The Real Reason You Shouldn’t Pee in the Pool 

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 environment for everybody, you disgusting hairless flesh monster. Read More >>

How Much Pee Would It Take To Turn An Olympic Pool Green?

One of the frothiest stories to bubble forth from the shit-tastic Rio Olympics this week was the sudden, inexplicable greening of not one, but two Olympic pools. Read More >>

The ISS Crew Collects Russian Pee for Its Water Supply

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 centres around a less fun fact: The NASA crew are collecting the urine from all of the ISS crews, including their Soviet space neighbours. Read More >>

Every City Should Use Hydrophobic Paint That Shames Public Urinators 

If you've ever lived in a bar area, 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. Read More >>

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Why You Definitely Shouldn’t Drink Your Own Pee

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. Here's why. Read More >>

Is Urine Actually Sterile?

There's a long held myth that urine is sterile: that you can use it to treat jellyfish stings, sterilise a wound or, hell, even drink it in an emergency. But new research suggests it may not be quite as pure as you thought. Read More >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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This 3D-Printed Robot Heart Runs on Nothing But Pee

Robots may not have souls, but pretty soon they might have real, 3D-printed, fluid-pumping hearts. Except those hearts won't be pumping blood; they'll be pumping pee. Read More >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

Iron Man Made of Pee Gets Student Top Art Prize

A graduate art student in Taiwan found blood in his urine while peeing one day. So he thought: hey, I can draw Iron Man with this!—as you do when such things happen, of course. And then, things got even worse. Read More >>