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Bats can tell that air over the urban areas is warmer than air over parks

In a creative collaborative effort between zoologists and geographers from Tel Aviv University (TAU), a new study utilizing bats to map “Urban Heat Islands” in the Gush Dan metropolitan area of Israel reveals that the air over the Ayalon Highway can be up to 5° Celsius (41° Fahrenheit) warmer than the air in Yarkon Park… Read More

Older bats suffer from hearing loss, TAU researcher says

A new study from Tel Aviv University (TAU) disproves the prevailing scientific assumption that bats are immune to age-related hearing loss. This assumption had led researchers to believe that they preserve a good hearing ability, enabling orientation even at an advanced age. The researchers found that the bats’ sense of hearing does in fact deteriorate… Read More

New TAU study finds that pregnancy affects sensing capabilities of bats

A new Tel Aviv University (TAU) study reveals that bats experience a decline in their ability to hunt and orient in space during pregnancy. This impairment stems from the fact that they produce about 20 percent fewer calls, the sounds that allow them to orient themselves using echolocation, on top of flying at a slower… Read More

TAU researcher among team that identifies a new family of snakes

A Tel Aviv University (TAU) researcher took part in an extensive international study that identified a new family of snakes, Micrelapidae. According to the study, Micrelaps, small snakes usually with black and yellow rings, diverged from the rest of the evolutionary tree of snakes about 50 million years ago. Only three species, one in the… Read More

TAU research offers explanation for variety of DNA sizes in nature

A new model developed at Tel Aviv University (TAU) offers a possible solution to the scientific question of why neutral sequences, sometimes referred to as “junk DNA,” are not eliminated from the genome of living creatures in nature and continue to exist even millions of years later. The researchers say that junk DNA is often… Read More