A street rat tries to save its lab rat love from a research robot

The rats in Alex Weil's short film One Rat Short aren't quite as anthropomorphized as the scavengers in Ratatouille, but they evoke plenty of emotion through their squeaks and twitching noses. A street rat stumbles into a behavioral research lab, and falls for one of the laboratory rats guarded by a robotic monitor. » 8/17/13 10:30am 8/17/13 10:30am

Tehran suffering plague of hyper-evolved "mutant rats"

In Iran's capital city of Tehran, a rat infestation has led officials to claim that they're basically in the middle of a 1950s giant animal movie, or maybe a Star Trek episode. The rats, which are said to be "bigger than cats," are apparently the result of radiation and chemicals causing them to make a massive… » 3/04/13 11:20am 3/04/13 11:20am

The Massive Project to Wipe Out 180 Million Galapagos Island Rats

Back in the 17th century, Norway and black rats were introduced to the Galapagos Islands by whalers and buccaneers. Since that time they have become an absolute menace, by feasting on the eggs and hatchlings of the islands' native species. But now, in a $1.8 million project to preserve this precious ecosystem, the… » 11/15/12 10:59am 11/15/12 10:59am

Did the Superstorm force diseased rats out of the subway?

Humans weren't alone in being displaced earlier this week by the effects of Hurricane Sandy. Video images of flooded subway stations in Lower Manhattan revealed the extent of damage inflicted by the storm surge - flooding that would have surely forced thousands of rats out of the subways and into more populated areas.… » 10/31/12 7:20am 10/31/12 7:20am

Why a rat's whiskers are a lot like human hands

Rats, like humans, can deduce an impressive amount of information about their physical surroundings with their sense of touch. Humans do this most effectively with their hands and fingertips, while a rat experiences a significant portion of its tactile sensation via its whiskers. What's intriguing about this parallel… » 8/17/12 9:20am 8/17/12 9:20am

Recipes for the Post-Apocalypse: How and why to eat rat meat

Rat is a readily available street food in some Southeast Asian countries, and earlier editions of The Joy of Cooking contained instructions on the proper butchering of squirrels. But rodents have fallen out of favor in most Western cuisines, relegated to mere vermin. So how would you go about cooking a rat if you'd… » 8/05/12 8:00am 8/05/12 8:00am

Watch David Lynch's amazingly creepy 1991 PSA about New York's rat…

Not all of David Lynch's commercials had the caffeinated zest of his Japanese Twin Peaks coffee ads. In 1991, he collaborated with Eraserhead's director of photography Frederick Elmes on this borderline apocalyptic anti-littering PSA for New York City. You can find much more of Lynch's curious commerical work at … » 3/13/12 12:30pm 3/13/12 12:30pm

Reboot your neurons with sound, and cure tinnitus

Researchers were able to defeat the constant ear-ringing disease tinnitus in rats. And they did it by recalibrating the rodents' brains with the noise. They stimulated a nerve in the rats' necks while playing specific tones over a long period of time. This retrained their brains to interpret that sound properly,… » 1/14/11 9:00am 1/14/11 9:00am