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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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‘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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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 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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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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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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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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POO POWER: New Toilet System Turns Human Waste Into Electricity and Reduces Water Use By 90%

POO POWER: New Toilet System Turns Human Waste Into Electricity and Reduces Water Use By 90%

Poo power is rapidly becoming the energy source of choice in many countries, powering everything from homes to motorcycles. Now scientists from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have invented a new

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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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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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E. chromi Designer Bacteria Will Color Your Poop According to What Ails You

E. chromi Designer Bacteria Will Color Your Poop According to What Ails You

E. chromi is an experimental collaboration between designers and scientists working in the field of synthetic biology. Royal College of Art graduates’ James King and Daisy Ginsberg, together with

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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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TOILET BIKE NEO: Crazy Poop-Powered Motorcycle to Travel Across Japan!

TOILET BIKE NEO: Crazy Poop-Powered Motorcycle to Travel Across Japan!

In just under a week, the toilet bike will begin a 100% biogas-fueled journey from Kyushu to Tokyo, making press stops to answer questions by inevitably bewildered spectators. Toilet Bike Neo’s commode

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Google Invests in the Power of Pig Poop

Google Invests in the Power of Pig Poop

Google just announced that it has been carbon neutral since 2007, and the internet giant also recently unveiled plans to invest in pig poop as a form of renewable energy. Working in collaboration with

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6 Incredible Green Projects That Put Poop to Good Use!

6 Incredible Green Projects That Put Poop to Good Use!

From energy-generating toilets to poop-powered vehicles, there's a wealth of innovative eco-friendly projects out there that transform human waste into a valuable resource. Read on for a look at some of

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Public Urinal Planter Harnesses the Power of Pee to Fertilize Plants

Public Urinal Planter Harnesses the Power of Pee to Fertilize Plants

While those of you who read Inhabitat on a regular basis are probably very familiar with the many powers of poo, it's equally important that we recognize the less discussed, but equally beneficial,

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Loowatt: Toilet Made From Poo Transforms Excrement into Energy

Loowatt: Toilet Made From Poo Transforms Excrement into Energy

Design gets very literal in this toilet made from poop! Form follows function to whole new level in Virginia Gardiner's energy generating toilet - which is literally made from poop! Designed for use in

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Orlando Turns Poop into Profit with Lucrative Sewage to Fuel Project

Orlando Turns Poop into Profit with Lucrative Sewage to Fuel Project

Brooklyn has found a way to turn farts into fuel, and now Orlando, Florida is following suit. Partnering with several private industry partners, Orlando city officials think they have mastered the

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PARK SPARK: Public Park Converts Dog Poo to Energy

PARK SPARK: Public Park Converts Dog Poo to Energy

A new project in Cambridge, MA dubbed the “Park Spark” has dogs powering the street lights in their own dog parks. Designed by Matthew Mazzotta, a visual artist with a degree from MIT, the

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Sewage Sludge Biodiesel Costs Just 10¢ a Gallon More Than Petrol

Sewage Sludge Biodiesel Costs Just 10¢ a Gallon More Than Petrol

Photo courtesy American Chemical Society The key difference between biofuels that are truly green and those that aren't is the source material: is it genuinely waste, or is it something like food or

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P-Tree Urinal: A Natural Solution to an “Urgent” Problem

P-Tree Urinal: A Natural Solution to an “Urgent” Problem

Dutch designer Sam van Veluw has developed a new way to answer the call of nature at outdoor events and venues. After a long search for a public restroom at a music concert one evening, he came up with

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Google, HP and Microsoft Consider Poo to Power Data Centers

Google, HP and Microsoft Consider Poo to Power Data Centers

Photo credit: Skinnyde Tech giants like Google, Hewlett Packard and Microsoft have been considering everything from wave to solar power to keep their massive data centers running, but did you know that

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First Train Fueled by Beef Biodiesel Hits the Rails in Texas

First Train Fueled by Beef Biodiesel Hits the Rails in Texas

The nation's first commuter train using a cleaner renewable biodiesel fuel blend launched yesterday as Amtrak's Heartland Flyer chugged from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to Fort Worth, Texas on a blend of

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POO POWER: Researchers Make Crude Oil Out of Pig Manure

POO POWER: Researchers Make Crude Oil Out of Pig Manure

Pig manure: it's good for more than just smelling up pig pens. Researchers from the University of Illinois and Innoventor have figured out a way to make crude oil out of the pungent stuff -- and one day,

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TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: Oslo Buses to run on Poo Power!

TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: Oslo Buses to run on Poo Power!

Rather than let all their sewage go to waste, the city of Oslo recently announced that it plans to cut carbon emissions by converting 80 public buses to run on biomethane generated from raw sewage. These

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