Birds in rat-free islands in the Chagos Archipelago in the Indian Ocean average 1,243 per hectare. The ratio is just two in rat-infested islands. Here's how the decimation of seabirds by rodents affects the health of nearby coral reefs.
Earth/Environment July 12, 2018
A Wendy’s branch was under fire after a mouse was recorded inside the plastic of burger buns. The animal was nibbling on one of the buns but management reportedly thought it was not a big of an issue.
Public Health June 19, 2018
The Deschutes County Health Department confirmed that a woman in Oregon died from hantavirus pulmonary syndrome. What are the signs and symptoms of this rare disease, and how can people be protected from infection?
Public Health June 15, 2018
A child in Idaho has contracted the plague, a bacterial disease that killed millions during the Black Death pandemic, and is primarily transmitted by rodents such as ground squirrels. Does the patient pose risk to others?
Public Health June 13, 2018
The farm responsible for the current salmonella scare in the United States was found to have a rodent problem by the US Food and Drug Administration. Dead and live rodents were found near the hen houses.
Public Health May 16, 2018
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Mammal evolution in Asia may have been driven, in part, by monsoon patterns, a new study reveals.
March 11, 2015
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 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 shrews are more like their mammoth cousins than shrews. A new variety of the creatures has been discovered in Namibia.
Animals June 28, 2014
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
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
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