Category: "Foreign"

New Easter Island theory presented

January 22nd, 2006

WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- A University of Hawaii anthropologist and colleagues are blaming rats and Dutch traders for the mysterious abandonment of Easter Island.

Nearly all Polynesians on the South Pacific island, who built hundreds of 10-ton stone statues, inexplicably vanished. Conjecture has included the natives deforested the island to transport the statues, triggering catastrophic erosion, USA Today reported. According to the theory, the remaining inhabitants then were decimated during a cannibalistic civil war in about 1650.

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Scientists probe obesity of Hyderabad rats

February 22nd, 2005

NDTV reports that a colony of rats with a genetic predisposition to obesity has been found in the Indian city of Hyderbad.

These 'sumo rats' are four times the weight of normal rats, weighing up to 1.4 kg.

Rats 'Healthier' on Organic Diet

February 22nd, 2005

A team of scientists found rats fed on organic food were slimmer, slept better and had stronger immune systems than others fed on conventionally-grown produce. Read more at Scotsman.com.