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Neurons necessary for spatial working memory identified in rats

May 17, 2019

University of Tokyo researchers have demonstrated that both the hippocampus and the upstream brain area, the dentate gyrus,…
What are those disks sometimes seen on mooring lines of big ships?

August 28, 2018

If you ever pass by a sea port, take a look at the ships. They are fixed to…
Eradicate rats to bolster coral reefs

July 13, 2018

Rat control should be considered an urgent conservation priority on many remote tropical islands to protect vulnerable coral…
New Gene Therapy Heals Spinal Cord Injuries in Mice

June 15, 2018

Rats with spinal cord injuries regained the use of their limbs after receiving a new gene therapy which…
Scientists Make Paralyzed Rats Walk Again

December 15, 2017

Public Domain Paralyzed rats with severed spinal cords are walking again, after Tel Aviv University and Technion–Israel Institute of Technology…
Motivation, not habit, contributes to drug addiction

November 22, 2017

For addicts to obtain drugs, such as cocaine, it often requires considerable ingenuity and flexibility—behavior that should not…
Woodrats can’t stomach favorite foods at high temps

June 29, 2017

You’d think desert woodrats already had a lot of adversity. Besides the constant threat of coyotes and other…
Birth control for rats – genius solution to a large problem

April 13, 2017

Pests, such as rats, are known to cause many problems for large cities around the world. Nowadays they…
Mathematical Model Provides New Insights into Deadly Bubonic Plague

October 26, 2016

The bubonic plague, transmitted by fleas from rats to humans, has caused major disruptions throughout history, from the…
Scientists reveal brain circuit mechanisms underlying arousal regulation

December 21, 2015

Adjusting a specific deep-brain circuit’s firing frequency immediately and dramatically alters rats’ forebrain activity and alertness levels, Stanford…
Where do rats move in after disasters? This team finds out

November 9, 2015

Imagine you’re a researcher working outdoors in a New Orleans summer. It’s 100 degrees, and you’re going door-to-door…
New Study: What You Didn’t Know About Naked Mole-Rats

October 22, 2015

The naked mole-rat is a particularly ugly or cute animal, depending on your definition. It is tubular in…
Extremely Active Rats Become Lazy when They Artificially Receive “Runners’ High”

October 7, 2015

Past research has shown that the pleasure and reward centers of the brain are activated similarly by dangerous…
Scientists control rats’ senses of familiarity, novelty

September 30, 2015

With pulses of light in the right part of the brain at the right frequencies, Brown University scientists…
Rats plan journeys to the reward in their dreams

June 29, 2015

Dreams have always puzzled people. Some tried to explain them and to predict future according to them, others…
Study reveals Internet-like networks in cerebral cortex of rats

April 7, 2015

Researchers sketching out a wiring diagram for rat brains — a field known as “connectomics” — have discovered…
Disease-carrying fleas abound on New York City’s rats

March 2, 2015

In the first study of its kind since the 1920s, rats in New York City were found to…
Identification of a pheromone that transmits danger signals in rats

January 5, 2015

Animals release specific odors into the air when they are stressed, and these odors increase anxiety in conspecifics.…
Human embryonic stem cells cure Parkinson‘s disease in rats

November 10, 2014

Parkinson’s disease, first described in 1817 by an English doctor of the same name, is one of the…
Learning the smell of fear: Mothers teach babies their own fears via odor

July 29, 2014

Research in rats may help explain how trauma’s effects can span generations Babies can learn what to fear…
Rats purposefully use their whiskers in different ways to help navigate in the dark

July 8, 2014

The way rats use their whiskers is more similar to how humans use their hands and fingers than…
Science of the brain: How smells become our memories?

April 25, 2014

Have you ever had an experience when you perceive a smell and suddenly remember an event that you’d forgotten…
Maze puts images on floor, where rats look

February 27, 2014

Visual acuity is sharpest for rats and mice when the animals are looking down. Researchers have found that…
Social experience drives empathetic, pro-social behavior in rats

January 15, 2014

Rats will help a stranger in distress only if they have had prior social experience with the type…
Rats and men: Study finds parallels in neural processing of ‘adaptive control’

October 21, 2013

People and rats may think alike when they’ve made a mistake and are trying to adjust their thinking.…
Adjusting bacteria in intestines may lead to obesity treatments

September 24, 2013

A drug that appears to target specific intestinal bacteria in the guts of mice may create a chain…
New protein knowledge offers hope for better cancer treatment

September 22, 2013

Researchers from the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research at the University of Copenhagen have developed a…
Breaking habits before they start

June 28, 2013

Our daily routines can become so ingrained that we perform them automatically, such as taking the same route…
Stem Cell Injections Improve Spinal Injuries in Rats

May 30, 2013

An international team led by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine reports that…
Why virtual reality doesn’t feel ‘real’

May 17, 2013

Have you ever noticed that even detailed, sophisticated virtual reality experiences don’t feel completely “real”? It all comes…
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