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Millions of dollars goes to anyone who can solve the problem

The X Prize Foundation announced yesterday that it will give away millions of dollars in prize money to participants who can submit their best ideas on how to clean up the BP oil spill.

The competition is called the Oil Cleanup X Challenge, and aims to encourage scientists, entrepreneurs and engineers to come forward and design creative ways to clean the oil from the ocean's surface, which was left by the BP's oil spill that started April 20. 

The X Prize Foundation is a nonprofit group known for awarding prize money to those who make great advancements in the benefit of mankind in areas such as life science, energy and environment, global development and exploration (space and oceans). 

In the past, the X Prize Foundation has ran competitions such as the $30 million Google Lunar X Prize, the $10 million Progressive Insurance Automotive X Prize, the $10 million Archon X Prize for Genomics and a $10 million Ansari X Prize, which was awarded to Burt Rutan. Rutan was able to fly the SpaceShipOne private space vehicle, which was a flight backed by Paul Allen, a Microsoft co-founder.

The X Prize Foundation has not yet released specific details to the contest yet, such as the prize money amount, entry details, and actual goals of the prize. But the foundation plans to share these details at a press conference in Washington D.C. on Thursday. 

Officials from the Environmental Protection Agency, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, Congress, the White House and various environmental groups will be at the press conference. 

The press conference will also have many big names in attendance such as Peter Diamandis, X Prize Foundation founder and chairman; Dave Gallo, from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution; Phillipe Cousteau Jr., grandson of undersea explorer Jacques Cousteau and CEO of Earth Echo International and Azure Worldwide; and Wendy Schmidt, president of The Schmidt Family Foundation.  

Some reports have criticized that the competition may take too long to find an answer for the BP oil spill cleanup, but the X Prize Foundation works in a way that is time sensitive. For breakthroughs that can be completed in one to two years, typically a $1 million prize is given. But for "large-scale competitions" that could take as long as three to eight years, the prize increases to around $10 million or more. Depending on what kinds of solutions are submitted will determine time frames. 

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Way too little and too late.
By Dfere on 7/28/2010 10:30:41 AM , Rating: 2
This was a great idea, 100 days ago. Why hasn't this idea been proposed by state or federal governments during the initial accident? And how much oil is truly left to "dispose" of? I'm sure the environment is going to suffer long term effects, but the "removal" stage seems to be over.

RE: Way too little and too late.
By The Raven on 7/28/2010 10:43:20 AM , Rating: 3
The fact that you are asking "why hasn't the gov't thought of this" is exactly the reason why the gov't hasn't thought of this.

Our society of people who just wait for the gov't/Santa/Jesus/Buddha/Jesse Jackson, Batman etc. to save us are the ones to blame why the mess wasn't contained or cleaned up in a timely manner.

RE: Way too little and too late.
By therealnickdanger on 7/28/2010 11:30:48 AM , Rating: 1
The problem is that figures such as Gov. Jindal, Kevin Costner, and many of our allies were BLOCKED and PREVENTED from doing all they could by Obama and his administration. Halfway through this ordeal, Obama was more concerned with excercising his power in order to please lobbyists (attempting to shut down ALL offshore drilling, fining/"taxing" BP, etc.) rather than working with plans already in place to slow/stop the spill from reaching the shoreline. Obama's political grandstanding prevented real, practical solutions from materializing, resulting in even greater damage.

By The Raven on 8/2/2010 10:08:01 AM , Rating: 2
I am sick of seeing him campaign for 2012, but when I saw him on ESPN during the early days of the leak, I started to develop a hatred.

I hate when politicians act like they have been put into office to run for reelection. I hated Bush, but at least he didn't interrupt my Jeopardy!

By Ahnilated on 7/28/2010 10:40:14 AM , Rating: 2
Weren't they already offered pumps to fix the oil from Kevin Costner. BP just haven't given him the money to start doing the work and to pay for the pumps. Why are they trying to have people make up stuff that will take ages to create and test when they have something that will work already?

RE: Aaah
By The Raven on 7/28/2010 10:43:56 AM , Rating: 2
Go CSUF Titans!

oil dissipation
By zinfamous on 7/28/2010 3:34:19 PM , Rating: 3
I heard this morning that a lot of the oil within the Gulf is dissipating at a more rapid pace than expected, as it appears that the normal concentration of the oil-munching bacterias is unusually high in the Gulf, due to the fact that crude seepage into Gulf waters from natural vents is a normal occurrence.

Not that it should inspire people to ignore necessary efforts towards cleanup, but cool nonetheless.

make a wind tunnel.
By D Jeremy on 7/28/2010 8:13:24 PM , Rating: 2
Like a wind tunnel carries a person in a squirrel suit into the air, put one of these wind tunnels where the oil spill is, then blow air and the chemical BP made that attaches itself to oil weighing the oil down. And the chemical will drag the oil down, into a tray and collected for disposal.

The wind tunnel wold blow the chemical up into oily water, and the oil would drop.

Depending on how efficient the wind tunnel delivers the oil, the oil will drop predictably.

"Messy" oil spill
By bill4 on 7/28/10, Rating: -1
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