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Researchers at MIT have developed a coating that could stop the buildup of hydrate ices that slow or block oil and gas flow. These hydrates are potentially explosive and are largely responsible for the initial failure to contain the oil spill that rocked the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. (Learn more about this coating method: http://news.mit.edu/2017/researchers-design-coatings-prevent-pipeline-blowouts-0414)

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Video produced and edited by: Melanie Gonick/MIT
Lab tests footage: MIT Varanasi Group
Methane clathrate photo: Wikipedia
Methane clathrate on fire clip: U.S. Geological Survery
Additional footage: Stock imagery edited by Melanie Gonick

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