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At the Reinvent the Toilet fair, hosted at its Seattle campus this week, designs included a lavatory that used microwave energy to turn poo into electricity

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...the fair and the winner was a team from the California Institute of Technology. At the Reinvent the Toilet fair, hosted at its Seattle campus this week, designs included a lavatory that used microwave energy to turn poo into electricity Led by Prof. Michael Hoffman, the toilet they designed was solar-powered and generated hydrogen gas and electricity. They won a $100,000 prize. “We couldn&#...

The toilet seat has acquired an unfair reputation as the dirtiest item in the average household, but scientists say there are far filthier places in our house

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The toilet seat has acquired an unfair reputation as the dirtiest item in the average household, but scientists say there are far filthier places in our house, some of them where we least expect. Would you chop your vegetables on your toilet seat? I think pretty much all of us would say No. But maybe we should think again. Dr. Chuck Gerba, professor of microbiology at the University of Arizona, s...

South Korean city of Suwon has opened what it says is the world's first toilet theme park

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South Korean city of Suwon has opened what it says is “the world’s first toilet theme park”. The Restroom Cultural Park has a museum displaying Roman style loos, European-style bedpans, and ancient Korean flush toilets, as well as fun facts about human waste and a sculpture garden dedicated to squatting figures. To answer the question on everyone’s mind – What the…? – we should...

Photos of Oscar Pistorius’ bathroom where Reeva Steenkamp lay dying after he gunned her down through the door

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...ecause he “noticed that the bathroom window was open .I realized that the intruder/s was/were in the toilet because the toilet door was closed and I did not see anyone in the bathroom. I heard movement inside the toilet”. “It filled me with horror and fear of an intruder or intruders being inside the toilet. I thought he or they must have entered through the unprotected window,” he stated. Prosecu...

Toilet roll The Beatles refused to use while recording Abbey Road, because they thought it was too “hard and shiny”

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Beatles, the world’s most famous band once refused to use a toilet roll while recording their Abbey Road album, because they thought it was too “hard and shiny”. The rock legends rejected the roll during the 1960s as it also had EMI stamped on every sheet. The object came to light after Beatles fan Barry Thomas snapped up the toilet roll at an auction complete with a letter from EMI manager...

A tsunami warning has been issued for Hawaii after a 7.7-magnitude earthquake rocked an island off the west coast of Canada Saturday

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A tsunami warning has been issued for Hawaii after a 7.7-magnitude earthquake rocked an island off the west coast of Canada Saturday. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center originally said there was no threat to the islands, but a warning was issued later Saturday and remains in effect until 7:00 p.m. Sunday. A small craft advisory is in effect until Sunday morning. A small tsunami prompted state and...

Saudi Arabia sent a written warning about Tamerlan Tsarnaev to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in 2012, long before Boston Marathon blasts

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New reports reveal Saudi Arabia sent a written warning about Tamerlan Tsarnaev to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in 2012, long before Boston Marathon blasts, according to a senior Saudi government official with direct knowledge of the document. It appears the Saudi warning came separately from the multiple red flags raised by Russian intelligence in 2011, and was based on human intellig...

Tsunami alert caused panic among Indonesian people who fled buildings and made for high ground

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Japan has issued a tsunami warning after a 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck off the country's eastern coast

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Japan has issued a tsunami warning after a 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck off the country’s eastern coast. The quake was felt in the capital Tokyo, media report. The tsunami warning was issued for the coast of Miyagi Prefecture, which was hit by a devastating earthquake and tsunami in March 2011. The wave hit the city of Ishinomaki, while the quake was also felt strongly in the capital, To...

A 7.6-magnitude earthquake has rocked the north-western part of Costa Rica triggering a tsunami warning

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A 7.6-magnitude earthquake has rocked the north-western part of Costa Rica triggering a tsunami warning, the US Geological Survey said. A tsunami warning is in effect for Costa Rica, Panama, and Nicaragua. The quake was centred about 50 miles (80 km) south of the town of Liberia and was at a depth of 12.4 miles. It rattled buildings and cut power in some parts of the capital of San Jose, Reuters...

A US report has found that images of patients on ventilators on cigarette packets help smokers heed the health warnings about smoking

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...t has found that images of patients on ventilators on cigarette packets help smokers heed the health warnings about smoking. A study of 200 smokers in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that 83% were able to remember the health warning if it was accompanied by a graphic image. This compared with a 50% success rate when text-only warnings were viewed. Using eye-tracking technology, r...

Crown Prince Willem-Alexander, the heir to the Dutch throne, made a media splash by hurling a toilet for fun in a contest recently

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Crown Prince Willem-Alexander, the heir to the Dutch throne, made a media splash by hurling a toilet for fun in a contest recently – but has now spoken of his shame. Prince Willem-Alexander said the event on Queen’s Day last month was “a laugh”, but he also felt “shame at the thought of some 2.6 billion people around the world” who lack toilets. He won a cup wi...

Public buildings in Trenton City, the capital of the US state of New Jersey, face running out of toilet paper following a row

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Public buildings in Trenton City, the capital of the US state of New Jersey, face running out of toilet paper following a row. Trenton’s city council has refused to approve a $42,000 contract for paper products after baulking at its $4,000 charge for paper cups. The toilet paper, along with other supplies, is to be used in government buildings such as city hall. Removing the cups from the c...

Jolene Van Vugt recorded a speed of 75 km/h (46 mph) in Sydney, beating the previous record by 7 km/h

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...Van Vugt has set a new and unusual land speed record in Australia – for the fastest motorized toilet. Jolene Van Vugt recorded a speed of 75 km/h (46 mph) in Sydney, beating the previous record by 7 km/h. “I flew into Australia yesterday and came out here to jump straight on the toilet,” she said. “That was so fun and I’m stoked to get the record.” Jolene Van...

First Warning Systems believe their device will play be able to detect tumors early on and reduce the rate of false positives and negatives

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First Warning Systems unveils plans for a hi-tech device that can be worn inside the bra to help detect breast cancer. One million women are diagnosed with breast cancer every year – and of those, 400,000 will die. Catching the cancer early is crucial to survival rate – and the efficacy of traditional annual mammograms as a reliable detection method is being called into question, with...

California new bill would require the warning on the front of all beverage containers with added sweeteners that have 75 or more calories in every 12 ounces

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California Senator William Monning wants to make his state the first in the nation to require warning labels on soda and other sugary drinks. Democratic Sen. William Monning’s bill proposed Thursday would require the warning on the front of all beverage containers with added sweeteners that have 75 or more calories in every 12 ounces. The label would read: “STATE OF CALIFORNIA SAFETY WARNIN...

Venezuela has taken over Manpa toilet paper factory to avoid any shortage

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Venezuela has taken over Manpa toilet paper factory to avoid any shortage of the product. The National Guard has taken control of the plant, and officers will monitor production and distribution. Earlier this year officials ordered millions of toilet rolls to be imported to counter a chronic shortage. Venezuela has taken over Manpa toilet paper factory to avoid any shortage Last week President N...

A new survey has revealed that approximately 16 percent of online holiday shopping in the US is conducted from a toilet

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A new survey has revealed that approximately 16% of online holiday shopping in the U.S. is conducted from a toilet. More than 38 million Americans, with men found more likely than women, are accused of the clandestine multitasking according to calculations based on 2,104 online adults surveyed in November. “Smartphones and tablets have enabled consumers to shop and gift on-the-go in more ways and...

Kay reveals how she uses a combination of soap and water to rinse herself off after visiting the bathroom

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A woman from New York, who saves money by not using toilet roll, takes thriftiness to a whole different level in an upcoming series of Extreme Cheapskates. Setting herself a stringent budget, Kay reveals how she uses a combination of soap and water to rinse herself off after visiting the bathroom. While demonstrating her frugal cleansing ritual in front of the cameras, she states that she doesn&#...

Chinese firefighters have rescued a newborn baby boy lodged inside a sewage pipe leading off a toilet

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...ted. Chinese firefighters have rescued a newborn baby boy lodged inside a sewage pipe leading off a toilet A number of visitors had arrived at the hospital with contributions of nappies, baby clothes and powdered milk, it added. Meanwhile, a police officer in Jinhua told Agence France-Presse that the baby’s unmarried mother had hidden her pregnancy. The baby fell into the toilet after she u...

World’s oldest public toilet, created at the dawn of the dinosaurs, has been unearthed in Argentina

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World’s oldest public toilet, created at the dawn of the dinosaurs, has been unearthed in Argentina. Thousands of fossilized poos left by rhino-like megaherbivores were found clustered together, scientists say. The 240-million-year-old site is the “world’s oldest public toilet” and the first evidence that ancient reptiles shared collective dumping grounds. The dung contains clue...

Recep Tayyip Erdogan has issued a "final warning" to protesters to leave Gezi Park in Istanbul

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Turkey’s PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan has issued a “final warning” to protesters to leave Gezi Park in Istanbul. “Our patience is at an end. I am making my warning for the last time,” he said. Recep Tayyip Erdogan has issued a “final warning” to protesters to leave Gezi Park in Istanbul Clashes between police and protesters in the park and adjoining Taksim Square h...

Coca-Cola and Pepsi decided to change the recipes for their drinks to avoid putting a cancer warning label on the bottle, to comply with California laws.

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...this step so that our products would not be subject to the requirement of a scientifically unfounded warning,” Coca-Cola representative Diana Garza-Ciarlante told the AP. Coca-Cola and Pepsi decided to change the recipes for their drinks to avoid putting a cancer warning label on the bottle, to comply with California laws. The chemical has been linked to cancer in mice and rats, according...

Twin toilets in a cubicle at Sochi Olympics venue

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...caused disbelief and much hilarity, with some linking it to the recent debate over gay rights. Twin toilets in a cubicle at Sochi Olympics venue Steve Rosenberg tweeted: “Seeing double in the Gentlemen’s Loo at the Olympic Biathlon Centre.” Retweeting the photo, Alexey Navalny commented: “This is a men’s toilet in a Sochi Olympics media centre for 1.5bn roubles [$45...

Venezuela's National Assembly has backed the country’s plans to import 39 million rolls of toilet paper, in an effort to relieve a chronic shortage

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Venezuela’s National Assembly has backed the country’s plans to import 39 million rolls of toilet paper, in an effort to relieve a chronic shortage. Lawmakers voted to approve a $79 million credit for the country’s ministry of commerce, which will also be used to buy toothpaste and soap. The products are currently in short supply in Venezuelan shops. The oil-rich nation relies on impo...