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New Rules Coming for Climbers' Poop on Denali

Study finds fecal matter dumped over the past decade isn't decomposing as it needs to

(Newser) - Climbers on North America's tallest mountain may have to start packing out more of their poop after a researcher determined a glacier in which much of it has been dumped over the past decade probably isn't decomposing the human waste, the AP reports. Michael Loso, a glacier geologist,... More »

Officials Testing Human Feces, Hope They Belong to Tycoon

Thai officials trying to prove Premchai Karnasuta poached animals in wildlife sanctuary

(Newser) - It's not every day that a tycoon's feces are tested by the authorities, but such is the case in Thailand. Wildlife officials accuse Premchai Karnasuta—ranked by Forbes as the country's 35th richest person, with an estimated net worth of $240 million—of poaching a leopard and... More »

Dogs Eat Poop, and You Might Not Be Able to Stop Them

Scientific name for this habit: canine conspecific coprophagy

(Newser) - Before you freak out that your dog may be suffering from canine conspecific coprophagy, know that it's probably not that serious—though you will likely be grossed out. Scientific American reports on a study in the Veterinary Medicine and Science journal that looked at the result of two web-based... More »

Plane Was Headed to Hong Kong, Until a Feces Incident

The United Airlines flight had to make a long stop in Anchorage

(Newser) - Using an airplane bathroom is often a nose-plugging experience, but passengers on a United Airlines flight from Chicago to Hong Kong encountered a new level of awful on Thursday night. KTVA reports the plane had to land in Anchorage after police say an unnamed male flier "smear[ed] feces everywhere,... More »

Archaeologists on the Hunt for Paul Revere's Poop

They're searching for Boston outhouse that patriot may have used

(Newser) - No. 1 if by land, No. 2 if by sea? Archaeologists are excavating what they believe was the site of an outhouse next door to Paul Revere's home—and the "privy," as the colonists politely called their potties, could be flush with artifacts. Historians say people typically... More »

Mom Poisoned Son With Feces During Cancer Treatment: Cops

She's charged with felonies including aggravated battery

(Newser) - A 15-year-old cancer patient may have missed his best shot at remission, say doctors, and it's allegedly because of his mother. Doctors say the Wolcott, Indiana, teen underwent his first chemotherapy treatment for leukemia in September but returned to Riley Hospital for Children days later suffering from fever, vomiting,... More »

Meet the Guy With World's Largest Collection of Hard Poop

George Frandsen nabs Guinness World Record with fossilized feces

(Newser) - One of George Frandsen's prize possessions weighs over 4 pounds, hails from the Miocene Epoch, and is named "Precious." This paleontological treasure also happens to be a huge piece of fossilized coprolite—aka prehistoric poop—and nearly 1,300 similar samples like Precious have catapulted Frandsen to... More »

Nasty Parasite in Cat Poo May Be a Cancer Fighter

In mice, it fights ovarian tumors

(Newser) - Again and again, research on the parasite toxoplasma gondii, commonly found in cat feces, reveals just how nasty and widespread it is. It's linked to rage disorder , might boost one's risk of schizophrenia and other mental disorders, and in an odd and probably fatal twist, makes the mice... More »

Plankton Poop Could Now Do Harm Instead of Good

Plastic is moving around ocean waters via feces

(Newser) - The amount of plastic in our oceans is now popping up as gigantic islands and set to outpace the global fish population by 2050. But it's also settling ever so slowly on the ocean floor in the form of plankton poop. And because plastic-laden poop is lighter and falls... More »

Gross Twist in Randy and Evi Quaid Case

A fellow jailed woman slipped something unwanted into Evi's cell

(Newser) - Vermont corrections officials say a woman jailed on an attempted murder charge put feces into the cell of Evi Quaid, wife of actor Randy Quaid, on Sunday. A department official says that the two women had no physical contact and that Quaid was in her cell. He says the other... More »

Cops: Man Rolls in Dog Poop to Avoid Arrest

He did not avoid arrest

(Newser) - It probably made all the sense in the world to him at the time: When informed he was under arrest, a man in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., dove to the ground and began rolling around in dog feces, reports the Times Leader . Then he played his trump card: You can't arrest... More »

'Toxic Poopsicle' Closes Indiana Exit Ramp

Tanker truck dumps up to 400 gallons of raw sewage on roadway—and then it froze

(Newser) - Cleanup workers from the Indiana DOT probably wished they had called in sick yesterday: A tanker truck dumped (officials think accidentally) between 300 and 400 gallons of raw sewage all over an I-65 exit ramp leading onto Highway 18, the Lafayette Journal and Courier reports. More »

Oldest Human Poop Discovered

Neanderthal latrine reveals omnivorous diet

(Newser) - Neanderthals who squatted by a campfire in Spain around 50,000 years ago left something that has got today's scientists very excited. What is believed to be the oldest human poop ever discovered has yielded important information about the Neanderthal diet, Discovery reports. The leavings show that the Neanderthals... More »

240M-Year-Old Toilet Found in Argentina

Large mammals pooped there in early Triassic period

(Newser) - Curious about the world's oldest public bathroom? It's in Argentina and it's impressive, covering nearly 3,000 feet and dating back to a time when giant rhino-like creatures roamed the region, the BBC reports. Appropriately, the 240-million-year-old latrine is full of big fossilized feces, some up to... More »

How Poop Pills Could Save Your Life

They 'look like peanut butter,' but don't taste bad

(Newser) - Swallowing poop sounds like a crappy way to feel better, but for some suffering from severe gut infections, it could be life-saving. Dr. Thomas Louie and other Canadian researchers carried out a clinical trial where sufferers of Clostridium difficile, or C. diff, took pills literally made of fecal matter to... More »

Uproar After School Checks Kids' Pants for Poop

School officials say nurse's search was made discreetly

(Newser) - There's no way this one could have ended well: An East Texas school's search for the mystery pooper who had five times left feces in the gymnasium led the principal to ask the school nurse to inspect the fourth-graders' underwear. "My kid came home and he said... More »

Your New Wonder Cure: Fecal Transplants

Patients with bacterial infection are good as new after treatment, says study

(Newser) - Gross-sounding, yes. But "fecal transplants" work like a charm for patients suffering bacterial ailments, according to new research. The Netherlands study found that people with the common Clostridium difficile infection, or CDI, were quickly cured after receiving the feces of a healthy donor. (It can be diluted and transferred... More »

Whale Poop Does Oceans of Good

Whale feces replenish carbon and nitrogen in world's oceans

(Newser) - Hope floats, and so, too, does whale poop. In fact, we should be thankful for whale poop's buoyant nature, marine scientists say, as the “flocculent fecal plumes" of the world's largest animals are one of the more important sources of nutrients for the oceans, reports Wired . While... More »

Conservationists to 'Poop-Print' Nepal's Tigers

Researchers want to use tiger feces to create a DNA database

(Newser) - In the fight to save the endangered Bengal tiger, scientists are trying to build a DNA database of the remaining 100 big cats that remain in the Nepalese wild—using the tigers' poop. Photographs and footprints don't cut it anymore, say conservationists, so for the next two years the... More »

Poop-Powered Bike to Tour Japan

Driver's feces to fuel 600-mile jaunt

(Newser) - Calling it “clean” fuel would be a bit of a stretch: Japan’s top toilet maker has built a bike that runs on human excrement. TOTO’s Toilet Bike Neo has a seat that looks like a toilet, and it’s powered by bio-gas from the driver’s own... More »

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