Latest in Science

Image credit:

Gates Foundation collaborates with Manchester University to develop potable toilet water

Zachary Lutz
04.08.12
71 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share

Sponsored Links

It's an unsettling thought, having to drink water from that bowl in your bathroom, but if the need ever arose, wouldn't you be glad to know it was clean and safe? Dr. Sarah Haigh, a researcher into the properties of nanomaterials at Manchester University, is currently pursuing this goal with a $100,000 grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. With the help of nanomaterials and bacteria, Haigh believes that hydrogen can be easily extracted from not only the water, but human waste itself, which could then be processed into clean water. Should the system work effectively, Haigh stands to receive an additional $1,000,000 grant to further her research and develop inexpensive purification systems for use in nations without modern infrastructure. And you thought nothing worthwhile would come from purchasing Microsoft Office.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Share
71 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share

Popular on Engadget

New 'Shovel Knight' spinoff is a Tetris-like puzzle game

New 'Shovel Knight' spinoff is a Tetris-like puzzle game

View
Clarence Thomas laments ruling that let FCC kill net neutrality

Clarence Thomas laments ruling that let FCC kill net neutrality

View
Google Translate adds languages for the first time in four years

Google Translate adds languages for the first time in four years

View
The creator of the Konami Code has died

The creator of the Konami Code has died

View
Pope Francis wants you to give up being a jerk online for Lent

Pope Francis wants you to give up being a jerk online for Lent

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr