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The tsetse fly is best known as the vector for the trypanosome parasites that cause sleeping sickness and a disease in...
The National Institutes of Health is revising its "two strikes" rule, which allowed researchers only one chance to...
By stabilizing the components of retromers, molecular complexes that act like recycling bins in cells, a recently...
Fossil fuels power modern society by generating heat, but much of that heat is wasted. Semiconductor devices called...
Researchers are gaining insights into what made Supertyphoon Haiyan so powerful and devastating through post-storm...
Millions around the world got a first-hand look at what it was like to be in Tacloban while it was pummeled by...
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Follow the Top-Kill Procedure, Now Under Way
26 May 2010 5:20 pm
A helpful animation from CNN explains how mud will slow the oil flow and concrete will stop it completely—if the procedure works. In a detailed, 13-minute video produced by the company, BP's Kent Wells delivers a blow-by-blow explanation of the gambit and reviews five other procedures the company has planned to stop the oil flow in case the top-kill doesn't work. Real-time analysis of the procedure is found at the Oil Drum Web site, staffed by volunteer oil experts watching BP's video feed from one of numerous robots working below the surface. That feed may or may not be useful for actually following what's happening, but the comments there are mostly informed, some highly technical.