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The tent-making bat Uroderma bilobatum
2014-03-04 05:07:25

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online While scientists know that a superfamily of genes inside olfactory receptors is responsible for our sense of smell – we still don’t know the mechanism behind the interpretation of odor molecules into a particular smell. A new study published in the journal Molecular Biology and Evolution has found a distinct gene pattern in the olfactory receptors of fruit-eating bats – potentially shedding some light on the mechanism behind our...

2014-02-19 12:22:17

Small Flying Vehicles, Complete with Flapping Wings, may Emerge from Study of Fruit Bats WASHINGTON, Feb. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- By exploring how creatures in nature are able to fly by flapping their wings, Virginia Tech researchers hope to apply that knowledge toward designing small flying vehicles known as "micro air vehicles" with flapping wings. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130627/DC39790LOGO) More than 1,000 species of bats have hand membrane wings,...

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...

Nipah Related Viruses In Fruit Bats Indentified On Both Sides Of Wallace's Line
2013-04-25 10:02:04

Public Library of Science An invisible barrier separates land animals in Australia from those in south-east Asia may also restrict the spillover of animal-borne diseases like avian flu, but researchers have found that fruit bats on either side of this line can carry Nipah virus, a pathogen that causes severe human disease. The findings are published April 24 in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Andrew Breed from the University of Queensland, Australia and colleagues from other...

Robotic Bat Wing Created By Brown University Team
2013-02-22 06:10:26

[ Watch the Video: Researchers Build A Robotic Bat Wing ] April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Searching for the secrets of bat flight, researchers have built a robotic bat wing which mimics the wing shape and motion of the lesser dog-faced fruit bat. The wing is designed to flap when attached to a force transducer - which records the aerodynamic forces generated by the moving wind - in a wind tunnel. Researchers can then evaluate the energy required to execute wing...

2012-01-13 12:34:00

Researchers find that African bats have antibodies that neutralize deadly virus A new study on African bats provides a vital clue for unravelling the mysteries in Australia's battle with the deadly Hendra virus. The study focused on an isolated colony of straw-coloured fruit bats on islands off the west coast of central Africa. By capturing the bats and collecting blood samples, scientists discovered these animals have antibodies that can neutralise deadly viruses known in Australia and...

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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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2010-01-19 07:43:17

Few of us have experience of being infected with Hendra virus. Given that 4 of the 7 people who have caught Hendra virus have died we'd probably like to keep it that way. That shouldn't be too hard. "We know that around 50% of flying foxes have had Hendra virus at some time, yet it does not appear to cause them any problems. All indications are that, on rare occasions, Hendra virus spills over from bats to horses and then from horses to humans "“ there are no known cases of people...

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2009-08-01 07:37:26

Researchers reported on Friday that thousands of bats found in a cave in Uganda are infected with Marburg virus, which is a cousin of the Ebola virus. A study by Pierre Rollin and colleagues at the Special Pathogens Branch at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention discovered that the virus is in 5 percent of the bats tested in the cave, where miners were infected with Marburg in 2005.  According to the researchers, this strengthens the theory that mammals are natural...

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2008-09-08 09:49:49

Echolocation may have evolved more than once in bats, according to new research from the University of Bristol published last week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). Professor Gareth Jones of the University of Bristol and Dr Stephen Rossiter of Queen Mary University of London, in collaboration with colleagues from East China Normal University in Shanghai, investigated the evolution of a gene called Prestin in echolocating bats "“ mammals with the most sensitive...


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Mariana Fruit Bat, Pteropus mariannus
2013-07-09 15:20:41

The Mariana fruit bat (Pteropus mariannus), also known as the Mariana flying fox and locally as the fanihi, is a species of megabat that is native only to Guam, Ulithi, and the Mariana Islands from which the species was named. This species holds three subspecies, including the Ulithi Mariana fruit bat. The Mariana fruit bat reaches an average weight of up to 1.1 pounds, with males growing larger than females, displaying a sexual dimorphism. The underbelly can be brown to black in color,...

Black-eared Flying Fox, Pteropus melanotus
2013-07-08 14:47:02

The black-eared flying fox (Pteropus melanotus), also known as the Christmas Island flying fox or Blyth's flying fox, is a species of megabat that can be found in India, Indonesia, and Australia. It has a limited range that includes the Andaman and Nicobar Islands in India, Sumatra in Indonesia, and Christmas Island in Australia. It is thought to prefer a habitat within mangrove forests near swamps and can be found at elevations of up to 3,280 feet above sea level. The black-eared flying...

Samoa Flying Fox, Pteropus samoensis
2013-07-08 14:43:23

The Samoa flying fox (Pteropus samoensis), also known as the Samoan flying fox, is a species of megabat that can be found in Samoa, American Samoa, and Fiji. It prefers a habitat within tropical and subtropical forests, but it can also be found near villages or plantations. It roosts in small colonies or alone in the forest canopy and females are thought to give birth to one pup per year. The Samoa flying fox is threatened by habitat loss and hunting in some areas of its range, but it can...

Insular Flying Fox, Pteropus tonganus
2013-07-08 14:40:29

The insular flying fox (Pteropus tonganus), also known as the Pacific flying fox, is a species of megabat that can be found in a large range including American Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, and Fiji, among other areas. It prefers a habitat within lowland forests and swamps. The insular flying fox can range in color from black to seal brown, with a colorful mantle that contains tans, yellows, and oranges. Its wings have been described as light brown or translucent. It is a...

Livingstone’s Flying Fox, Pteropus livingstonii
2013-06-27 12:31:09

Livingstone’s flying fox (Pteropus livingstonii), also known as the Comoro flying fox, is a species of megabat that can only be found in the Comoros Islands in the western portion of the Indian Ocean. It prefers a habitat within montane forests at elevations between 980 and 3,150 feet. Livingstone’s flying fox is the largest species of bat in its range, reaching an average body length of twelve inches, a wingspan of nearly five feet, and a weight of up...

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