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How Bats Work

Bats have been feared for centuries. Too bad: What makes bats fearsome is also what makes them amazing.

Bats are the only mammals that experience powered flight. They're one of only a few mammals that use echolocation. And bats play an important role in pest control and pollination. Investigate the misunderstood bat.

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World’s Deadliest: Vampire Bats

World’s Deadliest: Vampire Bats

Not a Hollywood myth, vampire bats are real predators. With scalpel-sharp teeth, they can draw blood before waking their victim. More...

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National Geographic
Bloody Suckers: Once Bitten

Bloody Suckers: Once Bitten

Science filmmaker Mark Ferns let a vampire bat, a chipo bug, and a leech bite him and consume his blood — talk about dedication! More...

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NATURE/PBS
Rare African Bats: Photo Gallery

Rare African Bats: Photo Gallery

Visiting eight mountain sites, this team captured 27 different bat species. Many of which look wildly different than what you're probably used to. Explore the many faces of bats. More...

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National Geographic
Bats

Bats

Do you use the phrase "blind as a bat" or believe all bats have rabies? Time to clear up a few misconceptions about these flying mammals. More...

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FactMonster.com
Bats in Our Midst

Bats in Our Midst

Mexican free-tailed bats are voracious insect-eaters, protecting local crops from pests. Meet two volunteers who take injured bats into their homes and nurse them to health. More...

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QUEST
The Ultimate Why Bats Hang Upside Down Quiz

The Ultimate Why Bats Hang Upside Down Quiz

Ever tried hanging upside down for a while and had blood rush to your head? So how do bats sleep comfortably upside down? Find out with this quiz. More...

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HowStuffWorks
Echolocation Tricks Bats into Trying to Drink from Sheets of Metal

Echolocation Tricks Bats into Trying to Drink from Sheets of Metal

How do bats use echolocation to find bodies of water? In seeking an answer to this question, scientists used smooth metal plates. Watch these bats as they try to "drink" the metal plate. More...

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Popular Science
In Pictures: Biggest Bat Survey

In Pictures: Biggest Bat Survey

These are some BIG bats. Really big! Click through these photos to see the study being done on African Fruit Bats. More...

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BBC
Scientist Profile: Bat Biologist

Scientist Profile: Bat Biologist

Erin Gillam uses a virtual bat to track the Mexican Free-Tailed Bat. She hopes to discover how these fuzzy fliers can limit the insect population and help south Texas farmers. More...

Profile
DragonflyTV/PBS
White-Nose Syndrome in Bats Continues to Spread

White-Nose Syndrome in Bats Continues to Spread

Bats are an important part of the ecosystem, acting as pest control and pollinators. Get details about a new fungal disease that's killing millions of bats in North America and efforts to contain it. More...

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BBC
Wow! Moths Jam Bat Sonar

Wow! Moths Jam Bat Sonar

It’s not just in “Roadrunner” cartoons. When predators develop a strategy, their prey often develop a counter-strategy. Some moths, for example, mess up bat sonar. More...

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LiveScience
Bat’s Super-Long Tongue Powered by Blood

Bat’s Super-Long Tongue Powered by Blood

Not surprising, the Pallas long-tongued bat laps up nectar with its namesake tongue. What is surprising, though, is that increased blood flow supercharges this bat's tongue — a unique phenomenon. Watch it in action. More...

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National Geographic
PacSci-Doku: Deadly Disease

PacSci-Doku: Deadly Disease

What disease has decimated the bat population in much of the United States? Solve this Sudoku-inspired puzzle to get the answer More...

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Pacific Science Center
Soar with Bats

Soar with Bats

Can you figure out what a bat eats just by looking at it? (If you're thinking blood, you're probably wrong!) Try to match these six bats with their favorite food source. More...

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Scholastic
To the Bat Cave!

To the Bat Cave!

Visiting this "cathedral of nature" might be less appealing once you realize the entrance is a carpet of bat guano. Keep clean with this video tour. More...

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NPR

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