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Your Sh*t Might Not Stink in the Future: An Odor-Free Toilet Is in the Works

A British university is developing an innovative toilet that could change the way we all take dumps in a serious way. That's right: Researchers at Cranfield University are hard at work on a toilet that wouldn't need water, a sewage system, or external power, according to Reuters. And, oh yeah, this is all part of the "Reinvent the Toilet Challenge" started by Bill and Melinda Gates (they're also supporting a study to develop condoms made from hydrogel). 

So how the heck would this fancy-schmancy crapper work? A rotating mechanism would move waste into a holding chamber with nano elements that would block odor (sweet!). "Once the waste is in the holding chamber we use membranes that take water out as vapor, which can then be condensed and available for people to use in their homes," Alison Parker, lead researcher on the project, tells the Thomson Reuters Foundation. 

It's being designed for people living in areas without access to adequate toilets and sewage, which makes sense—but Parker notes that there is significant interest in it from developed countries, too. (Hey, who wouldn't want to take an odor-free poop?) According to Reuters, Cranfield University says the toilet will work for a household of up to 10 and will cost five cents per person per day. The university also explains that a local operator will periodically collect the bag containing waste and replace it. 

Testing should begin later this year, Parker tells Reuters, so this toilet of the future will hopefully be in our lives sometime soon.

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