Before Renovating, They Had to Get Rid of the Current Occupants: Mice

Some $40,000 later, they could finally start thinking about updating the house they bought in Farmington, Conn.

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Plague of Mice in Australia Overruns Farms, Shops and Bedrooms

For half a year, the rodents have been chewing their way around the country’s eastern grain belt, leaving economic and psychological scars.

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Virus Variants Can Infect Mice, Scientists Report

Infected rodents pose no immediate danger to humans, but the research suggests that mutations are helping the coronavirus expand its range of potential hosts.

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Meet the Newest Member of the Fluorescent Mammal Club

The springhare — whose coat glows a patchy pinkish-orange under UV light — joins the platypus and other mammals with this perplexing trait.

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The Mouse That Survived a Volcanic Apocalypse

Much as small mammals outlived the dinosaur extinction, this rodent beat the odds when Pinatubo blew its top in the Philippines in 1991.

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The African Crested Rat Covers Itself With Poison That Can Take Out an Elephant

The African crested rat gnaws on poisonous tree branches, then grooms its noxious spittle into its fur.

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Seven Charged in Flying Squirrel Trafficking Ring, Florida Officials Say

The scheme involved thousands of flying squirrels that were captured in less than three years and were exported to Asia, the officials said.

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Magawa the Mine-Sniffing Rat Receives Award for Bravery in Cambodia

Magawa, a 5-year-old African giant pouched rat, was recognized with a prestigious honor for his work detecting mines and explosives in Cambodia.

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The Lightness of Being a Couch Potato May Work to Keep Us Fat

Sitting may confuse cellular sensors into thinking we are lighter than we are, prompting the body to put on weight.

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How Exercise May Bolster the Brain

Exercise prompts the liver to pump out a little-known protein that appears to rejuvenates the brain, a new study found.

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China Vowed to Keep Wildlife Off the Menu, a Tough Promise to Keep

The government has moved slowly to permanently stop the sale and consumption of wild animals in the wake of the coronavirus epidemic, raising fears the practice may continue.

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‘Aggressive’ Rats May Increase During Pandemic, C.D.C. Says

“They’re simply turning on each other” after being deprived of food and waste generated by restaurants that have closed during the pandemic, an expert said.

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How Weight Training Changes the Brain

In animals, weight training appeared to promote the creation of new neurons in the memory centers of the brain.

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