It's been about two years since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill devastated the Gulf Coast, and we all learned how far behind our cleanup technology really was. Protei, a sailboat that mops up oil, could be the answer needed.
BP today ran a test of its new containment cap on the geyser of oil that's been leaking into the Gulf of Mexico since April. Apparently it's working, and the flow of oil has been stopped, at least for now. Why did this one get the job done?
251.4 million years ago, the Permian extinction event destroyed the atmosphere, wiped out almost all life on the planet, and was generally a bad time. This BP oil leak is reminding scientists of the conditions of that event just a bit too much.
Yevgenii Chernyaev helms the Mir-2, one of four manned vessels in the world capable of operating at the depths of BP's leaking oil well, and he's confident that his vessel, along with its sister-ship Mir-1, would be able to get the job done. The holdup? No one's asked.
It seems like airships are the new hot vehicles for the U.S. military. Amazingly efficient, they're able to stay in the air at lower altitudes for longer than any traditional plane, making them perfect for specialized missions that require long periods of aerial observation.
Oil's still gushing into the Gulf of Mexico, and it's gotten so bad that some people are actually considering nuking the damaged well. Would it work? As iffy as it sounds, Russia actually sealed up ruptured oil wells with nuclear...
BP claims it's received thousands of suggestions to help cap its gushing oil well in the Gulf of Mexico. One that might deserve more than a toss in the trash is the "Great Big Funnel Collector."
The BP oil spill poses problems not just of scale — 150 million gallons and counting — but also of location. While beaches are in peril, the sensitive wetlands of Louisiana face an epic gunking, and unlike sand, swamp and weeds are almost impossible to clean. Enter Greenboat Scientific's Weedoo workboats.
Last time we checked in with BP's ongoing efforts to stop the terrible leak 5,000 feet below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, the company was taking a pair of industrial sheers to some tubes, and lowering a "cap" into place. Turns out it worked pretty well.
It's the largest oil spill in American history, and BP's shame has been bleeding into the Gulf of Mexico for over 40 days now. What's being done? Well, in a word, a lot. Swarms of underwater robots, a fleet of...