A 6-year-old boy from Florida died due to rabies, which he contracted from a bat. The child was placed in a medically induced coma as part of the Milwaukee protocol, but the experimental treatment did not save his life.
The fossils of a giant burrowing bat had been discovered in New Zealand. Named Vulcanops, the extinct bats used to walk on four legs.
Animals January 12, 2018
Scientists have identified which specific mammals are the most likely source of animal-to-human diseases. They also mapped out different areas of the world where these animals are located to find out where potential outbreaks could occur.
Public Health June 24, 2017
A deadly fungus was found on three species of hibernating bats in six different Texas counties. Although biologists confirm none of the animals have contracted the white-nose syndrome thus far, all efforts are made to minimize the threat.
Animals March 25, 2017
Bats have sophisticated flight mechanisms that are difficult to incorporate into robotics. In a new study, however, researchers create a robot design that can mimic how these mammals fly.
Robotics February 6, 2017
The hairy-legged vampire bats in Brazil known to exclusively feed on bird blood have started to feed on human blood. Why are these bats starting to eat something outside of their set menu?
Animals January 12, 2017
Lesser long-nosed bats are proposed to be removed from the edangered species list - and improved agave harvest and cultivation practices in the Mexican tequila industry are deemed key in this development.
Animals January 8, 2017
An analysis of sounds produced by Egyptian fruit bats revealed the nocturnal creatures produce noise with a range of information. What do the flying mammals communicate with their 'language?'
Animals December 28, 2016
Researchers have discovered a virus that they can use to track the spread of the fungal disease known as white-nose syndrome in bats. The disease has already killed an estimated 6 million bats in North America since 2006.
Animals December 27, 2016
In the fight against the dangers of Zika virus, the officials of Miami Beach have decided to attract a bat population into the area. The pilot project aims at reducing the mosquitoes, since air spraying was inefficient.
Public Health October 18, 2016
A new research has revealed that fringe-lipped bats scan human-created noise with a second sense. The bats deploy this echolocation ability to pinpoint prey during food-hunting expeditions.
Animals September 16, 2016
Like dogs, bats exhibit an adorable behavior of waggling their head. Research reveals the movement helps the flying mammals when hunting for prey.
Animals September 9, 2016
The largest island of the Philippines hosts the world's greatest concentration of unique mammals. More than 90 percent of non-flying mammals in Luzon are found nowhere else in the world.
Animals July 18, 2016
Researchers from the University of York have found high levels of metals in dead bats across Wales and England. Bats are an important part of the ecosystem from pollination to fertilization.
Animals June 11, 2016
Swarms of grey-headed flying foxes have invaded an Australian town. The daily lives of residents are greatly affected and this has forced the local government to declare a state of emergency.
Animals May 29, 2016
When it comes to building better drones, designers can take a hint from bats. A new study suggests flying techniques of long-eared bats may help improve aerodynamic control of drones.
Animals May 6, 2016
A bat sound library created by international scientists is the world's biggest and the first to collect over 4,500 bat calls from around half of 130 species in Mexico. This audio library is hoped to assist in bat conservation efforts worldwide.
Earth/Environment April 15, 2016
A biologist in Canada is hoping her heated bat boxes will help the flying mammals survive as they fight the white-nose syndrome, a fungal infection that has killed 6 million in North America's bat populations since 2006.
Animals April 11, 2016
A deadly bat disease has killed 6 million in North America already. It is currently threatening millions more as it continues to spread in an alarming rate. Are humans also at risk?
Life April 2, 2016
A little brown bat in Washington state was recently infected by a deadly bat disease, threatening the population of flying mammals in the United States. The disease has already killed six million bats in North America.
Animals April 1, 2016
Hawaii was known for only having a single native land mammal. But a new discovery doubles that number - hello and goodbye to Synemporion keana.
Earth/Environment March 24, 2016
Wind turbines are essential in harnessing wind energy, but the devices have been linked to widespread bat mortality. Now, scientists in Maryland have identified the origin of the bat species that comprised the majority of wind turbine-related deaths in North America.
Animals March 19, 2016
Asian bats are resistant to the White-Nose Syndrome fungus that has killed massive bat populations in North America since 2006. Researchers said genetics could be at play.
Life March 10, 2016
Australia is home to a wide array of animals. A new study reveals that cute and cuddly animals receive more attention from the scientific community than those that are deemed ugly.
Earth/Environment March 8, 2016
CSIRO scientists are looking into the ability of bats to remain unaffected by diseases despite carrying more than 100 viruses within their bodies. They believe that the animals' immune system could hold the secret to helping humans become more resistant to deadly infections such as Ebola and MERS.
Life February 23, 2016
Bats are the only mammal that can carry out true flight. Now, engineers have developed a new shape-shifting wing for drones based on the body design of these creatures of the dark.
February 19, 2016
A bat found in Orange County's Irvine Regional Park tested positive for rabies. Health officials urged people who may have come in contact with the animal to call the Orange County Health Care Agency.
Life January 1, 2016
This week's images go from macro to micro in a major way. From dead galaxies to mouse gametes, we've got it all.
Space November 20, 2015
The flying animals tuck one wing in while spreading the other to perform a secret maneuver as they land.
Animals November 20, 2015
Researchers recognized bats to have remarkable flying and landing abilities that involve a pivot maneuver. In a new study, experts found that the secret is in the weighty wings.
Animals November 17, 2015
Experts revealed that several reasons have linked bats to become the ultimate symbol for Halloween. Bats are also quite harmless, experts said, despite their scary and blood-thirsty reputation.
Animals November 1, 2015
A new program has been launched by 31 states and 10 Canadian provinces to better understand the ecological role of bats and how their population can be monitored. This would help in the tracking of trends in their population and how they are affected by diseases, habitat destruction and climate change.
Life October 28, 2015
Officials of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park have closed down the Whiteoak Sink to keep park visitors and local bat populations safe from a condition known as white-nose syndrome.
Earth/Environment September 12, 2015
A general study of a bat genus has yielded another species, taking scientists by surprise as they identified a new nectar-eating bat in Brazil.
July 23, 2015
The enzyme known as Destructin-1 damages the tissues of wings and noses of bats infected by the white-nose syndrome. Chymostatin, which is used for treating AIDS and hepatitis, has been identified as a potential treatment.
Animals July 14, 2015
Scientists discovered a strange relationship between pitcher plants and Borneo bats. Pitcher plants provide an ideal roosting place for bats, while bats provide fertilization to pitcher plants through their droppings. The scientists found a special feature in pitcher plants that allows them to attract bats.
Earth/Environment July 13, 2015
Carnivorous plants have evolved a way to 'call' bats in a relationship that benefits them both, researchers find. The bats get a handy place to roost; the plants get fertilized courtesy of bat droppings.
July 9, 2015
A newly discovered species of bat in New Zealand, known as Mystacina miocenalis, had bone structures that suggest it may have roamed the earth on its four limbs around 16 million years ago.
Earth/Environment June 22, 2015
A new sonar system design borrows the horseshoe bat’s technique for navigating dense forests. The bio-inspired robotic sonar prototype features a movable batlike nose and ears.
FUTURE TECH May 21, 2015
Why are bats such agile fliers? The answer lies in tiny hairs on their wings, according to a new finding.
Animals April 30, 2015
Bats on the hunt can make decisions quickly — really, really quickly. Researchers found that bats can adjust their attacks just a fraction of a second from their target.
March 18, 2015
Moth species using long wingtip tails to create sonic distraction to fend off attacking bats. Sound of fluttering tails interferes with the bats' echolocation hunting technique, study finds.
February 17, 2015
A robot inspired by vampire bats could carry out search and rescue operations in areas that most vehicles can't reach. How does it work?
FUTURE TECH January 25, 2015
Bats have brain cells that are particularly involved in helping the mammals navigate in three-dimensional directions. Other mammals, including humans, may also have neural compasses that work the same way.
Earth/Environment December 4, 2014
Bats navigate their world and fly with accuracy thanks to a "3D" compass in their brains, researchers find. Specialized cells help them orient themselves in every direction.
Animals December 3, 2014
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