Smart sponge cleans up oil spills while protecting wildlife


Today’s Video of the Day from the National Science Foundation describes a smart sponge that is designed to clean up oil spills without harming marine life. 

Experts at Northwestern University have engineered the highly porous sponge, which is covered with magnetic nanostructures that repel water and attract oil.

According to the NSF, the smart sponge can absorb more than 30 times its weight in oil and can be reused several dozen times.

By Chrissy Sexton, Staff Writer

Video Credit: NSF


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