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Researchers at HeiQ Materials in Bad Zurzach, Switzerland, present yet another potential cleanup tool for the rapidly expanding crude oil spill fouling the Gulf of Mexico. The company makes a water-resistant, feltlike material it says is capable of absorbing up to seven times its weight in oil.
Willie Jones is an associate editor at IEEE Spectrum. In addition to editing and planning daily coverage, he manages several of Spectrum's newsletters and contributes regularly to the monthly Big Picture section that appears in the print edition.