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New Object of the Month: A drill bit.
New Object of the Month: A drill bit.Courtesy Science Museum of Minnesota
Science Buzz's new Object of the Month is up, and it relates to the BP oil spill.

This huge drill bit (it weighs a couple hundred pounds!) was used for scientific purposes—it was made to retrieve solid chunks of rock to study—but it's similar to the bits that are used to drill into underwater oil reservoirs, like the one that's currently leaking into the Gulf of Mexico.

Take a look at the Object of the Month page to learn more about the BP oil spill, and how we drill miles-deep holes under thousands of feet of water.