Bill Gates drinks a glass of refreshing water. It wasn't water 5 minutes ago.
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You're about to see Bill Gates drink some water. Clean, delicious, PURE water ... that just happened to be poop five minutes earlier. Yeah, poop!

Would you like to learn how poo becomes drinking water?

And then watch a gabazillionaire drink that water?

I thought so.


We're going to have to talk about poop and science now, so feel free to giggle whenever you need to.

We'll giggle our way to a better world. TOGETHER.

1. Start with the poo, which we'll call "sewer sludge."

2. Burn the water off the poo.

3. Turn the dry poo (or dry sludge) into pathogen-free ash inside an inferno.

4. Process the water vapor, or steam, so it's nice and clean.

5. Make some electricity while you're at it! It's poop-steam-powered electricity, and that's OK.

6.

7. Make some cleany clean drinking water.

Are you thirsty, Bill?


No problem.

If these guys made it...

...Bill's drinkin' it.

The world would be SO different if EVERYONE could just get over the psychological jump it takes to be like, "I'm drinking poop water." So Bill Gates takes the lead.

Diseases caused by poor sanitation currently kill around 700,000 kids a year, so it makes a ton of sense that we'd want to develop safe and affordable ways to get rid of human waste. It'll be a while before we see a processor like this used widely, but it *is* gonna launch in a pilot project in Dakar, Senegal, this year to get it all started. Awesome!

The ultimate goal? To make the processors cheap enough that entrepreneurs in low- and middle-income countries will want to invest in them and then start profitable waste-treatment businesses. It'll save a ton of lives and help kids grow up healthy, all while making profits. Bam! I'm in, are you? You can read more about it all at Gates Notes.

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If someone were to say "video games" to you, what are the first words that come to mind? Whatever words you thought of (fun, exciting, etc.), we're willing to guess "healthy" or "mental health tool" didn't pop into your mind.

And yet… it turns out they are. Especially for Veterans.

How? Well, for one thing, video games — and virtual reality more generally — are also more accessible and less stigmatized to veterans than mental health treatment. In fact, some psychiatrists are using virtual reality systems for this reason to treat PTSD.

Secondly, video games allow people to socialize in new ways with people who share common interests and goals. And for Veterans, many of whom leave the military feeling isolated or lonely after they lose the daily camaraderie of their regiment, that socialization is critical to their mental health. It gives them a virtual group of friends to talk with, connect to, and relate to through shared goals and interests.

In addition, according to a 2018 study, since many video games simulate real-life situations they encountered during their service, it makes socialization easier since they can relate to and find common ground with other gamers while playing.

This can help ease symptoms of depression, anxiety, and even PTSD in Veterans, which affects 20% of the Veterans who have served since 9/11.

Watch here as Verizon dives into the stories of three Veteran gamers to learn how video games helped them build community, deal with trauma and have some fun.

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Video games have been especially beneficial to Veterans since the beginning of the pandemic when all of us — Veterans included — have been even more isolated than ever before.

And that's why Verizon launched a challenge last year, which saw $30,000 donated to four military charities.

And this year, they're going even bigger by launching a new World of Warships charity tournament in partnership with Wargaming and Wounded Warrior Project called "Verizon Warrior Series." During the tournament, gamers will be able to interact with the game's iconic ships in new and exciting ways, all while giving back.

Together with these nonprofits, the tournament will welcome teams all across the nation in order to raise money for military charities helping Veterans in need. There will be a $100,000 prize pool donated to these charities, as well as donation drives for injured Veterans at every match during the tournament to raise extra funds.

Verizon is also providing special discounts to Those Who Serve communities, including military and first responders, and they're offering a $75 in-game content military promo for World of Warships.

Tournament finals are scheduled for August 8, so be sure to tune in to the tournament and donate if you can in order to give back to Veterans in need.

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Ready for the weekend? Of course, you are. Here's our weekly dose of good vibes to help you shed the stresses of the workweek and put yourself in a great frame of mind.

These 10 stories made us happy this week because they feature amazing creativity, generosity, and one super-cute fish.

1. Diver befriends a fish with the cutest smile

Hawaiian underwater photographer Yuki Nakano befriended a friendly porcupine fish and now they hang out regularly.

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