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Top 10 Mind-Blowers: Human Butts

 Top 10 Mind-Blowers: Human Butts

Let's explore the science and psychology of butts... See more »

Monster of the Week: Ghoulies

 Monster of the Week: Ghoulies

Robert explains the nature of ghoulies and how humans evolved to poop when and where they want. See more »

Pooping live garden slugs? Call Science

 Pooping live garden slugs? Call Science

One 19th century doctor set out to convince people they weren't pooping live slugs and lizards. Read this science post from Robert Lamb to learn the details. See more »

 Cognitive Sewage: All Water Has Been Pooped In

You know how it goes. NASA creates an amazing new water filtration system and the headline winds up reading "Astronauts Drink Recycled Urine, and Celebrate." Try as we might, we just can't think about that fresh glass of filtered space water without slapping a mental "WARNING: PEE-PEE" label on it. No matter how much we purify it, we can't quite eliminate the cognitive sewage -- which is rather unfortunate given the looming world drinking water shortage. See more »

 Blow Your Mind: The Pooping Duck or When Robots Digest

Step right up and behold a marvel of 18th century robotics! See the Jacques de Vaucanson's fabulous digesting duck, the clockwork miracle capable of reproducing the biological miracles of ingestion, digestion and defecation! In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Julie and I dive into the history books for more on how the pooping duck may have worked and just what it's creator was thinking. Plus, you'll learn about the nightmarish cloaca bot. See more »

 The Pooping Duck: Marvel of 18th Century Robotics

Radiolab's recent "A Clockwork Miracle" episode concerns a sixteenth-century mechanical monk, but Jad also briefly mentions the wonders of a robotic pooping duck from the 1700s. Yep, you read that right: a centuries-old automaton designed to digest food and poop it out like a duck. The fabulous digesting duck was the handiwork of Jacques de Vaucanson, a French engineer who excelled in the creation of automatons -- specifically "philosophical toys" (curios that combined science and amusement) composed of clockwork gears and moving parts. Here are just two of his creations leading up to the duck: See more »

Poop into the Fire with Incinerating Toilets

 Poop into the Fire with Incinerating Toilets

Robert Lamb considers the science behind incinerating toilets. Read on to see what that screenshot is all about. See more »