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2013-04-04 15:05:26

Sight is such a spontaneous activity that we are unaware of the complexity of the brain mechanisms it implies.

Rats Sniff To Communicate Complex Social Information
2013-03-08 09:43:34

A new study reveals that rats sniff as a means of communicating complex information about social hierarchies.

Brain-To-Brain Interface Lets Rats Share Their Thoughts
2013-03-01 09:47:03

A Duke neurobiologist has created an "organic computer," using a brain-to-brain interface to allow rats to share thoughts electronically.

Rat Memory Study Could Open The Door To Treat Alzheimer's Disease
2013-02-27 16:03:14

Researchers from Indiana University have found that rats have a capacity for “source memory,” a finding that could have implications for both future animal studies and the treatment of human memory disorders.

Women More Talkative Than Men Because Thier Brain Is Designed That Way
2013-02-22 12:17:19

A new study backs up previous claims that women are more chatty than men because the region of the brain that processes communication is bigger than in a man's. However, the new study also finds another reason women are more chatty.

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

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.

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

The 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.

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

For decades, conservationists have been vying to protect the native bird and reptile species of the Galapagos Archipelago, many of which are exclusively found here and nowhere else.


Latest Rat Reference Libraries

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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