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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When a pet is admitted to a shelter it can be a traumatizing experience. Many are afraid of their new surroundings and are far from comfortable showing off their unique personalities. The problem is that's when many of them have their photos taken to appear in online searches.

Chewy, the pet retailer who has dedicated themselves to supporting shelters and rescues throughout the country, recognized the important work of a couple in Tampa, FL who have been taking professional photos of shelter pets to help get them adopted.

"If it's a photo of a scared animal, most people, subconsciously or even consciously, are going to skip over it," pet photographer Adam Goldberg says. "They can't visualize that dog in their home."

Adam realized the importance of quality shelter photos while working as a social media specialist for the Humane Society of Broward County in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

"The photos were taken top-down so you couldn't see the size of the pet, and the flash would create these red eyes," he recalls. "Sometimes [volunteers] would shoot the photos through the chain-link fences."

That's why Adam and his wife, Mary, have spent much of their free time over the past five years photographing over 1,200 shelter animals to show off their unique personalities to potential adoptive families. The Goldbergs' wonderful work was recently profiled by Chewy in the video above entitled, "A Day in the Life of a Shelter Pet Photographer."

This article originally appeared on 04.13.18


Teens have a knack for coming up with clever ways to rage against the system.

When I was in high school, the most notorious urban legend whispered about in hallways and at parties went like this: A teacher told his class that they were allowed to put "anything" on a notecard to assist them during a science test. Supposedly, one of his students arrived on test day with a grown adult at his side — a college chemistry major, who proceeded to stand on the notecard and give him answers. The teacher was apparently so impressed by the student's cunning that he gave him a high score, then canceled class for the rest of the week because he was in such a good mood.

Of course, I didn't know anyone who'd ever actually try such a thing. Why ruin a good story with reality — that pulling this kind of trick would probably earn you detention?

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