Talkin’ Batty

HELP! Turn on the bat-signal! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Like birds, bats have wings. But they’re actually mammals like humans! Like us, they’re social creatures and have to learn to talk to one another. How? Ahana Fernandez, from Leibniz Institute for Evolution and

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Batty GPS

Can bats see into the future? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. SWOOP! A black blob dashes by – BATS! Their flight path seems so random – how do these speedy creatures keep track of where they are and where they’re going? Nicholas Dotson and

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Remem-BAT That

Bad memory making you BATTY?  This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. I know an AMAZING taco stand! I just can’t recall where it is! How do other species remember where to get a bite?  Enter May Dixon and team from the University of Texas, Austin.

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Bat-ty GPS

Oh no! Our GPS has gone BATTY! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Carrying a toddler around all day? Who can relate? Egyptian fruit bats!! Mother bats carry their newborns everywhere when looking for food. But eventually, these pups learn to spread their wings and

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Agro-forestry

Green Acres … is the place to be! Oh yeah! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Picture verdant farmland spreading out far and wide! But this is no ordinary farm… its green fields are sprinkled with trees and shrubs. It’s an AGRO-FOREST! Traditional farms in

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Talkin’ Batty

HELP! Turn on the bat-signal! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Like birds, bats have wings. But they’re actually mammals like humans! Like us, they’re social creatures and have to learn to talk to one another. How? Ahana Fernandez, from Leibniz Institute for Evolution and

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Batty GPS

Can bats see into the future? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. SWOOP! A black blob dashes by – BATS! Their flight path seems so random – how do these speedy creatures keep track of where they are and where they’re going? Nicholas Dotson and

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Superhearing!

Say what, Batman?  This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Are those bats talking about ME? Bats can both squeak and hear at frequencies so high, you’d need SUPER-hearing to detect it! Or at least – BAT-hearing? Enter Ville Pulkki and colleagues at Aalto University in

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Batty Knowledge

Ugh, this physics test is driving me BATTY! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. We humans aren’t born knowing physics! But what gives with a bat? Bats emit ultrasounds which tell them where objects are by how fast the sound waves return.  So . .

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Bat-ting the Distance

Vampire bat with device attached to its back

Down with a cold? Don’t worry, stay batty! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Feeling under the weather? Nothing beats curling up in bed! Hanging out with friends can wait — we don’t want them getting sick too! But what do OTHER social animals do

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