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Building Better Aircraft Based On Bat Wing Motions
2014-02-18 12:57:54

[ Watch the Video: Bats Inspire Next-Gen Aircraft ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers are studying how bats flap their wings in hopes it will help in designing small flying vehicles in the future. The team studied how bats use their wings to manipulate the air around them and wrote about their findings in a paper published in the journal Physics of Fluids. Over 1,000 bat species have hand membrane wings in which their fingers are “webbed” and are...

Engineering Plus Evolutionary Analyses Used To Answer Natural Selection Questions
2014-01-24 14:45:08

University of Massachusetts at Amherst Introducing a new approach that combines evolutionary and engineering analyses to identify the targets of natural selection, researchers report in the current issue of Evolution that the new tool opens a way of discovering evidence for selection for biomechanical function in very diverse organisms and of reconstructing skull shapes in long-extinct ancestral species. Evolutionary biologist Elizabeth Dumont and mechanical engineer Ian Grosse at the...

Ripple Effect Used By Bats When Hunting Frogs During Mating Season
2014-01-24 12:56:12

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As male túngara frogs call from their puddles to attract females, they create ripples that spread across the water. According to researchers at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama, these ripples are used by other male frogs to assess their competition – and also by bats looking for their next meal. If it sees a bat flying overhead, a male túngara will stop calling – yet ripples continue moving for several...

New Recording System Reveals Endangered Animals
2014-01-23 13:28:37

University of Southern Denmark Now biologists can get much more accurate information about endangered bats, birds and insects. A new recording system, developed at the University of Southern Denmark, has revealed many previously unknown and highly valuable details about bats. Gone are the days where biologists had to sit in tents for several days with binoculars and infrared cameras in order to register endangered animals.  A new monitoring system, which for two months has continuously...

Bats Rely On Vision To Navigate, Echolocation To Catch Insects: Study
2013-12-13 07:34:50

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online\ Bats rule the night skies, using the power of echolocation, or reflected sound. More than 1,000 species of echolocating bats exist, compared to just 80 species of nocturnal non-echolocating birds. It seems that normal vision works in tandem with echolocation to give bats an evolutionary edge, however, no one knows exactly how. A new study, led by Arjan Boonman and Yossi Yovel of Tel Aviv University's Department of Zoology, suggests...

Nectar Bat Uses Stealthy Moves To Catch Its Evening Dinner
2013-12-12 15:39:25

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New research shows the Pallas long-tongued bat is a very stealthy predator when it comes to catching insects. Previously, scientists believed the nectar-feeding bat ate insects in passing, but the latest research shows it targets its moving prey with stealthy precision. The team proved for the first time that the Pallas long-tongued bat uses a stealthier form of echolocation. Echolocation is a physical trait that involves the...

Population Control Vampire Bats Makes Rabies Worse
2013-12-03 09:56:01

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Culling vampire bat colonies to slow the spread of rabies in Latin America is ineffective, and could even have the opposite effect, according to research currently appearing in the online edition of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Vampire bats are known to transmit rabies throughout Latin America and are said to be responsible for thousands of livestock deaths and even a handful of human fatalities...

2013-11-28 23:02:05

A New Jersey-based pest control company has decided to provide bat inspections at no cost to residents. Tinton Falls, New Jersey (PRWEB) November 28, 2013 Officials with Alliance Commercial Pest Control announced today that it will now offer free bat inspection services. “All our customers have to do is visit our website at: http://www.alliancepestservices.com/pestcontrol/Bats.aspx and fill out the free bat inspection form and we’ll be in touch with them to schedule an appointment,”...

Humans May Be At Risk From Two Deadly Viruses In Bats
2013-11-20 13:20:49

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A fruit bat population living in central Africa has been found to be infected with two deadly viruses that could make the leap to humans. Researchers publishing a paper in the journal Nature Communications wrote that the “gregarious” bats cover a distance in central African that is about the same as from California to New York. They found that 34 percent of the bats had been infected with Lagos bat virus, a disease similar to...

Wind Turbines Are Deadly To Bats
2013-11-16 05:31:32

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online More than a half-million bats were killed by flying into high-speed wind energy turbines last year, according to new research scheduled for publication next week in the journal BioScience. Previous estimates had said that the clean-energy producing mechanisms were responsible from between 33,000 to 880,000, but a new analysis of dead bats found at wind turbine sites conducted by University of Colorado-Denver researchers places...


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Greater mouse-eared bat, Myotis myotis
2013-10-11 08:16:26

The greater mouse-eared bat is primarily found throughout Europe. It weighs about 1.6 ounces, has a wingspan of 14-18 inches and its body is 3-3.5 inches long. The Greater mouse-eared bat has a medium brown upper-body and a greyish belly. This species of bat does not use echolocation for hunting but rather catches its prey from the ground and water surfaces, a process known as gleaning. It finds its prey by listening for the noises that these animals usually make. Its menu consists of...

Brandt’s Bat, Myitus brandtii
2013-10-11 08:07:41

The Brandt’s bat has a large population in northwest of England but is endangered in Austria. The Brandt’s Bat has shaggy brown fur with a pale grey belly. This bat is not a large bat and weighs less than half an ounce and measures up to two inches long. Its wingspan is more than triple its body length at 7.5 to 9.5 inches. Brandt’s bat eats only insects (insectivorous) and is not blind. However, echolocation is used for “night-vision,” so that while hunting at night it does...

Lesser mouse-eared bat, Myotis blythii
2013-09-27 10:50:24

Populations have been found in southern Europe, southern central Europe and southwestern Asia. The lesser mouse-eared bat is a very social species therefore they travel and remain in groups rather than individually. These groups can be as large as 500 bats and could be mixed with the greater mouse-eared bat. Their feeding habitats are scrub areas, grasslands, farmland, and some gardens. It eats grass crickets and cockchafers. These insects are hunted by the lesser mouse-eared bat while...

Azores noctule, Nyctalus azoreum
2013-09-18 15:49:27

This species is a red listed endangered species. The Azores noctule bat lives in the dry forests of the Portugal islands known as the Azores. The endangerment of this species is directly connected to the loss of their habitat caused my human growth. The three primary habitats are haollow trees, caves, and buildings. The Azores noctule bat is a subspecies to the lesser noctule and the genetic differences are very minimal. The Azores bat is smaller in weight as well as length. The Azores also...

Greater noctule bat, Nyctalus lasiopterus
2013-09-18 15:41:29

The greater noctule bat is found in Europe, West Asia, and North Africa. This species of bat is a tree-dweller and roosts in high, hollow, deciduous trees year round. However, the greater noctule bat will roost in pine trees if there is a shortage of hollow trees. This bat chooses a roosting spot by characteristics of a tree more than type of tree; such as, decaying and high off the ground. Females will be found primarily in warmer climates that are ideal for fetal growth and milk production....

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