Forceful Fluid: Scientists Discover a Starchy Substance with Oily Applications

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Bachelor kitchens are rarely known for their cleanliness. One reason is that bachelors can make a complete meal of condiments. Another is that when faced with a sudden spill, bachelors become instant innovators, grabbing anything within arms reach, whether paper towels, dirty socks or even cornstarch, to stem the flow of liquid.

In a sense, it’s not that different from the challenge recently faced by researchers at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) when they set out to find the proper mix of fluids needed to cap the powerful flow of oil that can occur during a spill, an objective that was principally driven by the failure of the top-kill method during last year’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Laura L. Barnes is ISTC's Sustainability Information Curator and Executive Director of the Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable (GLPPR). She also created and authors Environmental News Bits (
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