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
Get a load of this hover-tastic wireless computer mouse by KIBARDINDESIGN, which is purportedly in the "testing period and research market" stage of development. According to the design studio's website, the mouse — product designation: "The Bat" — levitates at a height of 40 millimeters on its own, or 10mm beneath…
Daubenton's bat is found throughout Eurasia, its habitat stretching from the United Kingdom to Japan. But as one northern English population reveals, these bats divide their space along strict gender lines, with males living up the bachelor existence at high altitudes while females raise their young at low…
Bats have already set themselves apart from other mammals as the only members of our class to have mastered flight (sorry flying squirrel, that gliding crap doesn't count). But the secret of flight has given bats some awesome perks.
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.
The black mastiff bat (Molossus rufus) grows to be about 30 grams, but these little guys are just embryos, their bodies hairless, their eyes closed, and playing inadvertent tribute to two of the three wise monkeys.
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.
Bat mouths are already pretty much completely awesome, thanks to their amazing echolocation abilities. So this almost seems like overkill: bats are the first known mammals to possess superfast muscles, moving a hundred times faster than the average human muscle.
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!
Even in loud settings with tons of different noises, we seem to have a knack for focusing in on the most important sounds, particularly sounds of danger. If we're anything like bats, it's because our neurons make those sounds louder.
Echolocation in bats is generally seen as a sort of natural sonar, in which the bats use ultrasonic clicks to navigate the night sky and find prey. But it may also be a rudimentary language, transmitting greetings and social information.
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…