Today on Planet 100: Oil Minefield (Video)


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Today, on Planet 100, abandoned oil wells threaten the Gulf, paper books face-off with digital books, and scientists are surprised by a discovery that sheds light on the squid mating process.Abandoned Oil wells
While the BP oil spill dominates the headlines another environmental minefield is brewing in the Gulf of Mexico.

An AP investigation reveals that more 27,000 abandoned oil and gas wells lurk in the Gulf of Mexico and that noone—neither industry nor government officials—are checking for leaks. The oldest of these wells was abandoned in the 1940s, raising the concern that many sealing jobs are deteriorating with no safeguards in place.

As there is no official government assessment by the MMS, just how many abandoned wells are leaking will remain a mystery... until the next Gulf oil disaster.

Via: AP
Tree-Books vs E-Books
While environmental debate on the merit tree books versus ebooks continues to rage, a new study by Nielson shows that it is faster to read standard books over ebooks.

iPad, Kindle and paper readers were given a short story by Ernest Hemingway on each of the devices. The book readers clocked in at 16.4 seconds while iPads took 17. 4 seconds Kindle's took 18.2 seconds—more than 10% slower.

Other e-book feedback cited that the iPad was too heavy while the Kindle's grey on grey lettering was hard to read.

Via: Treehugger
Squid Mating
Ever wondered how squids are able to mate in the ocean depths? Hint: it has to with the male squid's very impressive sexual organ which shoots out packages of sperm, injecting them into the female's body. Scientists discovered a squid's 27 inch long erection by chance, but its occurrence has helped solve a mystery of how deep-sea squid mate.

Via: BBC
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