Fleas and lice from humans, rather than rats, were likely responsible for spreading the Black Plague

New research seems to vindicate rats as the harbingers of one of the deadliest diseases in history.

NYC’s uptown and downtown rats don’t mix, new study found

A young graduate student spent years studying the genes of NYC rats.

Memories for opposing behaviors are stored in the same parts of the brain, study finds

One step closer to understanding memory.

Rats tickled past squeaking point to identify the brain’s “tickle center”

Their videos should used to identify my brain’s “awww” center.

When mice ‘sing’ they produce ultrasounds we’ve only seen in jet engines

Until recently it wasn’t clear how mice were able to ‘sing’ their high-pitched tunes.

Rats dream of getting to a brighter future

It’s not just us humans that dream of a better future – rats do too. When rats rest, their brains imagine a favorable future such as a tasty treat, a new study by UCL researchers found.

Rats rescue their friends from drowning out of empathy (and kindness)

We use the word “humane” to describe kind behavior and sympathy towards others, but the term might falsely lend some to believe that this is an exclusive human quality. Far from it. Rats too are kind, sympathetic and as “humane” as any human. For instance, when their peers are in danger of drowning, rats will come to their aid to save them. Even when a tasty treat, like chocolate, is offered instead the rat will most often than not choose to help his dying friend. To hell with chocolate!

Mad snake disease makes snakes tie themselves in knots they can’t get out of

One of the oddest behavior biologists have witnessed is Inclusion Body Disease (IBD) – a fatal disease that affects captive pythons and boas causing them to tie themselves in knots they can’t untangle out of. The source of this extremely erratic and suicidal behavior was unknown until recently when researchers have found it is caused by a viral infection. Specifically, it’s

Rats’ brains connect to form an organic computer

In an incredible feat of neuroscience and communications, researchers at Duke University School of Medicine formed a link between pairs of rats by electronically linking their brains. As such, the rats could exchange motor and tactile information between each other. In one particular case, the experiment showed that a pair of linked rats – one rat on a continent, the other

Rats given ‘sixth sense’ after they recognize infrared light

Most brain-machine prosthetic research today is focused on supplementing a missing sense, like medical devices that restore hearing or sight. In a novel research, however, scientists at  Duke University Medical Center have literally granted rodents a sixth sense after they implanted them with an experimental prototype that allows rats to “touch” invisible infrared light. At first, six rats were trained to stick their

Cyborg-rats with artificial cerebellums – first step ahead the age of borg

Remarkably enough, scientists from Tel Aviv University in Israel, have manged to implant an artificial cerebellum in a rat’s brain, which successfully restored lost brain function. This research could provide the foundations for implementing cyborg-like functions in the human brain sometime in the distant future. Such an advancement, could possibly one day offer the prospect of a normal life to

An interesting fact: Male fertility is in the bones

The researchers of the Columbia University Medical Center discovered a nice revealed a nice little nugget of information that will probably astonish most of our male (and probably female) readers. The male fertility is determined partially by the bones. How exactly does this work and how does this effect us? Well, they’ve discovered that the skeleton in male mice acts