New solar-powered machine converts urine into beer

July 27, 2016 by  
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“We call it from sewer to brewer,” say the creators of a solar-powered machine that turns urine into beer . Belgian scientists hope to expand the technology to remote areas needing off-the-grid methods for creating drinkable water , but not before asking festival goers to #peeforscience and a truly unique brew. Ghent University researchers developed the energy-efficient system with developing countries in mind, where solar power is optimal. By collecting urine in a heated tank and passing it through a membrane, clean drinking water is collected, as well as nutrients to be used as fertilizer . This way, both resources can be made readily available to people in need by using what is (no longer) considered a waste product. Related: Urine-powered batteries could provide cheap energy where it’s needed most The team behind the innovation featured it at a 10-day music and theater event, where the pee of thousands of festival goers was turned into 1,000 liters of drinkable water. In true Belgian fashion, the water collected from the event will be brewed into beer . The implications for both crowded, urban sporting and music events and rural areas needing access to clean water are vast. We just have to ask ourselves one question: would you drink it? Via Daily Mail Images via Pexels ( 1 , 2 )

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7 NASA discoveries that will blow your mind

June 29, 2016 by  
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1. A second mini moon circling Earth The moon has figured prominently in our culture, popping up in songs, poems, and literature throughout the centuries. So NASA’s confirmation that there’s a second moon piqued the curiosity of the masses. Asteroid 2016 HO3 is between 120 to 300 feet in diameter, and really needs a better name so the poets can start composing. While the tiny asteroid likely didn’t enter the scene until about 100 years ago, NASA scientists anticipate it will continue to orbit Earth for several more centuries. 2. 1,284 new planets discovered by Kepler 4.302 exoplanets. That’s the staggering number delivered recently by the Kepler space telescope, and NASA determined 1,284 of those could likely be classified as planets . Past that, 1,327 might be planets too, but the agency needs to research them a little further to officially slap a label on them. On top of all that, the same study confirmed 984 other space objects are also planets. Sifting through these large numbers produces more exciting numbers: out of all of these planets, about nine could potentially support life. It’s the ” largest number of exoplanets ever identified at one time .” The universe we know just got a whole lot broader. 3. Six Earth-like planets that might be able to accommodate life Are we the only sentient beings in the universe? It’s a question typically asked by conspiracy theorists and science fiction authors; NASA’s not known for chasing aliens and UFOs. But the Kepler mission aims to discover terrestrial planets , especially those that might have water and might be able to support life. Before the massive amount of exoplanets were discovered, the Kepler mission identified six other planets in the ” habitable zone ” of their suns . Two are rocky like Earth, and three could contain liquid water. Science Mission Directorate associate administrator John Grunsfeld said, “Each result from the planet-hunting Kepler mission’s treasure trove of data takes us another step closer to answering the question of whether we are alone in the Universe.” Sounds like maybe they could be searching for aliens after all. 4. Flowing water on Mars When we think of weather on Mars , we usually imagine freezing cold temperatures. Usually we’re right; the red planet’s temperature hovers around -80 degrees Fahrenheit most days. That’s one reason why NASA’s discovery of water on Mars was so riveting. Apparently during the summer time, temperatures can swing up to 70 degrees Fahrenheit, which is plenty warm enough to thaw ice . The agency said they now think ‘rivers’ of water flow intermittently on Mars. Water is one of the keys to supporting life, and while Mars may not have enough water now, it’s an exciting sign that maybe, just maybe, the planet could someday support a colony of humans. 5. Astronaut pee recycled into sugary drink NASA’s discoveries come not only in the form of second moons and habitable planets, but also in advances to help astronauts thrive in space. The agency developed ” forward osmosis ” technology to transform pee into a sugary drink. Old urine filters required tons of electricity to function, but the new product relies on a semi-permeable bag, performing marvelous feats without needing much energy. In space, every inch matters, and the forward osmosis technology would not only save room, but allow astronauts to reuse even their own pee. Talk about a win for long space journeys – like a mission to Mars. 6. Monkey-like robot designed for rescue missions NASA’s also tackling robotics . Researchers at their Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) designed a robot that’s reminiscent of a monkey , called RoboSimian, for search and rescue missions in environments dangerous for humans. JPL entered the monkey-like robot in DARPA’s Robotics Challenge, where robots entered had to drive a vehicle, open a door, open a valve, use a power drill to cut a hole, navigate difficult terrain, and walk up stairs. Maybe real monkeys typically don’t use power drills or drive vehicles, but RoboSimian was up for most of the tasks . While the robot ultimately stumbled over a few of the jobs, like moving a plug between sockets, in a competition with 22 entrants it still placed fifth. 7. Ice volcanoes on Pluto One mind-blowing discovery isn’t so much a discovery as it is a confession: we know so little about Pluto . We’ve known for many years the planet is extremely cold, but the New Horizons mission has provided loads new information about the dwarf planet that reveals there’s still much to learn. Here’s that thought summed up in two words: ice volcanoes . There are two mountains near Pluto’s south pole that appear to have depressions at the peak, kind of like a volcano. NASA thinks they might have formed when ice, ammonia, methane, or nitrogen erupted, so the agency has started referring to them as “cryovolcanoes.” We’re still not quite sure if they are indeed ice volcanoes, but NASA’s working on answers to the mysteries of Pluto, so stay tuned for future mind-blowing discoveries. Images via NASA/JPL-Caltech , NASA/W. Stenzel , NASA , NASA , NASA , NASA/JPL , and NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute

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Yellow is the new green: researchers investigate ‘peecycling’

May 5, 2015 by  
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Click here to view the embedded video. Pee is powerful stuff. It has been used to make false teeth , drinking water , brain cells , electricity , and yes, even whiskey and beer . Talk about a closed system! Urine is also great for growing plants, due to its rich nitrogen and phosphorus content. Researchers at University of Michigan are investigating best practices for application of urine as fertilizer on a large scale. In order for urine to be applied to crops safely, the team aims to identify pathogens and determine ways in which they may be eliminated. “A few questions we have are: What contaminants are applied onto the fields with the fertilizer, where do they go, and how can we get rid of the concerning contaminants before they are applied?” says Rebecca Lahr, one of the researchers in the Environmental and Civil Engineering Department at University of Michigan. The mass disposal of liquid waste down the drain is not only a missed opportunity for sustainable agriculture, it is damaging to the environment. Algae also love nitrogen and phosphorus and the resulting algal blooms often cause mass marine mortality events and shellfish poisoning. By implementing peecycling on a large scale, we will gain a powerful agricultural tool while eliminating a major source of water pollution. Via Treehugger  and University of Michigan Engineering Image via Michigan Engineering Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alternative uses for urine , collecting urine , human urine , Pee Power , Peecycling , University of Michigan Engineering , urine , urine agriculture , urine and plants , urine fertilizer

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Antibacterial Soap Ingredient Triclosan Shown to Cause Liver Cancer in Mice

November 28, 2014 by  
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“ Antibacterial ” has become a trusted catchword in recent years, synonymous with cleanliness and immaculate hygiene—but studies are showing that these products are doing more harm than good. Triclosan , the key ingredient in antibacterial dish detergents, gel hand sanitizers , toothpastes, and hand soaps, has been proven to cause liver cancer in mice, effectively transforming this vital, blood-cleansing organ into a lump of scar tissue. Tests on human subjects have shown that it’s present in the urine of 75 percent of people involved in the study, and in the breast milk of 97 percent of the lactating female subjects… so what does that mean for our long-term health? Read the rest of Antibacterial Soap Ingredient Triclosan Shown to Cause Liver Cancer in Mice Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Antibacterial , antibacterial gel , antibacterial soap , breast milk , cancer , chemicals , liver , liver damage , liver destruction , liver fibrosis , liver tumor , liver tumors , liver tumour , liver tumours , organ , organ damage , poison , toxin , toxins , triclosan , tumours , urine

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Drought-Stricken Texas Town Turns Urine Into Tap Water

August 5, 2011 by  
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Texas is in the midst of a drought so severe that local water management teams have decided to distribute reclaimed wastewater (aka urine). From toilet to tap, the treated wastewater will be mixed with reservoir remains for a refreshing and clean H2O cocktail. Read the rest of Drought-Stricken Texas Town Turns Urine Into Tap Water Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: colorado river municipal water district , conservation , crmwd , drinking , drinking water , Drought , filtered water , green design , green infrastructure , greywater , h20 , infrastructure , municipal water , orange county , potable , potable water , purification plant , rainfall , recycled water , reservoir , reverse osmosis , southern california , tap water , toilet to tap , urine , wastewater , wastewater treatment , water conservation , water issues , water management , West Texas

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Pee Power: Scientists Discover a Cost Effective Way to Produce Hydrogen from Urine

March 10, 2011 by  
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Do you love the adventure of a road trip, but could do without the constant gas station pit stops to refuel and – ahem – release? Well, chemists have found a way to combine refueling your car and relieving yourself by creating a new catalyst that is able to extract hydrogen from urine. The process which was discovered by Gerardine Botte of Ohio University focuses in on a catalyst that would have a variety of applications, including fuel for hydrogen powered cars and cleaning up municipal waters.

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Asus Will Start Building PCs Directly Into Their Cardboard Shipping Boxes

March 10, 2011 by  
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We’ve covered companies that have started building PCs in cardboard boxes before, but this is the first time we’ve seen an industry giant decide to take on the idea for mainstream implementation. To cut down on waste, leading computer manufacturer Asus will begin building all of their Mini-ITX motherboards directly into the boxes they are shipped in

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VIDEO: Mad Men Hash Out Ad Campaign For High Speed Rail

March 10, 2011 by  
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Leave it up to the wunder-kids at Mad Men to come up with a great advertising campaign for high speed rail . Actors Vincent Kartheiser and Rich Sommer head back to 1965 to discuss commercial ideas to drum up support for trains in this Funny or Die clip . Everything they say (except for gas costing $1 a gallon in the future) still rings true

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Iceland Harnesses Geothermal Sources Able to Power Over 1.2 Million Homes

March 10, 2011 by  
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Iceland may have fallen in the hole when the global recession hit, but the country could be soon emerging with one of the world’s largest energy sources .

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PISSKY: Gilpin Whisky is Recycled from Diabetic’s Urine

September 1, 2010 by  
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James Gilpin has Type 1 Diabetes — his pancreas doesn’t work, forcing him to take shots of insulin to process glucose from food. Gilpin got to thinking about elderly patients with diabetes, like his grandmother, who secrete tons of unprocessed medicine and sugar in their urine

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