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BrainStuff

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Science & Medicine, Natural Sciences, Society & Culture, Technology

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Natural Sciences 6
Science & Medicine 17

Whether the topic is popcorn or particle physics, you can count on BrainStuff to explore -- and explain -- the everyday science in the world around us.

What is a blowout preventer?

May 12th, 2010

Episode 619 of 1070 episodes

The massive oil spill currently flooding the Gulf of Mexico should have been prevented by a fail-safe device called a Blowout Preventer, or BOP. Find out how this safety mechanism is supposed to work -- and why it didn't -- in this episode.

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