This super sponge has the potential to be the saving grace for much of the world’s oil problems. This sponge will be able to widen and narrow its pores in order to accommodate oil on command.
Big oil spills are some of the most terrifying and disastrous man-made disasters the world can face. Big spills like the BP oil spill a couple years are not only expensive, but also detrimental to the well-being of the planet. Researchers at the University of North Texas and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory have shown that certain kinds of crystals can be used to soak up this oil.
With the oil sands problem and the uncertainty of when the next big oil spill will happen, this super sponge could be a big help to the problem.