Week in science: Oil spill threat spreads | James Cameron helping to bring 3-D to Mars | A monster jellyfish of the deep

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Image: Dr. Erica Miller, left, and Danene Birtell with Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research work Friday to help a Northern Gannet bird, normally white when full grown, which is covered in oil from a massive spill in the Gulf of Mexico, at a facility in Fort Jackson, La. (AP Image)

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    The still-spreading Gult Coast oil spill is threatening to become a full-fledged environmental disaster that may eclipse Exxon Valdez in cost and impact. [WaPo]

    • Today, the Obama administration put pressure on BP America to do more to stop the leak and clean up its aftermath. [NYT]
    • Experts and volunteers are scrambling to aid the wildlife affected by the spill. [Discovery News]

Image: This satellite photo provided by NASA shows the oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico as it closes in on the Pass a Loutre area of Plaquemines Parish, La. (NASA photo)




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Image: James Cameron answers questions from reporters Tuesday on the blue carpet at Beckman Auditorium at Caltech in Pasadena. (James Carbone / Correspondent)
  • “Avatar” director James Cameron has been working with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to mount a 3-D camera atop Mars rover Curiosity for its next mission in 2011 [Star-News]
  • A huge NASA balloon crashed during takeoff Thursday in Australia and destroyed a multimillion-dollar telescope. The balloon was designed to carry data-collecting instruments to the edge of space. [Discovery News]
  • Scientists in the Gulf of Mexico caught a rare, gigantic jellyfish on video. Watch it below. [Discovery News]

  • Crashing asteroids and comets may have delivered water, that essential ingredient for life, to a primordial Earth. Scientists this week detected ice and organic compounds on the surface of an asteroid. [NASA/JPL]
  • Once considered a potential threat to the planet, a near-Earth asteroid has been captured in an image by a telescope in Puerto Rico. The image has allowed scientists to rule out any possibility of an Earth impact for the next 100 years. [NASA/JPL]

One thought on “Week in science: Oil spill threat spreads | James Cameron helping to bring 3-D to Mars | A monster jellyfish of the deep

  1. The oil disaster is terrible. I hope the nature can regulate that in the future. The BP must do all against the spread of the oil. Otherwise we must bear the consequences.

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