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Pooping robots could run off organic waste

Pooping robots could run off organic waste

Okay, buckle up, because there’s a lot of poop in this story. The EcoBot, developed by Bristol Robotics Laboratory in the U.K., can collect its own material for its microbial fuel cells, then dump leftover waste at the end of the day. That means it can eat poop and also it can poop, and I swear this is not only important as fodder for jokes by 12-year-olds and Grist List editors. It’s also an important step towards self-sustaining machines. EcoBot-III, the lab’s most recent venture, can forage for its own fuel , which can be basically any kind of organic matter, even the gross stuff. “Robots that eat biological fuels could find enough fuel almost anywhere,” said John Greenman, a microbiologist at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory, a joint venture between the University of the West of England and the University of Bristol. “There is organic matter anywhere on Earth — leaves a...

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