Scientists Figured Out a Way to Help Power Homes with Toilet Flushes

A team of researchers in South Korea have a pretty exciting new idea for hydroelectricity. They figured out a way to turn the mechanical energy from flowing water into a sustainable energy source. In other words, your toilet flushes could help power your home. » 4/18/14 6:40pm Yesterday 6:40pm

California's Drought Is So Bad, They're Drinking Toilet Water

At this point, we all know that California's superdrought is bad—really bad. We don't yet know how Californians are going to cope with the consequences. According to a recent billion dollar allocation of taxpayer money for water recycling programs, drinking toilet water is one way. » 4/17/14 6:48pm Thursday 6:48pm

Did Construction Workers Just Unearth L.A.'s Original Aqueduct?

It began as little more than a modest trench in the ground, but its name—Zanja Madre, or Mother Ditch—speaks to the importance of this proto-aqueduct to early Los Angeles. Diverting water from the free-flowing Los Angeles River, the Zanja Madre did indeed rear tiny Los Angeles, founded in 1781 as an agricultural colony … » 4/16/14 1:40pm Wednesday 1:40pm

Berlin Is Threatened From Below By Its Rising Water Table

While the American West stumbles forward into an already dangerous drought—and it's barely even summer—Berliners are simply not using enough water. This means that the city's water table is now on the rise, and it's beginning to threaten the city's buildings from below. Some basements have already been affected. » 4/13/14 5:00pm Sunday 5:00pm

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

There's No End in Sight for California's Megadrought

California's chief snow surveyor ventured into the Sierras this week to see how much water the state can expect from the spring melt—and he came back with very bad news. The devastating drought that the state's been dealing with the past few months will continue to devastate for the foreseeable future. » 4/03/14 3:20pm 4/03/14 3:20pm

Scientists Make Bricks With Sludge Filtered From Arsenic-Laced Water

Arsenic-contaminated water is a massive problem in the developing world. But, even when you filter it out, the toxic sludge that the process produces often gets dumped right back into the water supply. It's tough to dream up a use for arsenic soup, but one research team finally has: They're making bricks out of it. » 3/31/14 4:00pm 3/31/14 4:00pm

Is This Weird Little Blob The Future Of Bottled Water?

We get it. Our love of drinking water from disposable plastic bottles is a problem, enough of a problem that San Francisco actually wants to ban them. But then what will we drink water out of? Ooho, a biodegradable membrane made of brown algae, is an interesting idea. » 3/26/14 6:46pm 3/26/14 6:46pm

A Pleated Filter Eliminates the Slow Drip of Purified Water

Camelbak's made a name for itself when it comes to proper hydration, at least when it comes to outdoor activities. But now the company has set its sights on your kitchen—and Brita—with its new Relay pitcher that uses an exposed dual-pleated filter that lets water flow 10x faster than what we're all probably used to. » 3/14/14 4:00pm 3/14/14 4:00pm

Mysterious Underwater Rivers Criss Cross the Bottom of the Ocean

If you've ever made a trans-Atlantic call—or, heck, used the internet—then you might like to know a few things about the ocean floor. Mighty but enigmatic underwater rivers flow along the ocean bed. And it's telecommunications companies, who have to lay thick cables for transoceanic phone and internet connections, with … » 2/26/14 10:40am 2/26/14 10:40am