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Solar Powered Sol-Char Toilet Zaps Poop into Fertilizer Bricks

Solar Powered Sol-Char Toilet Zaps Poop into Fertilizer Bricks

Researchers at the University of Colorado designed a new toilet called the Sol-Char that zaps poop into biochar using nothing but the sun. Led by Karl Linden, the team installed fiber-optic cables that

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Snail Poo Makes Weird and Wonderful New Material

Snail Poo Makes Weird and Wonderful New Material

Who would have thought that snail poo could be turned into a new, colorful and flexible material? This exciting new idea was conceived by Dutch designer Lieske Schreuder, who adopted hundreds of snails

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Dindita Makes Gilded Goat Poop for Decor and Fertilizer

Dindita Makes Gilded Goat Poop for Decor and Fertilizer

They say you can’t polish a turd, but Dindita N. 1 begs to differ. The design company is now offering a line of unique decorations made with gilded, organic goat poop. Covered in 23K gold dust, the

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Scientists Use Microbes to Turn Poo into Hydrogen

Scientists Use Microbes to Turn Poo into Hydrogen

Scientists at Newcastle University have created a process that uses microbes to not only process sewage at treatment plants, but to then produce hydrogen gas as a renewable energy source. In collaboration

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‘Cow Power’ Explores How Vermont Is Turning Turds Into a Treasured Energy Resource

‘Cow Power’ Explores How Vermont Is Turning Turds Into a Treasured Energy Resource

Dairy farms are going out of business all across the United States, but in Vermont, citizens have banded together to support family farms by turning cow manure into a form of renewable energy. Cow Power

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6 Ways to Convert Poo into Power

6 Ways to Convert Poo into Power

Power-Generating Toilet Scientists at the Nanyang Technological University have invented a way to harness poop power at home- with a convenient toilet system. Their No-Mix Vacuum toilet uses suction to

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Portable Shipping Container Sewage System Turns Poop into Power

Portable Shipping Container Sewage System Turns Poop into Power

Photo via Shutterstock Students at Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering are hard at work conquering a poop problem. The students recently received a grant of $1.18 million from the Bill and Melinda

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6 Totally Insane Designs Made From Repurposed Toilets

6 Totally Insane Designs Made From Repurposed Toilets

The Northern region of New Zealand, on the Coromandel Peninsula, is known for amazing scenery, hiking, and camping. Now it may also be known for crazy toilet sculpture! This humorous installation near a

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Spanish Town Become World’s First to Run its Vehicles on Sewage

Spanish Town Become World’s First to Run its Vehicles on Sewage

Photo via Shutterstock Say you're a small town looking to add some green energy options to your city. You could invest in good old wind or solar power, or in the case of one Spanish town, you could

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Spanish Village Hand-Delivers Un-Scooped Dog Poop Back to Offending Owners

Spanish Village Hand-Delivers Un-Scooped Dog Poop Back to Offending Owners

One village in Spain is taking its dog poop problem into their own hands. Faced with uncollected dog poop littering their streets, the village of Brunete has formed a poop task force, comprised of twenty

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Australian Researchers Propose Turning Millions of Tons of Pig Waste into Alternative Energy for China

Australian Researchers Propose Turning Millions of Tons of Pig Waste into Alternative Energy for China

Photo via Shutterstock Where there are million of animals, there are millions of tons of waste. In a clever solution to a major waste disposal problem, Australian researchers have found a way to

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Horse Poop Could Be the Key to Commercial Biofuel Production

Horse Poop Could Be the Key to Commercial Biofuel Production

Horse photo from Shutterstock Scientists just discovered a key ingredient that could help propel the production of biofuel: horse poop. Converting corn stalks and grass to biofuel requires removing

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Four Nigerian Girls Create Pee-Powered Energy Generator

Four Nigerian Girls Create Pee-Powered Energy Generator

Four Nigerian teen girls have wowed visitors to Maker Faire Africa by creating a generator that is powered with pee. Using a resource that everyone has, the girls developed a generator that produces

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Back to the Roots’ Aquaponics Kit is a Self-Cleaning Fish Tank that Grows Veggies

Back to the Roots’ Aquaponics Kit is a Self-Cleaning Fish Tank that Grows Veggies

Back to the Roots was founded by Alejandro Velez & Nikhil Arora, a pair of UC Berkeley undergrads who scrapped plans to go into investment banking and consulting and instead launched a business around

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Three Thousand Dairy Cows Help to Offset the Super Bowl’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Three Thousand Dairy Cows Help to Offset the Super Bowl’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Photo via Shutterstock For this year's Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans, the ball won't be the only thing being passed. Three thousand dairy cows from Green Meadows Farm in Michigan will do what they do

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Cohen Van Balen Uses Specially Designed Bacteria to Get Pigeons to Poop Soap

Cohen Van Balen Uses Specially Designed Bacteria to Get Pigeons to Poop Soap

London-based studio Cohen Van Balen wants to clean up the common pigeon's dirty image. While most of us see the feathered being as little more than a pest, the studio sees the pigeon as valuable life

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Ghana to Utilize Poo Power in Quest to Boost Renewable Energy Use to 10% by 2020

Ghana to Utilize Poo Power in Quest to Boost Renewable Energy Use to 10% by 2020

Photo from Shutterstock Ghana’s parliament recently set a mandate to derive 10% of the nation's energy from alternative sources by 2020 - and the country is turning to poo power to meet the quota!

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South Korean Researchers Create Clean Biodiesel from Sewage Sludge

South Korean Researchers Create Clean Biodiesel from Sewage Sludge

Biodiesel is an excellent source of fuel: not only does it come from renewable sources, but it also burns cleaner, producing less pollution than fossil fuels. But it can be expensive to produce. That is

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OSU’s New Microbial Fuel Cell Can Generate 10-50 Times More Power From Wastewater

OSU’s New Microbial Fuel Cell Can Generate 10-50 Times More Power From Wastewater

A team of engineers from Oregon State University has developed a breakthrough microbial fuel cell that is capable of generating 10 to 50 times more electricity from waste than other MFCs. The team hopes

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Minnesota Town to Tap into its Own Sewers for Geothermal Energy

Minnesota Town to Tap into its Own Sewers for Geothermal Energy

Cities and companies around the world tap into geothermal energy -- the thermal energy below the Earth's surface -- but there's another type of man-made energy coursing through sewer pipes beneath cities

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New Pee-Powered Plasma Thruster Could Allow Astronauts to Travel Farther Into Deep Space

New Pee-Powered Plasma Thruster Could Allow Astronauts to Travel Farther Into Deep Space

A new type of plasma thruster, currently in development at the Australian National University, could be a game-changer for deep space missions. Researchers at ANU believe that the new plasma thruster

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PooCareTM System Turns China’s Pig Waste into Usable Poo Power

PooCareTM System Turns China’s Pig Waste into Usable Poo Power

Funny pigs image from Shutterstock China’s pig population is approaching one billion, so you can imagine how much pig poo the nation has at its disposal. One Australian firm, CRC CARE, thinks it

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Mexican Parks Trade Free Wi-Fi Access for Dog Poop

Mexican Parks Trade Free Wi-Fi Access for Dog Poop

Dog poop in public parks can really be the pits - however a new campaign by DDB in Mexico includes a genius incentive to get dog owners to clean up their pup’s leavings. For every “deposit” made in

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PETA Vegan Toilet Paper Inspires After-Dinner Conversation

PETA Vegan Toilet Paper Inspires After-Dinner Conversation

PETA wants to spread its stance against animal cruelty every where - and we do mean every where. Toilet paper with an anti-meat message is yet another way that the animal rights organization is teaching

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Ithaca Turns Dog Poo Into Compost

Ithaca Turns Dog Poo Into Compost

Dog litter bin photo from Shutterstock In the U.S., approximately 78 million dogs leave behind 10.6 million tons of dog waste each year. Three years ago a park in Ithaca, NY launched a plan to lessen

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Denver Zoo Develops a Poo-Power System and Tests It Out On a Rickshaw!

Denver Zoo Develops a Poo-Power System and Tests It Out On a Rickshaw!

Denver Zoo acknowledged that they have a lot of poo on their hands, but rather than hauling their waste off to a landfill or compost, they developed their own on-site poo-power system! They've applied the

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New Poo Power Device Could Help Sewage Plants Transform Wastewater Into Wattage

New Poo Power Device Could Help Sewage Plants Transform Wastewater Into Wattage

Poo-power, or the science of turning excrement into energy, has been gaining popularity over recent years, and now scientists at Penn State University have developed a device which they claim could allow

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Rwanda’s Poo-Powered Prisons Are 75% Fueled by Burning Inmates’ Waste

Rwanda’s Poo-Powered Prisons Are 75% Fueled by Burning Inmates’ Waste

Rwanda's jails are reducing their energy bills this year by turning inmates' waste into energy. That's right, poo power is back, and now 75 percent of the prisons' energy is fueled by a mixture of human

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POO POWER: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Funds First Fecal Sludge to Bio Diesel Plant in Ghana

POO POWER: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Funds First Fecal Sludge to Bio Diesel Plant in Ghana

Last year, the Bill Gates Foundation ploughed US $1.5 million into the first fecal sludge to bio diesel conversion plant in Accra, Ghana. The plant, which is run by Colombia University professor Kartik

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Furniture and More Made from Recycled Paper and Bovine Waste!

Furniture and More Made from Recycled Paper and Bovine Waste!

With the ability to be transformed into furniture, signage, displays and more, Ecor is an amazing moldable material made from recycled cardboard, old newsprint, and a variety of fibers, including those

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