Scientists from the University of Bristol have developed a magnetic soap compound that could be used to help manage oil spills. The soap contains iron-rich salt and can be removed from both water and oil with a simple magnet. Traditional soaps, often referred to as surfactants, were widely used to help disperse oil in the Deepwater Horizon disaster. The environmental damage caused by soap use in oil spills could be significant, though scientists believe soap is less harmful than leaving oil untreated.
Read more at Popular Science
Support Outside Online
Our mission to inspire readers to get outside has never been more critical. In recent years, Outside Online has reported on groundbreaking research linking time in nature to improved mental and physical health, and we’ve kept you informed about the unprecedented threats to America’s public lands. Our rigorous coverage helps spark important debates about wellness and travel and adventure, and it provides readers an accessible gateway to new outdoor passions. Time outside is essential—and we can help you make the most of it. Making a financial contribution to Outside Online only takes a few minutes and will ensure we can continue supplying the trailblazing, informative journalism that readers like you depend on. We hope you’ll support us. Thank you.