Watch: How Oil Spills Could Be Cleaned Up With Magnets

Wed Sep. 12, 2012 2:25 PM EDT

This story first appeared on the Guardian website.

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a new technique for magnetically separating oil and water. Here, they explain how their technique, which uses nanoparticles that turn the oil into magnetic ferrofluids, could recover spilled oil for use and offset clean up costs.