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  • Two New Species of Tweezer-Beaked Hopping Rats Discovered
    Scientists have discovered two new species of tweezer-beaked hopping rats in the Philippines. They prefer to eat earthworms. (August 20, 2019)

  • Scientists Trained Rats to Associate Certain Odors With Being Tickled
    Scientists trained rats to associate certain odors with the experience of being tickled by a human hand. (July 31, 2019)

  • Rat Lungworm Found Throughout Florida Say Scientists
    Researchers from the University of Florida have discovered the rat lungworm nematode is found throughout Florida. (June 28, 2017)

  • Fossils of Seven Giant Rat Species Found on East Timor
    Scientists have found the fossils of seven species of giant rats on East TImor. One of the species was 10 times as large as a modern rat. (November 6, 2015)

    Gambian Giant Rats Sniff Out Land Mines in Cambodia
    Cat-sized Gambian giant rats are being used to sniff out land mines in Cambodia where there are at least two million buried mines. (October 17, 2015)

    Hog-nosed Rat Species Discovered Indonesia
    Scientists have discovered a new species of rat in Indonesia. It is named the hog-nosed rat after its pig-like nose. (October 6, 2015)

    New Spiny Rat Discovered in Halmahera Island in Indonesia
    A new rat genus has been discovered in Halmahera Island in Indonesia. The rat is named Spiny Boki Mekot Rat. (September 20, 2013)

    Large Swamp Rats Called Nutria Consuming Louisiana's Wetlands
    Large swamp rats, caleld Nutria, are consuming the vegetation in Louisiana's wetlands. These semi-aquatic rats can weigh as much as 20 pounds. (May 12, 2013)

    The Life and Times of Naked Mole Rats
    Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have reported new findings about naked mole-rats in PLoS One. (September 23, 2012)

    Scientists Help Paralyzed Rats Walk Again With Neurorehabilitation Technique
    Scientists at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) have been able to get paralyzed rats walking again after first cutting their spinal cords in two places for the experiment. (June 2, 2012)

    Scientists Find Naked Mole Rats Have High Levels of NRG-1 in Their Brains
    Scientists have found that naked mole rats contain high levels of Neuregulin-1 (NRG-1) in the cerebellum. (May 11, 2012)

    Scientists Identify Brain Activity Patterns in Rat Brain Involved With Memory Recall
    UCSF scientists have identified patterns of brain activity in the rat brain that play a role in the formation and recall of memories and decision-making. (May 5, 2012)

    Study: Caffeine, Amphetamines Make Slacker Rats Work Harder, But Make Worker Rats Lazier
    Researchers at the University of British Columbia conducted a study on rats using caffeine and amphetamines. (March 30, 2012)

    Parasite Makes Rats Sexually Attracted to Cat Urine
    Researchers have found that the parasite Toxoplasma gondii makes rats sexually attracted to cat urine. (August 18, 2011)

    African Rat Covers Itself With Poison to Ward Off Predators
    Scientists have discovered that the African crested rat applies a poisonous plant toxin to sponge-like hairs on its flanks. (August 3, 2011)

    East Timor Was Home to the World's Largest Rat
    Archaeologists in East Timor have unearthed the bones of the biggest rat that ever lived. (July 26, 2010)

    Some Scientists Believe Naked Mole Rats Hold Longevity Secrets
    Some scientists believe naked mole rats hold the secrets to solving many human health problems, including cancer and aging. (March 24, 2010)