Three Ways Pee Could Change the World

Three Ways Pee Could Change the World

We can use urine to make medicines, power cell phones, and create “pee-cycled” water.
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From Gunpowder to Teeth Whitener: The Science Behind Historic Uses of Urine, from Smithsonian:
http://bit.ly/1LkDKWb

Management of INfertility: Past, Present and Future (from a personal perspective), by Bruno Lunenfeld:
http://bit.ly/1LkFiPZ

‘Pee-Power’ to light camps in disaster zones, from UWE Bristol:
http://bit.ly/1LkDTsK

Urine-tricity, from Bristol Robotics Laboratory:
http://bit.ly/1LkDZ3w

From toilet to tap: Getting a taste for drinking recycled waste water, from CNN:
http://cnn.it/1LkEgTZ

Orange County’s Groundwater Replenishment System:
http://bit.ly/1LkKxPq


Host, Animator, Editor
Anna Rothschild

Writer
Christina Couch

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Sam Stulin

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Special thanks to Dr. Ioannis Ieropoulos and the Orange County Water District.

IMAGES AND VIDEO

Mobile phone runs on urine power – Bristol Robotics Laboratory
Courtesy University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol

Orange County’s Groundwater Replenishment System
Jim Kutzle, Orange County Water District

Microfiltration Basin
Orange County Water District

Reverse Osmosis trains of the Groundwater Replenishment System
Steve Crise, courtesy of American Water Works Association (AWWA)

Crystal-clear purified water from the Groundwater Replenishment System is piped to OCWD’s percolation ponds in Anaheim, California
Mark Greening, Orange County Water District

MF Cell
Steve Crise, courtesy of the American Water Works Association (AWWA)

Woman Teeth
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Clothesline
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Filling glass with tap water
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Elvis Presley Jailhouse Rock
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Gentlemen Prefer Blondes Movie Trailer Screenshot (34)
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Nuns clamming -Toni Frissell LC-F9-04-57090012-17
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Portrait de Dante
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Sputnik 191378-full
Wikimedia Commons/NASA

Symptoms of menopause (raster)
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Toilet on the ISS
NASA

SFX

Cockroaches
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Wink
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cough cough sniff sniff
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light-1
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Peeing
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20 Responses

  1. oscargordon says:

    I was trekking in the Andes and had stopped off at a Quechua weaver’s home.
    The outhouse was of course outback, with a hole for your poo, but you were
    first suppose to pee in a bucket. She would use concentrated pee to set the
    dyes in her wool.

  2. Michael Jobin says:

    like she said EEEEYOU !

  3. zentouro says:

    i wonder how often i can incorporate the phrase ‘pee cycling’ into everyday
    conversation.

  4. BinkieMcFartnuggets says:

    I knew gargling nun urine was good for me! And people thought I was
    crazy…

  5. Shaunt1 says:

    Look out it’s an evil Rothschild!

  6. AntWorld says:

    Uh… I have a lot of pee kept in water bottles… Mainly because I’m a
    lazy fucks who dont want to leave his room to pee.

  7. Jim James says:

    +Lookatmy Name what a strange question

  8. Lookatmy Name says:

    have you ever drank some of that pee? just wonderimg ?

  9. Christopher Willis says:

    Instructions unclear, peed on cell phone and it no longer works

  10. Jim James says:

    +Christopher Willis It has to be a Nun’s pee or it doesn’t work lol

  11. Alexander Rudasi says:

    I really like how informative your videos are, but I can’t help but think
    that the whole premise of “Gross Science” is just never going to get very
    popular. Unless the plan all along is to talk about things you know no one
    else will. Keep up the good work none the less.

  12. sooooooooDark says:

    peeople i see Kappa

  13. Lookatmy Name says:

    Great… so now I’m drinking some dirty old man’s pee..

    B-E-A-UTIFUL

  14. Giraffe George says:

    Now I can feel good about peeing in the shower or pool because I’m giving
    people around electrons. (*cough cough joke for those who want to start an
    argument)

  15. cannibalismisnoobish says:

    Anna Rothschild? You part of the richest family in the history of humanity?

  16. jmcosmos says:

    Pee has been an essential part of the leather-tanning process for
    centuries. The ammonia component does a great job of softening leathers.

  17. Alex Hernandez says:

    the recycled pee…Knights Of Sidonia made me think it was just a “future
    thing” 0.0

  18. DeluxeGods says:

    Oooooooor just go freaking vegan!!!!

  19. Debauchery Dude says:

    Science is amazing! :D

  20. Ruffles the great says:

    i hate her and her face