Ears evolved in many nocturnal insects, including some moths, to detect bat echolocation calls and evade capture [1, 2]. Although there is evidence that some bats emit echolocation calls that are inconspicuous to eared moths, it is difficult to determine whether this was an adaptation to moth hearing or originally evolved for a different purpose [2, 3]. Aerial-hawking bats generally emit high-amplitude echolocation calls to maximize detection range [4, 5]. Here we present the first example of an echolocation counterstrategy to overcome prey hearing at the cost of reduced detection distance. We combined comparative bat flight-path tracking and moth neurophysiology with fecal DNA analysis to show that the barbastelle, Barbastella barbastellus, emits calls that are 10 to 100 times lower in amplitude than those of other aerial-hawking bats, remains undetected by moths until close, and captures mainly eared moths. Model calculations demonstrate that only bats emitting such low-amplitude calls hear ...
Ears evolved in many nocturnal insects, including some moths, to detect bat echolocation calls and evade capture [1, 2]. Although there is evidence that some bats emit echolocation calls that are inconspicuous to eared moths, it is difficult to determine whether this was an adaptation to moth hearing or originally evolved for a different purpose [2, 3]. Aerial-hawking bats generally emit high-amplitude echolocation calls to maximize detection range [4, 5]. Here we present the first example of an echolocation counterstrategy to overcome prey hearing at the cost of reduced detection distance. We combined comparative bat flight-path tracking and moth neurophysiology with fecal DNA analysis to show that the barbastelle, Barbastella barbastellus, emits calls that are 10 to 100 times lower in amplitude than those of other aerial-hawking bats, remains undetected by moths until close, and captures mainly eared moths. Model calculations demonstrate that only bats emitting such low-amplitude calls hear ...
Human echolocation is the ability of humans to detect objects in their environment by sensing echoes from those objects, by actively creating sounds - for example, by tapping their canes, lightly stomping their foot, snapping their fingers, or making clicking noises with their mouths - people trained to orient by echolocation can interpret the sound waves reflected by nearby objects, accurately identifying their location and size. The term "echolocation" was coined by zoologist Donald Griffin in 1944; however, reports of blind humans being able to locate silent objects date back to 1749. Human echolocation has been known and formally studied since at least the 1950s. In earlier times, human echolocation was sometimes described as "facial vision" or "obstacle sense," as it was believed that the proximity of nearby objects caused pressure changes on the skin. Only in the 1940s did a series of experiments performed in the Cornell Psychological Laboratory show that sound and hearing, rather than ...
Dolphins are carnivores, meat eaters. They eat fish and squid and capture their food one fish at a time. The type of fish they prefer depends on the zone of the ocean that they inhabit. Killer whales eat fish, but they also hunt seals, sea lions, other dolphins, whales, porpoises, and sea birds.. Dolphins use echolocation to navigate and find prey. Echolocation allows dolphins to use high-pitch sounds that bounce off objects in order to determine their location. In some species, echolocation is so sensitive that it can locate an object less than 0.5 inch across (1.25 centimeters) at a distance of 50 feet (15 meters).. ...
Different types of bats hear in different ways. Most bat species use echolocation to identify their surroundings. Learn all about bats and hearing and mammals. How bats hear is with sound echos. A bat sees without its eyes but instead uses the images produced by its brain; it uses the echo it receives back after making an echolocation call.
For the purpose of orientation, echolocating bats emit highly repetitive and spatially directed sonar calls. Echoes arising from call reflections are used to create an acoustic image of the environment. The inferior colliculus (IC) represents an important auditory stage for initial processing of echolocation signals. The present study addresses the following questions: i) How does the temporal context of an echolocation sequence mimicking an approach flight of an animal affect neuronal processing of distance information to echo delays? ii) How does the IC process complex echolocation sequences containing echo information from multiple objects (multi-object sequence)? Here we conducted neurophysiological recordings from the IC of ketamine-anaesthetized bats of the species Carollia perspicillata and compared the results from the IC with the ones from the auditory cortex. Neuronal responses to an echolocation sequence was suppressed when compared to the responses to temporally isolated and ...
Define echolocation: a physiological process for locating distant or invisible objects (such as prey) by sound waves reflected back to the emitter…
Yet again, I must address the issue of Echolocation. Yesterday, while browsing facebook, I came across, yet another article on Echolocation. This article details the same technique taught to a lot of young children without sight, by an American. This technique I thoroughly disagree with as I stated previously. Why do people not understand…
At 19 October 2017, the Dutch TV program paid attention to our research on human echolocation. Our latest publications on human echolocation related to this movie fragment are the papers J34 and J36 in Journal Publications https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jAO4DvLY2QY
Animals can gain important information by attending to the signals and cues of other animals in their environment, with acoustic information playing a major role in many taxa. Echolocation call sequences of bats contain information about the identity and behaviour of the sender which is perceptible to close-by receivers. Increasing evidence supports the communicative function of echolocation within species, yet data about its role for interspecific information transfer is scarce. Here, we asked which information bats extract from heterospecific echolocation calls during foraging. In three linked playback experiments, we tested in the flight room and field if foraging Myotis bats approached the foraging call sequences of conspecifics and four heterospecifics that were similar in acoustic call structure only (acoustic similarity hypothesis), in foraging ecology only (foraging similarity hypothesis), both, or none. Compared to the natural prey capture rate of 1.3 buzzes per minute of bat activity, ...
Biosonar/Echolocation Odontocetes Toothed whales Dolphins, porpoises, sperm whales Bats Cave swiftlets Used for navigation, hunting, predator detection, …. primary sense in these animals Signals from Different Species Slideshow 27213 by andrew
rough-toothed dolphin, Steno bredanensis, analyzing the photographer by using impulse-type (click-type) sonar for precise echolocation and imaging, Kona Coast, Big Island, Hawaii, USA, Pacific Ocean
Scientists in Australia have used CT scans of a 26 million-year-old fossil inner ear to assess the echolocation abilities of ancient toothed whales.
Meet the masters of echolocation! Bat Facts For Kids is an engaging bat facts book for kids age 9-12. Learn all there is to know about bats. Explore the fascinating world of these creatures of the night! In Bat Facts For Kids you will learn about: Where Bats Live, What Bats Eat, How Bats Sleep, How Bats Hibernate, How Bats Hunt, What Eats Bats, How Bats Use Echolocation, Megabats, and Microbats ...
Stifled is a first-person horror game with a unique twist: the player uses echolocation to find their way around the world. I was immediately reminded of a game I recently played and loved, The Unfinished Swan. Where in Swan you use paint to uncover the environment, in Stifled you use sound. The revealed environment is a simple, wireframe world, but one that gives a clear idea of your surroundings. This is where the comparison to The Unfinished Swan ends.. The echolocation of Stifled works well, employing microphone functionality to produce sounds. Even in the early version I played, Stifled offers a surprisingly good level of tension and atmosphere. Both the environmental sounds within the game, and your own oral input, have immediate and clear effects on the world to make a unique experience.. While the echolocation works on a technical level, it falls down on the story. After surviving a car accident, you walk into a dark forest, and the world becomes a black void. Your surroundings only ...
Scientists have successfully trained a small group of people navigating by echolocation, that is, the method by which they communicate with each other some
Developer Gattai Games is showing off their new game Stifled, the spiritual successor to the previously released Lurking. The Singapore-based developer released a teaser for the game a year ago, and were at this years E3, allowing lucky players to try out the game in their Isolation Booth.. Stifled uses the players microphone to navigate pitch-black environments via echolocation. Speaking into the mic creates a ripple of light to unveil the games world. and appears to be full of all kinds of thrills and chills for fans of horror games.. Gattai were recently nominated for an innovation award at the upcoming BIG Festival. Stifled is set to release later this year on Xbox One, PS4, and PC.. ...
We have seen that a new evolution book co-authored by evolutionist Dennis Venema is influenced by the mythical Warfare Thesis (here and here) and makes erroneous arguments that the fossil evidence supports evolution (here). Regarding the Warfare Thesis the book propagates the false history that the basic issue of the seventeenth century Galileo Affair was "the veracity of the new science, and its perceived threat to biblical authority." As we saw, this is the false, evolutionary rendition of history. The Warfare Thesis is a myth, and the Galileo Affair is perhaps the favorite example for evolutionists. Regarding the fossil evidence (which reveals species appearing abruptly in the strata), the book makes two erroneous arguments: that evolution is needed for science to work at all (the "intellectual necessity" philosophical argument) and the use of random design as the alternative to evolution (a theological argument). Now we move on to another topic: echolocation. This was of particular interest ...
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BATS use sonar, or echolocation, to navigate complex environments, and also to forage and then accurately pinpoint the flying insects on which they prey. Insects in turn have evolved various counter-measures to evade capture. Some species have ears which are in tune to the echolocation signals, while others are capable of performing complex evasive flight…. ...
Using data collected by citizen scientists, researchers have developed new, open-source algorithms to automatically detect bat echolocation calls in audio recordings. Oisin Mac Aodha, formerly of University College London, now at Caltech, and colleagues at University College London present their new approach in PLOS Computational Biology.
Crickets have neurons that trigger escape responses, named AN2 (also referred to as Int-1). Unlike fishes Mauther neurons or crayfishs giant interneurons, which can be triggered by a wide range of sudden stimuli, AN2 neurons appear to serve as detectors for one particular type of predator, namely echolocating bats (Nolen and Hoy 1984, 1987). While AN2 neurons respond to a wide range of sound frequencies, they are particularly sensitive to ultrasound, that is, sound frequencies that are too high for human ears to hear (Nolen and Hoy 1987). This is the approximately the same range of sound frequencies that echolocating bats use when foraging. But, as a recent paper by Fullard and colleagues (Fullard et al. 2005) notes, the key word is "approximately." There are many species of bats, which differ in their foraging tactics, and emit a wide range of sounds as they do so. Most lab studies, for understandable reasons of simplicity and convenience, have used pure tones generated by computers to ...
Molecular and morphological data have important roles in illuminating evolutionary history. DNA data often yield well resolved phylogenies for living taxa, but are generally unattainable for fossils. A distinct advantage of morphology is that some types of morphological data may be collected for ext …
Crickets have neurons that trigger escape responses, named AN2 (also referred to as Int-1). Unlike fishes Mauther neurons or crayfishs giant interneurons, which can be triggered by a wide range of sudden stimuli, AN2 neurons appear to serve as detectors for one particular type of predator, namely echolocating bats (Nolen and Hoy 1984, 1987). While AN2 neurons respond to a wide range of sound frequencies, they are particularly sensitive to ultrasound, that is, sound frequencies that are too high for human ears to hear (Nolen and Hoy 1987). This is the approximately the same range of sound frequencies that echolocating bats use when foraging. But, as a recent paper by Fullard and colleagues (Fullard et al. 2005) notes, the key word is "approximately." There are many species of bats, which differ in their foraging tactics, and emit a wide range of sounds as they do so. Most lab studies, for understandable reasons of simplicity and convenience, have used pure tones generated by computers to ...
Crickets have neurons that trigger escape responses, named AN2 (also referred to as Int-1). Unlike fishes Mauther neurons or crayfishs giant interneurons, which can be triggered by a wide range of sudden stimuli, AN2 neurons appear to serve as detectors for one particular type of predator, namely echolocating bats (Nolen and Hoy 1984, 1987). While AN2 neurons respond to a wide range of sound frequencies, they are particularly sensitive to ultrasound, that is, sound frequencies that are too high for human ears to hear (Nolen and Hoy 1987). This is the approximately the same range of sound frequencies that echolocating bats use when foraging. But, as a recent paper by Fullard and colleagues (Fullard et al. 2005) notes, the key word is "approximately." There are many species of bats, which differ in their foraging tactics, and emit a wide range of sounds as they do so. Most lab studies, for understandable reasons of simplicity and convenience, have used pure tones generated by computers to ...
Dolphins use echolocation by SONAR (Sound Navigation and Ranging) to detect their prey. They emit sound signals of a certain amplitude and frequency into the water, and use the reflected signals to detect the location of their surroundings, including prey. However, in the vicinity of these bubble nets, the bubbles create too much noise, leading scientists to wonder if the SONAR of dolphins can actually operate in bubble clouds or if dolphins actually blind themselves in the process of creating these nets. Man-made SONAR systems which use linear signal processing have been unable to distinguish between bubbles and fish in these conditions.. Mathematicians at the University of Southampton have now used SONAR with non-linear signal processing to see if it can distinguish between fish and bubbles, and it can. Professor Leighton, who headed this research, said, "We know that dolphins emit sequences of clicks and the amplitude of each click can vary from one to the next, so that not all the clicks ...
Hill, J.E., and J.D. Smith. 1984. Bats: a natural history. Austin: University of Texas Press.. Simmons, N. B. 1998. A reappraisal of interfamilial relationships of bats. In Bats: Phylogeny, Morphology, Echolocation and Conservation Biology. T.H. Kunz and P.A. Racey (eds.). Washington: Smithsonian Institution Press.. Simmons, N. B. & J. H. Geisler. 1998. Phylogenetic relationships of Icaronycteris, Archeonycteris, Hassianycteris, and Palaeochiropteryx to extant bat lineages, with comments on the evolution of echolocation and foraging strategies in microchiroptera. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History. 235:1-82.. ...
When I asked my boyfriend, a 15-year-old stuck in 28-year-olds body, who would win in a battle between Batman and Superman in anticipation of the now-in-theaters smash-flop blockbuster, he responded,
Some people are fairly peeved that hes won himself a hefty contract out of it (one guy mentioned that it was a "bad message to aspiring writers" but do you honestly feel like youve been put on earth to give messages to other writers? Maybe the point were missing is that this is a YA novel... is this a message-to-YAers thing, here? Do we as YA authors stand in as examples... maybe thats a whole nother blog topic...). What do you think: did he benefit from a lie, or is that part of vigorous self-promotion? I have to admit that I would not have the chutzpah to do that -- but lying gives me hives... not because Im not good at it. Im very, very, VERY good at it (Im a writer, after all). But I always like to begin as I intend to go on... I dont think Id do it. You ...
Part of the IndieCade E3 Showcase, Stifled features a minimalist graphic style activated by in-game sound waves combined with microphone input.
Helping us tune into the science of sound this week is Bob Carlyon, who explains how we hear, how we can concentrate on one voice in a noisy room, and what it sounds like to have a cochlea implant.
I woke up this morning to discover Ezra Klein making a similar point to one in my last post about the classified US military video from WikiLeaks. Hes writing about financial regulation, not war. And hes willing to call people idiots which Im not. But there is a conceptual link: Larry Summers famously wrote…
Im tired, TIRED of hearing well-intentioned, well-educated, climate-change-believing folks say--four years later--that New Orleans and waterfront Biloxi shouldnt be rebuilt. Im not tired of the conversation at the meta-level--in fact, I think its one we should be having more often and more rigorously. But I am tired of the way in which its always framed--as if…
First, what are photophores? Well, the word simply means light bearers, so they are organs producing light. Without ever having studied them, I thought they would be just sacs with bioluminescent chemicals in them. But as the image above proves, showing a squid photophore, they turn out to be much more complicated than that. Perhaps you recall the reasoning that the physics of light quickly led to the evolution of a camera-type eye, with a retina, lens and diaphragm? Well, there are lenses and shutters in photophores as well. There must have been a process very similar to that of evolution of the the eye, but here the question must have been how to produce the best biological flashlight possible. The image above shows a photophore from a squid. At the centre there is a light producing mass, surrounded by a mirror, reflecting light until it exits the photophore through a lens. I have unfortunately not found a review paper comparing the optical design of photophores, but this should be enough to ...
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Remember the Marvel comic hero Daredevil? He was blinded by exposure to radiation, but that same exposure ramped up his other senses so that he could, in...
The effect of call libraries and acoustic filters on the identification of bat echolocation, Clement, Matthew J., Murray Kevin L., Solick Donald I., and Gruver Jeffrey C. , Ecology and Evolution, 09/2014, Volume 4, p.3482 - 3493, (2014) ...
Narwhal Behavior - You cant talk about narwhal behavior without mentioning echolocation. Learn how this narwhal behavior -- to locate objects with sound -- works.
nocturnal mouselike mammal with forelimbs modified to form membranous wings and anatomical adaptations for echolocation by which they navigate. ...
Eventbrite - Richard Crompton presents Anabat Insight; full spectrum bat call analysis software workshop - Monday, 7 August 2017 at Castle Room, Old Church Rooms. Find event and ticket information.
OMG Doug - you DO know my life… the fuzzy hair, the quick comments, the drunken debauchery… Yes… the echolocation…. IT DOES WORK!!!! You are my hero chicken man!!!!. D. ...
Even though they live in quite different habitats, many bats, a few birds, and a number of marine mammals, including dolphins, rely on biosonar for navigation and foraging for food. Despite the fact...
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The advances in high-throughput nucleotide sequencing have lead to new possibilities of identifying genomic alterations, which is of particular interest for cancer research. While the detection of genomic variants is often conducted by comparing against a population-based reference sequence (such as the human GRCh 37), in the investigation of tumors a comparison between matched samples is predominantly pursued. Considering a test sample \(T\) and a control sample \(C\), the aim is to identify single nucloetide variants (SNVs) which show significant changes between the two. Typically, this is applied for comparing a tumor sample against a matched normal/constitutive sample of the same patient, focusing on alterations that may have occurred in the transition to the cancerous tissue, and therefore are often termed somatic variants. However, a broader range of questions can be addressed by extending the focus to include genomic changes of temporally or spatially separated samples to each other, to ...
It was observed that the specimens could be grouped into two main groups: grey-rumped and brown rumped (Figure 5). Given that the rump colour was maintained as a character amongst these two groups with no gradation, it was concluded that these two should be grouped into two species, while amechanus was considered an endemic given its unusual glossy colouration and variable rump band. Grey-rumped swiftlets were grouped under A. inexpectatus while brown-rumped swiftlets remained as A. fuciphagus. Mitochondrial DNA analysis was also conducted in the study with both Maximum Parsimony and Neighbour Joining methods using cyt-b haplotypes but the nodes were all poorly supported and the tree appeared inconclusive regarding the phylogenetic relationships between populations (Figure 6).. However, upon examining the plates, it is apparent that rump colouration can vary significantly within a subspecies; A. inexpectatus germani of plate 3A (Figure 5) clearly shows an individual with a brown rump instead of ...
A GHz-range frequency-modulated laser based on manufacturable vertical cavity surface emitting lasers (VCSELs) and arrays. The present invention exploits a saturable absorber contained within the VCSELs distributed Bragg reflector which may itself be adjusted during fabrication or in operation. Under controllable operating conditions, the saturable absorber, strategically sized and placed, will force the VCSEL to self-pulsate (in the GHz-regime) at rates related to the local intensity, absorption, lifetime, and carrier density of the saturable absorber. These conditions can be controlled in real time in one of three ways; first, by adjusting the injection current into the VCSEL itself; second, for a fixed VCSEL bias and the use of a third terminal, by modifying the carrier density within the saturable absorber via additional current injection; or third, the saturable absorber can be reverse-biased by simultaneously altering its absorption and carrier lifetime and thus carrier density. Additionally, the
I returned my attention to a design posted elsewhere by Rick Huang which I had squirrelled away on my server. His project is an audio record/playback project using the SDRAM to store the audio samples. The code turned out to be nicely written (IMO) and I was able to strip away Ricks application from the interface to SDRAM for the Spartan-3E Starter Kit. With that interface, I was able to make echo/delay for several synthesizers. The interface runs the SDRAM at 100 MHz which while not the maximum speed (133 MHz) is more than fast enough for echo/delay and reverb. ...