Saw this article on the Popular Science website - very cool! The 2nd place finisher found a way to double the efficiency of the industry’s best available surface oil skimmers - while the 1st place finisher tripled it!

Another way of looking at it ... (bold is mine):
The winners did more in a handful of months than private industry had done in the two decades since the Exxon Valdez disaster.
As Av posted this morning, New Zealand could sure use this right now ...