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The worst scientific theories about why you vote

There are a zillion studies about why and how people vote that are depressing, because they reveal just how arbitrary our choices can be. How you vote is affected by where your polling place is, the time of day when you vote, what people said to you in the days leading up to the election, and of course your cultural… » 11/06/12 4:00pm 11/06/12 4:00pm

This is what blue whale poop looks like from an airplane. Tremble.

The average blue whale is approximately the length of three school buses. Heck, even a newborn calf is 23 feet long at birth. And do you see that horrific orange streak trailing behind those whales above? Yup, that's a big load of whale feces, an oceanic skidmark maybe the length of a few Volvos. » 8/03/12 10:00am 8/03/12 10:00am

Antarctic moss survives by eating 5,000-year-old penguin poop

Nature is full of examples of species that will go to any lengths to survive, as survival of the fittest morphs into survival of the extremest. Some Antarctic moss has found what must be the most disgusting possible survival tactic. » 7/08/12 11:30am 7/08/12 11:30am

What is a dung beetle's favorite kind of manure?

Yes, that's a serious scientific question, especially now that animals are moving into unfamiliar territories and bringing their poop along with them. After two years and over 9,000 dung beetles, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised by the answer... » 4/11/12 5:00pm 4/11/12 5:00pm

Penguin poop can be seen from space

A combination of background coloring and penguin gastrointestinal prowess allows the Emperor penguin to be tracked by satellites orbiting the Earth. And ecologists love it. » 4/02/12 8:20am 4/02/12 8:20am

The wombat's cubic poop is one of nature's weirdest superpowers

Every evening, your average wombat deposits 80 to 100 dry, cube-like droppings around its territory. This nocturnal marsupial unloads four to eight of these 2-centimeter wide feces every time it pauses to excrete. » 1/02/12 11:30am 1/02/12 11:30am

Scientific fraud Diederik Stapel signs off on his first official…

Early last month, prominent social psychologist Diederik Stapel was outed as one of the biggest frauds in scientific history when he admitted to fabricating results in numerous scientific studies. » 12/02/11 3:42pm 12/02/11 3:42pm

Engineers teach $400,000 robot to autonomously clean up turds

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania's GRASP Lab have taught Willow Garage's PR2 robot to identify feces based on color, confront the offending substances, and dispose of them in a state-of-the-art plastic bucket. And judging from this video, UPenn gave GRASP a blank check for their fake excrement budget. » 10/17/11 12:55pm 10/17/11 12:55pm

Wall Street Journal: If there can be FTL neutrinos, why can't climate…

Over at the Wall Street Journal, op-edster Robert Bryce has decided that climate change is basically no longer an issue. Mostly he means to say that it's dead as a political issue — he cites the failure of climate talks to produce reasonable carbon taxes and credits. But he doesn't stop there. He thinks it may be dead… » 10/06/11 4:30pm 10/06/11 4:30pm

Snails migrate by getting eaten by birds and pooped out somewhere else

For most of us, being devoured by something many times bigger than us would mean a gruesome, agonizing death. But for tiny snails, it's just a minor irritation...and a quick and disgustingly clever way to migrate elsewhere. » 7/11/11 10:52am 7/11/11 10:52am

Cosmic Pluralism: How Christianity briefly conquered the solar system

By the 1700s, there could no longer be any doubt. Earth was just one of many worlds orbiting the Sun, which forced scientists and theologians alike to ponder a tricky question. Would God really have bothered to create empty worlds? » 6/30/11 2:33pm 6/30/11 2:33pm

How evolutionary psychology proved some old folklore...and why both are…

There's an old bit of folklore that children tend to more closely resemble their fathers than their mothers. There's a possible evolutionary explanation for this, and one study seemed to confirm it all. Here's why it's all bogus. » 6/19/11 2:45pm 6/19/11 2:45pm

Scientist claims to have made an edible steak out of human feces. Huh?

Hearing about unexpected things, people used to say, "How do they think up these things? There must be something in the water…." » 6/18/11 2:00pm 6/18/11 2:00pm

Today's award for "study most likely to be used to reinforce hackneyed…

A new study which shows that wives' sleeping problems have negative impacts on marriages, where husbands' do not. The study was presented at the 25th Anniversary Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, and it showed that when women in the relationship suffered insomnia, both members of the couple… » 6/17/11 1:35pm 6/17/11 1:35pm

Fish live in fear of deadly jellyfish poop

Generally speaking, poop isn't pleasant, but it also isn't exactly lethal. But every year jellyfish unleash bowel movements so deadly that they can destroy entire marine ecosystems. A little odor doesn't seem so bad all of a sudden, does it? » 6/12/11 1:00pm 6/12/11 1:00pm

Llama poop was the secret to the success of the Inca civilization

The most powerful civilization in South America before the arrival of Europeans was the mighty Inca empire, which ruled much of the continent's Pacific coast from their home in the Peru highlands. And it's all thanks to copious llama crap. » 5/22/11 7:00am 5/22/11 7:00am

The most important defecation-related scientific study ever

It started with some brave souls daring to ask a simple but all-important question...what's more important when it comes to pooping, the position a person is in or the shape of the poop? It's our privilege to share their answer. » 5/08/11 11:15am 5/08/11 11:15am

Saying "I love you" is a matter of evolutionary economics

Men and women say "I love you" at different points in their relationships, and they say it for very different reasons. It turns out that even the timing of "I love you" is all about following our ancient evolutionary drives. » 4/25/11 3:33pm 4/25/11 3:33pm

Proof that female humans and female rats have very similar tastes

A recent study in Japan "has demonstrated that the preference for different types of natural mineral water by female college students was similar to that by rats," according to researchers. How did they reach this shocking conclusion? » 8/24/10 9:30am 8/24/10 9:30am