Naked mole-rats feel no pain when exposed to acid or capsaicin.
Roland Gockel, MDC
With the opioid crisis there is no doubt that physicians need safer, nonaddictive pain killers. Now new insights on how to create these are coming from an unlikely source: the naked mole rat.
The mouse who tidied the shed he lives in fascinated human viewers, but cleanliness isn’t a virtue unique to humans.
Hormone signals help ready worker mole-rats to treat pups as their own.
Worker naked mole-rats take care of their colony’s young even though they aren’t the pups’ actual parents. New research suggests the queen gets them ready via hormones in her poop.
Smithsonian's National Zoo/flickr
Our planet’s huge range of environments has led some animals to evolve some bizarre but very useful features.
Don’t go by looks.
Smithsonian's National Zoo
Researchers have discovered how one of the world’s oddest mammals developed resistance to cancer, and there is hope that their work could help fight the disease in humans. Naked mole rats live underground…