• The Magic Poop Potion

    An Indiana grandma killed off a devastating superbug with a homemade fecal transplant and then embarked on a crusade to win over the FDA.
    (Art by Laurel Lynn Leake)

  • Reinventing the Toilet: A Lavatorial Revolution Bubbles up in Madagascar

    Traditional flush toilets aren’t an option in many parts of the world, but neither is leaving people with unsafe and unhygenic choices. Now, one company is piloting a new loo that’s waterless, off-grid and able to charge your phone.
    (Art by Chester Holme)

  • Banking on Bird Shit

    Bird feces contribute nutrient-rich fertilizer to ecosystems. Harvesting them has also been a big business for centuries.

  • A History of Human Waste as Fertilizer

    In eighteenth century Japan, human excrement played a vital role in agriculture. Can similar solutions help manage waste today?
    (Image courtesy Wellcome Images, a website operated by Wellcome Trust)

  • Pardon Me, Turkey, Is This Stool Taken? Scientists Turn Poultry Poop Into Fuel

    The back-end product of a turkey is perfect for electricity production, according to scientists at Ben-Gurion University in Israel. When converted to combustible biomass fuel, it could also reduce greenhouse gases and provide a renewable energy source.

    Image: Tony Castro Wikimedia Commons

The average person produces about four hundred pounds of excrement a year. More than seven billion people live on this planet. Holy crap!

Because of the diseases it spreads, we have learned to distance ourselves from our dark matter, but the long line of engineering marvels we’ve created to do so—from Roman sewage systems and medieval latrines to the immense, computerized treatment plants we use today—have also done considerable damage to the earth’s ecology. Now scientists tell us: we’ve been wasting our waste. When recycled correctly, this resource, cheap and widely available, can be converted into a sustainable energy source, act as an organic fertilizer, provide effective medicinal therapy for antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections, and much more. Hygienic waste repurposing can help battle climate change, reduce acid rain, and eliminate toxic algal blooms.

Grossly ambitious and fully scientific, THE OTHER DARK MATTER shows how human excrement can be a life-saving, money-making resource—if we make better use of it! So let’s start doing it now. My dear fellow humans, please use your innate organic power for the greater good. Don’t just sit there and let it go to waste!

THE OTHER DARK MATTER is available for preorder on Amazon