While dropping off my rent I was listening to NPR and they had a story about remote-controlled rats, and it's almost as cool as it sounds.

This isn't Tyco; you can't use a remote control and send them where ever you'd like. Instead they coax the rat into moving left or right by sending an electrical impulse into the brain simluating the sensation of being touched on the face. Then they train the rat to respond by electrically poking their rewards center.

They intend to use the rats for search and rescue missions. There will be little videocameras and two way radios attached to their backs so the rescue workers can communicate with the trapped people. Hot.

Really, all I want is to someone to wire up to my rewards center. Poke! Ahhhhhhhhhh.