The man who dreamed up the Keurig K-Cup has some regrets, not just about selling his stake in the popular company for a song, but for the amount of waste the non-recyclable single-serving coffee brewing pods have generated: nine billion pods were sold last year, most of which now languish in landfills. » 3/07/15 8:45am 3/07/15 8:45am

The Solution to Disposable Diaper Waste Is Apparently Mushrooms

Disposable diapers are made to be super-absorbend and super-durable — all the better for handling the all the waste produced by a human baby. All the worse for the environment because the diapers last hundreds of years in landfills. But a new project cut waste by using the diapers to grow mushrooms. » 9/22/14 3:00am 9/22/14 3:00am

Could we feed an extra 3 billion people right now? A new study takes a comprehensive look at where our agricultural resources go and concludes that by changing some global farming practices, including raising fewer cattle and cutting crop waste, we could be feeding billions more a year. » 7/22/14 11:52am 7/22/14 11:52am

New life found on plastic waste gives rise to the 'plastisphere'

Tons of plastic floats in the oceans, and it's covered in microscopic life. But a new study reveals plastic-loving species that have never been seen before, and ecosystems entirely new to science. Say hello to life in the 'plastisphere.' » 11/13/13 3:40pm 11/13/13 3:40pm

In this adorable short filled with pop-up, paper craft monsters, our…

This adorable little short called Waste re-imagines our world as secretly populated by pop-up monsters. Watch as adorable little beasts pop out of the bin or glovebox like a kiddie book. » 4/11/13 10:20am 4/11/13 10:20am

Manned Mars mission plans include a radiation shield made of poop

Now that millionaire space tourist Dennis Tito has officially announced his intention to send a man and a woman on a round-trip journey to Mars in 2018, a few more details are trickling out about the Inspiration Mars project. One such detail is how the Inspiration Mars team plans to protect its astronauts from cosmic… » 3/02/13 2:00pm 3/02/13 2:00pm

The Toilet is Obsolete: How Science Is Redefining Waste

Today more than ever, politicians, engineers, researchers and citizens are actively seeking out ways to reduce our production of waste — everything from industrial byproducts, to old and outdated electronics, to human excrement. » 8/09/12 11:15am 8/09/12 11:15am

Still-life photos of rotting food are strangely beautiful

Klaus Pichler draws attention to food waste with his photo series One Third, which juxtaposes the lovely staging of traditional still-life photography with disgusting mold and rot. » 4/15/12 2:30pm 4/15/12 2:30pm

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Egypt's Trash City Only Looks Like the Garbage Apocalypse

Somewhere buried under all those bags of trash is the Egyptian city of Zabbaleen, where garbage reigns supreme. It looks like an object lesson, warning us of some impending garbage apocalypse, but there's something entirely different at work. » 12/09/09 3:00pm 12/09/09 3:00pm

Astronaut Urine Creates a Surprisingly Attractive Light Show

That's no comet. This photo, taken Wednesday night, actually shows a trail of urine and waste water streaming out of the shuttle Discovery. The waste froze upon release, then quickly sublimated into a sparkling, glowing vapor. [SpaceWeather via Yahoo!] » 9/14/09 9:30am 9/14/09 9:30am

Giant Machines That Eat Garbage (and the People Who Feed Them)

Garbage disposal factories are the unsung heroes of the giant machine world. With everybody excited about Pixar's upcoming garbage robot flick Wall-E, it's time to meet some real-life garbage machines. Some are glistening high tech towers, like this waste disposal/power plant in Vienna. Others are surprisingly… » 2/08/08 2:00pm 2/08/08 2:00pm

How To Shit In Space


When you're strapped into a tin can and rocketing through the galaxy at thousands of miles an hour, your opportunities for bathroom breaks are pretty few and far between. At some point, you're going to have to step away from the controls and relieve yourself. However, in a zero gravity environment where an errant… » 12/28/07 11:30am 12/28/07 11:30am