The Phoenix

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Behold the power of PEE!

Scientists have been working on creating little biochips that can help detect certain diseases. This technology would make it possible for people to get diagnostic tests done at home.
The only problem has been how to create a powersource to run these biochips.

That's where the power of pee comes in.

Apparently, scientists have been able to harness the great power found in urine. In the newest issue of Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, Dr. Ki Bang Lee discovered a method of using ordinary household pee to power tiny batteries.

With the pee hitting some copper chloride paper, there's some sort of reaction that produces the same amount of power found in regular AA batteries.

The biochips would be cheap, easy to use, and disposable.

So does the quality of the pee affect the output of power? The yellowier, the more potent? What if someone were to eat a lot of garlic...would that yield different power wattage?

Do they need fresh pee? How about old pee? Does the "freshness" of pee affect the power as well?

Maybe Dr. Lee can push this development along and figure out a way to use pee to power other types of mechanisms like televisions, cell phones, and video game systems. Imagine that - instead of using expensive batteries and having to recharge them constantly, you could simply pee on your equipment to run it.

The more water you drink, the more endless supply of energy you'd provide. Instead of carrying around battery packs, you'd carry around pee packs. about harnessing the power of pee to run automobiles? Urine is free, and perhaps less of a pollutant. And if you're urinationally challenged (a.k.a. dehydrated) you could buy urine at local "urine stations" for much cheaper than $2.60 a gallon for sure! The smell of pee combustion can't be too bad.
It'd give a whole new meaning to the term, "Fill 'er up!"


Blogger Jim said...

but be careful, if you knock over the cup it'll take AmerenUE four days to sit it back up

8/16/2005 10:16 PM  
Blogger The Phoenix said...

That's true, but at least you don't have to call India to get a hold of customer service to complain.

8/17/2005 2:09 PM  
Blogger Jim said...


8/17/2005 3:23 PM  
Anonymous peace keeper said...

OMG! The picture of that little boy peeing in a cup is perfect!

8/17/2005 5:19 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

oh, I didn't look that closely, I thought it was phoenix

8/17/2005 5:35 PM  

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