A quick clean-up of oil spills can reduce the devastating consequences of these environmental disasters on marine environments. Rebekah Kang developed a method for separating oil from water by using magnets, pantyhose and feathers. She found that magnetite granules sprinkled on oil were able to separate oil from water when swept by a device containing a magnet and organic materials such as feathers.
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