Framing cats as responsible for declines in biodiversity is based on faulty scientific logic and fails to account for the real culprit – human activity.
July 30, 2020 • ~7 min
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Biologists were sure that moonlight prompted naked mole rats to disperse and form new colonies. These experiments disprove that theory.
Feb. 28, 2020 • ~5 min
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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.
Feb. 25, 2020 • ~8 min
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Researchers taught rats to drive tiny "ratmobiles" in exchange for food, which helped the rats relax.
Oct. 24, 2019 • ~3 min
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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.
Sept. 24, 2019 • ~5 min
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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.
July 26, 2019 • ~6 min
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Thousands of ancient rat bones offer clues to the habitat of the mysterious hominin H. floresiensis, who stood about 3 feet 6 inches tall.
March 18, 2019 • ~6 min
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