Really?
July 11, 2014
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The next time someone at your office lets out a "silent but deadly" emission, maybe you should thank them. A new study at the University of Exeter in England suggests that exposure to hydrogen sulfide — a.k.a. what your body produces as bacteria breaks down food, causing gas — could prevent mitochondria damage. Yep, the implication is what you're thinking: People are taking the research to mean that smelling farts could prevent disease and even cancer.

The study, published in the Medicinal Chemistry Communications journal, found that hydrogen sulfide gas in rotten eggs and flatulence could be a key factor in treating diseases.

"Although hydrogen sulfide gas is well known as a pungent, foul-smelling gas in rotten eggs and flatulence, it is naturally produced in the body and could in fact be a healthcare hero with significant implications for future therapies for a variety of diseases," Dr. Mark Wood, a professor at the University of Exeter, said in a statement.

While hydrogen sulfide gas is harmful in large doses, the study suggests that "a whiff here and there has the power to reduce risks of cancer, strokes, heart attacks, arthritis, and dementia by preserving mitochondria," Time reports.

Dr. Matt Whiteman, a University of Exeter professor who worked on the study, said in a statement that researchers are even replicating the natural gas in a new compound, AP39, to reap its health benefits. The scientists are delivering "very small amounts" of AP39 directly into mitochondrial cells to repair damage, which "could hold the key to future therapies," the university's statement reveals.

You'll have to decide for yourself, though, whether exposure to hydrogen sulfide in flatulence is worth the potential health benefits. Meghan DeMaria

have mercy
2:30 a.m. ET

It's happening: The Full House revival Fuller House will air on Netflix in 2016.

John Stamos broke the news Monday night on Jimmy Kimmel Live, saying the project was a long time in the making. "It's a labor of love," he said. "We've been trying for so many years to do it right, and I think we've finally got it perfect."

Netflix inked a deal for 13 episodes, with the show following basically the same storyline as Full House: D.J. Tanner-Fuller (Candace Cameron Bure) is a recently widowed and pregnant veterinarian (because it wasn't enough for her mother to die in the original show? How much tragedy can the Tanners take?). Stephanie Tanner (Jodie Sweetin) is now the female Uncle Jesse, an aspiring musician who moves in to help D.J. take care of her sons, 12-year-old J.D. and 7-year-old Max. And, because the house just isn't quite full enough, D.J.'s childhood BFF Kimmy Gibbler (Andrea Barber) will help her friend out in her time of need, just like Joey did for Danny all those years ago. The only difference is, she has a teenage daughter accompanying her, and they won't be forced to live in an alcove for several episodes.

While Stamos will definitely reprise his role as Uncle Jesse, Netflix says it's still discussing guest appearances with other original cast members Bob Saget, Mary-Kate Olsen, Ashley Olsen, Dave Coulier, and Lori Loughlin. Watch the video below to hear Stamos deliver the news that's sure to make every '90s kid squeal. —Catherine Garcia

Dirty Deeds Not Done Cheap
1:54 a.m. ET
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Phil Rudd, longtime drummer for the rock bank AC/DC, has unexpectedly changed his plea to guilty on a charge that he threatened to kill a former employee he had fired after a solo album failed to sell well, a court in Tauranga, New Zealand, said Tuesday. Rudd also pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana and methamphetamine.

According to court documents, Rudd called an associate in September and said he wanted one of the fired employees "taken out," then later offered that same associate about $150,000 plus "a motorbike, one of his cars, or a house," apparently to carry out the earlier request. Rudd also allegedly called the unidentified ex-employee and threatened to "come over and kill you," which frightened the worker, BBC News reports. A second murder-for-hire charge was dropped due to lack of evidence.

Rudd's lawyer, Craig Tuck, downplayed the seriousness of the charge, saying it "essentially revolved around an angry phone call — that was it." But it could land Rudd in prison for up to seven years, plus nine months for the drug charges. He is free on bail until a hearing in June. Peter Weber

the power of poo
1:49 a.m. ET
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The Detroit Zoo is looking to turn 400 tons of animal waste generated every year into thousands of dollars in savings.

The Detroit Zoological Society and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation have launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise enough money to build a biodigester, ABC News reports. The biodigester would turn all of that manure and other organic waste into methane-rich gas that could help power the Ruth Roby Glancy Animal Health Complex, saving the zoo between $70,000 to $80,000 annually.

The biodigester would also convert manure into compost to fertilize habitats, gardens, and public areas. If $55,000 is raised through the campaign, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and crowdfunding platform Patronicity will give a $55,000 matching grant, meaning there will be plenty of waste-generated power to go around. Catherine Garcia

time to say goodbye
1:08 a.m. ET
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During Monday's Daily Show, Jon Stewart announced that the Aug. 6 broadcast will be his last.

Stewart waited until the end of the episode to make his announcement, and while he didn't give any details about what will happen on that final show, he did remind viewers that there is a contest underway to give a fan the opportunity to attend his last taping, Variety reports. Stewart did not say when new host Trevor Noah's first show will air. Catherine Garcia

Tragedy at Sea
1:04 a.m. ET
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On Tuesday, prosecutors in Italy arrested the Tunisian captain and a Syrian crew member of the boat that capsized over the weekend, sending as many as 900 migrants to a watery grave. Both men were charged with abetting illegal immigration, and the captain was slapped with multiple charges of reckless homicide. Some of the 27 survivors told prosecutors that hundreds of fellow migrants were locked below deck, unable to escape when the boat keeled over.

On Monday, European Union officials had an emergency meeting to address the growing number of migrant boats from North Africa, and the resulting glut of maritime tragedies. This latest disaster off Libya's coast was "a game-changer," Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said at a joint press conference with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. "If Europe doesn't work together history will judge it very badly." EU leaders are meeting in Brussels to discuss how best to address the migration problem.

Late Night Antics
12:45 a.m. ET

LL Cool J warned Jimmy Fallon multiple times on Monday's The Tonight Show that he can't draw, and it wasn't a case of someone downplaying their talents: LL Cool J really can't draw. During another celebrity edition of Pictionary, LL and Rose Byrne faced off against Fallon and Big Sean, who were surprisingly in sync with each other. LL tried his hardest when it was his turn, but his doodle of a tattoo was so bad — not to mention accidentally obscene — that Byrne was left speechless. Watch the video below. —Catherine Garcia

Sweet Sorrows
April 20, 2015

Late Monday, Texas ice cream maker Blue Bell Creameries recalled all its products after two samples of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream tested positive for listeriosis, a potentially fatal foodborne illness caused by the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes. The voluntary recall follows a partial recall and the closure of an Oklahoma facility earlier in the month.

"We're committed to doing the 100 percent right thing, and the best way to do that is to take all of our products off the market until we can be confident that they are all safe," said CEO Paul Kruse in a statement.

The recall affects retailers in 23 states and international markets. Blue Bell, a family-owned creamery that has been making ice cream for 108 years, says it will return to market after it tracks down the source of the listeria and tests all its products for the bacteria. Peter Weber

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