Great News: An X Prize for Oil Cleanup

The folks at the X Prize Foundation have funded big, multimillion-dollar prizes to inspire teams of entrepreneurs and inventors to advance flight technology and develop better cars. This week, at the TEDxOilSpill event, they announced they would be putting up money for a new competition with a more pressing goal: cleaning up the oil. This is great news:

The X Prize Foundation announced today that it is developing a multimillion-dollar “oil spill cleanup X challenge” to come up with solutions to cleaning up shorelines and open water fouled by oil leaking from the BP Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico.


It's unclear exactly how the X Prize will be structured, what the rules will be, or how much money will be offered. CNN says it's going to be $3 million; Time says $10 million. For more information, keep your eye on the X Prize website or email

Image: Oil spill, Grand Isle 06.07.2010 188, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from 88158121@N00's photostream

via Jim Browing / YouTube

Jim Browning is a YouTuber from the UK who has an amazing ability to catch scammers in the act.

In this video, he responds to a scam email claiming he bought a laptop by breaking into the scammer's computer. In the process he uncovers where the scammers work, their banking information, and even their personal identities.

"I got an 'invoice' email telling me that I had paid for a $3800 laptop," Browning writes on his YouTube page. "No links... just a phone number. It's a real shame that these scammers emailed me because I was able to find out exactly who they were and where the were."

Keep Reading
HG B / YouTube

Danielle Reno of Missouri left her car running and it was stolen by thieves. But she wasn't going to let her car go so easily.

For 48 hours this owner of a pet rescue tracked the charges being made on her credit card. Ultimately, she found her car at a local Applebee's, and then went after the thieves.

Keep Reading
via Bossip / Twitter

Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders took aim at former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg onstage at Wednesday's Las Vegas Democratic debate, likening the billionaire businessman to President Donald Trump and questioning his ability to turn out voters.

Sanders began by calling out Bloomberg for his stewardship of New York's stop and frisk policy that targeted young black men.

Keep Reading