Sperm from older rats passes on fewer active genes to offspring because of epigenetic changes

Male rats transfer different hereditary information to their offspring depending on their age.

Alexander Suvorov, Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, University of Massachusetts Amherst • conversation
March 16, 2021 ~5 min

Naked mole-rats: bizarre rodents speak in dialects unique to their colony

A new study found naked mole-rats communicate with chirps unique to their colony.

Matthew James Mason, University Physiologist, University of Cambridge • conversation
Feb. 8, 2021 ~5 min

Hepatitis D: how the virus made the jump from animals to humans

The genome of hepatitis D doesn’t resemble any known virus, making its origin a mystery. But by mining virus sequences from genetic datasets, a new study may have found the answer.

Daniel Streicker, Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow, University of Glasgow • conversation
Jan. 18, 2021 ~6 min

Don't blame cats for destroying wildlife – shaky logic is leading to moral panic

Framing cats as responsible for declines in biodiversity is based on faulty scientific logic and fails to account for the real culprit – human activity.

Francisco J. Santiago-Ávila, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Wisconsin-Madison • conversation
July 30, 2020 ~7 min

Naked mole rats don’t migrate in response to the moon

Biologists were sure that moonlight prompted naked mole rats to disperse and form new colonies. These experiments disprove that theory.

Marta Wegorzewska-WUSTL • futurity
Feb. 28, 2020 ~5 min

Better rat control in cities starts by changing human behavior

Climate change, globalization and concerns about rat poison soon could drive rat infestations to levels not seen in centuries. One way to curb them is getting humans to stop wasting food.

Jason Munshi-South, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, Fordham University • conversation
Feb. 25, 2020 ~8 min

Rats taught to drive tiny cars to lower their stress levels

Researchers taught rats to drive tiny "ratmobiles" in exchange for food, which helped the rats relax.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
Oct. 24, 2019 ~3 min

Electronic chip can perform intracellular recording from thousands of connected neurons simultaneously

Researchers from Harvard University have developed an electronic chip that can perform high-sensitivity intracellular recording from thousands of connected neurons simultaneously, allowing them to identify hundreds of synaptic connections.

Harvard Gazette • harvard
Sept. 24, 2019 ~5 min

Rat brains have special map cells for navigation

A part of the brain called the striatum helps rats make a mental map of their surroundings, research finds. The findings could improve autonomous robots.

Boston University • futurity
July 26, 2019 ~6 min

Cave full of rat bones reveals ‘Hobbit’ habitat

Thousands of ancient rat bones offer clues to the habitat of the mysterious hominin H. floresiensis, who stood about 3 feet 6 inches tall.

Carol Clark-Emory • futurity
March 18, 2019 ~6 min