rodents

  • Calhoun’s prophet rodents and the creation of the "behavioural sink"

    A seminal research work on overpopulation in rodent communities created an increasingly elaborate...

    I first read Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH as a young’un. What I didn’t know at the time was that it was inspired ...

    Mathematics October 22, 2021
  • Aww, rats: Australian research rodents prove to be poor earners

    Australia’s primary supplier of rodents for scientific research is closing down in a couple of ye...

    The most expensive rat on the menu at the Animal Resources Centre (ARC), in Western Australia, costs $872.13. The pri...

    Biology July 9, 2021
  • Infertility of mice and men

    New research locates a gene that causes infertility – and then gives it to mice.

    A team of Chinese researchers has used mice to identify a gene that causes male infertility, which may pave a way tow...

    Body and Mind June 14, 2021
  • The rat pack gets the job done

    They work well together, even when communication is limited.

    Rats work well in teams, it seems. A new study suggests rodent groups outperform individuals in searching for a targe...

    Animals September 25, 2020
  • Rodent ninja-kicks a rattle snake

    Slo-mo film reveals extraordinary survival acrobatics.

    Don’t mess with a kangaroo rat – at least if you’re a snake. As this snippet of video shows, these seemingly defence...

    Animals April 1, 2019
  • Deep inside a mouse

    Microphotography reveals intricate secrets of rodent organ.

    Looking like exactly what it is, at least as a metaphor, a complex and busy transportation system, this image reveals...

    Biology October 15, 2018
  • Mice with two mums raise many questions

    Bi-maternal reproduction may cross ethical boundaries.

    Chinese researchers have bred healthy mice with two mums and no dads. They’ve had less success with dads alone, howev...

    Ethics October 11, 2018
  • Fossil sheds light on ancient climate change

    Species reveal how rainforests slowly gave way to arid habitats.

    A palaeontologist and a caving guide have been honoured by having two newly discovered species of long-extinct mice n...

    Palaeontology September 24, 2018