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06.26.15 Liam Mathews

Rats use The Secret to visualize snacks. A study by University College London published in the journal eLife claims that rats imagine walking to food when their path is blocked, visualizing it the way Sir Edmund Hilary imagined reaching the summit of Everest or Michael Jordan imagines getting a great poker hand. EurekaAlert writes: The […]

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05.15.15 Liam Mathews

NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer’s office released an audit of the MTA on Thursday. In news that surprises absolutely no one, Stringer found that the MTA does a terrible job of cleaning the subways. What is kind of surprising, however, is how thoroughly the MTA misses the mark. They’re not even hitting the dartboard; they’re throwing […]

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05.13.15 Liam Mathews

Maybe no other animal is as hated or as resourceful as the lowly rat. Humanity lives in antagonistic coexistence with rats; we keep coming up with new ways to kill them, and they adapt to whatever we throw at them. In order to develop a deeper understanding of the fight, The Verge’s Josh Dzieza rode […]

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05.08.15 Liam Mathews

Last year, the city Department of Health & Mental Hygiene began a pilot program to combat New York’s rat problem by identifying rat colonies, horrifyingly called “rat reservoirs,” and eradicating them at the source. The program has proven so successful that it’s being expanded to all 5 boroughs and getting a funding increase from $400 […]

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03.19.15 Liam Mathews

Today in AAAAHHHHH: Toxoplasmosis is a horrifying parasitic disease that causes rats to lose their fear of cats so that they get eaten. Basically it makes rats into suicide zombies. In humans, it causes flu-like symptoms, usually in people with already weakened immune systems. It’s usually communicated through undercooked meat and unwashed vegetables. Researchers at […]

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03.03.15 Prachi Gupta

According to a new study in the Journal of Medical Entomology, New York City’s rats are host to a flea that has been associated with the bubonic plague and the Black Death. Over the course of 10 months, researchers from Cornell and Columbia studied 133 rats from five different areas in the city, and found […]

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01.28.15 Rhett Jones

East Harlem is so overrun with rats that one man had a disease-ridden rodent climb into his car engine and die, leaving behind an unbearable stench. Third and Lexington avenues along 103rd and 109th streets are known as a rat reservoir, meaning that the area has a chronic and consistent problem with the vermin. Caroline Bragdon is the […]

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01.20.15 Prachi Gupta

It’s every New Yorker’s fear that the city’s legion of rats will one day unite, revolt, and take over the city. The mangy beasts creep in alleyways, garbage cans, and subway tracks, waiting silently for their day of reckoning to arrive. In the shadows, they train. And now we have proof. Thank you to Redditor […]

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12.30.14 Rhett Jones

The FDA just released a letter detailing the conditions of an East Williamsburg Chinese food distributor and among the many insane findings there was a “rodent’s nest with multiple rodents in a plastic-lined box in a cooler that had thawing rib meat on top of melons.” Seriously. Daily Finance outlines the other prominent violations that were cited […]

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12.12.14 Rhett Jones

Some high-profile members of Conde Nast are saying the seemingly always troubled building of One World Trade Center now has a rat problem. The magazine publisher is the first to take up occupancy in the $3.9 billion skyscraper, and Graydon Carter, the editor of Vanity Fair tells the Daily News that a substantial rat problem has […]

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