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June 2, 2014

 

Black kitten sitting on a blue and white towel

Killer Kitties

Our outdoor cats can do a lot of ecological damage when we're not watching.

March 31, 2014

 

A prairie dog at the zoo

Bubonic Plague Still Alive And Well

Think the black plague was a disease the disappeared centuries ago? Think again.

November 18, 2013

 

Three baby rats cuddle while sleeping.

Who You Calling a Rat?

It's not a flattering likeness, but rats and humans actually have a lot in common, including physiology.

January 31, 2013

 

naked mole rats

Naked Mole Rats May Hold Clues To Pain Relief

Unlike the mice and common rats used to test drugs and chemicals in labs, naked mole rats are hard to infect with disease.

February 13, 2012

 

naked role rat

Why Did Scientists Decode The Genome Of The Naked Mole Rat?

I recently read that a team of international scientists has decoded and published the entire genome of the naked mole rat. Why would anyone want to do this?

May 27, 2009

 

Bees swarming around hive

Rodents, Bees, and Elephants

You've probably heard that elephants are afraid of small rodent like mice and rats. But is there really any truth in this? Find out on A Moment of Science.

May 26, 2009

 

Pile of brown eggs

Are Calorie Restricted Diets the Fountain of Youth?

Members of the Calorie Restriction Society, also known as CRONies, believe they can live longer if they cut their calorie intake to 1800 calories per day.

July 30, 2006

 

mole rat

Saving Up for a Rainy Day

Why do frequent workers tolerate these freeloaders? Well, infrequent workers actually do pull their weight, but only when the time is right.

September 27, 2003

 

A Healthy Famine?

Suppose you could live a longer, healthier life if you were willing to eat about half what you normally do and spend every day feeling cold and hungry?

September 27, 2003

 

Lemmings Love Life

Do lemmings really follow each other off a cliff to their death? No, but there are mysteries surrounding the rodents. Over the years, there have been many tales of these Arctic rodents voluntarily jumping off cliffs and plummeting into the sea.

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