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Running The Rat Race: Observing Their Aerobic Capacity
2013-01-16 18:20:11

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Last month, at the Wellcome Trust´s conference on ℠Rat Genomics and Models´, several different and interesting ongoing studies were presented to all in attendance. One study in particular, out of the University of Michigan (U of M), sought to explain how selectively bred rat models were able to yield both high and low capacity runners (HCR and LCR) and just what the implications, genetically, these models might...

Man’s New Best Friend Is A Rat
2012-12-28 10:45:05

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The dog has been caught unaware by a competitor for man´s affections. And sure, the dog has a strong foothold on its title of ℠Man´s Best Friend´. But this new species angling for the position of top dog and the surreptitious behavior it displays in doing so can only lead one to surmise that this animal is acting, well, like a rat. The reason one might perceive the rat´s march toward domesticity as...

Ecuador To Drop 20 Tons Of Poison On Galapagos To Kill Rats
2012-11-16 07:54:47

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online For decades, conservationists have been vying to protect the native bird and reptile species of the Galapagos Archipelago, many species which are exclusively found here and nowhere else. Now, Ecuadorian conservationists are about to begin an ambitious project to rid the Island group of more than 180 million invasive rats that are damaging the delicate ecosystem. In what is being described as the biggest pest-removal project in...

2012-11-07 16:23:50

BISMARCK, N.D., Nov. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- After a tragic loss of life and billions of dollars in damage caused by the super storm, prevention of future losses is on everyone's minds. One often overlooked cause of disease and damage in the aftermath is rodents. Not all affected mice and rats were drowned. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20101007/CG78327LOGO) Rodents can spread disease and do serious damage to a home. Like people, rodents are also affected by natural...

2012-11-07 08:20:53

SHAKOPEE, Minn., Nov. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Rat Rod Magazine wins a 2012 Minnesota Magazine and Publishing Association (MMPA) Innovator Award, along with a Gold Level Excellence Award for cover design. The Innovator Award "recognizes companies that have successfully established and executed a new concept in the magazine publishing business," according to the MMPA website. Rat Rod is the only known newsstand title to individually number each copy - in an attempt to create collectible...

2012-11-02 15:21:11

ATLANTA, Nov. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- As the cool temperatures start to settle in for the next few months, Orkin, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rollins Inc. (NYSE: ROL), advises homeowners to pest-proof their homes now, because fall is when most insect and rodent pests seek shelter for the winter months. "With the recent cool weather, rodents and other pests tend to move inside around this time of year to find a warm place for the winter and breed," said Dr. Tom Zorka, Orkin's Midwest...

Avatars Let Humans And Rats Interact Through Virtual Reality
2012-11-02 05:47:31

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers have successfully ℠beamed´ a human into a virtual reality rat facility, allowing the rat and person to interact with one another on the same scale via digital representations of themselves. The researchers enabled the rat to interact with a rat-sized robot controlled by a human participant in a different location. At the same time, the human participant (while in a virtual environment) interacts with a...

2012-10-29 15:23:10

ATLANTA, Oct. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Some parts of the Northwest have already seen snow, and as the cool temperatures start to settle in for the next few months, Orkin, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rollins Inc. (NYSE: ROL), advises homeowners to pest-proof their homes now, because fall is when most insect and rodent pests seek shelter for the winter months. "As the weather starts to cool, rodents and other pests move inside to overwinter and breed," said Pat Copps, Pacific division...

2012-10-26 04:00:02

Experts from Zoëcon Professional Products and pest control professionals offer homeowners flea control tips as infestations reach near 30-year highs in parts of the country. Schaumburg, IL (PRWEB) October 25, 2012 Flea populations are reaching record high levels in parts of the United States as the warmer temperatures have provided ideal conditions for the pests to thrive. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) determined that the summer of 2012 was the third...

Obesity Fuels Overeating
2012-10-02 21:24:20

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Diets that lead to obesity may actually cause changes to the brains of obese people, making weight loss more challenging, creating a vicious cycle, according to new research published in the journal Physiology & Behavior. Researchers found that diets high in saturated fat and refined sugar make changes to the brain that fuels over-consumption of those same foods. During their study, the team trained rats given restricted...


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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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