Expelling waste in the form of urine and feces is about as normal as you can get. Everyone does it, but the results are usually just discarded and forgotten about. However, some have found surprising ways to transform pee and poop into things we can use and consume in our daily life.
It turns out you can turn whale poop into a lucrative business. On a beach in England, Ken Wilman and his dog Madge found a smelly, yellowish-gray lump that turned out to be ambergris, a fatty substance that forms in the digestive tract of sperm whales usually around sharp objects like squids beaks.
The ambergris, after it is pooped out by sperm whales, could be used as an ingredient in luxury perfumes like the famed Chanel No. 5, according toHuffington Post. Molecular biologist Christopher Kemp said this substance could fetch very high prices asonly one percent of the 350,000 sperm whales can produce ambergris.
The chunk Wilman found was estimated to be worth around $68,000 to $180,000, according toThe Mirror.
Sperm whale poop is an important ingredient in makinng luxury perfumes like the Chanel No. 5. Pictured: Four bottles of Chanel No. 5 perfume by Gabrielle Chanel from 1921and a Chanel No. 5 necklace (R, rear) are seen at a press preview of Chanel, an exhibition of the history of the fashion House of Chanel, 02 May, 2005, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.Photo: Getty Images/Stan Honda
Thats right, you can actually eat poop and not get violently sick. As part of a project initiated by Tokyo Sewage, Japanese scientists attempted to find practical uses for excess sewage. During their investigation, they found that human waste could be transformed into a meat-like substance by separating proteins from the bacteria in the poop,Digital Trendshas learned.
Another method of making food out of human waste was discovered by scientists who made sausages using bacteria from baby poop,Live Sciencereported. Their process follows the tried and true methodology of cheese, wine and beer production, which normally utilizes microbes. Baby poop is apparently teeming with microbes, specifically Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium, which are used in probiotics.
Researchers used bacteria cultured from babies poop to create fuet, a type of Spanish fermented pork sausage.
Humans have been known to drink urine when they get stuck in a place without a water source, but it turns out pee can also be used to power robots. EcoBots are pollution-monitoring robots that could use pee asfuel. An artificial heartpumps urine over a microbial fuel cell within the robots, allowing themto recycle waste into electricity.
The bots fuel cells harness living microorganisms such as those that dwell in the human gut and sewage treatment plants. Upon digesting urine, the microbes produce electrons, which in turn generate an electrical current.
In the future, we hope the robots might be used in city environments for remote sensing, where they could help to monitor pollution, study researcher Peter Walters, an industrial designer at the University of the West of England, said viaLive Science. It could refuel from public lavatories,杭州百花坊 or urinals.
Aside from urine, EcoBots have also made use of all sorts of nasty substances asfuel source, including dead flies, wastewater, rotting produce and sludge.
Scientists have found that urine couldbe used to create bricks yes, actual bricks to build your houses with. To form urine-bricks, Suzanne Lambert and Vukheta Mukhari from the Civil Engineering Department ofUniversity of Cape Town(UCT)mixed fresh urine and lime calcium hydroxide powder. They then strained the liquid and added sand and bacteria to it, which resultedto a cementlike substance.
The bricks made from urine dont lose to limestone when it comes to sturdiness and hardness. They set at room temperature, so they are easier to make and more sustainable as they do not require a coal- or wood-burning oven. While they do smell funky during the setting period, the urine aroma eventually goes away after 48 hours.
Cow urine has been used as a cure for all sorts of ailments in India for thousands of years. Pictured: A cow syands in a fileld in Conde-sur-Risle, northwestern France, on December 9, 2018.Photo: Getty Images/Joel Saget
For at least 5,000 years, cow urine has been used as remedyfor all sorts of diseases in India. Om Prakash of the Cow Protection Department for the Hindu sect Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), which advocates the therapeutic effects of drinking cow urine, claimed that it could cure about 70 to 80 incurable diseases including cancer and diabetes, according toReuters.
Medical experts, however, are skeptical over the cancer-defeating ability of cow urine.
I think Im perfectly comfortable in saying that Im aware of no data that cows urine or any other species urine holds any promise … in treating or preventing cancer, Dr. Donald Hensrud of the Mayo Clinic toldABC News.
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