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Rats Taught How To Drive To Lower Their Stress Levels | WATCH

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A group of 17 rats have been taught how to drive little plastic cars by researchers at University of Richmond in the US, in exchange for froot loops.

The rats who are taught how to enter a custom “rat-operated vehicle” (ROV) constructed from a one-gallon plastic container turned on its side are trained in two groups; one group is raised in an “enriched environment” with toys, ladders, balls and pieces of wood designed to spark mental stimulation, and the other is reared in a standard, unexciting lab cage.

Rats taught how to drive to lower their stress levels (video)

Once inside their car, the rat racers would stand on an aluminum plate and press on a copper bar that would trigger the wheels’ motor. They will hold down on the bar until they propelled their tiny car to the end of their enclosure, where they collected their reward: Froot Loops.

Study lead Dr Kelly Lambert said the rats felt more relaxed during the task, a finding that could help with the development of non-pharmaceutical treatments for mental illness. It was also gathered that the rats raised in “enriched environments” were significantly better drivers than the lab rats.

Rats taught how to drive to lower their stress levels (video)

After the trials, researchers collected the rats’ faeces to test for the stress hormone corticosterone, as well as for dehydroepiandrosterone, an anti-stress hormone. All of the rats had higher levels of dehydroepiandrosterone, which the scientists believe could be linked to the satisfaction of having learned a new skill.

“There’s no cure for schizophrenia or depression, and we need to catch up,” she said.

“I think we need to look at different animal models and different types of tasks and really respect that behaviour can change our neurochemistry” Dr Lambert told AFP.

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Accra-Kumasi Road Travelers Share Experience About The Reckless Driving By Some Drivers

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There has been a rampant increase in accident cases on the Accra-Kumasi road recently.

A fatal one of them happened few days ago on 25th February 2021, which caused almost twenty passengers to lose their lives.

As a result, travelers who mostly use the single carriageway from Accra-Kumasi calls on the government to put in place some measures to reduce or better still cease the rise of accidents on the road.

According to them, the main causes of the accidents is the road being single and also the reckless driving of some drivers most especially the VIP drivers.

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The above picture taken by a traveller showing a careless overtaken by two VIP buses is a clear example.

Therefore, they demand a dual carriageway on the Accra-Kumasi road and ask drivers to undergo an intensive training before driving on the road.

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I’m Going To Make Sure Some Individuals At The Ministry Of Sports Go To Jail” : Isaac Dogboe

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Isaac Dogboe, British-Ghanaian boxer has sent a serious threat to individuals at the Ministry of Sports.

In a tweet, he vowed that he’ll make sure some workers at the Sports Ministry go to jail.

To show how serious he is, he asked his followers to mark his threat on the wall.

We don’t know who might have touched the tail of the ‘NEHO’ man. But he’s sure pissed.

In a tweet, he wrote: “I’m going to make sure some individuals at the Ministry of Sports Go to Jail. Mark It On The Wall!!!”

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Notorious Armed-Robber Dracula Sentenced To 63 Years Imprisonment For Robbery

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The woes of convicted gangster, Prince Adu, who was caged for a total of 39 years by the Ho Circuit Court for two robberies he committed in Ho was aggravated yesterday when the court slammed him with an additional 24 years for a similar offence.

With the new sentence to run consecutively to the earlier convictions, Adu, 27, will now spend 63 years behind bars.

He pleaded guilty while his alleged accomplice, Prosper Adegbe, 32, pleaded not guilty.

Presenting the facts, Chief Inspector Stephen Atidzon told the court presided over by Mr Felix Datsomor that this time Adu, also known as Dracula; and Adegbe, 32, an apprentice steel bender in Ho on January 31, this year robbed a man who was returning from church of his motorcycle at gun point.

The prosecution said that the incident took place at the Ho Nurses Training College junction at about 11:30 pm.

The court heard that the rider managed to avoid a Toyota Corolla salon car with no registration at the junction, but the occupants of the car who included Adu and Adegbe, trailed the bike and crossed it with their car and forced the rider to stop.

The accused persons then pulled the complainant off the bike and subjected him to severe beatings amid gunshots, the court was further told.

Adu, the prosecution said, then collected the bike from the rider and his cellular phone, after which Adegbe helped to sell the motorcycle to a witness in the case for GHC900.

Thereafter, Adu gave Adegbe GHC100 of the proceeds, said the prosecution.

The accused persons were later arrested after intelligence reports gathered by the police, the court was told.

The prosecution said that after their arrest, Adegbe led the police to retrieve the motorcycle from the witness, in the Vakpo Area, near Kpando.

In their caution statements, Adu admitted the offence, while Adegbe admitted helping Adu to sell the motorcycle.

Adegbe was remanded in police custody to appear before the court again on March 12.

The court said that Adu, by his conduct deserved to be taken out of society for a long time.

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