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Grassroots Mapping Tracks Gulf Oil Spill With Cameras, Kites

The first step to solving the Gulf Coast oil crisis, as with any problem, is figuring out just how large and expansive the spill really is. As scientists, lawmakers, and Kevin Costner continue to debate the best way to stop the gushing, a group of academics at MIT are doing their part to track the disaster as it unfurls. The project, called Grassroots Mapping, uses camera-equipped kites to...

BP Asks Parody BP Tweeter to Come Clean... Again

Last week, the person operating the Twitter account @BPGlobalPR unveiled him or herself to the world under the pseudonym 'Leroy Stick,' and went on to eloquently explain the motivation behind the satirical feed. Apparently, though, that wasn't enough to satisfy the parody-paranoid officials at British Petroleum, who have forced Leroy to officially declare that the page isn't linked to their...

Louisiana Government Uses Twitter to Spread Information on Oil Spill

It seems like whenever there's a major international disaster, Twitter is there, helping disseminate information, and keeping people up to date on the latest developments. And the Gulf oil spill is certainly no exception. As the Wall Street Journal reports, the Louisiana Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is bound by law to answer every single question it...

@BPGlobalPR Tweeter Reveals Identity, Insightfully Explains Prank

The Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in April, sending the world to the brink of apocalypse, and a Twitter account under the handle @BPGlobalPR mysteriously popped up a month later, unleashing a spew of satirical jabs at BP, inarguably the most hated company on the planet. The account was fake but that didn't stop it from accruing over 100,000 followers. Now, the man behind the Twitter mask has...

Impostor BP Twitter Account Pokes Fun at Oil Spill in Gulf of Mexico

As oil continues to seep into and spread throughout the Gulf of Mexico, a newly formed Twitter account has been mocking British Petroleum's (BP) seemingly inept response to the environmental disaster. As of now, nobody is sure who started the BPGlobalPR account, which showed up last week, and now has more than 20,000 followers. According to Advertising Age, BP hasn't requested that the...

Oil-Capping Robots May Curb BP's Path of Devastation

As copious amounts of oil continue to hemorrhage from the seafloor of the Gulf of Mexico, the hopes of millions now hinge on the deepwater exploits of robots. Desperate for a solution, an overwhelmingly underprepared BP has been preparing a massive 100-ton structure that it hopes can effectively cover and contain the ruptured well 5,000 feet below sea level. Photos have now surfaced of the...