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Bat Noses

Caption: These images are of the noseleaf of a typical horseshoe bat species (left) vs. that of Bourret's horseshoe bat, the Rhinolophus paradoxolophus (right). Computer modeling indicates the extreme nose is used to create a highly focused sonar beam. One of the researchers is Rolf Mueller, an associate professor with the Virginia Tech mechanical engineering department, who directs the Bio-inspired Technology Laboratory. His research includes biosonar-inspired autonomous robots and statistical signal processing methods in natural outdoor environments.

Credit: Rolf Mueller

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