Friday Urine News

The members of the International Space Station stretch their resources with a urine-to-water recycling system.
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The members of the International Space Station stretch their resources with a urine-to-water recycling system.

The "Space & Cosmos" section of The New York Times has ventured into seedy territory. On Wednsday the paper published a report of a successful urine reclamation project aboard the International Space Station.

Apparently, three crew members, thanks to an unbranded and unnamed "recycling system," were able to sip pouches of water recycled from urine while their coworkers at mission control jeered cheered them on.

Recently, our own Gear Chick, Kristin Hostetter, was asked whether outdoor enthusiasts could purify their own urine with a water purifier. Her short answer: "No!!! Gross!!" Read Kristin's full response and see Bear Grylls trying a pee cocktail sans purifying in our Ask the Experts section.

--Katie, It's a Slow News Day, Herrell

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