HW 2 - Stefan Leon HW 2 Recently thanks to a team led by...

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Stefan Leon September 26, 2011 HW 2 Recently thanks to “a team led by George John of the City College of New York and Srinivasa Raghavan of the University of Maryland” (Marshall), a new material is in development that has the potential to clean up oil spills. The material which so far has only been tested in labs is capable of converting oil from a liquid to a solid. The substance works by its molecules creating “a sponge-like network of fibers that strongly attract oil and repel water. The oil is drawn into the fiber network, swelling the "sponge." The resulting oil-swollen gel is strong enough to be scooped up with a slotted spoon” (Marshall). Given the events that took place in the Gulf of Mexico, many scientists are attempting to come up with solution that will prepare us if another oil spills occurs. The problem with our ideas is that many of them are toxic and while they will clean up the oil, they could also hurt many of the living organisms with their toxicity. “The new material is made of non-toxic components used in food, John said. Also, because the
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