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Bill Gates’ charitable organization, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is investing $370 million in the development of toilets that can improve sanitation around the world.

Gates attended the Reinvent the Toilet fair in Seattle, where he looked at designs that included a toilet that used microwave energy to turn poo into electricity, another that turned excrement into charcoal, and a third that used urine for flushing.

A total of 28 designs were shown off at the fair. A $100,000 prize was awarded to a team from the California Institute of Technology. Their design: A solar-powered toilet that generated hydrogen gas and electricity. More.

(Photo: Bill Gates with a researcher from the University of Toronto at the Reinvent the Toilet Fair in Seattle on August 14, 2012. By the Gates Foundation/Flickr.)

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    Nincs időm meg kedvem most kifejteni, de majd egyszer utánamászok és megírom, hogy mi van Gates-szel, mert tök érdekes...
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    Inspiration and innovation in one go. Brilliant
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    That toilet is penis shaped.
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    Even though I am all about Mac, I still am SO HAPPY that Bill and Melinda Gates donate so much of their excess money to...