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How do bats survive their own coronaviruses?

It's common for the reservoir host of a zoonotic virus to be tolerant of it. MERS coronavirus appears to cause mild or no disease in dromedary camels ( source ), but kills about 35% of confirmed ...
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Why are bats the source of dangerous coronavirus pandemics?

The preponderance of links between bat and human pathogens has led to a debate about whether bats disproportionately contribute to emerging viral infections crossing the species barrier into humans (...
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How do bats survive their own coronaviruses?

It's been tentatively proposed that bats are often unusually able to tolerate long-term infection with a wide range of viruses (though this hasn't been formally shown to be true). A specific cause for ...
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What made this pile of tiny poops at the base of an old oak? Eastern Long Island, NY

UPDATE: I was not paying close enough attention to size. If the feces is as small as the OP mentions in the comment below this post ("20+ of these scat in an acorn"), then this is very ...
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What about this bat?

Short answer Appears to be an evening bat (Nycticeius humeralis) or little brown bat (Myotis lucifugus). Long answer. You can see a list of common bat species in Georgia through the Georgia ...
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Are there any documented instances of coronaviruses being directly transmitted from bats to humans?

It is possible, but unconfirmed, that the first incidents of SARS-CoV were directly infected by bats, and that palm civits were infected parallelly: The new study demonstrates that Chinese ...
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Why are bats the source of dangerous coronavirus pandemics?

The following paper proposes that the bat borne viruses evolve to rapidly-transmit as a response to their robust immune systems: We carried out virus infectivity assays on bat cell lines expressing ...
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How can animals that rely on SONAR not see color?

Color is a characteristic of visible electromagnetic spectrum, see the graph here. Electromagnetic means here that it has the same nature as radio-waves, X-rays, and gamma radiation, whereas visible ...
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What do bats do if played ultra sound?

Depends completely on how good ultrasound you are producing. Will they interpret your signal as an obstacle ? Not really until you produce signals exactly calculated for the distance and speed of ...
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Can bats echolocation discern what insects they are preying on?

Yes, some bat species can distinguish the species of insects by echolocation. One of the better studied species is the greater horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus ferrumequinum). Echolocating greater ...
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