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    Oil spills are disastrous for the environment, but a newly developed absorbent polymer could prove a novel cleaning solution.

    Developed by Australian and European researchers, with details published in the journal Advanced Sustainable Systems, the material is actually a combination of used cooking oils and sulphur — the latter of which is a waste product of the petroleum industry.

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    Like a sponge, the polymer sucks up...

  • Oil-eating bacteria could help clean up the next oil spill

    Reuters/Lee Celano

    Tiny, oil eating bacteria stopped the BP oil spill from becoming worse than it was.

    Professor Satinder Kaur Brar tested the microbe called A. borkumensis.

    It’s not a widely known fact that the 2010 oil spill caused by the explosion on BP’s Deepwater Horizon platform could have been even worse were it not for bacteria. Several species of marine bacteria that feed on ingredients in crude oil and natural gas bloomed during the spill, feasting on Louisiana light, sweet crude....

  • Evidence of an oil spill was obvious, but was it a crime?

    An acrid stink of petroleum sent Santa Barbara County firefighters scrambling three years ago in a search of a possible spill. When they arrived at Refugio State Beach, oil was staining the pristine sands and seeping into the surf. Uphill they discovered oil gushing like a fire hose "without a nozzle."