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Night-vision ‘super-mice’ created using light-converting nanoparticles (Matthew Warren, Nature)
Mammalian Near-Infrared Image Vision through Injectable and Self-Powered Retinal Nanoantennae (Yuqian Ma, et al., Cell)
A shot of nanoparticles lets mice see in the dark (MIT Technology Review)

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Portal

Rodents (Martindale’s Reference Desk)
Rodents Portal (Wikipedia)

Dictionary

mouse : any of numerous small rodents (as of the genus Mus) with pointed snout, rather small ears, elongated body, and slender tail — Webster

OneLook, Free Dictionary, Wiktionary

rat : : any of numerous rodents (Rattus and related genera) differing from the related mice especially by considerably larger size — Webster

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Encyclopedia

Mouse, plural mice, is a small rodent characteristically having a pointed snout, small rounded ears, a body-length scaly tail and a high breeding rate. The best known mouse species is the common house mouse (Mus musculus). It is also a popular pet. In some places, certain kinds of field mice are locally common. They are known to invade homes for food and shelter.

Species of mice are mostly found in Rodentia, and are present throughout the order. Typical mice are found in the genus Mus.

Mice are typically distinguished from rats by their size. Generally, when someone discovers a smaller muroid rodent, its common name includes the term mouse, while if it is larger, the name includes the term rat. Common terms rat and mouse are not taxonomically specific. Scientifically, the term mouse is not confined to members of Mus for example, the deer mouse.

Domestic mice sold as pets often differ substantially in size from the common house mouse. This is attributable both to breeding and to different conditions in the wild. The best-known strain, the white lab mouse, has more uniform traits that are appropriate to its use in research. — Wikipedia

Encyclopædia Britannica

Rats are various medium-sized, long-tailed rodents. Species of rats are found throughout the order Rodentia, but stereotypical rats are found in the genus Rattus. Other rat genera include Neotoma (pack rats), Bandicota (bandicoot rats) and Dipodomys (kangaroo rats).

Rats are typically distinguished from mice by their size. Generally, when someone discovers a large muroid rodent, its common name includes the term rat, while if it is smaller, its name includes the term mouse. The common terms rat and mouse are not taxonomically specific. — Wikipedia

Encyclopædia Britannica

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Communication

Field and laboratory studies of vocal rodents (Bret Pasch, Northern Arizona University)
Interspecific Dominance Via Vocal Interactions Mediates Altitudinal Zonation in Neotropical Singing Mice (Bret Pasch, Benjamin M. Bolker and Steven M. Phelps, The American Natura)

Male mice song syntax depends on social contexts and influences female preferences (Jonathan Chabout1, Abhra Sarkar, David B. Dunson and Erich D. Jarvis, Frontiers of Behavioral Neuroscience)
Call of the Wild: The male mouse’s adorable ultrasonic mating songs (Jim Festante, Slate)

The melodious mouse that sings for sex (Tracy T. Burkhard, Rebecca R. Westwick and Steven M. Phelp, Phys.org)
Adiposity signals predict vocal effort in Alston’s singing mice (Tracy T. Burkhard, Rebecca R. Westwick and Steven M. Phelps, Proceedings of the Royal Society B)

Singing mice could offer clues about how human brains manage conversation (Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica)
These mice sing their little hearts out—and that’s good for neuroscience (Jessica Boddy, Popular Science)
This singing mouse’s brain could reveal keys to snappy conversation (Kelly Servick, Science Magazine)
Motor cortical control of vocal interaction in neotropical singing mice (Daniel E. Okobi Jr., et al., Science Magazine)

Meet DeepSqueak, an algorithm built to decode ultrasonic rat squeaks (William Poor, The verge)
DeepSqueak helps researchers decode rodent chatter (University of Washington School of Medicine)

Aging

Scientists Can Reverse DNA Aging in Mice (Alice Park, Time)

Preservation

History

Quotation

Quotations Page, Wikiquote

Museum

Mouse Museum (Wikipedia)

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Government

National Center for Biotechnology Information: Mouse Genome Resources

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7 Reasons Why Rats and Mice Make Great Pets (PetMD)

Poem

OEDILF: The Omnificent English Dictionary In Limerick Form

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List of fictional rodents (Wikipedia)

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Mice News -- ScienceDaily The mouse. What have researchers learned from obese mice, anxious mice and cancer-resistant mice? Read research using mouse models of disease.

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    on April 22, 2021 at 10:19 pm

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    on April 21, 2021 at 4:46 pm

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    on April 20, 2021 at 4:14 pm

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    on April 19, 2021 at 10:21 pm

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    on April 19, 2021 at 3:01 pm

    A simple dietary supplement reduces behavioral symptoms in mice with a genetic mutation that causes schizophrenia. After additional experiments, including visualizing the fluorescently stained dancing edge of immature brain cells, researchers concluded that the supplement likely protects proteins that build neurons' cellular skeletons.

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    on April 16, 2021 at 4:01 pm

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  • Dietary cocoa improves health of obese mice;...
    on April 14, 2021 at 7:49 pm

    Supplementation of cocoa powder in the diet of high-fat-fed mice with liver disease markedly reduced the severity of their condition, according to a new study. The researchers suggest the results have implications for people.

  • In pig brain development, nature beats nurture
    on April 14, 2021 at 5:19 pm

    Before humans can benefit from new drug therapies and nutritional additives, scientists test their safety and efficacy in animals, typically mice and rats. But, as much as they've done for biomedical research, rodents aren't always the best research model for studies on neonatal brain development and nutrition. That's where pigs can play an important role.

  • Power of light and oxygen clears Alzheimer's...
    on April 13, 2021 at 11:40 pm

    A small, light-activated molecule recently tested in mice represents a new approach to eliminating clumps of amyloid protein found in the brains of Alzheimer's disease patients. If perfected in humans, the technique could be used as an alternative approach to immunotherapy and used to treat other diseases caused by similar amyloids. This research is a peer-reviewed experimental studying using mice and human tissue samples.

  • Aging signatures across diverse tissue cells in...
    on April 13, 2021 at 4:43 pm

    Researchers have identified molecular signatures of the aging process in mice.


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  • Rediscovery of the 'extinct' Pinatubo volcano...
    on January 22, 2021 at 4:44 pm

    In June 1991, Mount Pinatubo, a volcanic peak on the Philippine Island of Luzon, literally blew its top. It was the second-most powerful volcanic eruption of the 20th century, ten times stronger than Mount Saint Helens, and its effects were devastating. Lava and ash spewed into the surrounding environment in the Zambales Mountains, pooling in layers up to 600 feet thick in the valleys. Following the eruption, powerful typhoons and monsoon rains triggered landslides and ash flows that continued […]

  • Baby mice 'shut down' to survive extreme cold on...
    on December 17, 2020 at 12:52 pm

    It's early 2019, and biologist Jay Storz is struggling to breathe. He has just made it to the top of Llullaillaco, a Chilean volcano about three-quarters the height of Mount Everest, in search of a rumor.

  • Shy rodents may be better at surviving...
    on November 10, 2020 at 12:29 pm

    Rodents such as house mice (Mus musculus) aren't just pests at home, they can cause serious damage to native ecosystems.

  • New species of aquatic mice discovered, cousins...
    on October 8, 2020 at 6:57 pm

    Ninety-three years ago, a scientist trapped a mouse in a stream in Ethiopia. Of all the mice, rats, and gerbils in Africa, it stood out as the one most adapted for living in water, with water-resistant fur and long, broad feet. That specimen, housed at Chicago's Field Museum, is the only one of its genus ever collected, and scientists think it may now be extinct. But in a new study in the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, researchers have verified this semi-aquatic mouse's closest […]

  • As rats swarm California cities, Gov. Newsom bans...
    on September 30, 2020 at 7:05 pm

    California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill Tuesday that seeks to protect mountain lions and other wildlife from being poisoned by a popular form of pesticide.

  • Rodent ancestors combined portions of blood and...
    on September 30, 2020 at 2:57 pm

    Experts who study animal pheromones have traced the evolutionary origins of genes that allow mice, rats and other rodents to communicate through smell. The discovery is a clear example of how new genes can evolve through the random chance of molecular tinkering and may make identifying new pheromones easier in future studies. The results, representing a genealogy for the exocrine-gland secreting peptide (ESP) gene family, were published by researchers at the University of Tokyo in the journal […]

  • Research finds mouse populations can be...
    on September 25, 2020 at 12:09 pm

    Good news for Western Australian wildlife with a recent study suggesting that mice numbers could be controlled with much smaller doses of poison.

  • Understanding the risks of rodent poisons to...
    on September 17, 2020 at 1:40 pm

    Maureen Murray, V03, director of Tufts Wildlife Clinic and clinical associate professor at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, has been studying rodenticide exposure in birds of prey for over a decade. Exposure to rodenticides occurs when people use these chemicals to kill unwanted pests. Mice and rats, or possibly other animals, eat the poison, and then the birds eat the poisoned prey.

  • Why rats would win 'Australian Survivor'
    on September 8, 2020 at 4:12 pm

    Australian rodents skulls all correspond to one simple, size-dependent shape that is more than ten million years old but it turns out this lack of change is the secret behind their survivor reputation.

  • Death by irony: The mystery of the mouse that...
    on July 13, 2020 at 2:00 pm

    I looked through the microscope at the insides of a dead smoky mouse, and could barely believe my eyes. Thousands of tiny smoke particles lined its lungs. But the mouse had been kept more than 50 kilometers from the nearest bushfires. How could this be?