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
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Oct. 1, 2015 A new DNA stain that can be used to image living cells has been created by scientists. The new stain works by binding to a part of the DNA helix known as the "minor groove." Once bound, it turns on ... read more
Aug. 19, 2015 Biologists have long believed that hummingbirds pick up floral nectar in the same way fluid rises in a capillary tube. However, researchers have now demonstrated that this long-held theory is wrong. ... read more
June 10, 2015 Bats in tropical regions are fertilizing trees with their excretions. An international team of scientists recently discovered that seeds of a tropical tree species, which regularly hosts bats in ... 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