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2012-06-25 21:06:04

A new study suggests that the appetite-inducing hormone ghrelin increases the incentive for humans to eat high-calorie foods, even on a full stomach. The results will be reported Sunday at The Endocrine Society's 94th Annual Meeting in Houston. In the study, rats lacking the ghrelin receptor gene ate less of a sweet treat after a full meal than did rodents whose ghrelin receptor gene was intact. "Combined with an increasingly sedentary lifestyle, overconsumption of reward-driven foods...

2012-05-21 23:02:18

The Jacksonville winter of 2011-2012 never really happened. Fleas have enjoyed continual survival throughout winter. Jacksonville veterinarians of Oceanway Animal Clinic have new, more effective flea treatment for pets. Jacksonville, FL (PRWEB) May 21, 2012 Fleas are a big problem for pets in Jacksonville this spring. Jacksonville veterinarians have found that more pets than ever before are without adequate flea control. Whether one calls it climate change or global warming, no one...

Yogurt-Eating Mice Have Larger Testicles
2012-05-07 08:36:43

Forget red meat -- a new Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) study suggests that men trying to demonstrate their machismo might be better off eating yogurt. Why, you ask? Well, according to a May 4 report by Elie Dolgin of Scientific America, the researchers discovered that mice who were fed the dairy product were found to have a type of "mouse swagger" -- not to mention testicles that were approximately 5% and 15% heavier than those on typical or junk-food diets, respectively....

Rats Have Best Bite Of Rodent World
2012-04-30 07:36:42

Scientists at the University of Liverpool have found that mice and rats have evolved to gnaw with their front teeth and chew with their back teeth more successfully than rodents that 'specialize' in one or other of these biting mechanisms. Researchers designed a computer model to simulate the bite of rats to understand whether their skull shape or muscle arrangement was a major factor in their evolutionary success and global dominance, making them one of the most common pest species in the...

2012-04-07 23:03:09

Pet flea collars alone are sometimes not enough to correct the situation, and Planet Amazing has a low-cost natural non-toxic flea treatment called Flea Shredder that can help. Even then, it might be time to call an animal control person. (PRWEB) April 06, 2012 Flea infestations are annoying and expensive says Planet Amazing researcher Justin Douglas. What people may not realize is that left untreated, flea infestations can grow in the yard and the home to massive levels, with literally...

2012-03-26 09:30:50

From miniature elephants to monster mice, and even Hobbit-sized humans, size changes in island animals are well-known to science. Biologists have long believed that large animals evolving on islands tend to get smaller, while small animals tend to get bigger, a generalization they call "the island rule." A new study by researchers at Duke University and the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center in Durham, NC puts that old idea to the test in island and mainland rodents. "Some of the...

2012-03-15 07:00:00

With the onset of spring, VetDepot recommends monthly flea protection for pets to prevent a serious flea infestation. Encinitas, CA (PRWEB) March 15, 2012 Spring is almost here. The days are getting longer, the weather is getting warmer and unfortunately for many pet owners- fleas are beginning to come out in full force. Although year-round flea protection is the best way to prevent flea infestations, protection during the spring and summer months is especially crucial. Fleas are not only...


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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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Word of the Day
cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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