Pee contains some pretty amazing stuff. Scientists have known for nearly a decade that it’s possible to produce bricks from bacteria, sand, and urea—a chemical found in urine. Researchers have gone ahead and produced those bricks, now for the first time with human pee.
Henning Brand’s name might not immediately ring a bell, but we wouldn’t have a number of life’s simplest joys were it not for the 17th century alchemist’s lifelong quest to transmute urine into solid gold.
Peeing in the public pool is gross, immature, but basically harmless, right? A quick fix when you’ve really gotta go? Not exactly. In advance of the its annual summer meeting, the American Chemical Society has just released a video explaining, in gory scientific detail, why peeing in the pool makes it a more unhealthy…
It’s no secret that San Francisco residents are pissed about Super Bowl 50 invading their city. But now they can take that piss public with the city’s first open-air urinal, where you can pee freely, starting today.
You probably just flush your urine down the toilet, but some European alchemists used it in their experiments, and in the process made a scientific discovery that helped modernize the world.
Did you know that the US and Russian sections of the International Space Station have long used separate water purification systems? It’s due to a dispute reaching back to the 80s over best water filtration practices. But, Bloomberg reports that a more pressing difference in the two sections’ processes centers around…
If you like drinking piss, you’re going to love the Roskilde music festival. The Danish celebration of rock and roll recently launched a program that recycles festival-goers’ urine in order to make beer. It’s not as gross as it sounds.
The first day of summer is fast approaching – will you be prepared for suntanning, swimming, and swarms of bugs? Here’s our handy guide to surviving the sultriest of seasons, with SCIENCE.
If you've ever lived in a bar neighborhood, you know the smell. It's the stench of idiots peeing all over the walls, doors, and sidewalks of your street—and until now, there really hasn't been a solution.
"Hey, you want to come camping with Bear?" That's a pretty random email to get on a Thursday morning, and it contained no other details. So, I said yes, packed a bag and hopped on a plane to New Mexico. Here's what happened over the next few days.
During his 127-hour ordeal under that boulder, backpacker Aaron Ralston resorted to consuming his own urine in order to stay alive before eventually hacking off his own forearm and escaping. This was an extreme survival case, and pretty much the only time you should even consider drinking from your own spigot.…
According to the folks at the American Chemical Society's Reactions channel: Yes. In a pool, though? That's a different story.
There's a long held myth that urine is sterile: that you can use it to treat jellyfish stings, sterilize a wound or, hell, even drink it in an emergency. But new research suggests it may not be quite as pure as you thought.
The first day of summer is fast approaching – will you be prepared for suntanning, swimming, and swarms of bugs? Here's our handy guide to surviving the sultriest of seasons, with SCIENCE.
Remember when Portland was gonna dump 38 million gallons of drinking water because that one dude peed in it? Well, it turns out the city has had a change of heart, and the water won't be flushed—at least not just yet.
Fact: Fin whales produce an average of 974 liters of urine each day. Let's put this in perspective. That's 487 2-liter bottles of Coke. If you had that much gas (257 gallons) you could completely fill twenty 2014 Ford Focuses, and still have a bit leftover.
While some people are disgusted by the thought of human pee in their pool water, others figure there's no harm in letting loose a little urine while swimming. It turns out, however, that when urine reacts with chlorinated water, it may be creating chemical byproducts hazardous to everyone in the pool.
Public toilets are notorious for unsavory behavior and even more unsavory smells. The PPlanter is both a public toilet and a planter, composting the pee it collects to nourish pots of bamboo. And it's apparently odor-free.