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Billboard Creates Water Out of Air, Produces 9,450 Liters of Clean Drinking Water

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In Lima, Peru, there’s been a constant struggle to get clean water for the community. With the help of a business and local university, the city now has the first-ever billboard that creates water out of thin air.

The University of Engineering and Technology of Peru and advertising agency, Mayo DraftFCBand, worked together to build the first billboard that converts air humidity into water.

The billboard system uses reverse osmosis — a water purifying process — and then stores the water in tanks that hold 20 liters each. The water is dispensed at the bottom of the structure providing clean drinking water to the local community, as stated on Huffington Post.

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Lima is the second largest desert capital in the world. In the region, the annually rainfall is .51 inches. For reference, New York City gets an average rainfall of 49.69 inches, according to FindTheData. Although it barely rains, the air humidity is at a high of 98%.

In just three months, the billboard has already produced 9,450 liters of clean drinking water, which has helped hundreds of families monthly, as said in the UTEC video below. The billboard not only marks a new age in Lima’s technology, but spreads hope to other areas that are suffering from the same problem.

H/T HuffPost 

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Pollo a la Brasa: Why You Should Give a Cluck

Pollo a la Brasa

It happened in New York City: The first time you ate Pollo a la Brasa — a crispy rotisserie chicken that’s marinated and caramelized over an open flame.

You rejoice — this ain’t your mother’s market rotisserie — those sad birds confined to their plastic escape pods and set on a shelf, only to dry out under the oppressive sun of Krypton.

If you asked for rotisserie chicken in heaven, you’d get Pollo a la Brasa. The chicken’s skin is seared and salty like a bacon-wrapped hot dog and the tender meat is juicy, reminiscent of fried chicken, but flavored with salty soy sauce, fresh cilantro, savory oregano, peppery ginger, and sweet, buttery roasted garlic flavors.

If this sound like intercontinental fusion, don’t be surprised. Peru’s traditional cuisine is a literal fusion of Incan, Spanish, Chinese and Japanese cultures.

Pollo a la Brasa is so beloved in its native Peru that it has its own national holiday and it’s even used to measure the well-being of the Peruvian financial market, kinda like the Big Mac Index.

Typically served with rice, beans and an irresistible ají verde — a spicy citrus green sauce with lime, chiles, garlic, scallions and cilantro whisked in olive oil.

Rotisserie Market Chickens

I feel like chicken tonight

You first stumble upon this deliciously haunting “poultry-geist” when you kill a few hours waiting for a car tune-up in Ozone Park, Queens.  Yelp reveals a nearby blip on the radar: About 10 votes for a place called Don Pollo.

Cancha - The OG Corn Nut

You sit down and are presented with free cancha (the OG Corn Nut made from special corn kernels) and the green sauce.

The waiter brings you half a bird ($8!) and your mouth makes sweet love to a carcass for the next 30 minutes. In a mindless, mechanical procession you fork a mouthful of chicken, spoon a ladle of green sauce, and prepare for take-off. Rice. Beans. Repeat.

The Times, They are'a Change'n

Later, you need another fix of that sweet, sweet chicken, so you chase down the bird they named best in 1994 New York.

The restaurant Flor de Mayo, located in Manhattan, comes more from the Chinese quadrant of the  Peru-niverse. The chicken here is tasty, but the skin is soft and the green sauce is really a disguised ponzu, it’s effervescently pungent but not garlicky enough for you.

That itch again. You lurk into Pio Pio, a chain of mid-scale restaurants that have covered New York with a healthy supply of juicy chickens.

You get talked in to Pio Pio’s Matador Special: A whole chicken accompanied by a plate of French fries covered in fried hot dogs, plus a side salad, rice and beans.

Pio Pio’s chicken skin was flabby, greasy and stretchy. You keep imagining your Aunt Helen oiled up in a bikini after her gastric bypass surgery.

Unsatisfied, you shrink in to Luz Restaurant in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene, but it’s a costly mistake.  The whole chicken dinner and regrettable side orders of greasy fried yucca and underwhelming cilantro mashed potatoes came to $45.

You’re jones-ing again in the Upper West Side, and so you duck in to El Malecon Restaurant II, a Dominican micro-chain. You were tempted in by the night glow from their front window rotisseries.
Shhh! They're sleeping

Malecon’s chicken is as good as Flor de Mayo, but their green sauce is a vinegary tomatillo salsa. It tastes like nuclear pickle juice (a compliment), but it doesn’t stand up to ají verde.

After this newfound addiction to the best rotisserie chicken on earth and a jaunt through some of New York’s popular Polla a la Brasa eateries, you plot upcoming trips to the meccas:

  1. El Gran Azul, the restaurant in Lima, Peru credited with creating the modern interpretation of the dish
  2. Pollo a la Brasa  in Los Angeles. Apparently, they have cords of wood stacked outside and roast your chicken over an oak fire. And yes, they have green sauce.

But for now, your craving has subsided. It could be all the poultry antibiotics surging through your system, playing mind-tricks on you, and temporarily halting your pursuit.

You think, “Well, this won’t last.”