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neanderthal poop

50,000-year-old poop reveals secrets of human guts

February 8th, 2021

A long, long time ago — 50,000 years ago, to be exact — some Neanderthals pooped in what is present-day Spain.  Recently recovered, the poop has been studied extensively and scientists have been able to identify a number of beneficial gut microbes within the samples. A new research paper on the discovery and subsequent study …

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This beetle can somehow survive being eaten by a predator

August 3rd, 2020

A researcher in Japan has identified an incredible escape behavior in a species of beetle that is often eaten by frogs. The beetle actively crawls its way through the frog’s body and finds the “back door.” After escaping, the beetles appear to be in good health. In the animal kingdom, if you get eaten that’s …

penguin poop

Penguins can fire their poop cannons over four feet

July 6th, 2020

Researchers in Japan have re-examined previous research into the dynamics of penguin pooping, focusing on maximum firing distance and pressure. The scientists say that penguins can launch their poop nearly 4.5 feet from their nests, and sometimes send their waste on an upward trajectory. A penguin poop paper won a Nobel Prize in 2005. Ever …

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Coronavirus can spread from toilet flushing, study says

June 17th, 2020

Study says toilets can spread coronavirus by sending particles into the air after flushing. Researchers say that particles continue to come out of a recently-flushed toilet for as long as a minute after the flush, creating a cloud of aerosols that could carry the virus if a person was infected.  Closing the toilet before flushing …

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Coronavirus may easily spread from flushing the toilet

May 28th, 2020

Scientists say they found high levels of coronavirus in the poop of COVID-19 patients. The researchers suggest that aerosolized feces — tiny poop particles floating in the air — could spread the disease to healthy people. Aerosolized feces can be created by flushing a toilet after using it, recent studies have found. Determining how the …

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Flushing the toilet might give you coronavirus

April 23rd, 2020

A review of existing research suggests it’s possible that the novel coronavirus may spread via bathroom use. The review, which included studies as old as the 1950s, reveals that a “toilet plume” may contain biological material capable of causing infections. Visit BGR’s homepage for more stories. One of the aspects of the novel coronavirus pandemic …

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New study says poop may be responsible for rapid coronavirus spread

February 20th, 2020

As the medical community continues to focus on the spread of the coronavirus and resulting disease Covid-19, researchers are hunting for clues to explain its rapid spread in China and isolated regions outside of the country. Now, a new report from the Chinese Center for Disease Control suggests that poop might be a piece of …

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Scientists want pictures of your poop… no, seriously

October 29th, 2019

When it comes to bodily functions, poop is often a punchline. That’s unfortunate because every deuce you drop reveals interesting things about what’s going on inside your body, specifically your gut, and it’s an area of science that still has some growing to do. Seed Health wants to help researchers better understand the stories your …

wombat poop

Wombats poop cubes, and now science knows why

November 20th, 2018

The shape of animal poop isn’t something that normally makes science news headlines, but when it comes to wombats, things are a little bit different. Wombats are celebrated poopers due to the fact that their feces is a very bizarre shape. Now, researchers finally have an explanation. Wombat turds aren’t like most in the animal …

poop nearly kills man

Poop nearly kills man

August 22nd, 2018

Ah, poop. It’s a funny thing. As humans, we talk and joke about poop quite a bit — there’s even an emoji for it — but for one 24-year-old man in London, poop was no laughing matter. In fact, his inability to vacate his bowels nearly cost him his life. The unnamed man, whose medical …