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Officials last week revealed that the U.S. contribution to ITER could cost $3.9 billion by 2034—roughly four times the...
An experimental hepatitis B drug that looked safe in animal trials tragically killed five of 15 patients in 1993. Now,...
Using the two high-quality genomes that exist for Neandertals and Denisovans, researchers find clues to gene activity...
A new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concludes that humanity has done little to slow...
Astronomers have discovered an Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of a red dwarf—a star cooler than the sun—500...
Three years ago, Jennifer Francis of Rutgers University proposed that a warming Arctic was altering the behavior of the...
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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.