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New Games Address Offshore Oil Drilling Industry, Sans Political Commentary

If you care about things like the environment and the future of mankind, you probably don't hold the offshore oil-drilling industry in especially high esteem -- unless, that is, you actually work for an offshore drilling company. Potentially hazardous and life-destroying as the business may be, there are actually a lot of people who make their livings harvesting black gold from the ocean floor,...

Touchscreens Pose Smudgy Security Risk Thanks to Greasy Faces

The greasier among you take heed: your touchscreen cell phone may be vulnerable to smudge hacking. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania (.PDF) have found that, with a camera and some basic photo processing, they can map taps and swipes on a cell phone's screen, thanks to the thin layer of oil left behind when you hold the device to your face. With just a little increase in contrast and...

BP Oil Rig Alarms Were Disengaged, Blue Screen of Death Common

Here's hoping you're still full of BP outrage: Maybe 50 million barrels of crude destroying the ecosystem and the lives of Gulf locals hasn't been enough or the backfired PR photoshoppery and the revelation that the company had known the blowout prevention system was leaking don't sufficiently rouse your ire. Perhaps, then, you'll be moved to know that the emergency alarm system on the Deepwater...

Gulf Oil Spill Victims in Florida Hit With Phishing Scam

As if folks on the Gulf Coast don't have enough worries already, phishing (and, sadly, not fishing) is now plaguing Florida. According to a Reuters report, many Floridians have received an e-mail from scam artists posing as BP CEO Tony Hayward. In the e-mail, the fake Hayward claims the recipient is eligible for a $500,000 grant from BP in exchange for personal information. To spread the...

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...

Undersea Bots Monitor the Gulf Oil Spill

With oil continuing to spill into the Gulf of Mexico, scientists are struggling to contain an already unprecedented environmental disaster, and part of that is understanding and monitoring the Gulf's conditions. According to Tech News Daily, researchers from Rutgers, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the University of Delaware, the U.S. Navy and other institutions have recently deployed eight...

@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...

As BP Oil Spill Spreads, Facebook and Twitter Fan the Flames

Share As the fallout from last week's oil rig disaster in the Gulf of Mexico continues to ooze its way toward land, the cries of anger echoing throughout the social media stratosphere have only intensified. The principal target of the online rage is BP, which has been disparaged in thousands of posts across Facebook and Twitter. The company, which owns the Deepwater Horizon rig that sank on...

Disgruntled Worker Hacks and Shuts Down Oil Leak System

Seriously, people. We've said it before but hacking your current or former employer because you're not happy with your job, desk, or termination is not a constructive way to deal with the problem. The latest idiot to clearly overstep his legal boundaries is Mario Azar, a 28-year-old former IT worker for Pacific Energy Resources (PER). According to Wired, the Los Angeles resident has been...

Scientists Create Mutant Bugs that Produce Crude Oil

Like the beginning of every great science fiction movie, experts claim that they've discovered a cure for our fuel-dependency woes that only requires an army of genetically modified bacteria... that eats wheat straw and excretes crude oil. You read that right: Scientists have created bugs that are able to snack on woodchips or sugar cane and produce waste in the form of easily malleable oil. Not...