Starving student blames stingy host family

Posted on March 6, 2008 

Starving student blames stingy host family

Tiny twitches of their whiskers allow rats to “see” in the dark, helping them to find their way home or back to a particularly savory garbage pile.

Now, after years of trying, U.S. researchers said on Wednesday they have caught the whole thing on film, allowing them finally to understand what the rat whiskers are telling the brain.

McCullum says he was denied sufficient food while staying with a family of Coptic Christians, who fast for more than 200 days a year, a regimen unmatched by other Christians.

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