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Image of the Day: 3-D Nanofibers

By The Scientist Staff | March 7, 2018

Researchers created a nanofibrous scaffold to see how it supports cell growth.

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Gigantic “Tree Lobsters” Not Extinct After All

By Catherine Offord | October 9, 2017

Researchers identify the Lord Howe Island stick insect on the remains of a large volcano in the Tasman Sea between Australia and New Zealand.

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Rats Are Ticklish, Sometimes

By Joshua A. Krisch | November 14, 2016

Researchers may have pinpointed the part of the brain that makes rats laugh when tickled.

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Researchers short circuit the urge to consume alcohol in rat models of compulsive drinking by shutting down specific neurons wired to the brain’s reward system.

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Exposing male rats to nonionizing radiation increased the animals’ risk of brain and heart tumors in a study, but the findings are far from conclusive.

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Behavior Brief

By Jenny Rood | May 21, 2015

A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research

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NYC Rats Harbor Plague Fleas

By Bob Grant | March 3, 2015

Researchers find Oriental rat fleas, the insects that can carry plague bacteria, on New York City-dwelling rodents.

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May the Best Rodent Win

By Molly Sharlach | January 1, 2015

Are mice, considered by some to be the less intelligent rodent, edging out rats as laboratory models of decision making?

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Rat Race

By Molly Sharlach | January 1, 2015

Neuroscientist Anthony Zador explains why he uses rats to understand auditory attention in the brain.

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NYC’s Pathogen-Riddled Rats

By Bob Grant | October 15, 2014

Researchers find more than a dozen brand new viruses lurking in rodents inhabiting the Big Apple.

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