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23

Jul

Bats use polarized light as a nighttime compassScientists are unsure how bats detect polarized light, especially as bats seem able to see such light after sunset or when it’s cloudy.

Bats use polarized light as a nighttime compass
Scientists are unsure how bats detect polarized light, especially as bats seem able to see such light after sunset or when it’s cloudy.

08

Jul

Hints of hope emerge in deadly American bat plagueWhite-nose syndrome is still racing across North America with a vicious mortality rate, but a few bat colonies in the earliest-hit states may finally be showing signs of resistance 8 years into the invasion.

Hints of hope emerge in deadly American bat plague
White-nose syndrome is still racing across North America with a vicious mortality rate, but a few bat colonies in the earliest-hit states may finally be showing signs of resistance 8 years into the invasion.

05

Jul

25 of the cutest bat speciesBats are crucial to diverse ecosystems across the globe, yet they are often vilified or feared. Let’s take a moment to appreciate the adorable side of these little critters.

25 of the cutest bat species
Bats are crucial to diverse ecosystems across the globe, yet they are often vilified or feared. Let’s take a moment to appreciate the adorable side of these little critters.

25

Jun

A diet of blood numbed vampire bats’ taste budsThe genes that code for tasting bitter flavors mutated and become nonfunctional, rendering vampire bats unable to detect bitterness.

A diet of blood numbed vampire bats’ taste buds
The genes that code for tasting bitter flavors mutated and become nonfunctional, rendering vampire bats unable to detect bitterness.

05

Jun

Extinct bat rediscovered after 120 years without a sightingA bat species thought to be long extinct has been caught by researchers in Papua New Guinea, over a century after the first and only specimens were collected.

Extinct bat rediscovered after 120 years without a sighting
A bat species thought to be long extinct has been caught by researchers in Papua New Guinea, over a century after the first and only specimens were collected.

15

May

How a bat expert became Vladimir Putin’s nemesisPowerful Russian elites have been logging old-growth forests for personal gain. One brave zoologist set out to stop them.

How a bat expert became Vladimir Putin’s nemesis
Powerful Russian elites have been logging old-growth forests for personal gain. One brave zoologist set out to stop them.

17

Apr

New sweet-smelling bat species identifiedAnalyzing DNA samples from museum specimens of yellow-shouldered bats enabled scientists to discover 3 new species.

New sweet-smelling bat species identified
Analyzing DNA samples from museum specimens of yellow-shouldered bats enabled scientists to discover 3 new species.

02

Apr

The squeaky bat gets the wormA new study shows male brown bats emit ultrasonic squeaks to warn other bats to stay away from their food.

The squeaky bat gets the worm
A new study shows male brown bats emit ultrasonic squeaks to warn other bats to stay away from their food.

15

Mar

Meet Lil’ Drac, the orphaned bat whose story ‘rocked’ a nationWorkers at Bat World Sanctuary cared for the tiny critter whose adorable rescue story quickly went viral.

Meet Lil’ Drac, the orphaned bat whose story ‘rocked’ a nation
Workers at Bat World Sanctuary cared for the tiny critter whose adorable rescue story quickly went viral.

12

Mar

25 of the cutest bat species
Bats are crucial to diverse ecosystems across the globe, yet they are often vilified or feared. Let’s take a moment to appreciate the adorable side these little critters.