A tiger moth native to the deserts of Arizona has developed a highly evolved sonar jamming system it uses to fend of attacks by hungry bats. The discovery, described in a paper published in the journal PLOS One, could have applications in the design of acoustic deterrents to protect bats from dangerous wind turbines. Rob Muir reports.
Reuters (Aug. 20, 2012) Israeli researchers are using bats to develop better radar and sonar systems. By attaching GPS units and microphones to the animals, scientists hope to learn more about the bats' remarkable ... watch video
National Geographic (Jan. 24, 2012) They are the only mammal capable of flight, but are rarely seen by humans. Naturally nocturnal, bats live their lives primarily in darkness. Wild Chronicles sheds some light on the wild world of ... watch video
Reuters (Aug. 27, 2012) Scientists in South Korea are reporting that the moth's mastery of camouflage is more sophisticated than previously thought. Most moths are colored and patterned to blend in with their habitat but ... watch video
Reuters - Innovations Video Online (July 6, 2016) Sonar technology inspired by bottlenose dolphins could improve subsea detection capabilities on the seabed and in pipelines and other underwater structures. Jim Drury reports.
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June 3, 2013 A new study shows Bertholdia trigona, a species of tiger moth found in the Arizona desert, can tell if an echo-locating bat is going to attack it well before the predator swoops in for the kill – ... read more