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PBS NewsHour Updates Gulf Leak Meter Widget

For news hounds who can’t get enough of tracking the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, PBS NewsHour updated its Gulf Leak Meter widget, which was released May 9 and is aimed at estimating the amount of oil involved using several different scenarios.

The widget now allows users to choose between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration estimate of 210,000 gallons per day, outside estimates of 1.05 million gallons per day, BP’s worst-case scenario of 2.52 million gallons per day, and experts’ worst-case scenario of 4.2 million gallons per day.

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said it will continue to update the widget until the leak is stopped, adding that the widget is now hosted on more than 30 Web sites, including those of The Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, The Atlantic, Wired, NPR, Pro Public, Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), and several local PBS stations.

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