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Baby bats learn language from peers: study

Baby bats learn language from peers in their colony, and will adopt the group's dialect, or accent, instead of their mother's, researchers said on Tuesday. The difference is similar to speaking with a London accent versus a Scottish accent, said the report in the journal PLOS Biology. The findings shed new light on crowd-learning of language, a skill thought to belong to mainly to humans and just a few other mammals. It also shows that bats are different from songbirds, which tend to learn songs by mimicking one of…

Ricky Ponting calls for bat size restriction

CANBERRA: Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting wants size limits on bats because he believes batsmen are enjoying an unfair advantage, especially in Test cricket, and said he would raise his concerns at the MCC World Cricket Committee meeting on Monday.