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Thermal Bats

March 18, 2012
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Deep in the rainforests of Central America, two innovative scientists conduct research in the pitch dark with the aid of cameras that can “see” heat. Their infrared thermal imaging cameras capture nocturnal creatures’ natural behaviors without disturbing them, unlocking a rarely seen world.

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