I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. Coming up, if you thought the Tea Party a passing political fad with a catchy name, our next guest would urge you to reconsider. He's written a new book about the Tea Party and what he believes is the source of its influence in today's politics. We'll talk about that in just a few minutes.
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Tell Me More spoke with a number of Olympians before they headed to the London Games. Now they're coming home with lots of hardware, in the form of precious metals. Host Michel Martin and editor Ammad Omar talk Olympic updates.
Graduate student Clement Cid sits atop the solar-powered toilet he helped to build at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, Calif. Underneath the platform, the toilet converts waste into fertilizer. The Caltech team will use fake feces to demonstrate the toilet's features next week at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation offices.
Credit Courtesy of Michael Hoffmann/Caltech
Soybean paste is extruded into 350 gram segments for testing in toilets.
Credit Maximum Performance
Soybean paste is mixed to the right consistency and moisture content to produce fake poop at the Maximum Performance factory.
Originally published on Fri August 10, 2012 11:31 am
Last week, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced that it's purchasing 50 pounds of fake poop.
A practical joke? No, not in the least.
Nor is this synthetic poop a plastic replica of the real thing; it's an organic version made from soybeans. The Gates Foundation will use it to test high-tech commodes at their Reinvent the Toilet Fair next week.