How to Recharge Your Mobile Phone With Your Urine

Wednesday July 17, 2019 Written by Toby

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The University of Melbourne’s Science Gallery wants your wee. For its upcoming exhibition Disposable, “a month of pop-up art art/science installations, experiments and events” across Melbourne, it will unveil the Urinotron 2.0 (top left), a large-scale installation that will take your urine, turn it into power for your mobile phone and then recycle it back into water.

While the invention is literally taking the piss, it’s also far from a joke. The work is the brainchild of French artists Sandra and Gaspard Bébié-Valérian, produced in collaboration with University of Melbourne engineer and scientist Professor Peter Scales, and is meant to make people think twice about sustainability. If you’re running dry, you can also watch mealworms eat polystyrene, see soap made out of sewage and help build Australia’s first purpose-built fatberg (top right).

Disposable takes place at venues around Melbourne from August 1–September 1.Check out the full program for more info.

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