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Slow-Mo Video Shows Rats Using Whiskers to Follow Wind

New research helps explain why the rodents are so good at finding food and even predicting weather changes.

August 24, 2016
2:02 PM EDT
Photo: A rat sniffs the air. Credit: Yan S. W. Yu, Matthew M. Graff, Chris S. Bresee, Yan B. Man, Mitra J. Z. Hartmann (2016) Whiskers aid anemotaxis in rats, Science Advances.
Photo: A close-up of a cat's face shows its whiskers. Credit: Yan S. W. Yu, Matthew M. Graff, Chris S. Bresee, Yan B. Man, Mitra J. Z. Hartmann (2016) Whiskers aid anemotaxis in rats, Science Advances.