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  1. Space

    New Method Could Turn Astronaut Pee Into Drinking Water and Fuel

    Pee and other human waste (poop) are a problem in space. Processing astronaut urine for useable drinking water is nothing new on board the International Space Station, but a new process can recycle that urine into both water and energy—and it's not just limited to space. We could all soon be generating pee-fuel.

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  2. Science

    Learn How to Poop Like a Samurai, What You Do With the Information Is up to You

    Over on The Art of Manliness last night, we learned how to poop like samurai from "Manly Guest Contributor" Will Black. Now, you too can master the art of never being caught with your pants down. Well, your pants are still down, but you'll know what to do about it.

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  3. Weird

    Baby Poop Might Help Make Sausage Healthier, Tastier, and Way Grosser

    Baby poop is being used by scientists to improve sausage. Thankfully, it's not an ingredient, but they did study a bunch of dirty diapers to sample and culture bacteria, and that bacteria could make sausages not only tastier, but healthier. You know, if you can get over the idea of poop-sausage and actually eat it.

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  4. Tech

    Those Sochi Toilet Instruction Signs Aren’t as Unnecessary as the Internet Thinks They Are

    Canadian snowboarder Sebastien Toutant photographed a sign on display in the bathrooms at the Sochi olympics and posted it on Twitter. We've seen it shared around the Internet a bit, including on the site Business Insider which called the instructions "Unnecessary," but they aren't. Here's why.

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  5. Science

    “Supercritical Water” That Can Start Fires Is Being Tested on the International Space Station

    Water puts out fire, right? Well if you put it under enough heat and pressure water goes all Super Saiyan and becomes "supercritical water." Water's ultimate form is capable of burning material it comes in contact with, and could prove useful for closed-system poop management in places like the ISS where it's being tested.

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  6. Science

    Poo-Sniffing-Dog Helps Biologists Monitor Animal Populations

    Tucker is a poo-sniffing-canine-biology-detective, which sounds like the title of a new Nickelodeon TV Series -- although they'd probably drop "poo sniffing" from the title (I mean, he's a dog. We get it). In real life, though, Tucker really does sniff out the poo of other animals for science instead of standard dog reasons.

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  7. Science

    Poop Pills, Pills Made From Poop, Could Fight Serious Infection

    This story is about very serious science -- and poop. A doctor at the University of Calgary have found a way to create pills from fresh human feces that could act as a much easier fecal transplant option for patients suffering from Clostridium difficile, or C-diff which kills 14,000 Americans every year.

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  8. Weird

    Here’s a Very Polite Sounding British Woman Talking About Poop

    Poop smells because of the bacteria in your digestive system breaking down organic material. It's science. People have been trying to cover up the smell forever, but one company finally thinks they've got the problem tanked. Check out this bizarre video of a polite British woman on a toilet talking about Poo~Pourri which is a real thing. Really.

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  9. Science

    Doctors Fined for Implanting Fecal Bacteria into Patients’ Brains

    A hospital was fined after a pair of neurosurgeons implanted fecal bacteria into the brains of patients during operations without proper authorization. A few things jump out at us here. 1) They did WHAT!?! 2) There's proper authorization for putting poop in people's brains!?! 3) Ewwwwwww.

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  10. Science

    There’s Recycled Poop In Your Home! [Video]

    When you were a kid, you probably learned about the water cycle, but what about the poop cycle? Seriously, that's a real thing -- your first grade teacher just didn't know how to talk to you about it without the entire class erupting into hysterics. Luckily, AsapSCIENCE is here to fill in the gaps of your poop-related knowledge.

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  11. Science

    Kangaroo Poo DNA Test Helps Researchers Count And Manage Species

    Researchers in Australia have developed a fast, easy, and kind of gross way to to track populations on different species of kangaroo and wallaby across the continent with a quick and dirty DNA test of the droppings the animals leave behind. The tests could help to improve understanding of how many kangaroos of a particular species are alive in the wild, and exactly where they're living, and similar tests could one day help identify and protect populations of more vulnerable animals.

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  12. Weird

    There’s a Mystery Foam on Some Hog Poop, and It Causes Explosions

    There are disadvantages to factory farming. The crowded conditions lead to health risks for the animals. As a result, they're given antibiotics which can lead to antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Oh, and also sometimes there's foam that makes pools of hog poop explode. Farmers don't know the cause of the foam, but they think they may have a solution, but it's not a very good one.

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  13. Weird

    Pikas Prefer to Eat Plants Peppered With Caterpillar Poop

    Life in the wilderness is no bowl of cherries, and animals aren't exactly known for graciously sharing their food. One exception, though, may be Canadian pikas. A recent study from the University of Alberta shows that the little mammals actually prefer leftovers sometimes, choosing to dine on patches of vegetation that have already been grazed on -- and thus also pooped on -- by caterpillars. Exactly why isn't understood yet, but researchers suspect that the caterpillars' leavings may act as a sort of seasoning for the plants.

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  14. Weird

    Red Bull Being Blackmailed By Extortionists Threatening To Contaminate Cans With Feces

    Energy drink and vodka mixer Red Bull has announced that it is being blackmailed by a person or group of people who have threatened to place cans of the sugary caffeine supplement contaminated with feces on store shelves. While the threats have been coming for several weeks, the Vienna-based company's checks of grocery store supplies have found no contaminated cans so far. Though considering how many cans of Red Bull are carried in groceries, gas stations, and convenience stores around the world, we're not sure how thorough those checks could have been...

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  15. Space

    Mars Astronauts to Protect Themselves From Radiation With Poo, Because Sure, Why Not

    Even as the Curiosity rover roves across the rusty-hued surface of Mars collecting samples, multimillionaire "space tourist" Dennis Tito announced earlier this week that he plans to send his own mission to the Red Planet in five years. Except Tito's intent on sending humans, not robots. That's a formidable trip to make, fraught with the perils of time, atrophy, boredom, and high-energy radiation from the depths of space! To protect against such cosmic rays, Tito's team says they will use the astronauts's own fecal matter as part of their wall shielding.

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