How One Man’s Love of Urine Led to the Discovery of Phosphorus

Phosphorus is an essential element for life. Forms of it are found in DNA, RNA, and all living cell membranes. It is the sixth most abundant element in any living organism. Phosphorus can also be highly poisonous and combustible (white phosphorus is used in many destructive weapons, such as napalm). It was also the… » 5/28/14 6:52am 5/28/14 6:52am

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

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