space
Astronauts Can Power Their Bodies and Their Spacecrafts With Pee

Astronauts have been able to drink their own (treated and filtered) urine for years, but thanks to a new technique, scientists have managed to squeeze one more benefit out of an inevitable byproduct. Now, astronauts can use their urine to keep both their bodies and their spaceships running smooth. Read More >>

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Peeing in the Pool is Gross and May Actually Be Bad For You

Peeing in swimming pools may be hazardous to your health. That's the message from scientists who have found that compounds in urine mix with chlorine to form chemicals that have been linked to respiratory effects in swimmers. Read More >>

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This Public Toilet Turns Pee Into Street Trees

Public toilets are notorious for unsavoury behaviour and even more unsavoury smells. The PPlanter is both a public toilet and a planter, composting the pee it collects to nourish pots of bamboo. Plus it's apparently odour-free. Read More >>

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New Paper-Based Urine Tests Could Detect Cancer and Heart Disease

Diagnosing cancer and heart disease generally requires extensively trained personnel and expensive instruments. But one MIT research group that wants to solve that problem has designed a single injection and paper-based detection system they're hoping to ship them everywhere a letter can travel. Read More >>

environment
Human Wee Could be the Future of Plant Growing

According to stats released by the eco-gardeners at the Rich Earth Institute, a large proportion of the energy used to treat waste water is blown on neutralising the nitrogen and phosphorous in human urine -- which happen to be two great nutrients for plant life. If only there was a way to collect wee and use it to fertilise crops without everyone getting so weirded out by it. Read More >>

architecture
Would You Live in a House of Bricks Made from Pee and Bacteria?

To make a concrete bench, add sand, bacteria, calcium chloride, and some really concentrated pee? Read More >>

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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 >>

transport
Atlanta Subway Urine Detectors Look Out for Number One

Despite being a great idea, public transit always seems to be fighting an uphill battle for public opinion. Atlanta's MARTA subway system has been roundly criticized for, among other things, smelling like pee, and the transit line won't take it sitting down: this month, MARTA began installing first of its kind urination detectors in the subway's elevators. Read More >>

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Watching Urine in Super-Slow Motion is Surprisingly Fascinating

I just can't stop looking at how the drops carve the water, one after the other, making a hole in it. The experiment was captured by the Brigham Young University's Splash Lab. Read More >>

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After Seven Years of Research, We Finally Know What's in Your Pee

A team of 20 researchers from University of Alberta proudly announced a commendable achievement on Thursday. Using no fewer than five different experimental methods, they've discovered over 3,000 different chemical compounds in human urine. And it only took them seven years. Read More >>

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Why Do Vitamins Make Urine Bright Yellow?

If you've ever taken a daily multivitamin you too might have noticed your urine turning a bright yellow-ish colour. Take your vitamins and eat some asparagus and you might just think you're dying the next time you pee! Read More >>

science
Scientists Grow Teeth From Scratch in the Worst Imaginable Way

Sometimes, good oral hygiene just isn't enough to keep your mouth full of pearly whites perfectly intact. That's where science comes in (we'd hope). But the newest foray into fabricating teeth for when our bodies no longer can might be better left in the lab — or lavatory, as the case may be. Because scientists are now trying to grow teeth out of human urine. Read More >>

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You Can Now Power Your Phone With Your Pee

It's not like you're going to run out of urine anytime soon, so why not use it for something useful like charging your phone? That's exactly what researchers from the Bristol Robotics Laboratory have managed using fancy microbial fuel cells. Read More >>

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How Much Hair, Sweat, Pee and Poop Do Our Bodies Make Every Year?

Prepare to be grossed out. You know how you go to the bathroom every day, cut your nails every few weeks and cut your hair every month? Did you ever think about what all that totals up to? What about all those times you've cried or drooled or worked up a sweat? It adds up to an embarrassing amount of fluid! Read More >>

diy
These Teenage Girls from Africa Made a Urine Powered Generator

When I was a teenager, I don't think I ever imagined doing anything other than playing video games and eating junk food. Luckily, these teenage girls weren't me because they've developed a generator that can be powered with urine. Yep, it's pee-powered. Read More >>

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How to Light a Fire with Your Pee

If you're a normal person who happens to find yourself in a desperate need to light a fire and you have, like, no fire lighting equipment... you're screwed. But wait! If you can pee, you'll be totally fine. The guys at The King of Random figured out how to light a fire with urine. Read More >>

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