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In fairy tales, frogs can become princes. Magicians can yank rabbits from a hat. And now, scientists with the Agricultural Research Service have pulled off one of the neatest tricks yet. They’ve taken something that most people find pretty gross—animal manure—and turned it into something special!

It may sound bizarre, but it’s true. The researchers have created a powerful water cleaner—a pollutant-picker-upper, to be exact—from the stinky slop that’s produced on chicken farms. And this one-of-a-kind material could work wonders for our environment!

ARS scientists Isabel Lima and Wayne Marshall at the Southern Regional Research Center in New Orleans, Louisiana know that animal waste is a serious problem in the world. We need farm animals for all the meat, cheese, and milk they provide us. But animals also produce a lot of smelly waste—even though they can’t help it. After all, humans do, too!

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Last Modified: 8/12/2016
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