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BP's oil spill funnel plan explained with a tin can


Engineers at BP are racing against time to build a funnel to help contain the oil leak into the Gulf of Mexico.

The funnel is a 98-tonne, 40-foot iron box that resembles a primitive space rocket.

But how will it work?

With the help of a tin can, a fish tank, and Dr Simon Boxall from the University of Southampton, the BBC's Richard Westcott has been finding out.


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