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Tar balls and sludge pools from the BP disaster are hard to miss but now black light is being used to find much more subtle and widely spread oil contamination on beaches. UV light helps spot blood and bodily fluids at crime scenes but oil particles also fluoresce under the light, glowing a yellow-orange. Check out National Geographic‘s slideshow of photos and you may be inspired to pick up a UV flashlight and head to the Texas coast.

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