Researchers at Brown University have unravelled the secrets of the fruit bat's efficiency in collecting nectar from plants. Using a high speed camera, the scientists have shown that the bat's tongue becomes engorged with blood and changes shape to become a mop-like tool the animal uses to draw nectar into its mouth.
CBC (July 20, 2013) A deadly fungus is putting bat populations in some areas at risk. CBC's Stephen Puddicombe reports on the dangers of 'white nose syndrome', which has pushed some bat populations in Nova Scotia to the ... watch video
Newsy (Sep. 11, 2014) Anchors at Tennessee's WATE were taken a-bat when a live bat flew through their studio on live TV. But the station totally embraced the encounter.
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AFP (Apr. 5, 2012) The US bat population is in crisis. Over the past seven years, as many as 6.7 million North American bats have succumbed to white nose syndrome, an illness caused by an invasive fungus that ... watch video
Howdini (Oct. 17, 2014) No Halloween party is complete without some spooky decorations. Why not turn your home into a bat cave? These flying bats are easy and fun to make.
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Reuters (Mar. 12, 2013) Conservationists are criticizing the practice of hand-feeding whale sharks at an increasingly popular Filipino tourist destination. Residents of Oslob on the island of Cebu are making money from ... watch video
May 26, 2015 Despite previous findings suggesting a link between soy intake and decreased asthma severity, a new placebo-controlled study shows soy supplements do not improve lung function for patients with ... read more
May 26, 2015 Over the past century, many forests have shifted from open to closed canopies. The change in forest structure could be contributing to declines in pollinator species, especially native bees, ... read more
May 26, 2015 A critical role for two proteins in chromatin structure has been uncovered by researchers. Their breakthrough helps explain how DNA is organized in our cells. This discovery could lead to a better ... read more
May 26, 2015 Like many pests, cane toads are killed in their thousands in Australia every year, especially by community-based 'toad-busting' groups. New research has now revealed the most ... read more
May 26, 2015 RNA extraction is a notoriously tricky and sensitive lab procedure, but new protocols are quicker, more effective, and more reliable than previous methods. The protocols are featured in bench-ready ... read more
Oct. 9, 2013 The newly emerged Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) has circulated in bats for a substantial time, before making the species leap to humans, according to research. By analyzing ... read more
May 6, 2013 Scientists have found that a species of bat uses blood flow to reshape its tongue while feeding. The quick dynamic action makes the tongue an effective "mop" for nectar and could even ... read more
Dec. 6, 2012 In a surprising result, scientists have found that the insect-eating pallid bat is a more effective pollinator of cardon cactus flowers than a nectar-feeding specialist, the lesser long-nosed ... read more
Feb. 3, 2012 They are tiny, ugly, disease-carrying little blood-suckers that most people have never seen or heard of, but a new discovery in a one-of-a-kind fossil shows that "bat flies" have been doing ... read more