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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)


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

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

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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

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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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Mouse (WolframAlpha), Rat (WolframAlpha)




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,
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)


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




Quotations Page, Wikiquote


Mouse Museum (Wikipedia)


WorldCat, Library of Congress, UPenn Online Books, Open Library




OER Commons: Open Educational Resources



Science Daily,, NPR Archives




National Center for Biotechnology Information: Mouse Genome Resources




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


OEDILF: The Omnificent English Dictionary In Limerick Form


List of fictional rodents (Wikipedia)



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