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'Ratzilla': Pest Controllers Use Oversized Trap to Catch Giant Rat

You're never more than six feet away from a rat, according to urban legend. True or not, that claim is about to become frankly terrifying once you've seen Stockholm's gigantic  "Ratzilla". Read More >>

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Prepare Yourself For the Age of the Super-Rat

Do you hate rats? If so, you're not going to like what a University of Leicester paleobiologist has to say about the future of Earth. This week, Dr. Zalasiewicz reported on the heartiness—and ambitiousness—of rats, explaining how our rapidly changing planet is soon going to be filled with gigantic, super-evolved rodents. Read More >>

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Bored Scientists Imagine Rats the Size of Cows

The fast-breeding rat could one day evolve to be the size of a cow, according to scientists, who suggest extinctions higher up the animal size chain could leave empty evolutionary slots for the rat to bulk up and fit itself into. Read More >>

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A Ghost Ship Full of Cannibal Rats Has Disappeared in the Atlantic (Updated)

A massive ghost ship has been missing in the Atlantic since last February, along with its cargo of "disease-ridden cannibal rats." Now, it looks like it's headed for the UK. Read More >>

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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 >>

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Poison-Eating "Super Rats" Spreading Across the UK

The use of poison in the UK is having one very unfortunate side effect, in that we're effectively breeding a super-race of rats that are immune to current poisons and happily chomp away on rat poison like it's a pleasant snack left out for them by their caring owners. Read More >>

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Scientists Wire Two Rats' Brains Together and Share a Thought Across the Internet

Telepathy isn't real. You can't read minds with nothing but the tools you were born with. But add a little bit of wiring and that starts to change. Scientists have now managed to get two lab rats to think in-sync with just a little augmentation. Read More >>

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Crazy Brain Implants Give Cyborg Lab Rats a Sixth Sense and Lets Them "Touch" Light

It's not every day that science and crazy brain implants lead to the generation of what is essentially a new sense, but it is that day today. Scientists from Duke University have found a way to make rats "feel" invisible infrared light and someday that same tech could give sight to the blind, or give us humans extras senses for fun. Read More >>

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Rat Meat For Sale in London's Grubbier Meat Markets

Reporters working on outing meat traders in London have discovered rat meat being offered for sale on the streets, which is imported and sold as "bush meat" -- a supposed delicacy for those with firm constitutions. Read More >>

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BBC's London HQ "Infested With Rats;" Alan Partridge Isn't At All Surprised

Vermin's just one of those things Londoners take in their stride, like crippling transport costs and craft beer-supping hipsters blocking easy access to the bar. But news that the BBC's Television Centre in West London is plagued with a rat infestation is just too funny to ignore. Did disgruntled workers let some heavy-breeders loose when they were shipped out to the new Salford HQ? Read More >>

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Ultrasound Contraceptive Renders Rats Infertile

Researchers have been heaping more misery on lab rats, this time finding a way to interfere with their sexy parts. By firing ultrasonic waves at them, scientists managed to make the poor things virtually infertile. Read More >>

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Scientists Create Cyborg Rats to Combat Brain Damage

Strokes and Parkinson's Disease can cause irreparable damage to your grey matter. However, one controversial experiment aims to replace the function of those damaged areas with neural microchips. Read More >>

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Rat Takes Out Virgin Media Services In Scotland

This has certainly been an interesting week for service outages with both Apple and RIM struggling to keep their services afloat. Virgin Media has to take the biscuit this week though, due to no fault of their own. Read More >>

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