Today on Planet 100: Oil Spill Brain Team (Video)

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Today, on Planet 100, the Obama administration lends cash and brainpower to the Gulf oil spill clean-up team, dolphins considered for "human rights," and some Miley Cyrus jewelry could be harmful to your health.Oil Spill Brains
BP has failed to stem the tide of the Gulf oil spill so the Obama administration is now throwing budget and brainpower into fixing the failed pipe 5000 feet below sea level.

The team has launched a 21st century version of "Apollo 13" with hundreds of engineers, some from rival oil companies, working round-the-clock. Under Obama's directive, energy secretary Stephen Chu has also assembled a "dream team" of out-of-the-box thinkers including a pioneer on Mars drilling techniques, a nuclear physicist, and an MIT professor.

After 4 weeks and an estimated 2 million barrels of spilled oil, one hopes that the new brain team will arrive at a solution before it's too late.

Via: LA Times
Dolphin Rights
Whales and dolphins could get "human rights" to life and liberty with of mounting evidence of their intelligence.

Conservationists and experts in philosophy, law and ethics made this assertion at a University of Helsinki conference on Sunday. The group point to studies showing the giant marine mammals have human-like self-awareness, an ability to communicate and organize complex societies and can even recognize themselves in a mirror.

Japan, Norway and Iceland oppose such arguments that would outlaw hunting saying there's no real evidence that dolphins and whales are smarter than cows or pigs.

Via: Reuters
Toxic Jewelry
Miley Cyrus fans should stay away from her jewelry if they want to protect their kidneys and bones. Walmart's Miley Cyrus bracelets and necklaces have been recalled after being found to contain high levels of toxic cadmium.

via: MNN
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