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  • Are vampires real?

    Believe it or not, the abilities of vampires really do exist in the natural world. Read on for de...

    Seriously, do vampires exist? Are vampires real? When asked to describe a vampire, most people think of a tall, pale...

    Animals September 27, 2021
  • A hydrogel that treats Parkinson’s disease

    The gel mimics proteins in the brain to deliver treatments.

    Australian researchers have created a hydrogel that could be used to better treat Parkinson’s disease – and possibly ...

    Australia August 7, 2021
  • Rats on psychedelics show mixed results

    Study adds evidence to gauge popularity of microdosing.

    New research suggests there are upsides and downsides to taking psychedelic drugs. That won’t surprise anyone who do...

    Health March 4, 2019
  • Scientists uncover the brain area responsible for buffets

    Rat study finds unexpected neural activity connected to decisions about food. Nick Carne reports.

    We may soon have something specific to blame for our bad food choices. US neuroscientists working with rats have foun...

    Biology October 21, 2018
  • Cats or rats? Rats win in NY hands down

    Contrary to myth, alley cats are hopeless at catching rats.

    Feral cats fail to fulfil their role as rat controllers in New York City, new research reveals. Cats (Felis catus) ar...

    Animals September 27, 2018
  • Rat kings aren't mythical after all

    Groups of rats can become bound by tails.

    A “rat king” is a group of rats whose tails are intertwined and stuck together. Sometimes the tail hairs are simply e...

    Animals September 6, 2018
  • Meet the rat lungworm

    This parasitic nematode can cause meningitis in humans and other animals.

    The noodle-like creatures at the centre of the images are adult rat lungworms emerging from the pulmonary artery of a...

    Biology June 28, 2017
  • How a boa constrictor's deadly embrace works

    Why snakes, such as boa constrictors, are so deadly.

    Scientists have finally worked out why snakes, such as boa constrictors, are so deadly in a somewhat macabre experime...

    Biology March 4, 2015