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Bioweapons, Viagra, Wind Farms, and the Apocalypse: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week Bioweapons, Viagra, Wind Farms, and the Apocalypse: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

Halloween may still be most of a month away, but the scares have already begun. Urine-craved vampires. Genetically engineered insects that do their masters’ bidding. Algal monstrosities. Dark magicks. iPhone XS bugs.

Meet the Animals That Go Wild for Your Pee Meet the Animals That Go Wild for Your Pee

Last month, visitors to Washington’s Olympic National Park were treated to a surreal sight. A helicopter crossed the sky dangling strands of drugged, blindfolded mountain goats—as many as five at a time—like a string of furry pearls. In the end, more than 100 goats were airlifted from the park and shipped to new homes…

We Owe a Lot to This Alchemist Who Tried to Transmute Pee Into Gold We Owe a Lot to This Alchemist Who Tried to Transmute Pee Into Gold

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.

Study Finds Tech Can Generate Electricity From Urine and Kill Salmonella Study Finds Tech Can Generate Electricity From Urine and Kill Salmonella

Scientists have understood that microbial fuel cells (MFC) can generate electricity from urine and other forms of waste for a while now. But new research shows that the process can also kill bacteria and a new approach to sewage could be the result. The researchers imagine a self-sustaining system that would be of…

Why Does Dog Poop Smell Bad to Us but Good to Dogs?

There are some things we can all agree on. For instance: the fact that shit smells bad. There are some contrarians out there—fetishists, middle school class clowns, etc.—but for the most part this issue transcends the usual divisions.

Customer Microwaves Urine at 7-Eleven, Microwave Explodes Customer Microwaves Urine at 7-Eleven, Microwave Explodes

Some poor beleaguered souls working at a 7-Eleven in Oregon were just trying to serve up some Big Gulps and hot dogs when their microwave suddenly exploded. They called the cops, and when the proper authorities checked out the situation, they didn’t find a bomb. Instead, they say it contained a urine sample.

Take a Piss On Beautiful Landscapes in 'Pee World VR' Take a Piss On Beautiful Landscapes in 'Pee World VR'

Have you ever dreamt of pissing into the Grand Canyon? Or maybe you’ve dreamt about taking a leak in deep outer space. Now, you finally can. Sort of.

Researchers Have Made Socks That Use Urine to Create Electricity Researchers Have Made Socks That Use Urine to Create Electricity

Your urine may be of more use kept about your person. At least, that’s what a team of researchers from the University of the West of England think, because they’ve made a pair of socks that use the liquid to generate electricity.

How Pee Led to One of the 17th Century's Most Important Chemistry Breakthroughs

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.

Thankfully, Doctors Are Making a Catheter That Hurts Less Thankfully, Doctors Are Making a Catheter That Hurts Less

If you’ve ever had a urinary catheter, you’ll know they’re unpleasant. If you haven’t, imagine someone threading a tube up through your urethra into your bladder and ... yes, yes they hurt. Mercifully, scientists are working out how to make the process less painful. Here’s how.

New Urine Test Could Reveal Whether You're Prone to Gaining Weight New Urine Test Could Reveal Whether You're Prone to Gaining Weight

Urine tests target everything from kidney disease to ganja use, but now something surprising can be added to the list: your risk of becoming overweight.

Doctors used to harvest penicillin from piss  Doctors used to harvest penicillin from piss 

Despite all the wonderful advancements in medical science, humanity does forget about a clever technique from time to time. Case in point: we used to recycle non-processed penicillin from patient's urine, and now we don't anymore.

Some People Use Urine (And Chemistry) to Whiten Their Teeth Some People Use Urine (And Chemistry) to Whiten Their Teeth

There are people out there who use urine to whiten their teeth. I can tell you how it works. Only you can decide whether you think it's worth it.

​I Went Camping With Bear Grylls, And Survived

"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.

Scientists Can Detect Disease By Dripping Urine Down This Tiny Tube Scientists Can Detect Disease By Dripping Urine Down This Tiny Tube

A team of chemists at Brigham Young University have developed a remarkably simple and cheap lab-on-a-chip test that can accurately detect markers of serious conditions like kidney disease or even prostate cancer using nothing but a drop of urine the and the perpetual pull of gravity.

Is It Okay To Pee In The Ocean? Is It Okay To Pee In The Ocean?

According to the folks at the American Chemical Society's Reactions channel: Yes. In a pool, though? That's a different story.

The Game-Changing Discovery of Synthetic Urine The Game-Changing Discovery of Synthetic Urine

Urine doesn't look particularly spectacular when it's sprinkled over a toilet seat, but in the 19th century, it was proof that organic life was truly special. Until a scientist came along and destroyed everyone's pee-based delusions of grandeur.

Is Urine Actually Sterile? Is Urine Actually Sterile?

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.

A Field Guide To Understanding The Many Possible Colors Of Your Urine A Field Guide To Understanding The Many Possible Colors Of Your Urine

We're accustomed to seeing urine as yellow, or, if we're extremely hydrated, clear. That doesn't mean that pee can't have all kinds of colors. Let's explore the biochemistry of making one's pee all the colors of the rainbow.

A Scientific Guide To Surviving Summer A Scientific Guide To Surviving Summer

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.

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