Why Mauritius is culling an endangered fruit bat that exists nowhere else

Conflict between fruit-growers, the Mauritian government and conservationists has dragged on for years – it's time for a new approach.

Tigga Kingston, Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Texas Tech University • conversation
Nov. 26, 2020 ~7 min

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Nipah virus may teach us about COVID-19 spread

Nipah virus, a disease with no vaccine, no cure, and a mortality rate of up to 70%, can teach us a lot about dealing with COVID-19, says Stephen Luby.

Rob Jordan-Stanford • futurity
Nov. 23, 2020 ~7 min

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Bats use squeaks to ‘see’ prey’s future

Bats use echolocation to find out where their prey is, but also where it's headed, researchers report. And the predictions are really impressive.

Jill Rosen-Johns Hopkins • futurity
Nov. 3, 2020 ~6 min

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Covid: Why bats are not to blame, say scientists

Bats have been scapegoated by humans for centuries, with Covid only the latest example, say scientists.

Oct. 12, 2020 ~7 min

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New ‘soft’ tick shows up on New Jersey bats

The "soft" tick C. kelleyi parasitizes bats. Its appearance in New Jersey may signal risks to people, pets, and livestock.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
Sept. 9, 2020 ~4 min

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Genomes reveal the source of bat ‘superpowers’

The genomes of six living bat species reveals the source of some of their superpowers, including echolocation, flight, and imperviousness to certain deadly viruses.

Gregory Filiano-Stony Brook • futurity
July 29, 2020 ~6 min

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Team pinpoints the origin story of SARS-CoV-2

A reconstruction of the evolutionary origins of SARS-COV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, shows its lineage could hold other nasty viruses.

Sara LaJeunesse-Penn State • futurity
July 28, 2020 ~7 min

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Bats may shed light on COVID-19 resistance

Bats live a long time and can resist viruses like the one that causes COVID-19. New research finds this may be due to their control over inflammation.

Lindsey Valich-Rochester • futurity
July 14, 2020 ~9 min

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How deforestation helps deadly viruses jump from animals to humans

Yellow fever, malaria and Ebola all spilled over from animals to humans at the edges of tropical forests. The new coronavirus is the latest zoonosis.

Maria Anice Mureb Sallum, Professor of Epidemiology, Universidade de São Paulo • conversation
June 25, 2020 ~11 min

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Coronavirus: big tobacco sees an opportunity in the pandemic

Instagram remains a key marketing platform for tobacco companies.

Andrew Rowell, Senior Research Fellow, University of Bath • conversation
May 14, 2020 ~5 min

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