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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Inside science: How to build and name the insominator

A close up of the insominator, the device that keeps bees awake.

A close up of the insominator, the device that keeps bees awake.

Researchers wanted to find out if sleep-deprived bees have trouble communicating just like sleep-deprived people do.

First, they had to keep the bees from getting too many Zs.

They couldn’t give the bees a buzz with shots of espresso or gulps of Red Bull. Nor could they keep the lights on and play loud music as if the bees next door were having a party.

Their answer was the insominator.

It sounds like
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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Batty love songs

George Pollak

George Pollak

The experiment began in a backyard barn. Instruments used included sophisticated recording equipment. A strong regimen of statistical analysis capped it off.

The result: evidence that suggests that male bats sing songs with distinguishable syllables and phrases to attract females, and in some cases, to warn other males to stay away. The paper written about the study was published in PLOS One.

The research was a collaboration of the owner of the barn, Barbara Schmidt-French of Bat Conservation International; George Pollak, a
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