It’s a lot of fun to watch Darbin Orvar hand make a beautiful bat from maple and walnut planks. Seeing the separate pieces get merged together to form a block and then seeing that block get shaved down to reveal a cylinder and then to see that cylinder get turned and shaped into a bat is a really fascinating process.
When I first saw this x-ray photo I thought it was some frame from a sci-fi movie but I was wrong. It's actually the embryo of a bat, from the Society Française de Biologie
While you were watching Nolan's third and final Dark Knight flick, did you wonder how in the hell they got the Bat to do all of its hovering, darting and intimidating? Sure you did!
Forget about the Montauk monster. This extraordinary photo—taken by Dorit Hockman, from the University of Cambridge's
Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience—shows three embryos of the species Molossus rufus, known as the black mastiff bat.
There are pros and cons to being a bat. Pros: can fly and catch prey in the dark, have a luscious fur coat. Cons: have possibly the ugliest nose in the known universe. Well, that is, if you're this newly discovered leaf-nosed bat from Vietnam.
Yeah, you could put your laptop in some dorky neoprene sleeve, and be a 21st century loser. Or, you could drop it into a bag made out of chain mail. It will (maybe) repel mace strikes!
In America's pastime, where honor and fair competition reign and unfair advantages are never tolerated, there is no place for the "aerodynamic" Reebok Vector O baseball bat. After all, ballplayers would do anything to avoid besmirching their sport!
On a cool spring eve, March 15th, 2009, a bat, crippled and wistful, clung to the Space Shuttle Discovery as it was thrust toward the great beyond. Goodbye and godspeed, my magnificent Spacebat.
I was surprised to learn that the CIA has had a long though not always fruitful relationship with the animal kingdom. In Spycraft, the authors describe many clever animal-assisted devices, from the dead-rat dead-drop pouch to the "acoustic kitty," a cat with a remote listening system embedded in its body. And what's…