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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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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

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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)

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Mouse Museum (Wikipedia)

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National Center for Biotechnology Information: Mouse Genome Resources

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

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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 July 23, 2021 at 4:15 pm

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  • Reverse optogenetic tool developed
    on July 23, 2021 at 2:53 pm

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  • 'Good cholesterol' may protect liver
    on July 22, 2021 at 9:12 pm

    The body's so-called good cholesterol may be even better than we realize. New research suggests that one type of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) has a previously unknown role in protecting the liver from injury. This HDL protects the liver by blocking inflammatory signals produced by common gut bacteria.

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    on July 22, 2021 at 6:20 pm

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  • Cell-analysis technique could combat tuberculosis
    on July 22, 2021 at 5:13 pm

    Researchers have developed a way to analyze how individual immune cells react to the bacteria that cause tuberculosis. It could pave the way for new vaccine strategies and provide insights into fighting other infectious diseases.

  • New approach eradicates breast cancer in mice
    on July 22, 2021 at 3:30 pm

    A new approach to treating breast cancer kills 95 to 100 percent of cancer cells in mouse models of human estrogen-receptor-positive breast cancers and their metastases in bone, brain, liver and lungs. The newly developed drug, called ErSO, quickly shrinks even large tumors to undetectable levels.

  • Scientists reverse age-related memory loss in mice
    on July 22, 2021 at 3:30 pm

    Scientists have successfully reversed age-related memory loss in mice and say their discovery could lead to the development of treatments to prevent memory loss in people as they age.

  • Structural biology provides long-sought solution...
    on July 22, 2021 at 3:29 pm

    Researchers report the first structural confirmation that endogenous -- or self-made -- molecules can set off innate immunity in mammals via a pair of immune cell proteins called the TLR4-MD-2 receptor complex. The work has wide-ranging implications for finding ways to treat and possibly prevent autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis and antiphospholipid syndrome.

  • Researchers find immune component to rare...
    on July 21, 2021 at 9:27 pm

    Researchers have identified an immune protein tied to the rare neurodegenerative condition known as Niemann-Pick disease type C. The finding, made in mouse models, could offer a powerful new therapeutic target for Niemann-Pick disease type C, a condition that was identified more than a century ago but still lacks effective treatments.

  • Genome editing meets marsupials
    on July 21, 2021 at 6:19 pm

    Researchers at RIKEN, Japan have succeeded in creating the first genetically engineered marsupial. This study will contribute to deciphering the genetic background of unique characteristics observed only in marsupials.


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  • Fossil rodent teeth add North American twist to...
    on July 15, 2021 at 4:52 pm

    Two fossil teeth from a distant relative of North American gophers have scientists rethinking how some mammals reached the Caribbean Islands.

  • To better protect food, place rodent traps near...
    on July 8, 2021 at 5:10 pm

    Placing rodent traps and bait stations based on rat and mouse behavior could protect the food supply more effectively than the current standard of placing them set distances apart, according to new research from Cornell University.

  • Meet the broad-toothed rat—a chubby-cheeked and...
    on June 30, 2021 at 1:39 pm

    When people think of rodents, they usually think of introduced species such as the black rat and house mouse. But Australia actually has around 54 native rodent species, which live in a vast range of habitats across the continent, from the ocean to spinifex-dotted deserts.

  • Mouse plague: Bromadiolone will obliterate...
    on May 21, 2021 at 1:00 pm

    It's the smell that hits you first. The scent of urine and decomposing bodies. Then you notice other signs: scuttles and squeaks, small dead bodies leaking blood, tails sticking out of hubcaps.

  • 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 […]