Super-absorbent material soaks up oil spills

In hopes of limiting the disastrous environmental effects of massive oil spills, materials scientists have teamed up to manufacture and test a new material, called a boron nitride nanosheet, that can absorb up to 33 times its weight in oils and organic solvents — a trait that could make it an important technology for quickly mitigating these costly accidents.

Lorry carrying 22 tonnes of ketchup overturns spilling sauce across East Lancs Road – Manchester Evening News


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Lorry carrying 22 tonnes of ketchup overturns spilling sauce across East Lancs Road
Manchester Evening News
He lost a wheel, the lorry jackknifed and 22 tonnes of ketchup ended up on the carriageway. Trying to divert two lanes of A580 traffic through Higher Green isn't ideal.” A fire service spokesman said that a crew was called to the scene at 12.07am, but
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Oil dispersants can suppress natural oil-degrading microorganisms, new study shows

The use of chemical dispersants meant to stimulate microbial crude oil degradation can in some cases inhibit microorganisms that naturally degrade hydrocarbons, according to a new study . These findings are based on laboratory-simulated conditions that mimic Gulf of Mexico deep waters immediately following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The study examined microbial oil degradation in the Deepwater plume.

M11 lard spill: Tonnes of cooking fat smeared over ‘slip road’ after lorry tips over – Evening Standard


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M11 lard spill: Tonnes of cooking fat smeared over 'slip road' after lorry tips over
Evening Standard
“Slip roads” linking two major London motorways will be shut into Thursday night after a lorry tipped over and showered them with 24 tonnes of lard. Pictures from the scene show turquoise packets of white fat dashed across the highway and split open …
M11/M25 UPDATE: Slip road still closed after lorry spills load of lardHarlow Star
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Births down and deaths up in Gulf dolphins

Scientists are reporting a high rate of reproductive failure in dolphins exposed to oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill. The team has monitored these bottlenose dolphins in heavily oiled Barataria Bay for five years following the spill. Their findings suggest that the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill will be long-lasting.