Quantcast

Latest Feces Stories

2010-06-14 14:52:56

Scientists develop application of rare earth elements to control phosphorus runoff from livestock manure Nutrient runoff from livestock manure is a common source of agricultural pollution. Looking for an uncommon solution, a team of scientists has developed an application of rare earth elements to control and track runoff phosphorus from soils receiving livestock manure. In addition to reducing the solubility of phosphorus, this method shows particular promise for researchers interested in...

798f15485f7aad0c52f519cd14898910
2010-04-02 10:55:00

A new single-use biodegradable plastic bag that functions as a single-use toilet can be used in underprivileged countries to grow crops, according to a recent New York Times report. The Peepoo, which was developed in 2005 by Swedish entrepreneur and professor Anders Wilhelmson, can be used for waste elimination, tied off and then buried. Then, thanks to a special layer of urea crystals, disease-causing pathogens in the waste will be eliminated and the feces converted into usable fertilizer--a...

cd389754c06107ef743b5ae9b5d71c08
2010-03-10 14:14:36

People in seven European countries have positive attitudes toward a new eco-friendly toilet that could substantially reduce pollution problems and conserve water and nutrients, scientists in Switzerland are reporting. Their article, which calls on authorities to give wider support for the innovative toilet technology, is in ACS' Environmental Science & Technology, a semi-monthly journal. Judit Lienert and Tove Larsen note in the article that the so-called NoMix toilet collects urine...

2010-03-04 11:13:00

Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientist Scott Yates is studying how oxytetracycline (OTC), an antibiotic that is administered to animals, breaks down in cattle manure. Livestock producers in the United States often use antibiotics to control disease in their animals, and confined U.S. livestock and poultry generate about 63.8 million tons of manure every year. The drugs are often only partially absorbed by the digestive tract, and the rest are excreted with their pharmaceutical activity...

2010-03-03 07:50:00

STAMFORD, Conn., March 3 /PRNewswire/ -- It seems that tickets to sporting events, concerts and movies are enough to make consumers forget their discomfort and embarrassment dealing with digestive health issues, including constipation. Over 25,000 entries were received for Purdue Products' unique, "buzz worthy" sweepstakes, "Best Seats in the House," over five months in 2009. This program involved top retailers across the country, and culminated with the January announcement of three grand...

2009-07-21 12:22:22

Amounts of carbon discharged from manure spread on tiled fields is about the same as other sources of fertilizer, Purdue University scientists in Indiana said. Tiles set beneath farm fields direct excess water from the soil into streams. It was traditionally believed tiles flush manure into water systems more quickly, increasing the growth of bacteria, such as E.coli, which consume the dissolved carbon found in effluent, Purdue agronomists Ron Turco and Sylvie Brouder said. Six years of...

2009-07-16 08:39:17

A new study of 30 million year old fossil 'mega-dung' from extinct giant South American mammals reveals evidence of complex ecological interactions and theft of dung-beetles' food stores by other animals.The dung-beetle has fallen on hard times. Once worshiped by the Ancient Egyptians its status has now slipped to that of unsung and forgotten hero, the butt of scatological jokes. Yet the dung-beetle is truly heroic. It is a well known 'fact' that were it not for the dung-beetle the world...

2009-07-11 20:49:02

Cambodia's high infant and child mortality rate can be fought by improving hygiene in river communities, a resource development charity said Saturday. Lien Aid, a Singapore-based non-governmental organization, is developing a toilet that can be used in river communities where homes are constructed on floating platforms and moved seasonally. Currently, residents use the river rather than latrines, Resource Development International - Cambodia told the IRIN news agency. This practice...

2009-06-26 13:38:35

A Swedish man said an enjoyable evening walk with his dog turned into a real stinker when they both fell through the ground into a feces-filled hole. Thomas Sundberg said he was walking with his dog, Rex, last week near the Kramfors-Solleftea airport when he felt the ground start to give way beneath his feet and soon man and dog were both nearly submerged in a sludge lagoon used by the city of Kramfors to store and dry sewage, The Local reported Friday. Sundberg said he and Rex were luckily...

2009-06-24 15:36:32

In the mating world of yellow dung flies, large, brawny males almost always get the girl. However, a new study suggests that smaller males rule if presented with an opportunity to woo females when they are not hanging out on cow dung. It is the first time alternative male reproductive strategies have been observed in this species.In a study published in the June 24 Proceedings of The Royal Society B, a group of Syracuse University (N.Y.) undergraduate students found that small male dung...


Latest Feces Reference Libraries

Manure
2013-03-03 08:35:14

Image Caption: A field in Randers, Denmark. A pile of manure is in the foreground. Credit: Malene Thyssen/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 2.5) Manure is organic matter that comes from farmyard animal waste as well as from crop cover. Manure from cows, pigs, horses, chickens, rabbits, etc. is broken down into organic matter and used as organic fertilizer. “Green” manure is derived from planting a cover crop, such as clover, to be plowed directly back into the soil. Bacteria traps nitrogen and other...

42_d028a83d49a09d64fb08e8045096175d
2007-06-25 07:51:11

The Asian Palm Civet, Paradoxurus hermaphroditus, also known as the Common Palm Civet or the Toddy Cat, is a cat-sized mammal in the Viverridae family. It is native to south-east Asia and southern China. It inhabits forests, parks and suburban gardens with mature fruit trees, fig trees and undisturbed vegetation. Most of its natural habitat is diminishing fast. The Asian Palm Civet is a nocturnal omnivore. Its primary food source is fruit such as chiku, mango, and rambutan. It also has a...

More Articles (2 articles) »
Word of the Day
malpais
  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
'Malpais' translates from Spanish as 'bad land.'