Airplane Toilets May Help Predict Future Epidemics

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Welcome to this week’s Reading List, where Gizmodo collects the best science and technology articles on the Internet in one shiny place, just for you. This week, we’ll explore the epidemiology of airplane toilets, the anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing, and the grim future of our planet’s oceans.

  • Researchers are scouring the contents of sewers and airplane toilets for the DNA of infectious diseases. By tracking which bacteria and viruses show up in people’s poop, they hope to detect disease outbreaks earlier. [Wired]
  • Not everyone wants to be a parent. One writer grapples with her feelings by watching YouTube videos. [Medium]
  • Hiroshima wasn’t the obvious target for the first atomic bomb. Take an inside look at how the city’s fate was decided in committee meetings. [The Atlantic]
  • Do you remember “Friday,” the song everyone loved to hate a few years ago? Rebecca Black is an adult now and trying to get a real music career off the ground. [BuzzFeed]
  • Scientists say it may be impossible to reverse what’s coming over the next few decades: rising sea levels, acidifying oceans, and mass extinctions of marine life. But, they say, we should work to salvage what we can. [Rolling Stone]

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