Bill Gates’ latest passion: A machine that turns poop into water

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Years ago, Bill Gates gave the keynote speech at CES

Nowadays, he’s spending his time eyeing poop

"I watched the piles of feces go up the conveyor belt and drop into a large bin," Gates, the Microsoft cofounder and billionaire philanthropist, wrote in a blog post on Monday. "They made their way through the machine, getting boiled and treated. A few minutes later I took a long taste of the end result: a glass of delicious drinking water."

The jarring juxtaposition is intentional. Gates intends to get the word out to the masses about the machine, which is part of a Gates Foundation effort to improve sanitation in poor countries. "The water tasted as good as any I’ve had out of a bottle," Gates continued. "And having studied the engineering behind it, I would happily drink it every day. It’s that safe." Read more…

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