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(NEWSER) – Poop isn't just poop, not if you're creative and dedicated to solving the world's sanitation problems. Now, thanks to a machine called the OmniProcessor, fecal matter can become clean water and electricity. "The water tasted as good as any I’ve had out of a bottle. … I would happily drink it every day. It’s that safe," Bill Gates, whose foundation helped fund the development of the machine, writes on his blog.

The world's sanitation problem is a big one—40% of people relieve themselves in the open or have improper sanitation, and the waste of another 2 billion isn't properly disposed of, Wired reports. "Diseases caused by poor sanitation kill some 700,000 children every year," Gates writes. "Western toilets aren't the answer," because of the immense infrastructure required. Enter the OmniProcessor.

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