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2010-06-01 15:03:00

NEW ORLEANS, June 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following are the remarks as prepared for delivery by Attorney General Eric Holder on the Gulf oil spill: Good afternoon. This morning, I surveyed just one small portion of the damage caused by what is now the largest oil spill in American history. I was briefed by Coast Guard officers involved in the massive response effort and also surveyed the famed Louisiana Delta, where the early signs of oil intruding into the ecosystem are all too...

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2010-05-28 09:27:30

NASA's Airborne Visible/Infrared Imaging Spectrometer (AVIRIS) instrument collected an image over the site of the Deepwater Horizon BP oil rig disaster on May 17, 2010. Crude oil on the surface appears orange to brown. Scientists are using spectroscopic methods to analyze measurements for each point in images like this one to detail the characteristics of the oil on the surface. AVIRIS extensively mapped the region affected by the spill during 11 flights conducted between May 6 and May 25,...

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2010-05-28 06:15:00

Software developers have created a new application for the iPhone that will allow members of the public to report the presence of oil stemming from the leak in the Gulf of Mexico. International volunteer network CrisisCommons developed the new application, called "Oil Reporter", to let people be a part of the recovery effort by using real-time check-ins to report what they are seeing on the ground, said the group of technical and business professionals. "Users can upload photos and videos,...

2010-05-27 18:56:00

In the news release, Armored Truck Fuel Spill Draws Quick Cleanup Response, issued 27-May-2010 by Spill Center over PR Newswire, we are advised by the company that the second paragraph, second sentence, should read "...related Tom Moses, an environmental attorney and president of Spill Center" rather than "...related Moses, an environmental attorney and president of Spill Center " as originally issued inadvertently. The complete, corrected release follows: Armored Truck Fuel Spill Draws...

2010-05-27 09:00:00

HUDSON, Mass., May 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Any diesel fuel spill, even a minor one, requires fast action to avoid environmental damage. But when the leaking truck is heavily armored and full of cash, the incident is cause for alarm. That was evident recently when an armored truck spilled an estimated 20 gallons of diesel fuel in the parking lot of a retail store in Memphis, Tenn. The incident, resulting from a damaged fuel cross-over line, was managed by Spill Center®, an...

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2010-05-27 06:16:55

A team of researchers at the University of Miami (UM) has developed a computer model for finding and projecting in time sunken oil masses on the bottom of bays, after an oil spill. The unique model can be used in oil spill planning, response, and recovery applications. "Sunken oil is difficult to 'see' because sensing techniques show only a small space at a point in time. Moreover, the oil may re-suspend and sink, with changes in salinity, sediment load, and temperature, making fate and...

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2010-05-21 13:14:02

With oil from the big Gulf of Mexico spill threatening fragile coastal wetlands, clean-up crews are about to discover whether a combination of old and new clean-up methods will help limit the environmental damage. That's the topic of an article in Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), ACS' weekly newsmagazine. C&EN Assistant Editor Michael Torrice notes that scientists and engineers are using three basic tools to try to clean up the spill, in which millions of gallons of oil escaped...

2010-05-18 06:00:00

LOS ANGELES, May 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The Blue Seals - a rapid-response team of marine conservation experts - are on a mission to intervene in the oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Led by longtime ocean activist Peter Jay Brown, the Blue Seals team has been working in the Gulf Coast area to document this environmental catastrophe. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20100518/LA06607) Blue Seal's efforts to document the effects on the fragile coastal habitats of marine...

2010-05-11 13:48:00

ATLANTA, May 11 /PRNewswire/ -- A way to deploy more oil boom to protect Gulf of Mexico shorelines from the oil spill has been found, providing the contractors manufacturing the boom can quickly hire enough workers and boat captains to install it. Oil containment boom is a floating barrier that helps keep oil from reaching the shore, but boom has been in very short supply since the April 20th Deepwater Horizon oil spill. "Our contractors found a way to immediately manufacture 3 to 5 miles...

2010-05-11 11:29:00

NEW ORLEANS, May 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The chemical dispersants being used to break up the oil leaking into the gulf following the explosion of British Petroleum's Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig have the potential to cause just as much, if not more, harm to the environment and the humans coming into contact with it than the oil possibly would if left untreated. That is the warning of toxicology experts, led by Dr. William Sawyer, addressing the Gulf Oil Disaster Recovery Group, a group of...


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  • In the phrase to out-herod Herod, to be more violent than Herod (as represented in the old mystery plays); hence, to exceed in any excess of evil.
Herod refers to 'Herod the Great,' a Roman client king and 'a madman who murdered his own family and a great many rabbis.' According to the OED, the term is 'chiefly with allusion to Shakespeare's use' in Hamlet.
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