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How Bats Stay on Target: Bio Sonar

How does a bat focus in the act of capturing prey, while at the same time avoiding obstacles in its path?

New research partially funded by the National Science Foundation, shows how bats interpret their surroundings. Postdoctoral fellow Mary Bates and neuroscientist James Simmons, both of Brown University, are studying how bats use echolocation to hone in on specific targets, while at the same time avoid colliding with background clutter.

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