Faeces contains gold worth millions

Human faeces contains gold and other precious metals that could be worth hundreds of millions of dollars, experts say. Now the trick is how to retrieve them — a potential windfall that could also help save the planet. “The gold we found was at the level of a minimal mineral deposit,” said Kathleen Smith, of the US Geological Survey, after her team discovered metals such as platinum, silver and gold in treated waste.

A recent study by another group of experts in the field found that waste from one million Americans could contain as much as $13 million worth of metals.

Finding a way to extract the metals could help the environment by cutting down on the need for mining and reducing unwanted release of metals into the environment.

“If you can get rid of some of the nuisance metals that currently limit how much of these biosolids we can use on fields and forests, and at the same time recover valuable metals and other elements, that’s a win-win,” said Smith.

“There are metals everywhere — in your hair care products, detergents, even nanoparticles that are put in socks to prevent bad odors.”

More than seven million tons of biosolids come out of US wastewater facilities each year: about half is used as fertilizer on fields and in forests and the other half is incinerated or sent to landfills.

Smith and her team are on a mission to find out exactly what is in our waste. “We have a two-pronged approach,” said Smith. “In one part of the study, we are looking at removing some regulated metals from the biosolids that limit their use for land application.

“In the other part of the project, we’re interested in collecting valuable metals that could be sold, including some of the more technologically important metals, such as vanadium and copper that are in cell phones, computers and alloys.”

The findings were presented at the 249th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world’s largest scientific society, taking place in Denver through Thursday.

-AFP

Shirt Made Of Gold?

An Indian textile magnate who made a fortune from his clothing empire is making sure the rest of the world knows about his success – by having a shirt made out of pure gold.

Although he left school without any qualifications Pankaj Parakh created a multi-million pound textile business in India.

And now, to celebrate his upcoming 45th birthday on Friday, he has commissioned the solid gold shirt that weighs more than four kilos.

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Saudi tourist flies in to London and brings his ‘gold’ Range Rover along too

The super-cars parading through London’s streets reached a whole new level of extravagance this week when a wealthy Arab rolled his gold Range Rover into town.

The ‘Mystere’ is a £150,000 version of the famous British vehicle which has been given an overhaul by German tuning house Hamann.

The car’s normal design has been replaced with a customized body-kit which includes over-sized bumpers and a bonnet vent.

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Bolt helps Jamaica to Commonwealth Games gold

Usain Bolt has helped Jamaica to win gold in the men’s 4x100m relay at the Commonwealth Games.

The world’s fastest man ended his controversial stay in Glasgow by powering down the home straight to bring his team home in 37.58 seconds, a Games record. 

England took silver, with quartet of Adam Gemili, Harry Aikines-Aryeetey, Richard Kilty and Danny Talbot holding off Trinidad and Tobago, clocking  a time of 38.02secs.

More Commonwealth gold for Kenya in Glasgow

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Tuesday was a good day for Kenya at the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Scotland as our athletes managed to get 4 more medals including 2 gold.

Joyce Chepkirui led a clean Kenyan sweep in the women’s 10,000m race taking the gold with Florence Kiplagat and Emily Chebet getting silver and bronze respectively.

Less than 2 hours later Faith Chepngetich won gold in the 1500m women’s final.

Kenya is currently 10th on the medal table at the Glasgow Games with 4 gold medals, 4 silver and 1 bronze.