Tag Archives: poop

How to Find Out What Dolphins Eat

How do you find out what animals eat? Well, one way is to collect their poop. What goes in must come out, in one form or another. Before the rise of DNA techniques, the only way to analyze feces was … Continue reading

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chimney swift excrement

Earlier this week I wrote about yet another way that scientists can use poop: as an archive. On the campus of a university in Ontario, a chimney collected 48 years of poop from chimney swifts that roosted on its walls. … Continue reading

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snow leopard scat

Proving yet again that I am the go-to writer for all your poop news needs, I wrote a brief item that appeared on ScienceNOW yesterday about studying snow leopard diet through DNA analysis of their feces. The study found that … Continue reading

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poop strong

Bringing together two of my great loves, poop and Carleton College, Carleton grad Arijit Guha is looking for help paying his medical expenses for stage IV colon cancer through the medium of a delightfully named website: Poop Strong. At left, … Continue reading

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whales get stressed

Feces are a surprisingly useful subject for research. Scientists can use them to get a window into an animal’s inner life. You might think poop is just mushed-up food, but no, there’s a lot of information in there. A sample … Continue reading

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museum tourist: california academy of sciences

I’d been to the Cal Academy in San Francisco once or twice before, but it was about a decade ago, and I didn’t remember much other than a bunch of fish. So I went into this expecting your basic natural … Continue reading

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chimp poop

Male chimps compete to set up dominance hierarchies. The males on top – the alphas and other high-ranking males – get the most access to females. Wednesday for ScienceNOW I wrote about a study on what this means for their … Continue reading

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the ecosystems in our guts

Yesterday for ScienceNOW I wrote about a study of primate poop. (Heh.) Ok, the fact that it’s about poop is amusing, but it’s also interesting science. The researchers were interested in the makeup of the microbial community in primates; they … Continue reading

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bluebirds like to perch

I don’t know a ton about birds, but I do know this: Bluebirds like to perch on posts. If you see something cute and feathered perching on a fencepost in an open piece of land, “bluebird” should at least cross … Continue reading

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little poopers

Scientists at the British Antarctic Survey have a clever new way to find emperor penguins around Antarctica: look for their poop. From space. Read all about it! Note that I did manage to quote the guy calling poop “poo.” Penguins … Continue reading

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