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Not All Rats Are Created Equal: Why Uptown Manhattan Rats Are Different From Downtown

Uptown and downtown Manhattan rats are different from each other, according to a new study on how rats navigate the city. This is partly because these pesky rodents don’t move away far from their original location.

Animals December 2, 2017

Mickey Mouse Will Go Nuts: This Giant Rat In Solomon Islands Cracks Coconuts

A new rat species has just been discovered in the Solomon Islands. The rodent, called Uromys vika, lives on trees, weighs four times as heavy as normal rats, and apparently likes nuts.

Animals September 27, 2017

How Did This Arkansas Baby End Up With 100 Rat Bites?

A couple from Magnolia in Arkansas faces Class B felony as their baby has suffered a maximum of 100 rodent bites. The couple has revealed knowing about the rat infestation in their house but didn't do anything, according to investigation.

Public Health May 18, 2017

Naked Mole Rat's Metabolic Trick To Survive Oxygen Deprivation May Help Stroke And Heart Attack Patients

Naked mole rats essentially become plants when they are deprived of oxygen. How can the rodents' special metabolic strategy potentially help people who suffered from heart attack and stroke?

Animals April 22, 2017

Bramble Cay Melomys Is Extinct Due To Climate Change: Report

The effects of man-made climate change may have driven the extinction of a rodent species in Australia, a new report revealed. What happened?

Animals June 14, 2016

Meet The Slender Rat, A New Rodent Species Discovered In Indonesia

A new species of wild rodent was discovered in a mountainous area on Indonesia's Sulawesi Island. Known as the Gracilimus radix, this slender rat avoided detection for years by mainly staying among the roots of trees while looking for food.

Earth/Environment April 20, 2016

Is Giant Rodent Found In London Real? Skeptics Say They Smell A Rat

Debate is raging on social media over a photo of a giant rat supposedly found in London. But is the massive rodent real, or the result of an optical illusion?

March 12, 2016

Ugly Australian Animals Attract Little Scientific Interest: Study

Australia is home to a wide array of animals. A new study reveals that cute and cuddly animals receive more attention from the scientific community than those that are deemed ugly.

Earth/Environment March 8, 2016

California Girl Tests Positive For Plague After Camping In Yosemite National Park

A girl from California, who camped at the Yosemite National Park in July, has been confirmed to suffer from the plague caused by rodents and fleas that live on them. Authorities are currently investigating the exact area where the source of the infection may have been located.

LIFE August 10, 2015

Giant Rats From Africa May Soon Be Clearing Landmines In Cambodia

Experts are training giant rats from Africa to detect landmines. The rats, more efficient than humans in the job, may further be able to clear Cambodia of its many landmines.

July 4, 2015

Rats Dream Of Places Where They Can Find Yummy Treats

Scientists discovered that a rat’s desire to obtain food can be manifested while it is resting – in its dreams.

Earth/Environment June 28, 2015

Rodents Living In Islands More Likely To Turn Into Giants: Study

A new study conducted by Duke University biologists suggests that rodents, such as mice, rats and gerbils, living on islands are 17 times more likely to evolve to massive sizes.

Earth/Environment June 24, 2015

Monsoon Rains Guided Mammal Evolution

Mammal evolution in Asia may have been driven, in part, by monsoon patterns, a new study reveals.

March 11, 2015

8 million rats in New York City? No, says new study

There is comfort in knowing that there aren't as many rats in New York as the city’s residents. A new study clarifies more realistic number for rodent population.

LIFE November 6, 2014

NASA wants to send rats into space

NASA plans to send rats to space in a new mission. The rats are part of an experiment to better understand microgravity among living organisms in space.

Internet Culture August 21, 2014

Elephant Shrew was size of the mouse, with genes (and trunk) of a pachyderm

Elephant shrews are more like their mammoth cousins than shrews. A new variety of the creatures has been discovered in Namibia.

Animals June 28, 2014

ISS rats will get high-tech NASA-developed habitat

NASA's rats and other rodents are living the life as the space agency is creating new housing quarters aboard the International Space Station.

Space May 26, 2014

Surprise! Cats and dogs can see UV light but you can't

House pets like cats, dogs and rodents can see ultraviolet light, invisible to human beings. What are they seeing that you're not?

Animals February 22, 2014

You dirty, BIG rat: Can super-massive rodents take over the Earth one day? Possible

Giant rats may one day take over the Earth, according to a new thought experiment. The idea may not be as crazy as it sounds - rodents have been far larger in the past.

Animals February 19, 2014

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