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Whether America is celebrating its founding fathers or its independence, we ask a question about one item most of us are quite dependent upon today: What were toilets like in 1776? To understand the privies of the day, it’s best to look at the entire state of sanitation overall...

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Anthony Body has been with us for several months and he recently went on a wastewater treatment plant tour with his co-workers. He grabbed his phone when he got to the bar screens, large racks that catch all kinds of floating debris that sewers carry into our treatment plant....

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A color-enhanced scanning electron micrograph of a water bear. Image: Eye of Science/Science Source Billions of nearly indestructible microscopic organisms capable of surviving the extremes of outer space, freezing temperatures, and radiation. Sleep tight. Wired recently ran a great story about the water bear, scientifically known as the tardigrade,...

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