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Ancient Poop Tells Useful Stories—If You Know How to Listen

Underwater core samples, like these from the coast of England, often contain coded historical messages.Wessex Archaeology via Flickr

“Out of sight, out of mind” is the usual attitude about what we flush down the toilet. But in the last century, some chemists have begged to differ: They want to know just where our personal waste products go, and they’ve come up with various measurements to reveal

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