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Newswise: Bat wing muscles specialize for different temperature ranges
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    5-Jan-2019 12:00 AM EST

Article ID: 706007

Bat wing muscles specialize for different temperature ranges

Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB)

Bats have long intrigued humans. In a variety of cultures, they embody malevolent symbolism, including darkness, death, foreboding, and evil spirits. In others, they’re benevolent flyers who bestow good fortune. Bats themselves also come in a variety of forms and shapes. The miniscule “bumblebee bat,” ranks among the world’s smallest mammals. Flying foxes, which eat mostly fruit and other vegetation, can have wingspans reaching up to 6 feet long. The clear-winged wooly bat may be one of the strangest to look at. Its wings are nearly transparent, and the muscles, circulatory system, and bones are clearly visible through the translucent, almost-paper-thin skin.

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4-Jan-2019 12:05 AM EST
Newswise: Getting Stressed by Artificial Light at Night

Article ID: 706005

Getting Stressed by Artificial Light at Night

Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB)

Light pollution is on everyone’s minds in Reno, Nevada, a city famous for its bright lights and nightlife. Nighttime light pollution is a growing concern for cities worldwide. Artificial light at night has been found to cause serious health effects including disrupting our sleep-wake cycle ¬–our circadian rhythm.

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4-Jan-2019 12:05 AM EST
Newswise: Dive-bombing for love: Male hummingbirds dazzle females with a highly synchronized display

Article ID: 705710

Dive-bombing for love: Male hummingbirds dazzle females with a highly synchronized display

Princeton University

When it comes to flirting, animals know how to put on a show. In the bird world, males often go to great lengths to attract female attention, like peacocks shaking their tail feathers and manakins performing complex dance moves. These behaviors often stimulate multiple senses, making them hard for biologists to quantify.

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19-Dec-2018 3:10 PM EST
Newswise: Texas State researchers lead test of pioneering Bat Deterrent System

Article ID: 705436

Texas State researchers lead test of pioneering Bat Deterrent System

Texas State University

Texas State University researchers, in partnership with Bat Conservation International (BCI), have completed a trial of an ultrasonic acoustic Bat Deterrent System that reduced overall bat fatalities at the Los Vientos Wind Energy Facility in Starr County by 54 percent.

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13-Dec-2018 1:30 PM EST

Article ID: 705196

How Will the Winds of Climate Change Affect Migratory Birds?

Cornell University

Under future climate scenarios, changing winds may make it harder for North American birds to migrate southward in the autumn, but make it easier for them to come back north in the spring. Researchers from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology came to this conclusion using data from 143 weather radar stations to estimate the altitude, density, and direction birds took during spring and autumn migrations over several years.

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10-Dec-2018 3:05 PM EST
Newswise: Damning Evidence of Dam’s Impacts on Rainforest Birds

Article ID: 705103

Damning Evidence of Dam’s Impacts on Rainforest Birds

Wildlife Conservation Society

A study by an international team of conservation scientists found that a dam built in Thailand 31 years ago has caused the local bird population to collapse.

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7-Dec-2018 8:05 AM EST

Article ID: 704878

New-Generation Maps Light Up Information on Birds, Powered by Data from Citizen Science and Satellites

Cornell University

Move over, range maps: A new series of dynamic bird maps from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology reveals unprecedented details not only about where the birds are, but how their numbers and habitats change through the seasons and years.

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4-Dec-2018 12:05 PM EST
Newswise: Researchers visually track disease transmission, reveals previously unknown connections

Article ID: 704590

Researchers visually track disease transmission, reveals previously unknown connections

Northern Arizona University

The study, which was recently published in Nature, tracked how disease is spread by placing colored dust on hibernating bats to mimic how a fungal pathogen is transferred from one individual to another. Then, biologists found connections between how the dust moves and actual diseases spread.

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28-Nov-2018 5:05 PM EST

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