BP tar balls still sitting on ocean floor

Tar balls washed up on the shore of the Gulf of Mexico earlier this month by Tropical Storm Lee show that oil from last year's Deepwater Horizon spill isn't degrading as quickly as expected.

Gulf methane levels fall back to normal

New tests of methane levels in the Gulf of Mexico have surprised scientists by revealing near-normal amounts. The team had expected levels to remain high for years.

Year's top searches center on BP and soccer

The BP oil spill proved more interesting than any celebrity this year, according to Yahoo's round-up of the top search queries of the year.

Gulf oil hits food chain much sooner than expected

Following the Gulf oil spill, many people were surprised by how quickly the oil seemed to disappear. Now scientists say they know where it went - into the food chain.

MIT robot 'swarm' cleans up oil spills

MIT has developed an autonomous floating robot that it says can absorb as much as 20 times its own weight in oil.

Million-dollar contest launched for oil clean-up ideas

A $1 million prize is on offer to anyone that can do a better job of cleaning up oil spills than BP.

BP alters image of Gulf oil spill center

Right after it was finally starting to earn some good headlines for hopefully putting a real cap on the oil spill, BP is back to doing damage control after one of its official images related to the incident turned out to be Photoshopped.

Facebook downs 'Boycott BP' page - by accident, it says

BP says it had nothing to do with the sudden removal of a 'Boycott BP' page from Facebook - it was all Facebook's fault, it says.

BP oil spill gets turned into an Xbox 360 game

Apparently someone can develop a game, tweak it to run on a console device, get it licensed by Microsoft, and publish it to the Xbox Live Marketplace...in a shorter amount of time than it takes to plug an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

New bacteria could help clean up oil spill

A new strain of bacteria has been found that could help clean up some of the nastiest pollutants in the massive Gulf oil spill.

US rules out nuclear option against BP oil spill

US officials have ruled out the use of a nuclear blast to halt the seemingly uncontrollable BP oil leak off the Gulf of Mexico.

Kevin Costner dances with oil spills

Kevin Costner may be too old to dance with the wolves, but he is apparently young enough to help clean up a disastrous oil spill off the Louisiana coast.