As an estimated 1.05 million gallons of oil continue to gush each day into the Gulf of Mexico, robotic submarines are doing their part to slow the rate of damage. A small fleet of the bots are busily carrying equipment and cutting small pipes at the bottom of the Gulf, preparing to place another cap-like containment valve over the blown-out oil well.
BP spokesman Graham MacEwen said the robots were clearing the way to bring a larger, more powerful diamond-edged saw to slice the leaking riser and place a cap on it. If successful, the cap could contain the majority of the gushing oil and bring it to the surface. The company could begin cutting into the riser as early as Wednesday.
In the meantime, WKRG.com is hosting this fascinating live feed of the site, 5,000 feet below the surface.
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Tuesday, June 1, 2010 at 7:21AM
Friday, May 14, 2010 at 1:22PM
Five “extraordinarily intelligent” scientists have been tapped by President Obama and U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu to help BP come up with contingency plans to stop the catastrophic oil leak.
The team includes scientists who helped design the first hydrogen bomb and invented Mars mining techniques.
The team members are:
Dr. Tom Hunter, director of the Department of Energy's Sandia National Labs
Dr. George A. Cooper, an expert in materials science and retired professor from UC Berkeley
Richard Lawrence Garwin, a physicist and IBM Fellow Emeritus
Dr. Jonathan I. Katz, professor of physics at Washington University
Dr. Alexander H. Slocum, professor of mechanical engineering at MIT
Let's hope these scientists can finally get the job done.