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Researchers have been hot on the trail of the elusive Denisovans, a type of ancient human known only by their DNA and...
Thousands of scientists in the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) are about to lose their jobs as a result of the...
Dyslexia, a learning disability that hinders reading, hasn't been associated with deficits in vision, hearing, or...
Exotic, elusive, and dangerous, snakes have fascinated humankind for millennia. They can be hard to find, yet their...
Researchers have sequenced and analyzed the first two snake genomes, which represent two evolutionary extremes. The...
Snake venoms are remarkably complex mixtures that can stun or kill prey within minutes. But more and more researchers...
At age 30, Dutch biologist Freek Vonk has built up a respectable career as a snake scientist. But in his home country,...
Since arriving on the island of Guam in the 1940s, the brown tree snake ( Boiga irregularis ) has extirpated native...
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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.