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Belgian Barrels Reveal History of Human Gut Microbes 56

sciencehabit writes "700-year-old human feces, preserved in sealed barrels under a town square from the Middle Ages, are shedding new light on the evolution of the bacteria in our guts. Viruses isolated from the ancient poop reveal a growing arms race between our native bacteria and microbial invaders. Such viruses may have been instrumental in helping us digest food, temper inflammation, and fight obesity." Less frightening news that touches on the same domain: European cities (notably Britain) decided to go with sewers instead of barrels, and now, writes reader DW100 "An ISP in the UK has come up with an innovative way to deliver broadband around London: its Victorian sewer network. Geo Networks runs the cables along the roof of the sewers, avoiding any 'waste' issues and providing fast, low-latency, high-fibre services to business and other providers."
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Belgian Barrels Reveal History of Human Gut Microbes

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  • by j-beda ( 85386 ) on Saturday March 01, 2014 @01:53AM (#46373927) Homepage

    http://www.google.ca/tisp/ [google.ca]

    Google TiSP (BETA) is a fully functional, end-to-end system that provides in-home wireless access by connecting your commode-based TiSP wireless router to one of thousands of TiSP Access Nodes via fiber-optic cable strung through your local municipal sewage lines.

    Installing TiSP

    Installing a typical home TiSP system is a quick, easy and largely sanitary process -- provided you follow these step-by-step instructions very, very carefully.

    #1 Remove the spindle of fiber-optic cable from your TiSP installation kit.

    #2 Attach the sinker to the loose end of the cable, take one safe step backward and drop this weighted end into your toilet.

    #3 Grasp both ends of the spindle firmly while a friend or loved one flushes, thus activating the patented GFlush system, which sends the weighted cable surfing through the plumbing system to one of the thousands of TiSP Access Nodes.

    #4 When the GFlush is complete, the spindle will (or at least should) have largely unraveled, exposing a connector at the remaining end. Detach the cable from the spindle, taking care not to allow the cable to slip into the toilet.

    #5 Plug the fiber-optic cable into your TiSP wireless router, which has a specially designed counterweight to withstand the centripetal force of flushing.

    #6 Insert the TiSP installation CD and run the setup utility to install the Google Toolbar (required) and the rest of the TiSP software, which will automatically configure your computer's network settings.

    #7 Within sixty minutes -- assuming proper data flow -- the other end of your fiber-optic cable should have reached the nearest TiSP Access Node, where our Plumbing Hardware Dispatchers (PHDs) will remove the sinker and plug the line into our global data networking system.

    #8 Congratulations, you're online! (Please wash your hands before surfing.)

  • Re:Old news day? (Score:4, Informative)

    by haruchai ( 17472 ) on Saturday March 01, 2014 @02:37AM (#46374073)

    Right. Paris has been rolling out fiberoptic by sewer robot for years.

  • Re:Coprolites? (Score:4, Informative)

    by wonkey_monkey ( 2592601 ) on Saturday March 01, 2014 @07:28AM (#46374731) Homepage

    Excuse for being anal, but - an Anonymous Coward on Slashdot who thinks he knows everything about fossilised poop? Something's wrong here.

    http://www.sciencemag.org/cont... [sciencemag.org]
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pu... [nih.gov]
    http://rspb.royalsocietypublis... [royalsocie...ishing.org]

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