Phone out of juice? Scientists want to recharge it with urine

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  1. sobore
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    http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105...e-it-with-urine/?part=rss&subj=news&tag=title

    Gotta pee? In the future, you might think twice before you flush that valuable power source down an ordinary drain. Scientists at Bristol Robotics Laboratory in the U.K. figured out a new way to make pee pee powerful enough to charge a smartphone.

    How does it work? The magic occurs after urine (and other organic matter) passes through a series of microbial fuel cells, which contain tiny microbes that consume and metabolize the liquid into small amounts of energy. The Bristol-based scientists made a system that transfers the collected energy into a capacitor, and in this case, that pee power ended up giving a small charge directly to a Samsung smartphone.

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    Now, that's a smart solution. Very fluid indeed. ;)
     
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    This simply increases the benefits of beer.
     
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    ...and creates an excuse to drink more of it! ;)
     
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    That leaves Delta travelers out. Nothing worth drinking in the Skyclubs any more to generate the urine.
     

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