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Bats bolster brain hypothesis, maybe technology too


August 15, 2014

image of a bat in flight Decades of research on how bats use echolocation to keep a focus on their targets not only lends support to a long debated neuroscience hypothesis about vision but also could lead to smarter sonar and radar technologies. Full Story

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