New echo-detecting app could allow humans to 'see' like bats

By using five microphones, a speaker, and a sophisticated new echolocation algorithm, researchers have successfully built a full 3D image of a cathedral’s insanely complex interior. The same technology could someday allow humans to navigate in total darkness. » 6/18/13 2:40pm 6/18/13 2:40pm

Bats can instantly change the shape of their ears just to hear better

Bats rely on their hearing more than any other mammal. After all, bats navigate the night sky by hearing the results of their echolocation, their natural sonar system. Turns out that's just the beginning of what makes bat-hearing amazing. » 11/15/11 11:49am 11/15/11 11:49am

Bats' muscles are the fastest of any mammal ever discovered

Bat mouths are already pretty much completely awesome, thanks to their amazing echolocation abilities. So this almost seems like overkill: bats are the first known mammals to possess superfast muscles, moving a hundred times faster than the average human muscle. » 9/29/11 11:53am 9/29/11 11:53am

Mapping the Brains of Human Echolocators

Vision and hearing are generally regarded as two very different senses. Unless, of course, you can echolocate. Now, scientists have revealed for the first time that human echolocators — blind individuals who navigate their surroundings by producing mouth clicks and listening to the returning echoes — actually process… » 6/03/11 8:00am 6/03/11 8:00am

Watch amazing slow-motion footage of bats using echolocation to find…

Scientists know how bats use echolocation to find insects, but how do they detect bodies of water? To find out the answer to this question, German researchers filmed a bunch of Bulgarian bats going bonkers in an enclosed room. » 11/02/10 10:59am 11/02/10 10:59am

Discoveries That Explain How Bats And Dolphins Navigate - And…

Bats and dolphins have something in common: They both use "echolocation," or sonar, to navigate the air and water. Now two scientific breakthroughs help explain how these animals' extraordinary abilities evolved, and how they work. » 1/28/10 12:51pm 1/28/10 12:51pm

Blind Children Can Learn Daredevil's Echolocation

Blind superhero Daredevil could identify his surroundings by listening to sounds as they bounced off objects. Now a blind boy in Britain has learned to use echolocation himself, a technique that can be taught to others. » 10/08/09 1:27pm 10/08/09 1:27pm

Can Humans Awaken Their Bat-Senses?

We may not all have pointy ears and sharp teeth, but Spanish scientists are convinced that inside every human lurks the best bat-power: echolocation, or navigating by sound. And they're determined to show us all how to unlock it! » 6/30/09 5:30pm 6/30/09 5:30pm