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

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The Toilet is Obsolete: How Science Is Redefining Waste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are actively seeking out ways to reduce our production of waste — everything from industrial byproducts, to old and outdated electronics, to human excrement.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

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

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