Light switches brain signaling: Longer days bring 'winter blues' for rats
Most of us are familiar with the "winter blues," the depression-like symptoms known as "seasonal affective disorder," or SAD, that occurs when the shorter days of winter limit our exposure to natural light ...
Sniff, sniff. What did you say? New form of animal communication discovered
When animals like dogs or rats sniff one another, there might be more going on than you'd think. Research reported in Current Biology, a Cell Press publication, on March 7th finds in rats that those sniffi ...
Researchers build robot rat to induce stress in lab animals (w/ Video)
Chinese New Year fireworks harm health, study finds
This Sunday, people around the world celebrated Chinese New Year with firework displays and sparklers, but new research confirms this tradition could seriously harm peoples health. An international team of ...
Researchers claim to have found possible example of sympatric speciation
French GM corn-cancer researcher to detail work
A French researcher who claims a link between genetically modified corn and cancer on Tuesday said he would publish his work, the day after the EU, which has cleared the maize, promised to make public its own assessment. ...
EU releases all data on GM corn linked to cancer
The EU's food safety agency challenged its doubters on Monday, making available all the scientific information used to clear a genetically modified corn which a French researcher had linked to cancer.
Ridding Galapagos of rats to preserve its famed tortoises
Efforts are underway to save the famed giant tortoises of the Galapagos Islands by wiping out the rodents that prey on their eggs and hatchlings, environmentalists here said.
Rat kill in Galapagos Islands targets 180 million
(AP)—The unique bird and reptile species that make the Galapagos Islands a treasure for scientists and tourists must be preserved, Chilean authorities say—and that means the rats must die, hundreds of ...
Persistent sync for neurons: Rats' neurons reveal steady neural network coordination
(Phys.org)—A team of Brazilian physicists working with neuroscientists studying freely behaving rats have found that their neurons often act in precise coordination over time, in a study about to be published in the European Ph ...
Researchers discover how mole rat wards off cancer
Biologists at the University of Rochester have determined how blind mole rats fight off cancer—and the mechanism differs from what they discovered three years ago in another long-lived and cancer-resistant ...
Virtual reality 'beaming' technology transforms human-animal interaction
Using cutting-edge virtual reality technology, researchers have 'beamed' a person into a rat facility allowing the rat and human to interact with each other on the same scale.
Panels reject study on GM corn but urge wider probes (Update 3)
Two expert panels on Monday rejected a contested French study linking genetically-modified corn to tumours in rats but said it raised issues which deserved wider investigation.
Six French academies dismiss study linking GM corn to cancer (Update 2)
A controversial study that linked genetically modified corn to cancer in lab rats is a "scientific non-event," six French scientific academies said on Friday.