

Nearly six years after the discovery of a catastrophic fungal infection that's decimating bat populations in the U.S. and Canada, scientists have concluded that the disease is primarily transmitted by highly social bats. But just because scientists have a better handle on how bats spread the disease doesn't mean… » 7/03/12 5:00pm 7/03/12 5:00pm

Is the bat-killing "white nose" fungus a European import?

Millions of American bats have died since 2006 from a fungal infection known as white nose syndrome. Caused by the fungus Geomyces destructans, amongst some species it has a mortality rate of 95%, but its origins and mechanism aren't fully understood. It's thought that the fungus, which infects the noses and wings of… » 4/13/12 11:59am 4/13/12 11:59am