An international NGO trains rodents to find buried bombs and a deadly respiratory disease. Meanwhile, I’ve taught my dog how to carry three tennis balls in his mouth at once.
Mammalian brains are incredibly dense with connections: with present technology, just building a computer that can replicate one percent of a human’s brain technology requires the power of 250,000 desktop PCs. But, thanks to one new scientific paper, we now at least know how the synpases are organized.
Rats remember acts of kindness, and then reciprocate. A study published this week in Biology Letters showed rats remember who is nice to them and return the favor later. National Geographic calls it "the first evidence of direct reciprocation in nonhumans." We're not so sure about that last part, but it's an…
This experiment, done on lab rats, isn't terribly cruel. It will still probably keep you up at night when you're thinking about hiring an exterminator.
The cat Kaiser and the dog Nana once went head to head in a competition to see who was the best trained animal around. And now, years later, they've teamed up to show a pair of rats named Raven and Famous who's boss. But, for sheer number of tricks, the rats win. They also win by having adorable tiny props for theirs.
Biblical floods swept through L.A. thanks to a water main break. Rats are overrunning Paris. And games—those dangerous diversions!—are being outlawed Seville, Spain. Hmm, does this sound like the end of days to anyone else? It's a Revelations-themed look at What's Ruining Our Cities!
Talking to animals, including baby human animals, is a waste of time. They don't know what you're saying. But there has been an experiment that proves certain animals they do know what language you're saying it in.
31 years is a long time for a hotel to keep the decor the same. But things are a little different aboard the ISS, where lab rats have been shuttled back and forth from Earth in the same modular boxes since 1983. Now, NASA has unveiled a new rat pod—and it could help us learn how to keep human passengers healthy as we…
Do you hate rats? If so, you're not going to like what Dr. Jan Zalasiewicz, a University of Leicester paleobiologist, has to say about the future of Earth. This week, Dr. Zalasiewicz reported on the heartiness—and ambitiousness—of rats, explaining how our rapidly changing planet is soon going to be filled with…
We've been hearing all day about how there's a ghost ship lurking in the waters off the coast of England, and that it's probably packed with cannibal rats. We can verify the ghost ship part. But what about the rats?
A massive ghost ship has been missing in the Atlantic since last February, along with its potential cargo of "disease-ridden cannibal rats," via BBC Future. Now, it looks like it's headed for the UK.
An investigation into the potential addictiveness of high-fat and high-sugar foods has found that Oreo cookies activate more neurons in the pleasure centers of rats' brains than cocaine. But does that really mean certain foods are more addictive than hard drugs?
No, the HeroRATs of APOPO are not a new fantasy series like The Owls of Ga'Hoole. These are actual rats trained by an NGO to detect land mines.
Nothing about how a bunch of Oxford researchers recently pulled neural stem cells out of the brains of living rats seems feasible. The cells are hard to isolate. Brains are fragile. Okay, brains are very fragile. But they've done it, and the procedure could shed fresh light on diseases like Parkinson's and multiple…
The rats in Alex Weil's short film One Rat Short aren't quite as anthropomorphized as the scavengers in Ratatouille, but they evoke plenty of emotion through their squeaks and twitching noses. A street rat stumbles into a behavioral research lab, and falls for one of the laboratory rats guarded by a robotic monitor.
Horror writer James Herbert tapped into our greatest fears with The Rats, the massive bestseller about a London overrun by horrifying creatures.Sadly, the man whom Stephen King called the Godfather of Punk died today of undisclosed causes.
Next time you see animals sniffing in each other's presence, there might be more happening than you expect. New research suggests that a humble intake of breath actually allows rats to communicate with each other.
In Iran's capital city of Tehran, a rat infestation has led officials to claim that they're basically in the middle of a 1950s giant animal movie, or maybe a Star Trek episode. The rats, which are said to be "bigger than cats," are apparently the result of radiation and chemicals causing them to make a massive…
Telepathy isn't real. You can't read minds with nothing but the tools you were born with. But add a little bit of wiring and that starts to change. Scientists have now managed to get two lab rats to think in-sync with just a little augmentation.