Today on Planet 100: EPA Rejects Cleanup (Video)
Welcome to Planet 100 for August 3, 2010. Today, the EPA rejects cleanup plans for the Kalamazoo River, an incredible nano-paper is strong enough to stop bullets, and Shark Week begins on the Discovery Channel
EPA Rejects Cleanup
Plans to clean up Michigan's Kalamazoo River—after one of the world's longest oil pipelines burst—have been rejected by the EPA.
The EPA issued a notice of disapproval to Enbridge Energy Partners for "deficient" long-term plans regarding the cleanup of an estimated 1 million gallons of oil which spilled into a tributary of the Kalamazoo River. Crews are working to excavate the entire pipe to pinpoint the source of the break.
CEO Patrick Daniel promises to return the river to the same condition as it was before the spill.
If someone told you that a material as thin and light as paper could stop bullets, you would probably think they had just returned from Comicon.
But such materials are now a reality with companies like Nanocomp, which have taken nanotechnology out of the science lab and into production. Their remarkable carbon-based sheets can act as body armor, while conducting both thermal energy and electricity.
It is no wonder that the U.S. Dept of Defense has taken a keen interest in the company and is now their biggest client.
Shark Week Begins
Discovery's Shark Week kicked off over the weekend. The week long series of TV shows dedicated to sharks first aired back in 1987. Premiering tonight? Shark Bite Beach returns to recreate the dramatic stories of shark attacks along the coast of California and Mexico. Be sure to check it out.