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Getting the oil out of water

June 11, 2019

Oil and water are famously reluctant to mix fully together. But separating them completely — for example, when…
Argonne Lab addresses obstacles to clean water for all

February 8, 2019

Dozens of Argonne researchers are helping to solve one of the world’s most pressing problems — the availability…
Inexpensive material offers solution for ocean oil spills

November 5, 2018

A super-absorbent material developed by Penn State scientists could dramatically reduce the environmental impact of oil spills on…
Oil spills could harm the Arctic more than expected

October 13, 2018

The Arctic sea ice is melting due to climate change. This creates an increased interest in exploring the…
Quantum mechanics work lets oil industry know promise of recovery experiments before they start

October 2, 2018

With their current approach, energy companies can extract about 35 percent of the oil in each well. Every…
Oleo Sponge successful in real-world conditions off California coast

July 18, 2018

The Oleo Sponge, a patent-pending technology to clean oil spills invented at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE)…
Plant-inspired material could help clean up oil spills

March 21, 2018

Taking a cue from the structure of leaves, a new USC Viterbi School of Engineering study has fabricated…
New view of dispersants used after Deepwater Horizon oil spill

August 31, 2017

New research has uncovered an added dimension to the decision to inject large amounts of chemical dispersants above…
Microbe Mystery Solved: What Happened to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Plume

June 28, 2017

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 is one of the most studied…
Team Launches ‘Comb and Copter’ System to Map Atmospheric Gases

June 27, 2017

Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Colorado Boulder have demonstrated…
Wildlife Recovery Following the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill was Highly Variable Across Species

May 3, 2017

Thanks to a quarter-century of research and monitoring, scientists now know how different wildlife species were injured by…
Reusable sponge that soaks up oil, could revolutionize oil spill and diesel cleanup

March 8, 2017

When the Deepwater Horizon drilling pipe blew out seven years ago, beginning the worst oil spill in U.S.…
How Finland is preparing for the oil spill in the Gulf of Finland in case it happens?

December 16, 2016

Baltic Sea is a relatively clean and safe body of water. The biggest possibility of oil spill happening…
USGS, NASA Study Finds Widespread Coastal Land Losses from Gulf Oil Spill

November 20, 2016

A new USGS-NASA study found widespread shoreline loss along heavily oiled areas of Louisiana’s coast after the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon…
Study Finds Widespread Land Losses from Gulf Oil Spill

November 18, 2016

Dramatic, widespread shoreline loss is revealed in new NASA/U.S. Geological Survey annual maps of the Louisiana marshlands where…
Newly Discovered ‘Blue Whirl’ Fire Tornado Burns Cleaner for Reduced Emission

August 10, 2016

Fire tornados, or ‘fire whirls,’ pose a powerful and essentially uncontrollable threat to life, property, and the surrounding…
Weathered Oil in Gulf of Mexico May Threaten Development of Fish Embryos and Larvae

July 14, 2016

The Deepwater Horizon (DWH) oil spill, in which nearly three million barrels of crude oil got released in…
Genetic Potential of Oil-Eating Bacteria from the BP Oil Spill Decoded

May 12, 2016

Microbiologists at The University of Texas at Austin and their colleagues have cracked the genetic code of how…
Even small oil spills have an immediate effect on the North Sea

May 4, 2016

From time to time we witness huge media coverage about major ecological disasters, such as oil spills. While…
Gulf of Mexico perinatal dolphin deaths likely result of oil exposure

April 21, 2016

The increased number of stranded stillborn and juvenile dolphins found in the Gulf of Mexico from 2010 to…
Nanostructures grown on fabric can mop up oil spills

April 19, 2016

Oil spills at sea, on the land and in your own kitchen could one day easily be mopped…
More than 700 miles of Great Lakes shoreline potentially vulnerable to Straits of Mackinac oil spills

April 4, 2016

More than 700 miles of shoreline in lakes Huron and Michigan are potentially vulnerable to oil spills if…
Bear watch on the ice

October 27, 2015

What happens to life in the sea in the Arctic in the event of an oil spill? And…
Trouble in the air?

October 21, 2015

Among the earliest warning signs of the 2014 West Virginia chemical spill were widespread reports of a peculiar…
A Living Laboratory

August 14, 2015

On May 19, 2015, near Refugio State Beach, thousands of gallons of oil leaked from a pipeline fed…
Protecting the Plover

May 28, 2015

The western snowy plover is a portly sort of bird, its barrel chest leaving its spindly legs in…
Deepwater Horizon oil spill contributed to high number of Gulf dolphin deaths

May 22, 2015

As part of an unusual mortality event investigation, a team of scientists has discovered that dead bottlenose dolphins…
Further assessment needed of dispersants used in response to oil spills

May 15, 2015

New commentary in Nature Reviews Microbiology by Samantha Joye of the University of Georgia and her colleagues argues…
NOAA announces new Deepwater Horizon oil spill searchable database web tool

May 6, 2015

A new online tool developed by NOAA  to manage and integrate the massive amounts of data collected by…
Soy: It’s good for eating, baking and cleaning up crude oil spills

April 27, 2015

If you’ve studied ingredient labels on food packaging, you’ve probably noticed that soy lecithin is in a lot…
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