Monday, May 24, 2010

Oil spill video: BP shows ROVs at work


Wednesday, May 19, 2010









   





Site of oil rig explosion

New
Orleans

St. Petersburg

Tampa

Naples

Miami

Key West

Pensacola

Panama City

Louisiana

Miss.

Ala.


Florida

Mississippi
Delta



Gulf of Mexico




150 miles

Estimates of oil spilled through April 22

In millions of gallons.
Based on various
estimates of flow rates.

Wereley avg.

0.0

BP worst case

0.0

MacDonald minimum

0.0

NOAA

0.0




Exxon Valdez

10.8



 
Estimated extent of oil on surface
 
Surveyed extent
 
Marshes
 
Oyster beds
 
Waters closed to fishing
 
Loop current and eddies





For more on the estimates, see this article.



Sunday, May 16, 2010

This Is Obama's Problem - Solving "Dream Team"


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Obama is salivating at the chance of being the hero of the hour.  He wants to save the day, when BP, the Coast Guard, the US Navy, the US Air Force, a small fleet of private fishermen, and everybody else in the world failed to deliver.  To that end, Obama has chosen a "Dream Team" of creative problem solvers to come up with a brilliant solution to the problem of the leaking Macondo deep sea oil well.  Here is the team:

katzJonathan I. Katz, physics professor at Washington University in St. Louis. Katz, a member of the prestigious JASON think tank, did his early work in astrophysics, though he now tackles a wide variety of physics problems. He’s definitely the wild card of the group, having published provocative essays entitled “Don’t Become a Scientist,” “In Defense of Homophobia” and “Why Terrorism is Important” on his personal website.

garwinRichard L. Garwin is also a physicist and consults the U.S. government on military technologies. He, too, is a JASON member and assisted in developing the first Hydrogen bomb in 1951. In 1991, Garwin organized a conference of various experts to discuss solutions for containing Kuwaiti oil leaks during the Gulf War. Garwin brings experience to the team.


cooperGeorge Cooper, former professor of civil engineering at Berkeley. Cooper, the team’s most mysterious member, helped NASA refine techniques for mining Mars’ surface, and lists his specialties as “Novel drilling methods, Drill bit design, Borehole stability.”



slocumAlexander Slocum, a mechanical engineering professor at MIT. Slocum holds patents in robotics and computer science, and claims to be interested in “staying down longer while SCUBA diving.” Bloomberg quotes a colleague of his as saying “He has a lot of creative ideas. One in 10 are really brilliant ideas, but nine are dumb…You can’t miss that one that is brilliant.” Slocum’s the wacky one.


hunterTom Hunter, former director of the DOE’s Sandia Laboratory. Sandia’s x-ray technology is already being used by BP to evaluate the spill, and the lab has also done research on anti-terrorism technology in the past. Hunter recently retired from his position at Sandia, but is coming back for one last job in the Gulf.


These are the five men being charged with cleaning up the terrible mess in the Gulf, and to be sure they’ve got a massive task ahead of them. But from the sound of things, they possess an insanely wide range of expertise, and perhaps more importantly, they have all demonstrated the ability to come up with creative solutions to tough problems.
Source: ImpactLab
Can Obama's dream team succeed?  Or is this just a publicity stunt by Obama, desperate for anything that might save him from his own self-created economic disaster?