A 4,600 Gallon per Minute Oil Skimmer Just Won the $1.4 Million X Challenge

Current industry-standard oil recovery equipment pulls roughly 1,000 gallons a minute but, as the Deep Water Horizon incident showed, that simply isn't good enough. So Wendy Schmidt—as in wife of ex-Google CEO Eric Schmidt—put up a $1.4 million purse for any team that could extract 2,500 gallons a minute. Here's the… »10/24/11 9:20pm10/24/11 9:20pm