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James Whitbrook James Whitbrook Jul 15, 2019 at 15:06.

Ok, But Why Did Wizards Used to Shit Themselves?

Ok, But <i>Why</i> Did Wizards Used to Shit Themselves?

Just a fun fact!

To celebrate National Trivia Day and remind us that Harry Potter is getting close to rivaling Star Wars as a franchise so deeply fascinated by gazing into its own canonical navel, the official Pottermore Twitter account decided to #jointheconversation and drop this dookie:

Delightful. If your head isn’t now just full of imagery of dumbass wizards walking around defecating...

Ed Cara Ed Cara Jul 15, 2019 at 03:48.

Fecal Transplant Patient Killed by Superbug Traced to Donor Stool

Fecal Transplant Patient Killed by Superbug Traced to Donor Stool

An aesthetically unpleasant but genuinely promising medical treatment—a fecal transplant—may come with more serious risks than previously thought. This week, the Food and Drug Administration issued a warning about the treatment, after receiving reports of two people coming down with serious drug-resistant infections following the procedure. One patient ultimately died.

Fecal transplants, or...

Yessenia Funes Yessenia Funes Jul 15, 2019 at 00:23.

The Scientists Who Spend Their Summers Hunting for Whale Poop

The Scientists Who Spend Their Summers Hunting for Whale Poop
Extreme Field WorkA series about how science gets done in Earth's weirdest, wildest environments, from the bottom of the ocean to erupting volcanoes.  

Marine ecologist Leigh Torres has been documenting gray whales along the Oregon coast since 2015—watching them arrive to feed, monitoring how young ones have grown over the time, and studying their defecations.

Yes, you read that right. The team...

Ed Cara Ed Cara Jul 14, 2019 at 22:48.

Why Does Coffee Make Us Poop? Scientists Gave Coffee to Rats to Find Out

Why Does Coffee Make Us Poop? Scientists Gave Coffee to Rats to Find Out

A good chunk of regular coffee drinkers know that coffee isn’t just great at getting them awake in the morning—it also makes them get up and go poop. But while coffee’s laxative powers are well-known , it’s not clear why exactly this happens. To get to the bottom of this mystery, some scientists decided to do exactly what you’d expect scientists to: They gave lab rats some coffee.

Their...

Ed Cara Ed Cara Jul 14, 2019 at 19:31.

Here's How Long It'd Take You to Poop a Lego

Here's How Long It'd Take You to Poop a Lego

Pediatricians in the UK have finally answered one of life’s grand riddles: Just how long would it take for a Lego toy accidentally swallowed by someone to gracefully make its way back out?

The answer comes courtesy of a recent study published last week in The Journal of Pediatrics and Child Health. The six authors of the study all volunteered themselves to ingest the head of a typical Lego...

Matt Novak Matt Novak Jul 14, 2019 at 16:16.

Why Australians Are Tweeting About the Prime Minister Shitting His Pants at McDonald's

Why Australians Are Tweeting About the Prime Minister Shitting His Pants at McDonald's

If you follow any Australians on Twitter, you might have seen some really strange references on the social media platform lately—references that don’t make much sense to Americans. People are talking about Prime Minister Scott Morrison, a place called Engadine, pants filled with shit, and something called Maccas. What’s this all about? We’re here to help.

As you may or may not know,...

Victoria Song Victoria Song Jul 12, 2019 at 20:25.

Bill Gates Showed Off a Jar of Poop to Get Us Jazzed About Toilets of the Future

Bill Gates Showed Off a Jar of Poop to Get Us Jazzed About Toilets of the Future

Have you ever wondered which tech billionaire thinks the most about pooping? Well, ponder no further. It’s Bill Gates.

On Tuesday, the Microsoft co-founder flexed his flair for theatrics by brandishing a jar of human feces in front of a stunned Beijing crowd. The idea was to kick off a three-day Reinvented Toilet Expo to inspire the crappers of the future.

But, you ask, what about those super

Ed Cara Ed Cara Jul 11, 2019.

Scientists Say They've Found Microplastics in People's Poop, But Don't Worry Just Yet

Scientists Say They've Found Microplastics in People's Poop, But Don't Worry Just Yet

The more we look, the more we find potentially toxic microplastics—the tiny bits of debris that our plastic products crumble into—everywhere in the environment, the surrounding wildlife, and even our food and beer . So perhaps it shouldn’t come as a surprise that new research released this week suggests that microplastics can end up in our poop. But it’s still unclear just how seriously we...

Carli Velocci Carli Velocci Jul 10, 2019.

Researchers Look At Ancient Poop To Discover The History of Infectious Diseases

Researchers Look At Ancient Poop To Discover The History of Infectious Diseases

As the TV show Scrubs once said, “everything comes down to poo.” This is true in sitcom land, but also in science.

When Europeans came over to the Americas for the first time, they brought all kinds of diseases: the bubonic plague, chicken pox, small pox, and tuberculosis, to name a few. Similarly, researchers of the Silk Road—a network of trade routes across China and Europe—found that travel...

Esther Inglis-Arkell Esther Inglis-Arkell Jul 05, 2019.

Yellow Poop is Hereditary.  Who Knew?

Yellow Poop is Hereditary.  Who Knew?

If your poop is much lighter colored than nearly everyone else’s, it could be a sign that you have an absolutely harmless medical condition. And your parents are to blame.

Three to seven percent of Americans have Gilbert syndrome. The syndrome is caused by a mutation on the UGT1A1 gene—specifically a mutation on the promoter region of the gene. The promoter region of the gene is a sequence...

Ed Cara Ed Cara Jul 02, 2019. 16 comments

Please, Stop Shitting in the Pool

Please, Stop Shitting in the Pool

Oh America, is there anything we love to do more than dip our diarrhea-filled bums into recreational sources of water? Apparently not! Because the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is once again warning sick people to please keep their literal asses away from swimming pools, lest they spread a hardy parasite called Crypto.

Last week, the CDC published a report looking at the recent...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Jun 23, 2019. 20 comments

Ocean Bacteria Colonize Your Skin After Just 10 Minutes of Swimming

Ocean Bacteria Colonize Your Skin After Just 10 Minutes of Swimming

If sharks and sunburns don’t scare you at the beach, perhaps this will: According to preliminary research out this week, it only takes a 10-minute swim in the ocean to get your skin covered in a fresh coat of bacteria. While that’s not necessarily bad, some of these bacteria could be disease-causing or raise your risk of infection by disrupting your skin’s delicate microbial environment,...

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Yessenia Funes Yessenia Funes May 22, 2019. 9 comments

Meet the Guy Who Spends Months in the Antarctic Collecting Penguin Poop

Meet the Guy Who Spends Months in the Antarctic Collecting Penguin Poop
Extreme Field WorkA series about how science gets done in Earth's weirdest, wildest environments, from the bottom of the ocean to erupting volcanoes.  

Stef Bokhorst has spent a number of Christmases in the South Pole. He’s never come across Santa Claus, but he has spotted some orcas, penguins, and elephant seals over the years. And he’s seen a lot of poop.

“You need to keep it simple in the...

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Bryan Menegus Bryan Menegus May 18, 2019. 16 comments

Poop-Testing Startup Founder Allegedly Lied About Her Age, Just About Everything Else

Poop-Testing Startup Founder Allegedly Lied About Her Age, Just About Everything Else

The founder of uBiome, an embattled startup claiming to employ “machine learning, artificial intelligence, and advanced statistical techniques” and probably a few other buzzwords to assess gut health, repeatedly misrepresented her actual age, Business Insider reports, landing her on several minimally-prestigious lists of influential young people.

Launched by Jessica Richman and Zachary Apte in...

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Yessenia Funes Yessenia Funes May 09, 2019. 3 comments

Where Does Life Flourish in Antarctica? Follow the Penguin Poop

Where Does Life Flourish in Antarctica? Follow the Penguin Poop

The Antarctic is teeming with microscopic life: Mites, water bears, and roundworms squirm around, invisible to the naked eye. In fact, the Antarctic is full of biodiversity hotspots—and they’re thanks to penguin and elephant seal poop.

A new study published Thursday in the journal Current Biology tracked how nutrients from sea make their way onto land by big animals eating fish and then coming...

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Brian Kahn Brian Kahn May 02, 2019. 5 comments

Africa’s Largest Lake Needs Hippo Poop to Flourish

Africa’s Largest Lake Needs Hippo Poop to Flourish

We need to have a serious chat about hippo poop.

I know this will be hard, because the words “hippo poop” will never not be funny (I am literally laughing as I write them), but it’s actually an important piece of the conservation puzzle on Kenya’s Mara River.

According to new findings published in Science Advances on Wednesday, hippos act as a vital conduit for transporting silica from land to...

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Brian Kahn Brian Kahn Feb 06, 2019. 11 comments

Did a Seal Eat Your USB Drive? New Zealand Found It in a Frozen Slab of Poop

Did a Seal Eat Your USB Drive? New Zealand Found It in a Frozen Slab of Poop
Your browser does not support HTML5 video tag.Click here to view original GIFThis video lived inside a seal’s butt.GIF: NIWA

In what is easily one of the weirdest press releases New Zealand’s National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) has put out, the agency announced it had unearthed a fully functioning USB drive from a mound of frozen leopard seal poop.

The photos scientists...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Jan 23, 2019. 11 comments

Certain People—Maybe Even You—Have Special Poop That Can Save Lives

Certain People—Maybe Even You—Have Special Poop That Can Save Lives

There are plenty of people who are exceptional in one way or another. But a new review published this week suggests that even the poop we make can be extraordinary. It argues that some of us are super fecal transplant donors, with poop that is uniquely suited to treating digestive and gut problems.

Our excrement is filled to the brim with countless species of bacteria. The bacteria comes from...

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George Dvorsky George Dvorsky Nov 19, 2018. 19 comments

We Finally Know How Wombats Produce Their Distinctly Cube-Shaped Poop

We Finally Know How Wombats Produce Their Distinctly Cube-Shaped Poop

A bold team of scientists has delved into the mystery of cube-shaped wombat poop, uncovering the physiological processes involved in this unique digestive trick.

Wombats are kind of obsessed with their own poop.

These Australian marsupials can drop anywhere from four to eight pieces of dung, each measuring about 2 centimeters across, during a single excretion session. More impressive,...

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Andrew Liszewski Andrew Liszewski Sep 22, 2018. 6 comments

It's Never Too Early For Ugly Sweaters, and More of the Weirdest Toys and Merchandise of the Week

It's Never Too Early For Ugly Sweaters, and More of the Weirdest Toys and Merchandise of the Week
Toys and CollectiblesAction figures, statues, exclusives, and other merchandise. Beware: if you look here, you’re probably going to spend some money afterwards.  

Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9's weekly round up of the toys and merchandise that have caught our eyes lately. This week: repping your favorite Marvel heroes as the nights grow colder, how to make your Nerf armory even more...

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