Would You Drink a Sports Drink Made From Urine? Because Nasa Wants Astronauts To

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This so-called "sugar drink" will be made from urine using "forward osmosis" technology, and rather than providing astronauts with all the sugary nutrients they might need, it's been invented as a way to recycle human waste and keep rocket-ships light.

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Apparently a bag of urine can be turned into a sugary drink in just a couple of hours, using a syringe attached to the receptacle bag—a method which is cheaper than drawing power from the ship, as current urine filtration systems work.

While there's no way I would agree to drinking my own or fellow astronauts' urine, space crew of the future might not have a choice, where every pound of added weight equates to $10,000 of cost. The water conversion kit is accompanying the Atlantis space crew on a trip this Friday, but instead of using urine this time, they've lucked out—for now!—with Nasa supplying them with water bags instead. [Wired via Inhabitat]

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frankurd
Arggh! there goes a...snake a snake!

You'd be surprised how much random shit (including traces of human and other animal piss) is in the water that's filtered for human consumption. Do you think all water is harvested from pristine 3000 year old icebergs?