About that BP funding: In a news release, Berkeley Lab was quick to disclose this, although it has nothing to do with the oil spill. After a competition three years ago, BP awarded a $500 million, 10-year grant to a group of institutions, led by the University of California-Berkeley, to create an Energy Biosciences Institute. The oil giant was interested in obtaining ethanol from cellulose, as well as other research. Last year, BP added about $2 million a year for Hazen's group to study enhanced hydrocarbon recovery, which includes using marine microorganisms to increase the viscosity of oil inside land-based wells, among other research areas. Hazen said he does not have any restrictions on publishing his work.