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  • Oil Spill? Not a problem.

    ....with the NEW Oil Sponge!

    Scientists have fashioned a sponge out of carbon nanotubes and a bit of boron that hates water so much it absolutely refuses to soak up a single drop. But it loves oil. This, in turn, makes it ideal for cleaning up oil spilled into the oceans.

    What’s more, the sponge can conduct electricity and be controlled with a magnet. That’s key, because when the sponges are dropped onto the ocean surface to soak up an oily mess, they essentially can be reeled in with giant magnets.

    The sponges are more than 99 percent air, meaning they are extremely low density, a property that allows them to absorb more than 100 times their weight in oil

    Once recovered, the oil can be squeezed out of the sponge and used, Rice University graduate student Daniel Hashim explains in the video below. In fact, the oil doesn’t even need to be squeezed out. Simply burn it while it is still in the sponge and the sponge itself remains intact and can be reused.

    Since we live in a world where oil is likely to remain an essential ingredient in the global economy for the foreseeable future, a new technology to clean up spills and recover the resource is a welcome development.

    A paper on the sponge was published April 13 in Scientific Reports. More details are available from Rice University.

  • #2
    Pointless considering that oil is a non-renewable resource and we're shifting away from a reliance on fossil fuels.
    See you in hell.


    • #3
      Absolutely not pointless.
      I'm yet to watch the videos, but I'd like to think that this was developed as a way to clean up pollution and the fact that the oil can be reclaimed is just a nice incidental perk


      • #4
        Damn, it's incredible how many things they can do with carbon nanotubes.


        • #5
          Speaking of oil spills...