Bats with white-nose syndrome prefer suboptimal habitats despite the consequences

IMAGE: Four little brown bats. Photo courtesy of Joseph Hoyt of Virginia Tech view more  Credit: Joseph Hoyt of Virginia Tech Since 2006, a fungal disease called white-nose syndrome has caused sharp declines in bat populations across the eastern United States. The fungus that causes the disease, Pseudogymnoascus destructans, thrives in subterranean habitats where bats hibernate […]

People sometimes prefer burning hot pain to thinking too hard

When faced with a challenging mental task, some people would rather endure literal pain than use their brain power.   According to a new study, published Nov. 17 in the journal eLife, the prospect of performing a difficult mental task can be just as off-putting as the threat of a painful experience, like having a […]