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  1. Important Science: It Is Okay to Pee in the Ocean, Pools Still Off Limits

    Thanks, science.

    If you've ever been in the ocean, you've probably peed in the ocean. Deny it all you want, but if you're denying it out of shame, there's no need. This video from the American Chemical Society series Reactions explains why it's perfectly fine to pee in the ocean. You still shouldn't pee in the pool though, both for science and common courtesy.

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  2. Space Station Coffee Is About to Get Better, Will Still Be Made With Pee-Water

    Thanks, but I'll just have tea... oh that's pee-water too?

    Being an astronaut on the International Space Station is full of challenges -- chief among them according to Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano is the lack of decent coffee, and that guy nearly drowned in his own helmet on a space walk, so if he thinks coffee is the biggest problem then it's clearly a huge issue. Italy wants to fix that, so they're sending an espresso machine to space.

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  3. India, Stop Peeing in Public or Vigilantes Will Spray You With a Hose

    Weirdest superheroes ever.

    Public urination (and defecation for that matter) is a real public health issue in India, and yet it persists. One group is trying to combat the problem rather literally by patrolling the streets with The Pissing Tanker, a mobile water tanker equipped with spray hoses to blast pee pee offenders.

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  4. New Method Could Turn Astronaut Pee Into Drinking Water and Fuel

    Liquid gold!

    Pee and other human waste (poop) are a problem in space. Processing astronaut urine for useable drinking water is nothing new on board the International Space Station, but a new process can recycle that urine into both water and energy—and it's not just limited to space. We could all soon be generating pee-fuel.

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  5. Pee Might Become Toxic When Introduced to Chlorine, So for the Love of God, Get out of the Pool First

    There are six year olds with more bladder control than you, you know.

    Needless to say, a feeling of disgust overcomes you when you're swimming in the ocean or a pool and you suddenly feel that warm spot. You're desperately hoping that it's not pee, but hey, accidents happen. However, a new study shows that those "accidents" can be potentially harmful and toxic.

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  6. New App Helps Mardi Gras Revelers “Pee All They Can Pee”

    The levees will never break again.

    Y'all, it's Mardi Gras. If you can't remember a time it was warm enough to take your top off, it may be hard to sympathize with revelers in Louisiana searching right now for a place to legally relieve their overtaxed bladders. Thankfully, there's an app for those lucky sons of bitches. Or should I say, an a pp? (pee joke, plebs.)

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  7. Dinosaur Pee Is Paleontology’s Newest Mystery

    More like the Land Before Bladders, huh.

    Sometimes when you're a scientist, you do dignified things like name new species or cut the ribbons at a museum. And sometimes it's your job to figure out if and how dinosaurs peed, a paleontological mystery that has been gaining popularity since 2002.

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  8. Mars Colony May Be Built From Bacteria And Astronaut Pee

    Hopefully astronauts don't like asparagus, otherwise "urine" for a surprise

    Obviously we're all hoping that at some point in the future there will be a colony on Mars we can visit in the interests of crazy spring break parties scientific advancement. But would you still want to visit if the Mars Colony was made of bacteria and astronaut pee?

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  9. One Time a Cat Peed on a 15th Century Manuscript While the Monks Weren’t Looking

    But were they catholic monks? Ehhh? Eehhhhhhh?

    Some cats are friendly and others are more territorial, but regardless of differences in personality, all cats have one clear objective: to pee on the things you love. It has always been this way throughout history. For example, here is a page of a medieval manuscript that a cat peed on, making a real mess for one Monk scribe.

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  10. In The Future, Our Robot Butlers Might Have Hearts That Pump Urine

    Well, no wonder they're going to inevitably rise up and revolt!

    Today we learned two things: one, that scientists think that they might be able to channel the chemical properties of urine to conduct electricity, and two, that they've decided to test this out by building robot hearts that pump pee. We're pretty sure that this isn't what The Jetsons had in mind, but we're intrigued nonetheless.

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  11. A Bunch of Scientists Studied the Most Optimal Way to Pee Standing up, Because Why Not

    I mean, we've cured all the major diseases, so what else is there to-- wait, we haven't?

    Since there is clearly nothing else important to be done with science anymore, a team at Brigham Young University have been studying the physical properties of what's commonly referred to as "splash-back" in a urinal. Why? Because they figure everybody who's ever peed standing up has been doing it the wrong way. You're welcome, people with penises!

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  12. Everybody Pees, and Most Mammals Pee in the Same Amount of Time

    Science: Answering the questions you never thought to ask.

    Mammals range in size, and so do their bladders. A great dane can hold about 0.4 gallons of urine, while an elephant can store 42 gallons. You might think that means it takes an elephant longer to pee and empty its bladder, but you'd be wrong. Regardless of size, mammals take nearly the same amount of time to pee. That's a thing we know now.

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  13. We Take a Firsthand Look at the Urinal Gaming System [Video]

    Last week I told you about the first "Urinal Gaming Systems" being installed in the United States at the home of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs -- Coca-Cola Park. It's a video game you control with your pee. It sounded a little too good to be true, but thankfully the team was kind enough to let me stop by the stadium yesterday to try it out, and that's exactly what I did. There's a perfectly safe for work video of me testing the game out after the jump.

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  14. Urine-Controlled Video Games Finally Becoming Reality

    You might not be familiar with the minor league baseball team the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs, or their home field Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, Pennsylvania, but you're probably going to want to take a trip there this summer. They're the first sports venue in the world to offer an interactive "Urinal Gaming System," which is a video game you control with your pee. This is also the first time I've looked forward to baseball season.

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  15. New iPhone App Will Test Your Pee, Justifies Using Your Phone In The Bathroom

    Everyone knows you're using your phone in the bathroom, because everyone does it. It wasn't going to be long before someone decided to make an app that really integrates your phone into the pee experience... peexperience? The new app Uchek tests the users pee and keeps track of the results, giving people an inexpensive way to analyze their pee over time. Since that's something we've all been desperately wanting.

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  16. Fact: The Soft-Shelled Turtle Pees Through Its Mouth

    While soft-shelled turtles breathe air, they spend the vast majority of their lives in the water. Even when the pools and lakes they call home dry up, they will stick their heads beneath the surface of a puddle, sometimes for hours on end, a habit that has baffled scientists for years. Thanks to a report released today in the Journal of Experimental Biology, researchers are no longer stumped. They are, however, kind of grossed out, as the study shows that when they dunk their heads, it's because they're urinating into the water through their mouths. So how about a little privacy, guys? Jeez!

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  17. Yes, Olympic Swimmers Do Pee in the Pool

    We turn on our TVs to see them, standing on podiums with medals around their necks and their national hymns playing solemnly. What we forget is that these men and women are people too; they pee in the pool. According to Carly Geehr, a former swimmer on the U.S. National Swimming Team, Olympic swimmers relieve themselves right there in the pool. Whether or not you want to think about it, there it is, medal-winning Olympians swim in a pool full of pee.

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  18. E-Urinal Concept Analyzes Your Pee, Judges You

    To the men in our audience: Fellows, how many times have you stood in front of a urinal in the midst of reliving yourself and thought, "I sure wish this thing I am peeing into could tell me if I am healthy or not." Well, friends, that day may be sooner than you think. Designer Royce Zhang has created this interesting urinal concept which combines a sensor suite, touch screen, and space age design into what he calls the e-Urinal. Does it get weirder? Oh, of course it does.

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  19. Over 10,000 Man Hours Spent Trying to Fix Aircraft Carrier G.H.W. Bush's 423 Toilets

    According to the Navy Times, the aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) has been struggling with some critical technical difficulties since it began its first deployment. Namely, that it has been extremely hard to keep all the $6.2 billion carrier's toilets functioning. According to sources onboard the ship, there have been times when none of the carrier's 423 toilets have been available for use. The horror of this situation is brought into sharp focus when you remember that the ship carries some 5,000 sailors.

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  20. Urine Microbial Fuel Cell Tests Successful, Pure Pee-Power Probably Possible

    A recently published research paper documents what is thought to be a world first, pure, unadulterated urine being used as a fuel for microbial fuel cells. In other words: Pure pee-power. The breakthrough here isn't the use of mircobial fuel cells (MFCs), but rather the use of undistilled urine as a power sources. MFCs have been used to create electricity in the past, but from fuels like bacteria, sugars, dirt, and various chemical compontents. Pure urine is a bit more, um, easy to come by.

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