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Hair Stylist’s Invention to Stop Oil Spills Is a Game-Changer

The cleanup method is being used today.

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In 1989, disaster struck the seas when the Exxon Valdez oil tanker spilled millions of gallons of crude oil into the waters off Alaska’s coast. As experts were trying to figure out the best way to solve the ecological crisis, one hair stylist from Alabama was also thinking of ways to help.

Phil McCroy had the idea to stuff stockings with recycled trimmings of human hair. The concept was inspired by what he saw on TV. He found that otters’ fur get saturated with oil and thought that could be the same case with human hair.

McCroy got trimmings from work and used them to stuff his wife’s pantyhose, creating the first hair boom.

Source: Vox

He tested his invention on a small spill he created at his house, and the rest is history. Vox reports that NASA tested his invention and confirmed it worked. McCroy eventually teamed up with Lisa Craig Gautier for the Clean Wave Program, which collects donated hair, fur, feathers, fibers to create hair booms and felted mops that can be used to clean up oil spills.

McCroy’s novel idea paved the way for a more eco-friendly way to address oil spills.

Source: Vox

Hair booms are able to absorb oil in a way that is better for the environment, and so it has become a game-changer in fighting devastating oil spills. When hair booms are used, the oil coats the hair outside, which makes it adsorbent (instead of absorbent). Hair is also a better choice as is it cheap, renewable, and natural.

Hair booms and hair mats have yet to become the main method to clean up major oil spills, but it has great potential.

Source: Vox

During huge oil spills, some cleanup crews use chemical dispersants, oil skimmers, and booms and barriers made of synthetic material. The chemicals used for cleanups can be harmful to humans.

While hair booms and hair mats are not yet the go-to solution for oil spills, the proven effectiveness of these inventions promises a better way to address such disasters. Public support has been shown too, with many people all over the world donating hair to create more hair booms and hair mats.

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Artists Unite To Create A Breaching Whale With 10,000 Pounds Of Plastic

This is a reminder of how much the amount of plastic waste ends up in the oceans each year.

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StudioKCA, which is an architecture and design firm based in Brooklyn, constructed a 38-ft. tall breaching humpback whale made from over 10,000 pounds of plastic ocean waste. They created the installation for the Bruges Triennial

The project is in response to the estimated 150 million tons of plastic trash currently in the ocean. STUDIOKCA and the Hawaii Wildlife Fund collaborated to organize a clean-up in beaches so they could collect plastic waste to be used for the Skyscraper (the Bruges Whale).

Trash becomes a treasure!

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Artist Creates Digital Manipulations Inspired By Popular Idioms

I bet you will never think about these popular idioms the same way again.

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Tara Lesher graduated from college with a degree in education, but she is now living her passion as a creative photographer. Her specialty is children’s creative portraits.

Since most kids tend to take words literally, it inspired Tara to create these amazing digital manipulations. Her new series, called “Idioms,” is all about putting an image in our minds whenever we say or hear these popular idioms. Check out her work.

1. Couch potato

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America’s First Underwater Museum Opens In Florida

This is breathtaking!

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America's first underwater museum has opened with submarine-themed exhibits providing habitat for ocean life. It is located right off the coast of Grayton Beach State Park in South Walton, Florida.

The Underwater Museum of Art’s (UMA) purpose is to make art that turns into the marine habitat by expanding fish populations. Also, with its creative, cultural, and educational aspects, visitors and explorers will get the opportunity to enjoy and learn at the same time as they dive into the deep sea.

Source: CNN

The project was nearly two years in the making and has seven prominent sculptures on display.

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