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Hearing the future


Johns Hopkins researchers discover that bats can use echolocation to predict where their prey is headed, providing new insights about how sound can be used to “see”.

They can’t tell fortunes and they’re useless with the stock market, but bats are quite skilled at predicting one thing: where to find dinner.

Bats calculate where their prey is headed by building on-the-fly predictive models of target motion from echoes, according to Johns Hopkins University researchers. The models are so robust, bats can continue to track prey even when it temporarily vanishes behind echo-blocking obstacles like trees. MORE

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