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5 Unique Uses for Urine

Turns out our pee is chock full of cool stuff. We’re talkin’ information about our health, and even little bits of rocket fuel! Trace has the details.

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Weird Microbe Turns Pee into Rocket Fuel

“Scientists on Sunday said they had gained insights into a remarkable bacterium that lives without oxygen and transforms ammonium, the ingredient of urine, into hydrazine, a rocket fuel.”

Urinal Video Games Played With Pee

“My girlfriend and I once drove across Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. One day, after we downed a couple pasties, we stopped in to the VFW post in Ontonagon for a few beers. There, in the men’s room, I saw something I’d never seen before: Hanoi Jane Urinal Targets.”

Electronic Pee Sniffer Can Detect Bladder Cancer

“A new kind of electronic nose could make diagnosing bladder cancer a whole lot easier, according to a new study published this week in PLOS ONE.”

Now, Human Pee to Charge Cellphones

“Scientists working at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory have described the “breakthrough” finding of charging cell phones using urine as the power source to generate electricity.”


“Cystoscopy is a test that allows your doctor to look at the inside of the bladder and the urethra using a thin, lighted instrument called a cystoscope.”

Urinal Analyzes Pee, Alerts Valet When A Potential Driver Is Drunk

“A new urinal being placed in bars is able to analyze a person’s urine and then tell them when they are drunk.”

Michigan Fighting DUI’s With Urinal Cakes

“Officials in Michigan are attempting to cut down on the number of DUI arrests in the state by turning to urinal cakes.”

Complaint Box | Dog Urine

“Ethically, however, it’s pretty straightforward: dogs should not pee on anything alive, nor do they naturally want to. The sad truth is that most owners have trained their dogs to relieve themselves on trees.”

Gee Whiz: Human Urine Is Shown to Be an Effective Agricultural Fertilizer

“The beets Surendra Pradhan and Helvi Heinonen-Tanski grew were perfectly lovely: round and hefty; with their skin a rich burgundy; their flavor sweet and faintly earthy, like the dirt from which they came. Unless someone told you, you’d never know the beets were fertilized with human urine.”

Forget apps and useless startups: These four African girls have created a pee-powered generator

“What have you built lately? 14-year-olds Duro-Aina Adebola, Akindele Abiola, Faleke Oluwatoyin, and 15-year-old Bello Eniola have created a urine powered generator.”

Cells Harvested From Human Urine Used to Make Stem Cells

“Biologists in China have published a study detailing how they transformed common cells found in human urine into neural stem cells that can be used to create neurons and glial brain cells. The find holds huge potential for the rapid testing and development of new treatments for neurodegenerative disorders.”

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