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Why Do We Eat Spoiled Food?

Some of our very favorite foods are closer to this than this. That’s because coffee, bread, cheese, beer – even chocolate! – are home to millions of microbes. In fact, these foods only acquire the tastes, smells, and textures we love because of tiny bacteria and fungi. The vast majority

Why Pets Have Surprisingly Small Brains

This video was sponsored by 23andMe. Hi, this is Emily from MinuteEarth. Domestication has puppified dogs, fluffified sheep, and spotified horses – but there’s a less obvious physical change that virtually all domesticated animals share: shrunken brains. Duck brains have shrunk by about 15%, cat brains by 30%, and pig

The Secret Global Sewer System

The Secret Global Sewer System

Hi, this is Alex from MinuteEarth. Farmers are obsessed with water. It makes sense – their livelihoods depend on crops that will die without enough water. So lots of farmers buy expensive equipment to pump tons of water to their fields. In fact, of all the water humans use, 70%

Poop Transplants!

Poop Transplants!

This ecology experiment is one of many that have demonstrated how ecosystems with many species tend to be more resilient than those with few species. We’re biased towards this particular grassland experiment because it’s run by one of our writers, but strength in numbers – species numbers! – is also

Why Are Fewer People Getting Appendicitis?

Why Are Fewer People Getting Appendicitis?

Hi, this is David from MinuteEarth. Occasionally, a piece of poop that’s especially hard – called a fecalith – will break off from the larger poop mass, go floating around in a person’s intestinal tract, and then get stuck in the narrow channel that connects the large intestine to a

Why Do Some Animals Eat Poop?

Why Do Some Animals Eat Poop?

Hi, this is Emily, from MinuteEarth. Humans eat lots of weird stuff, but one thing we almost never eat is poop, either because we’re naturally grossed out by it, or because we’ve learned that poop contains nasty pathogens. But for lots of animals, feces is a regular part of the