Scientists tweak seat cushion material to clean oil spills

Federal researchers have created a new tool to clean up oil spills by tinkering with the kind of foam found in seat cushions.

The modified foam can soak up oil floating on water and lurking below the surface, and then can be repeatedly wrung out and reused, the researchers say.

It “just bounces back like a kitchen sponge,” said co-inventor Seth Darling, a scientist at the Argonne National Laboratory near Chicago.

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The aftermath of BP oil spill: mutant seafood

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Signs of the impact on the regional ecosystem are ominous: mutated shrimp, fish with oozing sores, underdeveloped blue crabs lacking claws, eyeless crabs and shrimp – and scientists and fishermen point fingers towards BP’s oil as being the cause.

Two years after BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, fishermen are finding deformed fish and mutant shrimp in their seafood catch…

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Chevron admits oil leak in Brazil hasn’t stopped

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When will the spill stop?

Things just keep getting worse for Chevron. First, a deepwater drilling mishap off the coast of Brazil last month caused thousands of barrels of oil to spill into the Atlantic, which only after some dodging did Chevron take responsibility for, followed by Brazil’s petroleum agency deciding to suspend the company’s drilling rights altogether. And then there are the fines which could end up costing Chevron close to $100 million. But lo, it get’s worst yet. Today, the oil giant admitted that the situation is far from resolved as many had assumed. That’s right, the leak continues, and Chevron’s not sure when it can be stopped…

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Corexit Makes Oil Spills Worse, Not Better, Scientists Find

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Which is worse, the spill or the dispersant?

In yet another alarming glimpse at the long-term effects of the BP disaster, the preliminary findings of two new studies show that the nearly two million gallons of toxic dispersants applied to the more than 200 million gallons of oil that gushed from its exploded rig may have been more damaging to the ecosystem as a whole than the oil alone…

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‘Spillionaires’ – BP Oil Spill Payouts Create New Rich

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Thomas Gonzales is one of the only Delacroix fishermen who refused to work for BP.

Instead of economic ruin in the Gulf Coast, the oil spill has brought in a gusher of money.  The many people who cashed in on the oil spill have earned nicknames: “spillionaires” or BP rich.”   But there were some people who wound up getting little of the money.

 

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BP Spill Oil Already Infiltrating The Gulf Food Chain

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Trace amounts of oil in blue crab larvae are cause for alarm.
The recent discovery of trace amounts of oil in blue crab larvae has left experts forecasting dire news for the Gulf ecosystem. It’s evidence that the oil from the spill loosed from the Deepwater Horizon explosion has already begun working its way up the food chain — where it could be fatal to animals who ingest it…

Was the Environmental Disaster Caused by BP’s Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Over-Hyped?

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Fire boat response crews battle the blazing remnants of the offshore oil rig Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico on April 21.

The environmental damage caused by BP’s Gulf of Mexico oil spill may have been grossly exaggerated, a growing body of experts is suggesting. In a bold move, scientists have dismissed the torrent of grim predictions from President Obama and environmentalists as ‘hype’ with no data to back it up.

 

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Oil Spill Media Access: BP Officials Continue To Block Reporters

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Despite the fact that National Incident Commander Thad Allen and BP Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles have publicly stipulated that the media is to have access to the areas affected by the Gulf oil spill, as well as the workers who are laboring to clean up the beaches, an overall media clampdown continues.

This weekend, WDSU reporter Scott Walker got the full court press from BP’s onsite supervisor, leading to this perplexing and infuriating exchange that takes place in the video above.

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Amazing Aerial Photos of the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill 2010

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Shrimp boats are used to collect oil with booms in the waters.

It has been a little over three weeks since the April 20th explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, and the start of the massive and ongoing oil leak.  There have been many attempts  to contain and control the scale of the environmental disaster.  An estimated 5,000 barrels of oil continues to pour into the gulf every day. (Pics)

 

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Bird Washing Machine Cleans Oil Covered Birds in 7 Minutes

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It’s no question that animals – particularly birds – are being severely impacted by the Deepwater oil leak. The oil has already reached shorelines, and marine birds are getting coated. Last week, David asked how a bird covered in oil gets cleaned. Turns out, it’s a painstaking and time consuming process that can seriously stress out birds. But what if we could just stick birds in a washing machine that cleans them in only seven minutes? A major oil company took the liberty of creating just such a machine.

 

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