Researchers develop super-hydrophobic cotton for oil-spill cleanup

What is the news?  Recently, researchers of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Guwahati, have developed a new class of super-hydrophobic cotton composite with Metal-Organic Framework (MOF) that promise marine oil-spill clean-up in near future.  What are the features of the new cotton material developed?  First, this is a novel, highly porous and water-repellent super-hydrophobic cotton composite material containing… Continue reading Researchers develop super-hydrophobic cotton for oil-spill cleanup

Explained: How severe was the Mauritius oil spill?

News: A Japanese ship struck a coral reef off Mauritius spilling about 1,000 tonnes of fuel oil and triggering a state of environmental emergency.This oil spill took place near Blue Bay Marine Park Reserve, a wetland of international importance. Facts: Oil Spill: It is the contamination of seawater due to an oil pour as a… Continue reading Explained: How severe was the Mauritius oil spill?