Concrete-Dissolving Bacteria are Destroying Sewers

Underground in places nobody likes to look, bacteria are doing terrible things to our sewage pipes. The concrete pipes that carry our waste are literally dissolving away, forcing engineers into a messy, expensive battle against tiny microbes. Read More >>

Finally, a Way to Remove and Reuse Valuable Particles from Wastewater

When you flush the toilet, you're sending a lot of bad stuff into the sewer. But what you might not realise is that you're flushing away a lot of good stuff, too. That's why a team of German scientists have developed a method for recovering those valuable particles. Read More >>

Ecstasy in London? Heroin in Zagreb? The Answer is Found in the Sewers

Drug users might be less than forthright about their illicit habits—but they all have to pee. With that in mind, scientists are drug-testing entire sewer systems to see what drugs they can trace. Read More >>

Toilet Paper Map Reveals Crap Trends Worldwide

We all have to poop, but how we deal with it changes with age. For babies, it's nappies. For the elderly, it's, well, adult nappies. For most of the rest of us, it's toilet paper. Read More >>

Is Human Urine the Future of Fertiliser?

Among the things I found mortifying about my parents when I was a teenager was their habit of leaving buckets of urine in the bathroom. Instead of flushing all that phosphorous-nitrogen-rich liquid down the toilet, they saved it for our backyard vegetable garden. Urine as fertiliser has since become a hip idea among some eco-minded backyard farmers. Read More >>

Deadly Superbugs Are Breeding Like Crazy in Chinese Sewage Plants

Prepare your immune system because what you're about to read will make you sick. No, seriously, it's dangerous. Like Contagion level dangerous. Read More >>

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Here's How Those Massive, Disgusting Fatbergs Are Removed From Under London

Think your job sucks? Try being a sewer "flusher". Your job would be to maintain and manually clean the pipes from all the literal crap and fat that everyone flushes down the bog and the drain. It's the stuff we'd rather forget about, but unfortunately these poor chaps can't. Read More >>

Bug- "Fixing" SimCity Update Bursts Your City's Poop-Pipes

As if SimCity players haven't had enough of putting up with EA's always-on DRM nightmare of a game, there's now a new form of excrement to deal with thanks to a bug that breaks the city's sewers and introduces many more problems than it's supposed to fix. Read More >>

Without Trucks, the Tallest Building In the World Would Become the Tallest Mountain of Poop

When I saw the Burj Khalifa in real life I was truly stunned. Indeed, tallest skyscraper in the world defies belief. Today I learned something that also defies belief: all the poop produced there has to be removed by trucks. Read More >>


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