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New Clue Found: Why Bats Spread Viruses but Don't Get Sick

If you remember the scary start to the 2011 movie “Contagion,” you’ll recall that a bat is to blame for the outbreak of a deadly airborne virus that mows down Gywenth Paltrow and a cast of dozens. Not only is such a scenario plausible in real life ...http://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/new-clue-found-why-bats-spread-viruses...

Emaciated, dehydrated bats spotted in NorCal

The bat colony could be hurt by California's drought; in fact, emaciated and dehydrated bats have been found more and more often lately, a rescue organization said Wednesday. "This year, I am getting easily one call a day -- sometimes even more," said ...http://www.nbcnews.com/id/54972484/ns/local_news-sacramento_ca/t/emaciated-dehyd...

Fungal disease fatal to bats spreads to half of US

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — A fungal disease that has killed millions of North American bats is spreading and now has been detected in half of the United States, officials said Thursday. Wildlife agencies in Michigan and Wisconsin said they had confirmed ...http://www.nbcnews.com/id/54921569/ns/us_news-environment/t/fungal-disease-fatal...

Flying foxes (actually bats) on remote island studied for first time

Flying foxes? Not really foxess. They're actually bats (and one of those animals with a pretty misleading name). But though their moniker may not be accurate, they are fascinating creatures that scientists know fairly little about. Now, a new study reveals ...http://www.nbcnews.com/science/science-news/flying-foxes-actually-bats-remote-is...

Why killing vampire bats won't stop spread of rabies

Controlling the population of vampire bats by using poison or even explosives has been a decades-old way of trying to curb the spread of rabies in Latin America, but new research suggests culling these bat colonies does little to stem the deadly virus.http://www.nbcnews.com/science/science-news/why-killing-vampire-bats-wont-stop-s...

Why are thousands of bats dying in New York?

ROSENDALE, N.Y. — Bats in New York and Vermont are mysteriously dying off by the thousands, often with a white ring of fungus around their noses, and scientists in hazmat suits are crawling into dank caves to find out why. "White nose syndrome," as the ...http://www.nbcnews.com/id/23169737/ns/technology_and_science-science/t/why-are-t...

Bats say 'back off' to each other as they swoop for yummy bugs

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The sound made by a male big brown bat as it zeroes in on a bug that might make a tasty meal - if another bat doesn't get there first - is a sequence of chirps beyond the range of human ears. But to another bat, the meaning is ...http://www.nbcnews.com/id/54795472/ns/us_news/t/bats-say-back-each-other-they-sw...

Bats use carnivorous pitcher plants as living toilets

Birds may bomb cars with airborne droppings, but bats apparently use living toilets made of carnivorous plants, gracing them with their fecal matter, scientists find. Pitcher plants get their name from the long juglike structures they form from rolled-up ...http://www.nbcnews.com/id/41276703/t/bats-use-carnivorous-pitcher-plants-living-...

Fruit bats use oral sex to prolong the deed

When they do their thing, female Chinese fruit bats add oral sex to get the males to prolong the act, scientists now find, suggesting the behavior confers evolutionary benefits. Oral sex, or fellatio, is often used in human foreplay, the researchers noted ...http://www.nbcnews.com/id/33587754/ns/technology_and_science-science/t/fruit-bat...

Why bats are more efficient fliers than birds

Their motions might seem erratic and graceless, but bats are more efficient fliers than birds, thanks to an airlift mechanism that is unique among aerial creatures, new wind-tunnel tests show. The wind tunnel tests suggest the secret to efficient bat ...http://www.nbcnews.com/id/16756519/ns/technology_and_science-science/t/why-bats-...

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Why are thousands of bats dying in New York? - Technology ...

Updated April. 16, 2014

ROSENDALE, N.Y. — Bats in New York and Vermont are mysteriously dying off by the thousands, often with a white ring of fungus around their noses, and scientists in ...http://www.nbcnews.com/id/23169737/ns/technology_and_science-science/t/why-are-t...

Bats host 60 human-infecting viruses - Technology ...

Updated March. 20, 2014

Bats host more than 60 human-infecting viruses Scientists want to know why they're somehow special in their ability to host zoonotic diseasehttp://www.nbcnews.com/id/50720926/ns/technology_and_science-science/t/bats-host...

Bat - eating spiders are everywhere, study finds - Science

Updated April. 17, 2014

There's only one place in the world to escape bat-catching spiders: Antarctica. These arachnids ensnare and pounce on bats everywhere else in the world, researchers ...http://science.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/03/16/17339831-bat-eating-spiders-are-ever...

DNA of longest -living bat species holds secrets to ...

Updated April. 18, 2014

Brandt's bats also hibernate and roost in caves — behaviors that may help them avoid predators and extreme weather conditions, ...http://www.nbcnews.com/science/science-news/dna-longest-living-bat-species-holds...

Can people survive rabies? Some vampire bat victims may ...

Updated April. 15, 2014

Some Amazonian villagers plagued by vampire bats may have survived rabies infections — something that doctors thought was virtually impossible.http://vitals.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/08/01/13071376-can-people-survive-rabies-so...

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Updated April. 10, 2014

Go to NBCNews.com for the latest science news, and top headlines in space exploration, the environment and weird news.http://www.nbcnews.com/science/tag/bats

Bat hunting in the Philippines - NBC News

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In Tarlac, bats, along with field rats, frogs, pythons and crickets are part of the same lowland forest food chain, and have long been part of the regional cuisine.http://www.nbcnews.com/business/travel/bat-hunting-philippines-f8C11496674

4 freaky new bat species discovered - Technology & science ...

Updated April. 17, 2014

4 new bat species discovered — check out their freaky noses! Horseshoe bats in eastern Africa were at first thought to be belong to single specieshttp://www.nbcnews.com/id/49021776/ns/technology_and_science-science/t/new-bat-s...

Bird flu, pig flu, now bat flu? - Health - Cold and flu ...

Updated April. 12, 2014

For the first time, scientists have found evidence of flu in bats, reporting a never-before-seen virus whose risk to humans is unclear.http://www.nbcnews.com/id/46545745/ns/health-cold_and_flu/t/bird-flu-pig-flu-now...

Disease wiping out bats hits new species, spreads west - U ...

Updated April. 8, 2014

The 26 species of hibernating bats across the U.S. are the ones at risk, since the disease thrives in the cool temperatures of caves and mines where those species ...http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/05/29/11939375-disease-wiping-out-bats-hits...