Lina Zeldovich

Lina Zeldovich grew up in a family of Russian scientists listening to bedtime stories about volcanoes, black holes and dangerous pathogens. Since then, she’s edited science features at Nautilus, won two awards for a story about poo, and has written for, among others, the Smithsonian, Hakai Magazine, Audubon Magazine and Popular Mechanics. She lives in New York and is working on a book about the most misunderstood matter in the universe: human waste. Visit her at or @linazeldovich

Reinventing the toilet

Traditional flush toilets aren’t an option in many parts of the world, but neither is leaving people with unsafe and unhygenic choices. Now, one company is piloting a new loo that's waterless, off-grid and able to charge your phone. Lina Zeldovich travels to Madagascar to witness the start of a lavatorial revolution.