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Latest update : 2010-06-04

What solutions for the oil spill?

Web users are making their suggestion on how to stop the oil leak in Louisiana. Then, the blogosphere mobilizes for the World Cup. And finally, a virtual museum exhibiting the arts and traditions of Gabon.

It has been over and month and a half since the oil rig exploded and the BP group is still trying to contain the disaster, increasing their attempts at stemming the oil leak from a well in the Gulf of Mexico. Web users are also continuing their efforts in finding solutions.

The oil company has set up an Internet site for web users to follow current operations and propose their own alternative solutions. Over 20 000 ideas were submitted and the most pertinent were studying by the oil company’s engineers.

In a less organized fashion, endless suggestions from citizens have come in on Youtube. This man’s idea is simple, use hay to absorb the oil.

This member of an agricultural cooperative that specializes in biomass explains that one ton of this biodegradable product could absorb some 3000 liters of oil.  In this experiment he demonstrates that it would even be possible to recuperate the oil.

This diagram explains that by using skimmers they could limit the oil spreading once it reaches the surface. The oil slick is now the size of Sardinia.

Finally, some are beginning to talk of a more radical solution: a nuclear explosion. On this New York Times blog, a professor from Texas University says he never thought he would consider this option, but it’s beginning to seem the most suitable course of action.

2010 WORLD CUP

In exactly one week, the 19th FIFA World Cup kicks off in South Africa and will last from the 11th of June to the 11th of July. Here’s a roundup of some of the original or off beat online initiatives surrounding the competition.

A special Facebook page created for the occasion measures, in real time, the passion and commitment of the supporters from the 32 countries represented at the competition. The enthusiasm for a team is calculated by dividing the Internet population of the country concerned by the amount of people who have clicked on the ‘likes’ button . Chili is currently in first place, with North Korea in last place.

One of the tournament’s official sponsors, a famous soft drinks brand, has organized an original competition on its YouTube channel. Web users are asked to send in videos of how they celebrate their team’s goals. And the least we can say is that supporters are full of imagination.

One German football fan set himself an amazing challenge: summarize at least one match per day in Lego for the duration of the World Cup. And whilst preparing for the tournament, he has posted this video online; it serves as a trailer for the upcoming competition. 

Finally South Africa’s Catholic Church has set up this site explaining that is shares the same values as football. We see members of the South African clergy in videos like this one and during the World Cup, the church will also be organizing a “Peace Cup”, a tournament between supporters from different countries.

GABONART.COM

You can discover the arts and traditions of Gabon without leaving the comfort of your own home on the site Gabon Art.com, a virtual museum exhibiting the art and culture of this small African country. Web users can visit a 3 Dimensional interactive universe and discover ethnographic videos, and over 250 exceptional works: sculptures, masks, and ancestor worship … a particularly enriching journey.

THE CREATORS PROJECT / THE CREATORS PROJECT

The Creators Project aims to bring together under one web site the world’s leading innovators in music, art, cinema, design, architecture and video games. The site hopes to become the hub of digital creation and stimulate the collaboration between artists. It is an online project but will also be holding a series of events combining exhibitions, screenings and conferences throughout the world.

VIDEO OF THE DAY

For the launch of its new collection, a Japanese clothing store asked its employees to make a giant portrait of Vincent van Gogh. An original piece of work seeing as it’s made entirely from polo shirts. 2070 polo shirts were needed to make this gigantic work of art.

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