Building Blocks

Talking bats, a camera-shy black hole and asteroid hype.

By Eric Betz|Friday, March 10, 2017
RELATED TAGS: ANIMALS
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BAT TALK
It turns out that bats have one-on-one chats, a behavior previously observed in just a few creatures such as primates and dolphins. Tel Aviv University researchers studied 15,000 Egyptian fruit bat calls over 75 days and pinpointed specific vocalizations in the cacophony for the first time. Learning the nuances of these conversations will help experts build a better picture of bat societies.

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BLACK HOLE SNAPSHOT
Astronomers using the Event Horizon Telescope over 10 days in April hope to grab the first image of a black hole. Black holes emit no light, so to get the shot, the radio telescope array will focus on the hot gas circling the event horizon that surrounds the tiny target.

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HEAVY METAL MISSIONS

In January, NASA announced plans to send a spacecraft to visit Psyche, a metal asteroid that could be a dead planet’s core, in 2023. Also on deck at the agency: a spacecraft aiming for an asteroid group near Jupiter in 2021. The missions’ aim is to bring our solar system’s evolution into focus.

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