The Evolution of Potty Training Tech

At some point between the terrible twos and terrifying threes, most of us embarked on a pilgrimage to the great ceramic bowl in the sky. It was a long journey, which left in its wake frustrated parents, soiled sheets, and tiny mounds of ill-timed poop. But over time, with practice and patience, we collectively… » 9/17/14 5:15pm Wednesday 5:15pm

This Custom Poop-Chute Dispenses Droppings for Lions to Play With

There's a lion in the San Francisco Zoo that absolutely adores rhino dung: loves smelling it; loves rolling in it. A team of Stanford students found this out during a design-build course, and you know what they did? Those undergrads developed a custom three-pronged poop-chute for the lion lair. » 9/16/14 3:25pm Tuesday 3:25pm

How a Cat Poop Parasite Could Help Scientists Beat Cancer

This week, a team of researchers at Dartmouth announced an exciting, if terribly disgusting, medical discovery. A single-celled parasite usually found in cats' intestines—and later in their poop—shows unique promise as a cancer treatment. The researchers even think the parasite could enable them to create personalized… » 7/17/14 7:11pm 7/17/14 7:11pm

Did A "Field of Human Excrement" By The White House Kill A President?

If you remember President William Henry Harrison from U.S. history class at all, then you probably remember him as the poor fellow who died from pneumonia a month after delivering his inaugural address in freezing rain. Except was it really pneumonia after all? A New York Times article suggests a different theory, and… » 4/02/14 5:40pm 4/02/14 5:40pm

These Solar-Thermal Toilets Are Carbon-Sequestering Charcoal Factories

More than a quarter of all people—some 2.5 billion humans—still lack access to basic sanitation services. But thanks to this revolutionary solar-powered toilet, even the most remote throws of civilization will be granted both a safe place to poop and a means of turning their business into brown gold. » 3/16/14 4:00pm 3/16/14 4:00pm

Need a Fecal Transplant? There's a Poop Bank For That

By now, you've probably heard of the miracle that is the fecal transplant. When antibiotics become useless against infections by the nasty bacterium Clostrium difficile, a slurry of human feces—full of "good" bacteria—piped into the gut can fix things up quick and cheap. The problem has always been a reliable source… » 2/13/14 9:40am 2/13/14 9:40am

Exploding Hog-Manure Foam Is Costing Farmers Millions

Hog farmers across the country are dealing with a pretty shitty problem. A mysterious fecal foam has begun bubbling up from beneath barn floors, down in the darkness where pig manure falls, burping dangerous quantities of methane and hydrogen sulfide. Sometimes, though, it ignites, blowing up not just the barn but all… » 12/02/13 5:30pm 12/02/13 5:30pm

This Fake Poop Is Helping Designers Test the Toilet of the Future

Toilet tech is no longer the oft-overlooked subject it once was, and much of that is thanks to the Gates Foundation, which has made helping the 3.5 billion people lacking access to clean toilets one of its main missions. But how does one test the durability of potential cost-effective commodes? By using fake poop, of… » 11/19/13 1:20pm 11/19/13 1:20pm

How Astronauts Use the Toilet: It's More Complicated Than You Think

Here's our favorite astronaut and yours, Cmdr. Chris Hadfield, giving a simple, English language version of how going to the bathroom is complicated by being in space, the, ahem, dangers inherent in introducing poop to zero gravity environments. You might already know this stuff, or you might not, but Hadfield makes… » 8/28/13 2:23pm 8/28/13 2:23pm

Hospital Fined for Putting Poop Germs in Patients' Brains on Purpose

There's a reason surgeons wear masks and gloves. The last thing you want is to get crap in someone's body. That is, unless you are one of the two UC Davis Medical Center neurosurgeons who very purposely introduced their patents' brains to poop bacteria. It was a real shit-for-brains way of trying to help. » 8/23/13 4:10pm 8/23/13 4:10pm