21 Sep '12, 12pm

MIT Magnets Could Pull Offshore Oil Spills From Water With Ease

MIT Magnets Could Pull Offshore Oil Spills From Water With Ease

MIT/YouTube video/Video screen capture Over two years later, the Gulf Coast is still struggling to recover from the 2010 BP oil spill . Perhaps the only silver lining to this deadly event was the fact that it revealed to the world just how unprepared oil companies are to prevent, contain, and clean up offshore spills. Faced with this ugly truth, scientists and inventors have been working to advance spill clean up technologies , so that the next time a spill occurs (and there will be a next time) we have something better than boom and dispersant to throw at it. MIT has lead the charge in this quest for new clean up technologies. Just months after the BP oil spill began, they unveiled the Seaswarm--an autonomous robot that can navigate the surface of the ocean to collect surface oil and process it on site. Now, they've come up with an even simpler solution: a method for sepa...

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