echolocation

  • Batting with anticipation

    Researchers learn more about how bats track and catch prey and filter out unnecessary sounds.

    Being a bat chasing prey, scientists say, is a bit like trying to hit a tennis ball under a strobe light.That...

    Animals December 11, 2021
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    Animals September 13, 2021
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    Animals May 10, 2021
  • Why bats crash into buildings

    Echolocation can’t ‘see’ glass and mirrors.

    People of an anthropomorphising and Gothic bent often rhapsodise about the probable joys of being a bat.They fondly...

    Biology September 7, 2017
  • Narwhals wield sonic 'spotlight'

    How susceptible they may be with humans’ inevitable intrusion.

    A narwhal (Monodon monoceros) from below. New recordings show its sonar clicks are highly directional. Credit: Dave F...

    Biology November 9, 2016
  • Head waggles and ear wiggles help bats hunt

    A new study unveils another trick up the animal’s sleeve.

    Bats coordinate their chirps and ear and head movements to deduce what's around them – and chase down prey. Credit: M...

    Biology September 11, 2016
  • Ancient whales had ultrasonic hearing

    Fossilised inner ear shows more rapid and earlier evolution.

    Whales have enjoyed the benefits of ultrasonic hearing for more than 24 million years, according to new analysis of a...

    Palaeontology August 5, 2016
  • Dolphin super hearing at least 26 million years old

    Pre-historic whales inner ear similar to modern descendants.

    The earliest toothed whales, which lived 26 million years ago, had super hearing like their modern descendants, a new...

    Palaeontology April 13, 2016
  • Making a robot with bat powers

    Scientists inspired to create a robot with flapping ears.

    The horseshoe bat has an echolocation system so sophisticated that acoustic engineers do not know how it works. – Adi...

    Physics May 25, 2015
  • How moths evolved to fool their enemies' sonar

    How luna moths avoid detection from the sonar cries of bats.

    A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS)  has shed light on the methods used b...

    Biology February 19, 2015
  • Why the sperm whale has a huge head

    It’s a massive organ used for echolocation.

    The profile of the sperm whale, Physeter macrocephalus, is unmistakeable. The creature’s huge, blunt head makes up at...

    Biology October 13, 2014
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