Cormorants rain their waste upon limos in Rotterdam

Cormorants are showering shit upon limousines that park unwisely in one particular spot in Rotterdam. Kees Moeliker, ornithologist, director of the natural history museum in Rotterdam, and Ig Nobel Prize winner (for discovering homosexual necrophilia in the mallard duck), writes about it in the Dutch newspaper NRC. Here is a machine-translation into English: Full layer […]

Deep Learning to Help People Know Your Shit

A new, distinct form of backend processing— a very distant relative of potty training, for computers—is presented in this new study: “A mountable toilet system for personalized health monitoring via the analysis of excreta,” Seung-min Park, Daeyoun D. Won, Brian J. Lee, Diego Escobedo, Andre Esteva, Amin Aalipour, T. Jessie Ge, Jung Ha Kim, Susie […]

Shit and the Need for Data-Driven Standards

Feces, faeces, ordure, dung, manure, excreta, stool, stool-NOT-faeces, and stool-NOT-feces are the prime examples in a newly published study that examines the need for data-driven standards. The study is: “Laying a Community-Based Foundation for Data-Driven Semantic Standards in Environmental Health Sciences,” Carolyn J. Mattingly, Rebecca Boyles, Cindy P. Lawler, Astrid C. Haugen, Allen Dearry, and Melissa Haendel, Environmental […]

Disgust With ‘Disgust’, And Where’s McGinn?

Disgust gets a roller-coaster ride in a soon-to-be-published study (which you can download a full copy of now!). The study is: “The Meaning of Disgust: A Refutation,” Nina Strohminger, Emotion Review, in press 2013. The author, at Kenan Institute for Ethics, Duke University, begins the paper with this sentence: “In disgust research, there is shit, […]

The Remains of the Day or So: What’s in a Stool

A new study looks into a stool sample, to see whether the whole is indicative of the parts. The study’s title perhaps marks the start of a new era for medical journals. It uses plain, clear words: “An In-Depth Analysis of a Piece of Shit: Distribution of Schistosoma mansoni and Hookworm Eggs in Human Stool,” […]