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2010-11-15 13:54:56

GUMC neuroscientists find brains of bats tell some neurons to 'shush' and others to 'yell louder' in order for key sounds to be heard above background noise How do you know what to listen to? In the middle of a noisy party, how does a mother suddenly focus on a child's cry, even if it isn't her own? Bridget Queenan, a doctoral candidate in neuroscience at Georgetown University Medical Center is turning to mustached bats to help her solve this puzzle. At the annual meeting of the Society for...

2010-10-26 23:01:00

DENVER, Oct. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- 40th North American Symposium on Bat Research -- Wildlife Acoustics, the leading supplier of acoustic monitoring systems for wildlife around the world, announces its latest version 3.0 of the Wac2Wav(TM) software. This software post-processes WAC recording files created by the Song Meter SM2BAT(TM) ultrasonic recorders to prepare them for analysis by various third-party zero-crossing and full-spectrum analysis tools. "Our new Wac2Wav software makes the...

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2010-09-23 11:50:00

The U.N. launched the "year of the bat" Wednesday, hoping that putting the mammal in the public spotlight might help people gain a better understanding of the role the animal plays in pollination and dispersal of seeds. "From insect-eating bats in Europe that provide important pest control to seed-dispersing bats in the tropics that help sustain rainforests, bats deliver vital ecosystem services across a wide range of environments," the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) said. It said that bat...

2010-09-22 10:37:00

SCHAUMBURG, Ill., Sept. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Rabies kills. And the deaths are preventable. As World Rabies Day approaches on September 28, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is reminding everyone - especially animal owners - about the importance of vaccinating their animals for rabies and avoiding exposure to the usually-fatal viral disease. Rabies, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), "has the highest case fatality ratio of any...

2010-09-07 07:30:00

KANSAS CITY, Mo. and LONDON, Sept. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- BATS Global Markets, an innovative global financial markets technology company, today announced the launch of another major enhancement to its smart order routing services for BATS Exchange in the US, as well as for BATS Europe. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100701/CG29735LOGO) (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20100701/CG29735LOGO) The new Parallel routing strategies aim to facilitate participants achieving...

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2010-08-06 08:28:54

Samples from 23 species of North American bats lead to new look at cross-species disease transmission Most infectious diseases infect multiple host species, but to date, efforts to quantify the frequency and outcome of cross-species transmission (CST) of these diseases have been severely limited. This lack of information represents a major gap in knowledge of how diseases emerge, and from which species they will emerge. A paper published this week in the journal Science by a team of...

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2010-05-11 13:16:46

Bats' remarkable ability to "Ëœsee' in the dark uses the echoes from their own calls to decipher the shape of their dark surroundings. This process, known as echolocation, allows bats to perceive their surroundings in great detail, detecting insect prey or identifying threatening predators, and is a skill that engineers are hoping to replicate. A team of British researchers has worked with six adult Egyptian fruit bats from Tropical World in Leeds to record and recreate their...

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2010-04-05 14:15:00

Lions, tigers and bears top the ecological pyramid"”the diagram of the food chain that every school child knows. They eat smaller animals, feeding on energy that flows up from the base where plants convert sunlight into carbohydrates. A new study examines complex interactions in the middle of the pyramid, where birds, bats and lizards consume insects. These predators eat enough insects to indirectly benefit plants and increase their growth, Smithsonian scientists report. "Our findings...

2010-02-11 10:46:33

New study shows wild female bats' temperature regulation strategy is flexible In order to regulate their body temperature as efficiently as possible, wild female bats switch between two strategies depending on both the ambient temperature and their reproductive status. During pregnancy and lactation, they profit energetically from clustering when temperatures drop. Once they have finished lactating, they use torpor* to a greater extent, to slow their metabolic rate and drop their body...

2010-02-05 13:50:14

The best way to track a moving object with a flashlight might be to aim it to one side, catching the object in the edge of the beam rather than the center. New research at the Weizmann Institute of Science reveals that bats, which "Ëœsee' with beams of sound waves, skew their beams off-center when they want to locate an object. The research, which recently appeared in Science, shows that this strategy is the most efficient for locating objects. Dr. Nachum Ulanovsky and...


Latest Bat Reference Libraries

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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Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'