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2014-08-29 05:44:16

John Hopton for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Testing on rats has shown that too much junk food may teach our brains to disregard the need for a balanced diet. Reduced self-control from eating bad food could chart a course to overeating and obesity that becomes increasingly difficult to deviate from. Research has shown that when rats are given access to a junk food diet, the result is not only weight gain but also a reduced appetite for varied foods. The natural inclination...

Rats Rely On Their Whiskers To Maneuver Safely In The Dark
2014-07-08 09:15:18

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe online Imagine walking through your living room at midnight after having turned out the lights. Even though it is dark, you almost intuitively know where the wall makes a 90 degree turn yielding to a hallway as your hands reach expectantly for the corner. Now imagine the same scenario in a far less familiar room. Your speed will slow and your hands will move a bit more erratically seeking the comfort of a wall or chair back to guide you...

2014-06-29 23:01:12

Poison-resistant “super rats” are being reported in Britain as the rat population booms in New York. Bird-X, alternative pest control experts for 50 years, reports. Chicago, IL (PRWEB) June 29, 2014 Why the sudden spike in the news about rats in Europe and America? Bird-X investigates the headlines. Reported in The Telegraph on June 27, poison-resistant “super rats” are quickly breeding in the UK and are expected to outnumber the area’s human population by next year. The article...

2014-06-16 08:23:32

LANSING, Mich., June 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Neogen Corporation (Nasdaq: NEOG) announced today that it has signed an exclusive licensing agreement with SenesTech, Inc., to manufacture and market a rodent control product that uses fertility control to manage rat populations. The innovative product would complement Neogen's existing portfolio of rodenticides. With the new technology, chronic rat infestations could be managed using a combination of currently existing rodenticides to...

Rats Experience Regret Similar To Humans
2014-06-09 13:11:59

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In the 2007 Disney feature length Cartoon, Ratatouille, the lead character Remy was separated from his family due to his desire to save Augesten Gusteau's restaurant after reading the famed book "You Can Cook" during the exodus from the besieged farmhouse. That fateful decision and its immediate aftermath were portrayed in such a way that we, as human viewers, were meant to sense Remy's regret. But surely, rats are incapable of such...

2014-06-06 23:03:38

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced the cancellation of 12 popular rodent control products that do not comply with its safety standards. Bird-X explains why this matter should be of immediate public concern. Chicago, IL (PRWEB) June 06, 2014 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) just announced that 12 popular d-CON rat and mouse poison products must cease production, beginning June 2014 (source). These products do not comply with EPA safety standards –...

2014-05-22 20:22:50

Transposagen Biopharmaceuticals, Inc., based in Lexington, KY, has announced the issuing of Patent No. 8,722,964 entitled, "Genetically Engineered or Transgenic Rats Exhibiting a Cancer Phenotype Due to a Disruption of Germline Tumor Suppressor Genes" on May 13th. LEXINGTON, Ky., May 22, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Transposagen Biopharmaceuticals, Inc., based in Lexington, KY, has announced the issuing of Patent No. 8,722,964 entitled, "Genetically Engineered or Transgenic Rats...

2014-04-30 23:04:31

Rat removal along with pest exclusion and insulation removal and attic insulation replacement service is available through Rodent Guys Pest Control and Extermination. Rancho Cucamonga, CA and Upland, CA (PRWEB) April 30, 2014 Rat control is a common problem throughout the world and challenging for novice people to control them in Rancho Cucamonga and Upland, California. Rats require removal, exclusion of entry points and proper sanitation for long term rat control. Removal or rodents can...

Decrease In Large Wildlife Populations Drives Increase In Rodent-borne Disease And Risk To Humans
2014-04-29 03:30:12

Smithsonian Populations of large wildlife are declining around the world, while zoonotic diseases (those transmitted from animals to humans) are on the rise. A team of Smithsonian scientists and colleagues have discovered a possible link between the two. They found that in East Africa, the loss of large wildlife directly correlated with a significant increase in rodents, which often carry disease-causing bacteria dangerous to humans. The team's research is published in the Proceedings of...

Mice And Rats Stressed By The Scent Of Male Experimenters And Could Impact Research Findings
2014-04-28 03:59:51

McGill University Scientists' inability to replicate research findings using mice and rats has contributed to mounting concern over the reliability of such studies. Now, an international team of pain researchers led by scientists at McGill University in Montreal may have uncovered one important factor behind this vexing problem: the gender of the experimenters has a big impact on the stress levels of rodents, which are widely used in preclinical studies. In research published online...


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Armored Rat, Hoplomys gymnurus
2012-07-17 14:40:46

The armored rat (Hoplomys gymnurus) is the only species within the Hoplomys genus. It is native to Latin America, with a range that extends from northern Honduras into northwestern Ecuador. It prefers a habitat at altitudes of up to 2,600 feet. It resides in burrows that can be up to 6.6 feet in length, and these burrows are typically located near a water source. The armored rat bears spines across its back, resembling a porcupine, and indeed, they are more related to the porcupine than...

Jamaican Rice Rat, Oryzomys antillarum
2012-07-04 11:09:29

The Jamaican rice rat (Oryzomys antillarum) is an extinct species of rodent that was once found in Jamaica. This rat is thought to have been a divergence of O. couesi, which can be found in mainland Central America. It is thought that this rat went extinct in the late 19th century due to habitat destruction and by predation and competition from introduced species like the mongoose and the brown rat. Elliott Coues noted two specimens of Oryzomys in his 1877 monograph about North American...

Sand Rat, Psammomys obesus
2012-06-20 16:14:18

The sand rat (Psammomys obesus), also known as the fat sand rat, is found in North Africa, as well as the Middle East. Its range extended from Mauritania to the Arabian Peninsula. It prefers habitats within sandy deserts, but it can be found within saline marsh areas and areas with rocky ground. It will burrow under vegetation like saltbushes, where rats can often be found foraging. There are many medical uses for the sand rat. Because of their tendency to get diabetes mellitus when fed a...

Maned Rat, Lophiomys imhausi
2012-05-23 13:57:55

The maned rat (Lophiomys imhausi), also known as the crested rat, has a range that includes Tanzania, Sudan, South Sudan, Kenya, and Uganda. It prefers a habitat located in highland forests and woodlands in these areas, while in Somalia and Ethiopia it prefers to reside in areas nearly at sea level. These rats will nest in hollow tree trunks or rocky areas, as well as within cliff-faces. The maned rat can reach a length of up to twenty-one inches, including the tail. The soft undercoat of...

Greater Cane Rat, Thryonomys swinderianus
2012-05-16 12:22:36

The greater cane rat (Thryonomys swinderianus) is one of two species of cane rats found in Africa. They prefer to reside in reed beds or riverbanks south of the Saharan Desert. They have adapted well to urbanization and will also live on plantations. The nocturnal greater cane rat lives in small groups that are led by one alpha male and will make their burrows underground or in grasses. The diet of this cane rat consists of cane plants and grasses. When frightened, the greater cane rat will...

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  • A beast of burden; also, a beast in general.
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