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Rats in the News [Mar. 13th, 2007|09:20 am]
Rats Reflect on What They Know -- Scientists have shown that rats are capable of metacognition (judging what's known and unknown), something previously seen only in humans and other primates. Interesting stuff!

Drug Selectively Removes Memory -- Tests on rats seem to indicate that it's possible to erase specific memories. What's amazing is that they can target the memory and association that they want to alter while leaving similar memories intact, at least in these preliminary tests.

Chinese rat catcher -- The best way to catch rats is to know how they think. I've seen this article on a couple news sites, but it's really just the familiar story of man's rivalry with another successful species.

NY Restaurant Closures -- Following the widely-publicized sighting of rats in a closed KFC, inspections and restaurant closures are coming in a torrent. I don't know WHY people are so surprised about rats. (Denial?) Humans move lots of food through restaurants; the rats are smart enough to figure that out!

1-800-GOT-JUNK Rat Ad -- The trash removal company has a hilarious (to me) new ad featuring rats! It's a whole rat-themed pitch. (And, yes, now I want a blue vest... rat-fursuit-sized...)

Thanks to normanrafferty for several of the links.

[User Picture]From: cateriona
2007-03-13 05:31 pm (UTC)
Rat Ad- Cute, but if I saw a white rat in a blue vest, frankly I would be calling them say that I found their pet rat.

NY- Well, they probably took the subway anyway.

Drug- I've been watching this one, and the studies actually started with humans and they are using the rats to confirm their findings. By the way, it doesn't erase the memory, just the emotions associated with the memory. So, it does prove that rats have emotions.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2007-03-13 07:08 pm (UTC)
RE: Drug

Thanks for the info. I didn't know the full background on that one. Interesting stuff!
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[User Picture]From: kody_wolf
2007-03-13 05:35 pm (UTC)
Wow that's amazing! Rat new! ... and your definitely up on it :) Cheers! :)
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[User Picture]From: rummy_raccoon
2007-03-13 08:02 pm (UTC)
That ad is Awesome. Also the pic of rat from the memory page is great reference for something I want done some day.
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[User Picture]From: furahi
2007-03-14 02:40 am (UTC)
Rats! That second one is creepy!
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[User Picture]From: farraptor
2007-03-14 03:44 am (UTC)
"The best way to catch rats is to know how they think."

I'm hungry. I smell food. Need food. Oh! Sex too. Sex is nice. But so is food.

lol...that was an awesome article. 20,000 rats in 2 years...I wonder what his secret meathod is?

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[User Picture]From: arrowtwolf
2007-03-14 07:12 am (UTC)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind!
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[User Picture]From: kinkyturtle
2007-03-14 08:33 am (UTC)

Rat, and day, is more than you'll say...

Ya beat me to it!
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