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.
Bugs and rats have lived for centuries in a deadlocked battle for the title of Worst Pest in NYC, but the scientists behind a new study may have just dealt bug fans a decisive victory by proving how urban insects are our friends—or, more specifically, our garbage .
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!
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…
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.
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…
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.
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.
It's not every day that science and crazy brain implants lead to the generation of what is essentially a new sense, but it is that day today. Scientists from Duke University have found a way to make rats "feel" invisible infrared light and someday that same tech could give sight to the blind, or give us humans extras…
Okay, let me just get this out of the way. AHHHHH HOLY CRAP THIS RAT WEIGHS NINE POUNDS! There, I feel better, but residents of the Florida Keys don't. Why? Because these 9-pound Gambian giant pouch rats are on the loose.
Strokes and Parkinson's Disease can cause irreparable damage to your grey matter. However, one controversial experiment aims to replace the function of those damaged areas with neural microchips.
When it's cold outside, you retreat to the warm comfiness of your home. Unfortunately, so do any critters that reside near your house. Besides filling your home's nooks and crannies with poop, animals can also create potential safety hazards. Let's stop them before they take over the guest bedroom.
This creature can live 30 years. Are you terrified? Me too. But the naked mole rat might help us find the fountain of youth and a cancer cure, so I'm trying to reign in my desire for them all to perish.
Do you have a fear of flying? It's only natural. There are many frightening things about air travel that are completely out of your control. And here's another one: Rats. Pooping rats.
Millions of rats living on the NYC subway tracks don't faze New Yorkers in the least. But recently, the rats have started venturing onto slumbering passengers. And now: alarming video evidence shows that rats consider themselves normal subway riders.
This is a baby rat in a minuscule harness somewhere in Tanzania. He's got his nose in the air, but he's not looking for cheese. He's actually sniffing out deadly landmines.
Being our go-to creatures for all manner of scientific and technological tests, rats often get the craziest gear several generations before we humans do. So what's latest and greatest in rat tech? The RatCar, a brian-controlled, battery-powered rodent buggy.