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. » 4/11/14 11:00am 4/11/14 11:00am

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. » 2/24/14 8:00pm 2/24/14 8:00pm

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… » 12/27/13 8:00am 12/27/13 8:00am

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… » 7/30/13 12:20pm 7/30/13 12:20pm

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! » 5/03/13 9:04pm 5/03/13 9:04pm

Why Drinking Purified Poo Water Is So Gross, Even When It Shouldn't Be

There's a reason you don't drink out of the toilet. It's gross. Even if you got a super toilet that only flushed diamond rain water, it'd still be disgusting. But that's the thing. The only thing keeping you from drinking cleansed pisswater is you. » 8/16/11 7:20pm 8/16/11 7:20pm