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Want to Scare
a Male Mouse?
Try a Banana
May 31, 2022 11:22 AM CDT
Want to Scare a Male Mouse? Try a Banana
Scientists make an odd, and accidental, discovery
- It's one of the weirder scientific discoveries in a while: Scientists accidentally found that mice are afraid of bananas—but only male mice, and particularly virgins. It seems that bananas give off the same scent that female mice emit when they're warning males to steer clear of their...
The Mouse Infestation at
FDA HQ Is Sort of Normal
Apr 12, 2022 4:55 PM CDT
The Mouse Infestation at FDA HQ Is Sort of Normal
It turns out mice, other critters are common around White Oak, but pandemic didn't help
- It could happen in any office building from which staff made hasty, "temporary" departures at the start of the pandemic. One week rolled into the next, and the workers did not return, but all those snacks around their offices remained. Local rodents took notice, apparently, at the FDA's...
Calif. OK's Plan to
Blanket Islands In Poison
Dec 19, 2021 9:35 AM CST
Calif. OK's Plan to Blanket Islands In Poison
Mice threaten wildlife at Farallon Islands
- The California Coastal Commission has approved a plan to poison invasive mice threatening rare seabirds on the Farallon Islands National Wildlife Refuge, per the AP . The agency that regulates California's coastline voted 5-3 Thursday night to approve a plan to drop about 3000 pounds of poisoned bait from helicopters...
Mouse Plague Forces
Jun 22, 2021 5:30 PM CDT
Mouse Plague Forces Prison Evacuation
Rodents have chewed through wires at rural Australian facility
- As a maximum security prison, the Wellington Correctional Center in New South Wales is good at keeping prisoners in—but it has completely failed to keep rodents out during the mouse plague the region is experiencing. The prison says more than 400 inmates and 200 staff members will be relocated...
Australia Tormented by
Plague of Ravenous Mice
May 28, 2021 10:33 AM CDT
Australia Tormented by Plague of Ravenous Mice
Numbers are 'absolutely unprecedented'
- Vast tracts of land in Australia's New South Wales state are being threatened by a mouse plague that the state government describes as “absolutely unprecedented." Just how many millions of rodents have infested the agricultural plains across the state is guesswork, the AP reports. At night, the...
'Shocking' Find Made
at Government Labs
Feb 8, 2020 12:00 PM CST
'Shocking' Find Made at Government Labs
PETA demands an audit at all National Institutes of Health laboratories
- Mice cooked to death. Primates holed up in a room with 24-hour-a-day lights. An owl, denied veterinary care, that dies in a cage. These are among the 31 incidents uncovered through a freedom-of-information request about animal-welfare failures in government labs in 2018 and 2019—labs where official inspections are never...
The Plan: Drop 1.5 Tons
of Rat Poison Pellets Here
Jul 8, 2019 11:26 AM CDT
The Plan: Drop 1.5 Tons of Rat Poison Pellets Here
Fish and Wildlife Service thinks it's the only way to rid the Farallon Islands of mice
- The only humans who occupy the South Farallon Islands off San Francisco are scientists. But the land is otherwise well-populated: In addition to sea lions, seals, and salamanders, it's home to the biggest seabird breeding colony in the Lower 48. But there's also house mice—up to 60,...
This Could Be a Novel Way
to Conquer Cocaine Addiction
Sep 18, 2018 10:40 AM CDT
This Could Be a Novel Way to Conquer Cocaine Addiction
Scientists devise a genetically engineered skin graft that works in mice
- Could a skin graft help cocaine addicts get clean? Scientists at the University of Chicago say their novel approach has worked in mice, reports
. And if this translates to humans, it could be a game changer, though the remedy is specific to cocaine addiction. In a new study...
200K Mice Plagued
the Islands. Amazingly,
There Are Now None
Mar 23, 2018 9:14 AM CDT
200K Mice Plagued the Islands. Amazingly, There Are Now None
A seeming victory for biodiversity on New Zealand's Antipodes Islands
- A subantarctic archipelago is making "huge news": The
New Zealand Herald
reports there are officially no more mice on the country's Antipodes Islands, which once housed up to 200,000 of the rodents. They caused a big threat to the World Heritage Site by preying on native birds,...
Work Orders Offer
'Rare Glimpse' Into WH
Dec 1, 2017 9:11 AM CST
Work Orders Offer 'Rare Glimpse' Into WH Maintenance Issues
Like mice, roaches, ants, and a toilet seat for the Oval Office
- Remember when President Trump reportedly called the White House a "real dump" ? The
New York Post
notes that, at least in terms of maintenance issues, that observation may not be entirely inaccurate. Hundreds of work orders for the White House were submitted in 2017, and News4 got its...
Blood in Umbilical Cord
May Improve Our Memories
Apr 20, 2017 8:32 AM CDT
Blood in Umbilical Cord May Improve Our Memories
Older mice injected with it performed better on maze tests
- Oh, the proverbial fountain of youth. As we age, can we somehow tap into it? Researchers are exploring this in a literal way as they study the effects of blood from human umbilical cords—which is about as young as it gets—on aging mice. Reporting in the journal
Mice Have Been Living Off
Us Even Longer Than Dogs
Mar 28, 2017 4:02 PM CDT
Mice Have Been Living Off Us Even Longer Than Dogs
They appeared around 15K years ago in Levant: study
- Dogs were the first domesticated animal, but they may not have been the first to mooch off humans. Scientists previously believed mice started congregating around farms to snatch grain about 12,000 years ago. But new research out of Israel's University of Haifa suggests mice were interacting with humans...
Science's Surprising Discovery:
Lungs Aren't Just for Breathing
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Mar 26, 2017 7:10 AM CDT
Science's Surprising Discovery: Lungs Aren't Just for Breathing
They're a key part of blood formation, too: study
- All this time we thought lungs were just for breathing. It turns out they also play a key role in how blood is formed, suggests a study in
out of the University of California-San Francisco. Scientists studying the lungs of mice discovered to their surprise that the lungs produced...
2 Days After Death,
Jan 25, 2017 6:45 PM CST
2 Days After Death, Some Life Continues in Body
Active genes may be attempting to repair damage: study
- Death is more like the slow shutdown of a computer than the flipping off of a light switch, says a scientist, explaining a new study that shows genes in the body remain alive for about two days after the heart stops. In the study of mice and zebrafish, University of...
Scared of Spiders?
You Will Be After
Seeing This One
Oct 25, 2016 3:48 AM CDT
Scared of Spiders? You Will Be After Seeing This One
It's carrying a mouse
- An Australian man has caused squeaks of terror around the world with a video of an enormous spider carrying a mouse up the side of a refrigerator. "Oh, hell, no" and "nope, nope, nope" sum up the more than 80,000 responses to the video , which has been...
Oct 11, 2016 1:48 PM CDT
Why Mice Are Nature's Jet Engines
The tiny animals use a very rare method to sing high-pitched songs
- Wondering what animal might have the most in common with a jet engine? Prepare to be surprised. Elena Mahrt, author of a study published Monday in
, says mice sing ultrasonic songs using a method "never found before in any animal," according to a press release . It...
Make Us Better
Jul 13, 2016 11:41 AM CDT
Cinnamon Might Make Us Better Learners
Mice who ate cinnamon showed improved memory, learning
- Scientists say they've discovered "one of the safest and the easiest approaches to convert poor learners to good learners." And all you have to do is eat cinnamon. Researchers at Rush University Medical Center say that feeding cinnamon to mice with a poor learning ability turned them...
a Mouse That
Jun 13, 2016 9:08 AM CDT
Scientists Find a Mouse That Gets Periods
Spiny mouse could help in researching human conditions
- Just 1.5% of mammals menstruate and 99.9% of those are primates. That's why scientists are amazed by the spiny mouse—the first rodent shown to menstruate with a cycle remarkably similar to humans, according to a study that still needs to be peer-reviewed. Researchers at Monash University...
Scientists Can Now
Control Mouse Minds
Mar 9, 2016 5:50 PM CST
Scientists Can Now Control Mouse Minds With Magnets
And that could have huge implications for humans
- Scientists at the University of Virginia were able to control the brains of living mice using magnetic fields, essentially harnessing the power of mind control, according to a study published this week in
. Researchers created a synthetic gene—dubbed Magneto, obviously—that is sensitive to magnetic fields and...
Feb 19, 2016 8:42 AM CST
Brussels' New Traffic Nightmare: Hungry Mice
Rodents in Brussels don't give 2 hoots about traffic congestion, apparently
- Decaying road tunnels have left Brussels in a perpetual state of traffic chaos, but repairs are apparently on hold due to what CityLab deems possibly "the world's worst excuse for poor infrastructure": hungry rodents. Because the transportation department was housed 25 years ago in a hotel (apparently when...
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