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How bats swoop in on sleeping prey


Despite many years of researchers studying echolocation, however, one question remained unanswered: if bats track moving prey by gathering information from echoes, how do they track prey that isn’t moving, like a dragonfly that’s sleeping on a leaf?

Using robot sonar, a real dragonfly specimen, and plastic leaves with reflection properties similar to those of real leaves, Yale University researchers may have figured it out.

Full story at Futurity.

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