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Mouse-Infest Destiny

Most of our homes are soaked in mouse urine. It’s at the core of our asthma epidemic—but it helps rodents stay connected.

(ILLUSTRATION: GRAHAM SMITH)

The Neurobiology of Fear

New clues into why some of us get stuck in a state of anxiety and others chill

‘The Pill’ for Men

From AT&T to ADHD

Too much cell phone time for mouse moms makes for brain-addled babies.

Cartoon mouse with cellphone

Apples: An Anti-Obesity Pill?

Could an apple a day help keep obesity away? In a new study, researchers at the University of Iowa found that ursolic acid, a compound found in the waxy skin of apples, increased muscle mass and reduced total body weight. The researchers put two groups of mice on high-fat diets where 55% of their calories […]

Apples as Diet Food

Rodents in the News

A week’s worth of mice, rats and other rodents in the headlines.

Secondhand Smoke Linked to Dementia

New research from Hong Kong reports changes in the brains of rats which were regularly exposed to smoky air.

Less Intestines, Less Diabetes

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Quick Studies

Banning Chocolate Milk Was a Bad Choice

The costs of banning America's favorite kids drink from schools may outweigh the benefits, a new study suggests.

In Battle Against Climate Change, Cities Are Left All Alone

Cities must play a critical role in shifting the world to a fossil fuel-free future. So why won't anybody help them?

When a Romance Is Threatened, People Rebound With God

And when they feel God might reject them, they buddy up to their partner.

How Can We Protect Open Ocean That Does Not Yet Exist?

As global warming melts ice and ushers in a wave of commercial activity in the Arctic, scientists are thinking about how to protect environments of the future.

What Kind of Beat Makes You Want to Groove?

The science behind the rhythms that get you on the dance floor.

The Big One

One state—Pennsylvania—logs 52 percent of all sales, shipments, and receipts for the chocolate manufacturing industry. March/April 2014