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  • Bat could bring delays to Loudoun County [VA] school construction

    02/25/2016 4:59:35 PM PST · by COBOL2Java · 23 replies
    WTOP News (Washington DC) ^ | 25 February 2016 | Mike Murillo
    The Northern Long Eared Bat is considered threatened under the Endangered Species Act and the problem for the school system is the bat's migratory path which includes parts of Loudoun County. (Courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) WASHINGTON - A 3-inch-long bat could mean months of delays for the construction of several new schools in Loudoun County. "This is not a joke, this is real," said Loudoun County School Board member Jeff Morse, who represents the Dulles District. The Northern Long-Eared Bat is considered threatened under the Endangered Species Act and the problem for the school system is the bat's...
  • Northern long-eared bat gains protection as 'threatened' species

    04/02/2015 7:17:17 PM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    Agri-Pulse Communications, ^ | April 1, 2015 | Whitney Forman-Cook
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) said it is listing the northern long-eared bat as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act, securing certain regulatory protections for the mammal and triggering charges of government overreach from some agricultural groups and politicians. ... The bat's range stretches from Maine to North Carolina on the Atlantic Coast, westward to eastern Oklahoma and north through the Dakotas, reaching into eastern Montana and Wyoming. In all, it covers 37 states, the District of Columbia and 13 Canadian provinces. In October 2013, the FWS proposed listing the bat as “endangered,” meaning on the...
  • Potentially endangered bat could change pipeline project

    01/19/2015 1:04:39 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 26 replies
    lacrosse tribune ^ | 1-19-15 | AP
    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A potentially endangered species of bat could become a major obstacle to the proposed Sandpiper oil pipeline in northern Minnesota. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering whether to declare the northern long-eared bat an endangered species because the spread of the white-nosed syndrome disease has reduced its population. In that case, Enbridge could be forced to postpone its pipeline project or chose a different route. The current proposal would carry crude from the North Dakota oilfields to Superior, Wisconsin and would run through the bats' habitat. Enbridge has already taken steps to avoid...
  • Wife killed Ga. soldier for insurance, feds say

    03/05/2014 7:27:58 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 42 replies
    The Augusta Chronicle ^ | Mar 5, 2014 | Jan Skutch
    Wife killed Ga. soldier for insurance, feds say By Jan Skutch Morris News Service March 5, 2014 SAVANNAH, Ga. -- The wife of a slain Fort Stewart soldier schemed with her brother to kill her husband in exchange for a $160,000 insurance policy payout, a federal prosecutor said Tuesday. Lillie Eubank, 39, told investigators she arranged to have her brother, Carl Evan “Cowboy” Swain, travel from Alabama to Savannah, bought a T-ball bat and selected the site for the attack at a recreation park on Fort Stewart, Assistant U.S. Attorney Cameron Heaps Ippolito said. The victim, Army Spc. John Joseph...
  • Hmmm... Bat Yam bus bomb just like Boston Marathon bomb

    01/06/2014 10:01:42 AM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 1/6/14 | Carl In Jerusalem
    The bomb that was used to blow up a Dan bus in Bat Yam last month was remarkably similar to the bomb that was used in the Boston Marathon terror attack in April of last year. The bomb that exploded last month on an evacuated public bus in central Israel closely resembled the type used in the Boston Marathon attack. The explosive in Bat Yam was enclosed in a pressure cooker and was activated by a cell phone, according to the Shin Bet security service.  ... The bomb, which was placed in a black backpack with wires sticking out,...
  • SC:Armed Elderly Woman Subdues Attacker Armed with Baseball bat

    10/09/2013 7:12:59 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 9 October, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
     Richard Keese (Source: Anderson Co. Sheriff's Office Richard Keese is very lucky.   If that bullet had hit 1 inch lower, he would almost certainly be in the morgue, not the jail.   From the Foxcarolina: Lt. Sheila Cole with the Anderson County Sheriff's Office said about 3 p.m. a man forced his way into a Mays Street home and attacked a woman inside the home. The elderly homeowner then shot the man with a revolver, grazing his head, according to Cole. A firearm makes an elderly woman more than a match for a healthy male with a baseball bat.  Richard...
  • OR:WCSO: Man brings knife, bat to gun store robbery

    07/26/2013 2:23:22 PM PDT · by marktwain · 19 replies ^ | 25 July, 2013 | Staff
    PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The Discount Gun Sales shop at 8118 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway is closed Thursday night, following a reported robbery attempt. Around 4 p.m. a man carrying a 9-inch knife and a baseball bat entered the gun shop and smashed a display case, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. His apparent aim? An unloaded semi-automatic handgun.The shattered gun case at the Discount Gun Sales shot on SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway as of July 25, 2013. (Courtesy of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.) The store’s manager then grabbed his own gun. That gun, however, was loaded.“The store manager called...
  • Bat-eating spiders are everywhere, study finds

    03/18/2013 10:33:22 AM PDT · by algernon_garnock · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | 03-18-2013 | Charles Choi
    There's only one place in the world to escape bat-catching spiders: Antarctica. These arachnids ensnare and pounce on bats everywhere else in the world, researchers say. Bats rank among the most successful groups of mammals, with the more than 1,200 species of bats comprising about one-fifth of all mammal species. Other than owls, hawks and snakes, bats have few natural enemies. Still, invertebrates — creatures without backbones — have been known to dine on bats. For instance, giant centipedes in a cave in Venezuela were seen killing and eating bats, and the arachnids known as whip spiders were spotted feeding...
  • Endangered bat could slow highway construction

    03/06/2013 3:15:58 PM PST · by lowbridge · 32 replies
    yahoo ^ | March 6, 2013 | Claudine Zap
    All it takes to derail a $31 million interchange: one bat. The sole female Indiana bat found near a highway construction project in West Des Moines, Iowa, has become a roadblock to an interchange being built to bring more development to the area and ease traffic congestion. That's because the tiny, brown-furred creature, which weighs a mere one-quarter ounce, is on the state and federal endangered species list. Officials reason where there’s one bat, there are probably more, including baby bats. They have asked for construction to stop until a study can be conducted of the area.
  • I saw a man openly carrying a weapon on my way to work

    08/29/2012 8:05:31 AM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies
    On my way to work, there are a few side streets I can take should the roads back up a bit. My detour takes me through some neighborhoods you’re more likely to see in old episodes of Cops than Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. A gentleman was walking his dog this morning, carrying an aluminum baseball bat. It was clear he wasn’t heading over to Jose Conseco’s house to practice and the way he was holding it at the low-ready indicated he intended to use it immediately if needed. As a bat, it was too short to act as...
  • Man Bitten By Rabid Bat While Cleaning Pool

    06/16/2012 12:30:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Monday, June 11, 2012
    The dog will now be quarantined for at least six monthsA California man is receiving treatment after being bitten by a rabid bat while cleaning a pool in Riverside, Calif., roughly 60 miles east of Los Angeles. Riverside County Animal Services spokesman John Welsh said the 55-year-old was bitten Wednesday, a day after a dog was bitten by a rabid bat in nearby Hemet, The Press-Enterprise reported. Despite having received its rabies vaccination, the dog will now be quarantined for at least six months. "While not extraordinary to find rabies in bats, we believe our cases, coupled with the recent...
  • Strange New Leaf-Nosed Bat Found in Vietnam

    02/25/2012 6:49:18 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 12 replies · 1+ views
    nationalgeographic ^ | February 24, 2012 | Christine Dell'Amore
    A new species of bat whose face bristles with leaf-like protrusions has been discovered in Vietnam, a new study says. When scientists first spotted Griffin's leaf-nosed bat in Chu Mom Ray National Park in 2008, the animal was almost mistaken for a known species, the great leaf-nosed bat, said Vu Dinh Thong, of the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology in Hanoi. Still, Vu Dinh and his team, thinking there was a chance the bat might in fact be new to science, used nets to catch some of the docile animals. "While captured, some similar body-sized bats, i.e. [the] great...
  • Windmills to shut at night following demise of rare bat

    10/18/2011 11:47:26 AM PDT · by Libloather · 40 replies · 1+ views
    Tribune-Democrat ^ | 10/17/11 | Kathy Mellott
    Windmills to shut at night following demise of rare batKathy Mellott - The Tribune-Democrat October 17, 2011 LILLY — Night operation of the windmills in the North Allegheny Windpower Project has been halted following discovery of a dead Indiana bat under one of the turbines, an official with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Monday. The finding marks only the second location where an Indiana bat has been found dead under a wind turbine. Two Indiana bats were found under turbines in the Mid-west, said Clint Riley, supervisor for Fish and Wildlife’s Pennsylvania field office. “While finding the dead...
  • Rare bat could endanger high speed rail plans, warns Government adviser ( UK )

    10/06/2011 5:56:24 PM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 05 Oct 2011
    Plans to build a high speed railway line from London to Birmingham could be threatened by a small colony of bats, the Government’s environmental advisers have warned... the bats could be a “show-stopper” ...
  • North Branch Girl, 5, Suffers Bat Bite At Wal-Mart

    09/02/2011 3:59:33 AM PDT · by rawhide · 39 replies ^ | 8-31-11 | Rachel Slavik
    NORTH BRANCH, MN— A 5-year-old North Branch girl is recovering after an unusual run-in with a bat at a retail store. On these final days of summer, Zoe Zachrison would normally be enjoying the outdoors. Instead, she’s barely able to move, all because of what happened on a trip to a Wal-Mart in Cambridge. “She’s very traumatized,” said Holly Townley, Zoe’s mother. Last week, Zoe and her mom were grocery shopping. “She was sitting in the child part of the cart, minding her own business,”said Holly. When they walked down the frozen food section, they encountered the unexpected visitor. “The...
  • Frustrated Woman Grabs Louisville Slugger, Smashes Target Store Windows

    06/25/2011 10:33:42 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 87 replies
    CBS Pittsburgh ^ | June 24, 2011 | staff reporter
    MCCANDLESS (KDKA) — A frustrated woman took a baseball bat to the front windows of the Target in McCandless. Donna Rosenberger, 39, of Cranberry, had an explanation for her actions. “I tried returning two ice cream makers and they would not give me my money back,” she said. “So I made a scene yesterday.” Rosenberger told KDKA’s John Shumway she went to Dick’s Sporting Goods and bought a high performance Louisville Slugger Dynasty and returned to the Target Friday morning for the attack.
  • 'Lost' Bats Found Breeding On UK's Isles of Scilly

    06/21/2011 5:52:06 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 5 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 06-19-2011 | Staff + University of Exeter,
    A University of Exeter biologist has discovered a 'lost' species of bat breeding on the Isles of Scilly (UK). A pregnant female brown long-eared bat is the first of its species to be found on the islands for at least 40 years. It was discovered by Dr Fiona Mathews, Senior Lecturer at the University of Exeter, a postgraduate student and a team from the Wiltshire Bat Group. The Scilly Isles Bat Group called in Dr Mathews and her team to help them find out more about bats on the islands. The researchers set up a radiotracking study, with funding from...
  • Found Hibernating Bat, Help!

    12/10/2010 12:25:43 PM PST · by RadiationRomeo · 62 replies · 29+ views
    I heard a strange sound as I was cleaning up a shed, and it was a hibernating bat. I need to move it. It is attached to the side of a sheet of OSB that I could carry to some other place. This is Ohio and its fairly cold. It is not heated where I found it. I could move it to another barn. I thought Ohio bats went south for the winter. Anyways, will it survive if I tote the sheet of OSB to a protected, but not heated, section of a barn? I could knock it off the...
  • Lesser long-nosed bat surveys

    06/17/2010 7:48:57 AM PDT · by WVKayaker · 9 replies · 150+ views
    US Government Grants Website ^ | 6/10/10 | Lesley Fitzpatrick Fish and Wildlife Biologist
    Description Provides funding for surveys to locate roost sites of lesser long-nosed bat in Arizona to update inventory of sites for management purposes. Also work to design an improved monitoring protocol for the species
  • Banned-ad model: ABC is big bust

    04/23/2010 7:57:14 AM PDT · by jakerobins · 167 replies · 5,559+ views
    This is the face and bod that launched a plus-sized bra-haha. Brooklyn model Ashley Graham said she was shocked to learn ABC couldn’t handle the beautiful bust she flaunted in a Lane Bryant ad the network said was too hot for TV. “I was very surprised,” the size-16 stunner told The Post yesterday. “The first thing I thought of was Victoria’s Secret commercials, and how they’re just as racy, if not more racy, than Lane Bryant. “[The models are] just a lot smaller than what I am,” said the Nebraska native, a 38D. “[ABC] can’t handle bigger on TV, bigger...
  • Should MLB Ban Maple Bats?

    03/23/2010 12:13:45 PM PDT · by Notoriously Conservative · 58 replies · 1,134+ views
    None | 03 23 10 | Notoriously Conservative
    With all the recent news about injuries related to splintering maple baseball bats, do you think the MLB should ban them? Yes or no, and why? I'd be interetested to hear your thoughts.
  • Obama at the Bat

    03/11/2010 2:34:12 PM PST · by bigbob · 5 replies · 530+ views
    Youtube ^ | 3-4-10 | TheDepartment7
    In the 21st century, politicians have decided to settle their policy differences in the most honorable means possible... On the Ball Field!
  • Would-be victim tells how he beat intruder with his own bat

    01/30/2010 5:17:17 AM PST · by Thirteen · 30 replies · 1,046+ views
    Bristol Herald-Courier ^ | January 30, 2010 | Claire Galofaro
    HURLEY, Va. – When a large, 21-year-old man walked into a store armed with a baseball bat, threatening a robbery, Kenny Justus did what any old man would do: He wrestled the bat from the intruder, beat him nearly to death with it and then shot him in the arm. “He was calling me an old man while we were fighting,” Justus, 64, said. “I told him, the next one he picks on better be older than me.” Police accused the bat-wielding intruder of trying to rob Justus’s car lot Thursday. Justin Gregory Charles, badly beaten and with a gunshot...
  • Flying bat's death during Wis. hockey game inspires promotion (Sigh....)

    12/23/2009 10:34:07 AM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 8 replies · 556+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | 12/23/09 | Paul Walsh
    Green Bay's junior hockey team, which had a home game interrupted by a flying bat that met its demise after it was swarmed by former Edina star Anders Lee and other stick-swinging players, is seizing on the incident to raise money for a wildlife sanctuary. In response to criticism of the bat's public and immediate death last week, a "Bat Trick" promotion will be staged starting with the team's game Dec. 31. Resch Center fans will be able to buy a toy bat in the team store for $2. All of the proceeds will go to the Bay Beach Wildlife...
  • Mont. Jury Awards $850,000 In Aluminum Bat Lawsuit

    10/29/2009 6:32:09 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 36 replies · 1,232+ views ^ | October 28, 2009 | MATT GOURAS
    HELENA, Mont. -- A jury on Wednesday found that the maker of Louisville Slugger baseball bats failed to adequately warn about the dangers the product can pose, awarding a family $850,000 for the 2003 death of their son in a baseball game. The family of Brandon Patch argued that aluminum baseball bats are dangerous because they cause the baseball to travel at a greater speed. They contended that their 18-year-old son did not have enough time to react to the ball being struck before it hit him in the head while he was pitching in an American Legion baseball game...
  • Extinct Walking Bat Found; Upends Evolutionary Theory

    08/11/2009 6:05:10 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 29 replies · 1,029+ views
    nationalgeographic ^ | August 7, 2009 | Carolyn Barry
    A walking bat in New Zealand took its marching orders from an ancestor, a new fossil-bat discovery reveals. Scientists had long thought that the lesser short-tailed bat evolved its walking preference independently. Since the bat's native habitat lacks predators, researchers reasoned that—much like flightless birds on isolated islands—the bat had adapted to its safer surroundings in part by walking. But the discovery of fossils of a now extinct walking bat in northwestern Queensland, Australia, suggests that the modern-day bats descended from 20-million-year-old Australian relatives. "We were amazed to find they were virtually identical to the bats in New Zealand today,"...
  • Biological 'Fountain Of Youth' Found In New World Bat Caves

    07/02/2009 3:43:49 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 20 replies · 810+ views
    Scientists from Texas are batty over a new discovery which could lead to the single most important medical breakthrough in human history—significantly longer lifespans. The discovery, featured on the cover of the July 2009 print issue of The FASEB Journal, shows that proper protein folding over time in long-lived bats explains why they live significantly longer than other mammals of comparable size, such as mice.
  • Woman treated after handling rabid bat

    05/14/2009 5:26:44 AM PDT · by Peter Horry · 7 replies · 425+ views
    The State ^ | May. 14, 2009 | LEE HIGGINS
    A West Columbia woman is undergoing several weeks of preventive medical treatment after handling a bat that tested positive Wednesday for rabies. She took the live bat out of her dog’s mouth Saturday with her bare hands, thinking it was a baby bird, said Department of Health and Environmental Control spokeswoman Clair Boatwright. It’s unclear whether the bat bit the woman, but she is receiving shots, just in case. DHEC would not release her name, citing privacy laws. It was the fourth confirmed rabid animal in Lexington County this year, according to DHEC. The others were raccoons.
  • Rhinebeck man takes a swing at protesters

    03/31/2009 10:02:41 PM PDT · by Upstate NY Guy · 14 replies · 682+ views
    The Register Star ^ | 3/26/09 | Andrew Amelinckx
    GREENPORT, NY — A Rhinebeck man was charged with second-degree harassment by Greenport Police Wednesday after allegedly confronting anti-abortion activists at the entrance of the Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood on Route 9 in Greenport. Jake Freedman, 20, was pulling into the reproductive health care provider’s parking lot with his girlfriend and mother at about 11:15 a.m. when he confronted the activists. “Words were exchanged,” said Greenport Police Officer Joseph O’Connell. Freedman then allegedly exited his vehicle swinging a cricket bat. “Nobody was hit, but two signs were damaged,” O’Connell said. Freedman also pushed a protester into the roadway, according to...
  • Did Bat Hitch a Ride to Space?

    03/17/2009 10:59:01 PM PDT · by americanophile · 27 replies · 1,247+ views
    ABC News ^ | March 17, 2009 | GINA SUNSERI
    The bat, seen clinging to the external fuel tank of the Space Shuttle Discovery before its launch on Sunday, apparently clung for dear life to the side of the tank as the spaceship lifted off. And what a ride. The shuttle accelerates to an orbital velocity of 17,500 milers per hour, which is 25 times faster than the speed of sound, in just over eight minutes. That's zero to 100 mph in 10 seconds. Did it make it into space? No one knows yet. But photos of Discovery as it cleared the launch tower showed a tiny speck on the...
  • Bat Hung onto Shuttle During Liftoff (Moonbat?)

    03/17/2009 5:15:29 PM PDT · by buccaneer81 · 36 replies · 1,571+ views
    NASA ^ | 03.17.09 | Steven Siceloff
    Bat Hung onto Shuttle During Liftoff 03.17.09 A bat that was clinging to space shuttle Discovery’s external fuel tank during the countdown to launch the STS-119 mission remained with the spacecraft as it cleared the tower, analysts at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center concluded. Based on images and video, a wildlife expert who provides support to the center said the small creature was a free tail bat that likely had a broken left wing and some problem with its right shoulder or wrist. The animal likely perished quickly during Discovery’s climb into orbit. Because the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge coexists...
  • Mother Gets 3 Months for Hitting Sex Offender with Baseball Bat

    03/01/2009 5:39:04 AM PST · by motherof2 · 23 replies · 1,204+ views
    Mother Gets 3 Months for Hitting Sex Offender with Baseball Bat Good for this Mom ...yes, an un provoked attack on a sex offender, and while that is a little over the top ...I say good for her. Isn't it amazing that criminally harmless gays are aware enough to find "gay friendly" communities and thus self segregate themselves ...but these sex offenders drop in where ever they want and bring fear to the life of families and young kids around them. Oprah needs to interview this woman and comp her 1M ...for her "statement" on behalf of society and our...
  • Cops: Islip Terrace man kills dad with bat

    02/12/2009 3:25:24 PM PST · by Troll_House_Cookies · 6 replies · 517+ views
    Newsday (fishwrap) ^ | 12 Feb 2009 | JOSEPH MALLIA
    An Islip Terrace man is charged with fatally beating his 68-year-old father with a baseball bat after they argued Thursday morning about the son's messy bedroom, Suffolk homicide detectives said. Norman Murray, 33, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder. After mortally injuring his father, Ainsley Murray, the son called police shortly before 8 a.m. to tell them what he'd done, police said. When officers arrived at the family home at 349 Oceanside St. they found Norman Murray sitting on the front steps. They found the father in a basement bedroom where the son had battered him with an aluminum...
  • Boy Bitten By Bat While Trying To Help Dog

    11/19/2008 2:23:05 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 4 replies · 368+ views
    allheadlinenews ^ | November 19, 2008
    Lake Wales, FL (AHN) - A Florida boy was bitten on the finger by a rabid bat while trying to get his dog away from the animal. The 12-year-old Lake Wales boy is receiving a series of shots to protect him from developing the fatal disease after the bat tested positive for rabies. Although human deaths from rabies are rare in the United States, many wild animals carry the disease, which can be transmitted to family pets and then to their human owners.
  • Flitting with disaster (Dave Barry)

    09/28/2008 11:23:16 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 7 replies · 617+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | Dave Barry
    Flitting with disaster BY DAVE BARRY (This classic Dave Barry column was originally published Oct. 14, 2001.) A very important issue that we all need to be concerned about is global warming, and we will get to that shortly, but first we need to discuss what happened the other night in my kitchen. It began when I was in the bedroom, flossing my teeth (I keep my teeth in the bedroom). Suddenly my wife burst in and said: ''There's a bat in the kitchen!'' A snappy comeback line would have been: ''No, thanks! I already ate!'' But snappy comebacks are...
  • Iranian Documentary: 'Saving Private Zion' (drooling insanity from a nascent nuclear power)

    06/29/2008 3:08:10 PM PDT · by atomic conspiracy · 5 replies · 881+ views
    Little Green Footballs ^ | 06-29-08 | Charles Johnson
    Good grief. The bizarre antisemitic propaganda being fed to the Iranian people would be funny in a dark way if it didn’t provoke such a sense of foreboding, of history repeating. (Courtesy of MEMRI TV.) (Video at link) Following are excerpts from an episode of an Iranian documentary series on Hollywood cinema, featuring “Saving Private Ryan,” which aired on IRINN – the Iranian News Channel on May 27, 2008: Narrator: The concentrated efforts of the Zionist lobbies in America have led the U.S. government to be the greatest supporter of the regime occupying Jerusalem. In recent years, following the exposure...
  • DIYer constructs Ultrasonic Batgoggles, doles out instructions

    05/29/2008 2:52:21 AM PDT · by CarrotAndStick · 10 replies · 123+ views
    Engadget ^ | May 29th 2008 at 5:17AM | Engadget
        To be exceptionally honest with you, Ultrasonic Batgoggles don't exactly need any pimping from us. What you see above is a homegrown device that enables humans to discover how bats must feel when using echolocation in order to judge how far away certain objects are. The main components are an Arduino microcontroller clone, Devantech ultrasonic sensor and a set of welding goggles -- oh, and a sick poker face to really round things out. Check out the links below to get a gist of the background as well as a step-by-step guide to concocting your own. EXCERPTED....
  • New And Deadly Viruses Passed Through Sweet Food And Domestic Animals

    04/06/2008 9:33:59 AM PDT · by blam · 32 replies · 148+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 4-6-2008 | Society for General Microbiology
    New And Deadly Viruses Passed Through Sweet Food And Domestic Animals ScienceDaily (Apr. 6, 2008) — Nipah virus is a new and deadly brain and lung disease that emerged from Singapore and Malaysia ten years ago. It is now spreading into rural India and Bangladesh killing up to three-quarters of the people who become infected in some outbreaks, scientists heard April 3, 2008 at the Society for General Microbiology's 162nd meeting. "People are catching this disease by drinking date palm juice or probably by eating fruit contaminated by the virus, or through contact with infected animals. We have seen nine...
  • Sensors for bat-inspired spy plane under development

    03/16/2008 1:45:40 PM PDT · by BGHater · 5 replies · 538+ views ^ | 13 Mar 2008 |
    A six-inch robotic spy plane modeled after a bat would gather data from sights, sounds and smells in urban combat zones and transmit information back to a soldier in real time. That's the Army's concept, and it has awarded the University of Michigan College of Engineering a five-year, $10-million grant to help make it happen. The grant establishes the U-M Center for Objective Microelectronics and Biomimetic Advanced Technology, called COM-BAT for short. The grant includes an option to renew for an additional five years and $12.5 million. U-M researchers will focus on the microelectronics. They will develop sensors, communication tools...
  • Taking a swing at aluminum bats (IL may ban them for youth)

    02/27/2008 10:46:07 AM PST · by kc8ukw · 88 replies · 236+ views
    St. Louis Post Dispatch ^ | Feb. 27, 2008 | Kevin McDermott
    It's been three decades now since the ping of aluminum started drowning out the crack of a wooden bat on youth baseball fields across America. But that older sound of summer is making a comeback on some grassy diamonds these days — not for nostalgia, but safety. Some Illinois lawmakers, in fact, want to ban metal bats from youth baseball.
  • New bat species discovered in Philippines (Mindoro Stripe-Faced Fruitbat)

    09/17/2007 10:57:27 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies · 1,386+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 9/17/07 | AFP
    MANILA (AFP) - A new species of flying fox or fruit bat has been discovered on an island south of Manila, it was reported Monday. The orange-coloured bat with a distinctive white-stripped face was discovered in a protected wildlife area on Mindoro Island, the Philippine Star newspaper said quoting the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). The discovery was a result of joint research between the University of Kansas' Biodiversity Research Center and a team from the Comparative Biogeography and Conservation of Philippine Vertebrates (CBCPV), the paper said. Known as the Mindoro Stripe-Faced Fruitbat for its striking facial features...
  • She's Come So Far Since Rabies Bout (Rare Survivor of Rabies)

    06/03/2007 4:04:33 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 8 replies · 562+ views
    JSOnline ^ | June 2, 2007 | Kawanza Newson
    (Two years after amazing recovery, Fond du Lac girl is graduating today) Fond du Lac, WI - Jeanna Giese stood in the middle of the atrium at Marian College, nervously twisting a sparkly ring and frequently touching a blue bracelet that symbolized her miraculous recovery from rabies. As she cycled between anticipation of her date's arrival and fear that he might not show up, it was hard to believe that doctors once questioned whether the teen would be able to return to school - let alone recover enough to dance with friends at her senior prom or graduate on time...
  • 3,500 Lbs. of Bat Guano Found in Attic

    05/03/2007 11:17:28 AM PDT · by bedolido · 40 replies · 1,719+ views ^ | 5-3-2007 | staff writer
    BALLSTON SPA, N.Y. - An upstate New York couple didn't think a few bats in the attic were much of a problem when they were buying a house last summer. Months later, they found out how wrong they were when they discovered more than a ton and a half of bat droppings up there. Nick LaBoda and Jenna Caputo say a home inspector informed them about the bats. They called an exterminator, who told them to wait a while before removing the bats because the babies were too young to fly. Then they forgot about the bats until they smelled...
  • Bat Out Of Hell

    12/16/2006 12:41:17 AM PST · by Dallas59 · 32 replies · 2,703+ views
    Web ^ | 12/16/2006 | Unknown
  • Batboy cheered for out at home(He tackles Metrodome fan who ran onto field.)

    06/16/2006 12:00:52 PM PDT · by Rakkasan1 · 15 replies · 865+ views
    Pioneer Press ^ | 6-16-06 | DAVID HAWLEY
    Batboys usually don't get much glory. But Nate Reese has experienced, albeit briefly, the adulation that comes with completing a great play that gets shown again and again on television, sometimes in slow motion. On Wednesday night, the crowd at the Metrodome leapt to their feet with a roar when Reese leveled a fan who had scampered in from left field, done a head-first slide into home plate and was getting up to resume a rabbit run from security guards. "Play of the game," Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Joe Nathan said. In the aftermath of the tackle, Reese sat in...
  • Texas teenager dies of rabies from bat bite

    05/13/2006 9:51:08 AM PDT · by kingattax · 5 replies · 567+ views
    Reuters ^ | May 13, 2006
    HOUSTON (Reuters) - A Texas teenager who was bitten by a bat while he slept in his home has died of rabies, the Houston hospital that treated him said in a statement. Zachary Jones, 16, died on Friday, a week after he became ill from the bat bite he received about a month before. According to U.S. Centers for Disease Control statistics, only 10 other people have died of rabies in the United States since 1998. "Rabies, which causes devastating neurological damage, is almost always fatal once symptoms appear, as was the case with this child," Texas Children's Hospital said...
  • Police zero in on suspect [who killed homeless man]

    01/14/2006 8:44:00 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 4 replies · 314+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | 1/14/06 | Darran Simon and Wanda J. Demarzo
    Police questioned high school students about suspects caught on video beating a homeless man and said they expect to make an arrest soon.Fort Lauderdale police were questioning current and former students from South Plantation High School late Friday as detectives closed in on an arrest in the bludgeoning death of a homeless man and the brutal beating of two others. Police were investigating a tip that one suspect -- thought to be one of three males seen on a surveillance video savagely swinging baseball bats or sticks -- is a former student who graduated last year. ''Our friend knows...
  • Big Brain Means Small Testes, Finds Bat Study

    12/07/2005 10:17:23 AM PST · by blam · 99 replies · 1,935+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 12-7-2005 | Gaia Vince
    Big brain means small testes, finds bat study 12:16 07 December 2005 news service Gaia Vince Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences The brainier male bats are, the smaller their testicles, according to a new study. Researchers suggest the correlation exists because both organs require a lot of energy to grow and maintain, leading individual species to find the optimum balance. The analysis of 334 species of bat found that in species where the females were promiscuous, the males had evolved larger testes but had relatively small brains. In species, where the females were monogamous, the situation...
  • 'Safe cigarette' claimed to cut cancer by 90%

    11/05/2005 5:32:19 PM PST · by West Coast Conservative · 39 replies · 1,662+ views
    Sunday Times ^ | November 6, 2005 | JONATHAN LEAKE
    BRITISH American Tobacco (BAT) is to launch a controversial “safer cigarette” designed to cut the risk of smoking-related diseases such as cancer and heart failure by up to 90%. The cigarettes use tobacco treated to produce lower levels of cancer-causing chemicals. They also incorporate a new type of filter said to remove more of the remaining toxins. The company wants to launch the cigarettes in 2006 but has kept the move secret, knowing it would infuriate anti-smoking groups. Campaigners will dismiss any attempt to reinvent cigarettes as a less harmful product as a cynical ploy to recruit more smokers when...
  • Man arrested after tussle with Tonya Harding

    10/25/2005 12:19:48 PM PDT · by frankenMonkey · 125 replies · 3,951+ views
    VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) -- Tonya Harding tussled in her home with a man she described as her boyfriend, prompting an emergency call by the figure skater-turned-boxer and an arrest of the man. Christopher Nolan was charged with assault and pleaded not guilty Monday. He told deputies Harding threw him down and bit his finger when he said she had too much to drink on Sunday. The 27-year-old Nolan was ordered to stay away from Harding and to avoid alcohol.