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Channel: Gross Science
Categories: Biology   |   Environmental   |   Science  
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Cows burps release a ton of methane into the atmosphere. Can other animals, like kangaroos, teach us how to make cow gas more eco-friendly?
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Godwin S., Kang, A., Guilino, L., Manefield, M., Gutierrez-Zamora, M., Kienzle, M., Ouwerkerk, D., Dawson, K., Klieve, A. (2014) Investigation of the microbial metabolism of carbon dioxide and hydrogen in the kangaroo foregut by stable isotope probing. The ISME Journal, 8, 1855-1865. http://www.nature.com/ismej/journal/v8/n9/abs/ismej201425a.html

Overview of gases, sources of emissions, and tons of data from the EPA: http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/ghgemissions/

Gizmodo on how much cow gas actually contributes to global warming:
http://gizmodo.com/do-cow-farts-actually-contribute-to-global-warming-1562144730


Credits:

Host, Writer, Animator, Editor
Anna Rothschild

DP, Sound, Researcher, Intern Extraordinaire
Elizabeth Gillis

Many thanks to Dr. Scott Godwin.

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Thumbnail: Kangaroo Island kangaroo Macropus fuliginosus fuliginosus
Flickr/Paul Asman and Jill Lenoble

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Cockroaches
Freesound/StateAardvark
(used with permission from author)

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Farts/Short Fart_01
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Wet slop plop
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Basement Park 1/jawharp_boing
Freesound/plingativator

Human/Short Sphincter Vibration
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Screen Door Opening and Closing
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Royal_ping
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Burps
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