Naked mole rats are even freakier than we thought

Naked mole rats are the superheroes of the animal kingdom. They live nine times longer than other rodents and they’re essentially immune to cancer. And now scientists think their extreme longevity can be attributed to their exceptionally strange ribosomes. » 10/01/13 2:40pm 10/01/13 2:40pm

Scientists have figured out why naked mole rats don’t get cancer

In all the years that biologists have studied the naked mole rat, they’ve yet to detect a single incidence of cancer. That’s amazing. And pretty damned important to understand. A recent experiment has offered an important clue as to how this extraordinary rodent pulls off this feat — and it has to do with its penchant… » 6/20/13 9:00am 6/20/13 9:00am

Why blind mole rats don't get cancer

There are two species of rodents known for their long lives and abilities to avoid cancer. First is the infinitely creepy looking naked mole rat. Less well known, and just as subterranean, is the blind mole rat. We know something of how naked mole rats are cancer resistant, but what about these fuzzy, blind guys? » 11/08/12 7:20am 11/08/12 7:20am

Ride China Miéville's Crazy Train in Railsea

Railsea, the new young adult novel by China Miéville, is quite literary but playful — with vast molehills of brilliant worldbuilding & lots & lots of ampersands. Utterly unlike any of the many shmoopy vampires & dystopian romances out there, one wonders whether this novel will find an eager audience among teenaged readers. » 5/10/12 4:20pm 5/10/12 4:20pm