Scientists Cured Paralysis in Mice with Stem Cells and Lasers

This is wild. Chasing the elusive dream of curing paralysis, a team of scientists used stem cells and optogenetics to circumvent the central motor system of lab mice whose nerves had been cut. This enabled them to blast individual motor neurons with a laser, triggering movement in the legs of the mice. Read More >>

Sleep Loss Leads to Brain Damage in Mice (and Maybe Therefore People)

Some poor little lab mice were rudely awakened during the night by researchers, who were looking into the ways missing out on sleep can effect the brain. The shock-horror result was the death of 25 per cent of some types of brain cells in the poor, tired mice. Read More >>

Dead Shrew Flavour Kettle Chips Perform Poorly With Test Audience

A lucky couple responsibly enjoying a pack of Kettle Chips as part of a balanced diet were shocked and literally disgusted by the contents of the packet, finding a dead rodent at the bottom of the bag halfway through eating it. Read More >>

Even Old Thirdhand Cigarette Smoke Residue May be Dangerous to Kids

Researchers torturing poor little lab mice have found that their health is compromised by simply being near the residue left behind by smokers, with lingering after-smells said to affect the health of mice. So smoking in cars with your kids is probably going to be going to be even worse. Especially if you're a mouse and your children are mice. Read More >>

MPs Complain Their Parliamentary Offices are Being Overrun by Mice

Three blind mice. See how they run. That might have been running through Conservative MP Pauline Latham's mind as she returned from her Christmas break to find her House of Commons office desk peppered with mouse droppings and urine. Read More >>

Resurrect Your Wireless Mouse as a DIY Powerglove

Touchpads? Meh. Touchscreens? Bleh. Powergloves? Oh hell yes. Unfortunately / Obviously no one is in the business of making powerglove pointer devices for your computer right now, but don't let that stop you from hacking together your own, you wonderful psycho. Read More >>

Scientists Have Had it With Those Mother***ing Snakes on the Mother***ing Island of Guam

Dead mice loaded up with poison have been dumped out of an airplane above the island of Guam, as part of an ongoing effort to eradicate an invasion of tree snakes that's hurting the island's prosperity. Read More >>

A History of the Apple Mouse Created Exclusively With CSS

The most impressive thing about Josh Bader's website that documents the history of the Apple Mouse isn't how comprehensive it is. After all, you can count the number of major hardware revisions Apple's made to its mouse since 1983 on two hands. No, what makes Bader's site particularly wonderful is that all the illustrations have been painstakingly created using nothing but HTML CSS. Read More >>

Does Anyone Else Still Use a Mouse?

With tablets and trackpad based laptops slowly taking over the world, using an actually old-fashioned mouse seems to be becoming a niche passion for an increasingly small but devoted few. Maybe the mouse should just die already, but I can't be only one who just can't give it up. Read More >>

This Robot Arm Is Den Mother To 30,000 Lab Mice

When experimenting with laboratory animals, it's important to completely eliminate any outside factors that could influence the results. So to prevent infection from human handlers, Japan's Nikkyo Technos and Yaskawa Electric have completely eliminated people from the equation with this robotic system that can autonomously care for up to 30,000 mice at once. Read More >>

Set Gestures to Stun with This Futuristic Multi-Touch Mouse

Whether or not touch is the future, you'll probably still want a mouse in the meantime. Asus' new VivoMouse is a futuristic-looking stopgap, mixing full, multi-touch gestures with good old-fashioned point-and-click. Also it looks like it came from space. Read More >>

Microsoft Has Two New Mice for Windows 8 Multitasking

First up on the the fancier end is the Sculpt Comfort Mouse, which will be on sale in June. It's £30-odd, connects to your computer or tablet via Bluetooth, and is the first Microsoft mouse with a blue, touch-sensitive Windows button that gives you a couple of shortcuts. Press it and it'll take you directly to the start screen, or use this button to swipe through all the apps you have open. Read More >>

Gigabyte's Aivia Uranium Gaming Mouse Comes With Its Own Tiny Monitor

A beefed up computer ensures you can actually play the latest and greatest PC gaming titles, but if you want to compete online with even a marginal level of success, you're going to need to get yourself a kick-arse mouse as well. Gigabyte's new Aivia Uranium seems to fit the bill, particularly if you want to go wireless without having to swap batteries every few days. Read More >>

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The Slow Death of the Three-Button Mouse

Before the days of sleek surfaces and brushed aluminium, my mouse had three buttons. But that central selector has shrivelled into a runty little scroll wheel; the third nipple of the computing world. Where did it all go wrong? Read More >>

Teeth Grown from Gum Cells May Make Dentures Obsolete

A team of British researchers have successfully grown a tooth from human gum tissue — which might make false teeth a thing of the past. Read More >>

Injecting Mice With Human Brain Cells Actually Makes Them Smarter

A scenario like Planet of the Apes might not be as unrealistic as we think, but fortunately—or at least for right now—it seems like our future overlords will be far less threatening the Caesar and co.. That's because scientists have discovered that injecting mice with human brain cells can actually make them smarter. All hail our hyper-intelligent, beady-eyed kings. Read More >>


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