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Ruby Rose Reveals She Grew Up as an Actual Batwoman

American TV network CW has enlisted Ruby Rose (The Meg) to be their live-action Kate Kane in the upcoming Arrow/Flash/Supergirl crossover special and next year’s potential Batwoman series from Caroline Dries. The moment her casting was announced, it immediately clicked. But now, the actress is sharing just how much like Batwoman she is. You see: Ruby Rose grew up with real bats. Read More >>

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Why These Bats Laugh in the Face of North America’s Most Venomous Scorpion

When pallid bats are stung by an Arizona bark scorpion, they shrug it off as if nothing even happened, which is odd considering this predatory arachnid is the most venomous scorpion in all of North America. New research explains how this unusual level of immunity is possible—a finding that could translate to an entirely new class of painkillers for humans. Read More >>

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Two-Headed Bat Found in Brazil is the Stuff of Nightmares

Nature isn’t always sunshine and kitties. This proved itself yet again recently, when researchers at the Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro published a study on a pair of conjoined bat twins discovered in southeastern Brazil back in 2001. The animals were dead when they were discovered, which is almost always the case with animals born with a rare condition that results in two heads on a single body. Read More >>

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Bats Are Good, But We Need to Leave Them Be

If you read Stellaluna as a child, chances are, you like bats. Who wouldn’t? These nocturnal cuties are full of cuddles. Sadly, they’re also teeming with disease. While we understand the impulse to snuggle a bat, it’d be in their best interest—and ours—if humans just left them alone. Read More >>

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Just Look At This Robot Bat Go

It flies! It swoops! It's a Bat Bot! Read More >>

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Some Vampire Bats Have Started Biting Humans (and It’s Probably Our Fault)

Feeling drained? According to a new study, a vampire bat species that typically feeds on native birds has turned to sucking the blood of humans at night, likely due to human encroachment. Read More >>

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Tiny Bat Shocks Scientists by Smashing Decades-Old Speed Record

All hail the Brazilian free-tailed bat, which has just claimed a new flight speed record for all mammal-kind. Read More >>

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Why Bats Can Carry Ebola Without Dying From It

Bats take the blame for spreading all kinds of diseases, from ebola to Middle Eastern Respiratory virus. So why don’t we find huge caches of dead bats? New research sheds light on how bats can carry diseases without dying from them. Read More >>

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Watch the Horrifying Spectacle of Three Million Bats Going Night Hunting

Bats are fascinating creatures—both from the point of scientific research and their place in the canon of the horror genre as spooky creatures of the night. So whether you’re a science person or a horror person, this shot of millions of bats streaming into the sky is either great, or great and fearsome. Read More >>

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Bats Respond to Too Much Noise the Same Way Children Do

Bats find their way around at night by emitting noise and listening to the way it bounces back to them. But since bats often congregate in large groups, how do they keep from losing their own signal in the din? A new study found that they do this much in the same way children do: by trying to screech the loudest. Read More >>

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Watch This Bat Pounce On Its Prey in Infrared Slow Motion

Bats are small, generally harmless to humans, and eat a lot of insects that would otherwise infect our bodies or ruin our fruit. That doesn’t stop this air-to-leaf pounce from being kind of scary, though. Read More >>

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The Genetic Basis for Vampirism May Be Buried Across the Tree of Life

Vampire bats are the only vertebrates that feed on the blood of other mammals. But the capacity to do so may be buried in all of us, according to a new study which pinpoints the underlying genetic origins of traits that make a good vampire. Read More >>

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Bats Eating With Nectar-Pumping Tongues are Weirdly Cool

Most nectar-eating bats hover in front of flowers and lap like crazy to shovel high-calorie goodness down their throats. But when some species of South American leaf-nosed bats cozy up to a flower, they just stick their tongues in and leave them there. They’re eating, but their tongues don’t seem to be moving at all. It’s weird. Read More >>

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Bats in India Like to Live Among Coffee Plants

If you’ve had a cup of coffee recently, the plants it grew on may once have been home to bats and other threatened wildlife. It turns out that when coffee plantations encroach on natural forest habitat, bats are happy to live in the coffee. Read More >>

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Watch a Bat-Inspired Sonar Prototype Flying on a Drone

Horseshoe bats’ unique noses and big, flexible ears make them nature’s most dynamic sonar arrays. Engineers built a mechanical version, and they’re testing it on a quadcopter drone. Read More >>