We all know that our pee is considered as waste but didn’t you know that urine has several practical uses. As the old man’s tale says, “One person’s waste is another’s treasure.”
For those scientists who study urine the saying is quite literal–pee is a treasure-trove of scientific potential. It can now be used as a source of electrical power. Urine-eating bacteria can create a strong enough current to power a cell phone. Medicines derived from urine can help treat infertility and fight symptoms of menopause. Stem cells harvested from urine have been reprogrammed into neurons and even used to grow human teeth.
This humble yellow liquid—a by-product secreted by our kidneys—has proven to be an extremely versatile and affordable source of sustainable power as well as a vehicle for experimental design.
Here are the 6 BIZARRE yet INCREDIBLE uses of urine.
1. As a good source of electrical power.
A liter of urine gives you 6 hours of electricity.
How does it work?
- Urine is put into an electrolytic cell, which separates out the hydrogen.
- The hydrogen goes into a water filter for purification, which then gets pushed into the gas cylinder.
- The gas cylinder pushes hydrogen into a cylinder of liquid borax, which is used to remove the moisture from the hydrogen gas.
- This purified hydrogen gas is pushed into the generator.
2. Urine can power up your mobile phones.
Scientists at the University of the West of England, are harvesting electricity from human urine enough to partially power a mobile phone. The researchers have developed microbial fuel cells that use organic matter to generate electricity. Urine is fed to live bacteria grown on carbon fibre anodes. The bacteria breaks down the urine, producing electricity in the process.
How COOL is that, huh?!
3. You can treat infertility with urine therapy.
Many women sob at the sight of their periods each month and even more take on radical therapies to try and fall pregnant. But worry no more, urine therapy is here to the rescue and it is not as crazy as it sounds.
Urine therapy, also known as urotherapy or shivambu has been around for centuries and many cultures see it as a valuable resource that can be used to do heal a variety of ailments from infertility to sperm motility to hair loss and cancer. The ancient Incans used to wash their hair and shave their legs using urine and it has been used by the Egyptians, Hindus, Aztecs and Chinese for centuries.
The American Cancer Association even has a page dedicated to the topic of the health benefits associated with the components of urine that include: urea, Urokinase and uric acid.
4. Urine gives you a much whiter smile.
Before whitening strips, ancient Romans used urine to brighten their pearly whites. Urine was a key ingredient in many early medicines and folk remedies of dubious effectiveness. Talk about bad morning breath.
The Roman poet Catullus wrote, “Egnatius, because he has snow-white teeth, smiles all the time…in the country of Spain what each man pisses, he’s used to brushing his teeth and red gums with, every morning, so the fact that your teeth are so polished just shows you’re the more full of piss.”
While it’s clear that Catullus was not a fan of the man he wrote about, he also revealed that people used urine to clean and whiten their teeth.
5. Pee makes things go BOOM.
You can use your pee into a gunpowder! Incredible, right?!
Gunpowder recipes call for charcoal and sulfur in small amount, both of which for aren’t too hard to find. But the main ingredient is – potassium nitrate, also called saltpeter–was only synthesized on a large-scale in the early 20th century. Prior to that, makers of gunpowder took advantage of the nitrogen naturally found in pee to make the key ingredient for ballistic firepower.
6. Chinese Scientists Produce Neurons from Urine
Biologists in China have published a study detailing how they transformed common cells found in human urine into neural stem cells that can be used to create neurons and glial brain cells. The find holds huge potential for the rapid testing and development of new treatments for neurodegenerative disorders.
The new method strays away from the use of embryonic stem cells, which are known to cause tumors and pose ethical dilemmas, as well as traditional techniques for obtaining stem cells such as induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC). –
via Fox News