NASA's Space Rats Are Checking Into This Swanky New Rodent Hotel

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… » 5/27/14 11:00am 5/27/14 11:00am

Prepare Yourself For the Age of the Super-Rat

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… » 2/04/14 4:20pm 2/04/14 4:20pm

Scientists Can Now Extract Stem Cells from Brains Using Magnets

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… » 10/02/13 2:40pm 10/02/13 2:40pm

Crazy Brain Implants Give Lab Rats a Sixth Sense and Let Them "Touch"…

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… » 2/14/13 10:57am 2/14/13 10:57am