A professor & student team at Nottingham Trent University found a DIY way to turn old appliances into potentially life-saving machines.

Last year while visiting a recycling center in the United Kingdom, Dr. Amin Al-Habaibeh, a reader in Advanced Design and Manufacturing Technologies at Nottingham Trent University, found that many of the refrigerators, freezers, and old computer systems that had been thrown away were still in good condition. While this struck him as wasteful, it wasn’t until he had returned home and was enjoying a glass of lemonade in his garden that he had a moment of realization. By linking two observations, the condition of those recycled objects and the condensation of water on the outside of his glass, he was inspired to draw drinkable water out of thin air.

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