Soon, our own urine will be the sports drink of the future! Astronauts aboard the recently launched Atlantis are testing out a new urine recycling system that will somehow take their own pee and convert it into a sugar-flavored sports drink that is sure to be delicious. Here’s how it works from the Sydney Morning Herald:
The bags work without power by taking advantage of forward osmosis. It involves the natural diffusion of water through a semi-permeable membrance that acts as a barrier so that small molecules such as water pass through while larger molecules such as salts, sugars, starches, proteins, viruses, bacteria and parasites are blocked.
The resulting, clean liquid is combined with a sugar flavour additive. NASA says any liquid, not just human waste water, can be cleaned using the system and there have already been trials in villages in Kenya and during disaster relief efforts in Haiti and Chile.
Sure its sounds pretty disgusting, but by all accounts its perfectly safe and I think could have some rather incredible effects on Iron Man races, Ultra-Marathoning, Tour de France style bike races and other super intense tests of endurance. If you can just strap this thing to your leg, pee in the bag while you are running or biking or whatever, have it convert that piss right back into a sports/energy drink then the only time an athlete will ever have to stop is to rest or die.
Gettin a little thirsty Mr. Marathon Man? Just pee in a bag and it will be Gatorade in about 5 minutes! ENJOY!
Can you imagine the use this could get on long road trips as well? Say you dont feel like stopping to pee, not only could you relieve yourself in a bag, you could then drink a delicious sports beverage afterwards and avoid stopping a second time when you inevitably get thirsty after you got rid of all that liquid. Wash, rinse, repeat!
I hope the next thing they figure out is how to turn astronaut’s crap into a 4 course candlelight dinner that comes in a pill shape just like the Jetsons promised would happen. I’m all over that like stink on shit when it happens, SIGN ME UP.
Photo from Jason Scragz‘s flickr