25 Years After Exxon Valdez, We're Not Ready For the Next Big Spill

A quarter-century ago, after the Exxon Valdez's captain downed one too many drinks and left a third mate in charge, the oil tanker struck a reef and bled 11 million gallons of oil across 1,300 miles of Alaska's coastline. But the catastrophic oil spills have continued in the US—and we're still not prepared to handle… » 3/24/14 1:00pm 3/24/14 1:00pm

Capping the Deep Water Horizon Well Could Have Caused an Even Bigger…

A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reveals that after the Deep Water Horizon disaster, engineers and scientists weren't sure that capping the Macondo well was the best idea. In fact, it could have lead to an even larger, harder to control spill. » 12/04/12 1:20pm 12/04/12 1:20pm

Hippies Using Human Hair to Soak Up Oil Spills


If you've given more than a second glance to your greasy IT guy's matted, oily hair—or just don't wash your own that often, you might pick up that our hair holds onto oil like gas'll hit $100/gallon tomorrow. Gross, yeah, but apparently useful! Some hippies are taking mats made of human hair to mop up oil on SF… » 11/14/07 7:00pm 11/14/07 7:00pm