Daily Archives: 06/23/2012

Science! Soon your poop will tell you what is wrong with you!

If you have been waiting for the day when you could finally just look at your poop instead of going to the doctor to figure out what the hell is going on in your stomach, you may not have to wait much longer. E. chromi is a new probiotic yogurt drink that actually changes the color of your feces in order to communicate any stomach ailments you may have. Although it is only used to detect E. coli today, in the very near future it will be able to detect the above viruses and such, with magic colorful poop power.

While researchers have so far only suggested that the drink could be used to track the progress of E. coli, they believe that one day it can diagnose conditions like colorectal cancer, worms, stomach ulcer and salmonella just by people looking into the toilet to check the color of their remains.

British designers Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg and James King developed the disease detecting drink by first genetically engineering bacteria to secrete a variety of colored pigments that are visible to the naked eye.

The team had designed standardized sequences of DNA, known as BioBricks, and inserted them into E. coli bacteria. They explain that each BioBrick part contains genes selected from a range of existing organisms that allows the bacteria to produce colors like red, yellow, green, blue, brown or purple.

They explained that by combining these with other BioBricks, bacteria could be programmed to do things like indicate whether water or food is safe to drink or eat by turning red if they sense a toxin.


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See how the Easter Island heads “walked” across the island

Easter Island’s iconic and mysterious statues may very well have “walked” into place — at least according to archaeologists Terry Hunt and Carl Lipo, who have determined that as few as 18 people could have used ropes to navigate the hulking moai. The best part? The research validates the islanders’ own mythology, which claims that the moai did indeed walk across the island.

And if you didn’t know that the statues had bodies; read more HERE.

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Documentary of the week: The One Percent

“This 80-minute documentary focuses on the growing “wealth gap” in America, as seen through the eyes of filmmaker Jamie Johnson, a 27-year-old heir to the Johnson & Johnson pharmaceutical fortune. Johnson, who cut his film teeth at NYU and made the Emmy®-nominated 2003 HBO documentary Born Rich, here sets his sights on exploring the political, moral and emotional rationale that enables a tiny percentage of Americans – the one percent – to control nearly half the wealth of the entire United States. The film Includes interviews with Nicole Buffett, Bill Gates Sr., Adnan Khashoggi, Milton Friedman, Robert Reich, Ralph Nader and other luminaries.”

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The best marketing piece for the new Dark Knight film I’ve seen so far.


Billboard found on Sunset and La Brea in Hollywood. Not a graphic, but a 3D hole in a billboard with destruction extruding.


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