DailyDirt: Oil And Water Aren't Supposed To Mix...

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We've previously mentioned an Xprize winner that came up with a better way to clean up an oil spill after the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster. We've also seen some patented but somewhat impractical oil-eating bacteria approaches to cleaning up oil spills. If you've ever wondered, why don't they just use magnets? Here you go, three different ways that could help recover oil from a spill on water. After you've finished checking out those links, take a look at our Daily Deals for cool gadgets and other awesome stuff.

Filed Under: bp deepwater horizon disaster, carbon nanotube, magnet, magnetite, nanosponge, nanotech, oil, oil spill, pollution


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    JoeCool (profile), 29 Feb 2016 @ 5:57pm

    Best way to prevent future spills

    I'm giving this away free of charge! There is a way to guarantee that no oil will EVER be spilled again... just make the board of directors and CEO personally clean up the spill by hand. It'll never happen again.

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    Lawrence D’Oliveiro, 29 Feb 2016 @ 6:20pm

    Actually, Water Dissolves Just About Everything To Some Degree

    Pour water into a glass, and a very small amount of the glass dissolves in the water.

    Even without a wetting agent, a very small amount of oil will dissolve in water.

    With a wetting agent (e.g. detergent), the proportion of oil that will dissolve in water goes up by many orders of magnitude.

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    orbitalinsertion (profile), 29 Feb 2016 @ 11:25pm

    That will so totally help.

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    orbitalinsertion (profile), 29 Feb 2016 @ 11:26pm

    And i really must...

    Fucking magnets... How do they work?!

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    Ninja (profile), 1 Mar 2016 @ 4:58am

    Spills keep happening because companies and their respective management aren't severely punished. Close one huge company because of those catastrophes and jail their executives and you'll see how fast other companies would fix their vulnerabilities...

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