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BP is set to try out a never-before-used technique to capture some of the 210,000 gallons of oil spilling each day from a damaged well in the Gulf of Mexico. They've built a 4-story "containment dome," and are set to lower it over the punctured riser pipe. If the plan works, oil spewing from the well will collect inside the dome, where ships on the surface can pump it out.

Other crews are burning oil on the water's surface, or collecting it with giant skimmers. And remote operated vehicles near the ocean floor are trying to close valves on the broken wellhead.

A more permanent solution is to drill a relief well next to the damaged one, but that will take a few months.