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The slick new nano fabric mopping up oil spills

What You Need To Know If You’d Like To Help Post-Hurricane Haiti

Two weeks ago, Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti hard, devastating the southern end of the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.

It’s hard to look at the photos coming out of Haiti and not be moved to action. But if you’re thinking now is the time to hop on a plane and get involved in disaster relief work, groups working on the ground have one piece of advice: pump the brakes.

“Volunteers without the support of an organization are all gasoline, no car,” says Juanita Rilling, director of USAID’s Center for International Disaster Information. “That’s not helping anyone.”…

 

The slick new nano fabric mopping up oil spills

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When it comes to environmental disasters, oil spills rate among the most devastating. They can have a ravaging effect, posing a huge threat to our land and marine ecosystems.

One of the worst of these was the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, which released about 4.9 million barrels of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico. For many, images of blackened water birds and struggling marine life are still etched in our minds.

The good news is that one day it could be much easier to tackle these destructive oil spills, thanks to a new multipurpose fabric developed by researchers from Queensland University of Technology (QUT), CSIRO and RMIT. The fabric, which is covered with semi-conducting nanostructures, is able to repel water while at the same time attracting oil…

 

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