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Is Bernie Sanders Lost in Orbit With His HIV/AIDs Proposal?

Alex Tolbert | Posted 04.01.2016 | Technology
Alex Tolbert

Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders recently released a proposal calling for a new approach to encourage development of drugs for HIV/AIDs. In doing so, he called the prohibitive cost of treatment "one of the great moral issues of our day."

Introducing "Moonshot," From Executive Producer J.J. Abrams (Trailer)

XPRIZE | Posted 03.03.2016 | Technology
XPRIZE

Today, XPRIZE and Google announce a new digital documentary series from Academy Award-nominated director Orlando von Einsiedel, Executive Producer J.J. Abrams, Bad Robot, and Epic Digital.

Leonard Nimoy's Final Mission

XPRIZE | Posted 01.26.2016 | Impact
XPRIZE

Early detection and treatment can reduce suffering and save lives. Thus, a user-friendly, mobile device that could diagnose individuals in the absence of a physician would be a great benefit for people with COPD.

Targeting Climate Change: The Solutions to CO2 Emissions are Out There

XPRIZE | Posted 01.21.2016 | Green
XPRIZE

By Paul Bunje We at XPRIZE take aim at the world's Grand Challenges and inspire people to solve them. Among these challenges, climate change stands...

The Most Energy-Efficient Skyscraper Ever?

XPRIZE | Posted 01.14.2016 | Green
XPRIZE

New York City scored a major coup when it successfully lured Cornell University to build a campus for Cornell Tech, its applied sciences program, on Roosevelt Island, smack in the middle of the East River.

Burning Issues: A Massive Solar Project Responds to Its Critics

XPRIZE | Posted 01.13.2016 | Green
XPRIZE

It's been nearly two years since the world's largest concentrating solar power plant, located near I-15 deep in California's Mohave Desert, celebrated its grand opening in February 2014.

Designing Durable Housing for Refugees

XPRIZE | Posted 01.12.2016 | Impact
XPRIZE

Better housing for the world's refugees is coming from a surprising source: IKEA. Yes, that IKEA -- the flat-pack furniture kings of Sweden. The company has designed a metal housing structure that's much more durable than the tents that millions of refugees all over the globe currently inhabit.

Winds of Change Off the New England Coast

XPRIZE | Posted 01.06.2016 | Green
XPRIZE

The economics are interesting. Today, Block Island has no electrical connection to the mainland, so its power comes from expensive and environmentally unfriendly diesel generation, which the Block Island Power Company bills at 24 cents per kilowatt-hour in peak season.

Can Africa's Trash Light Up a Continent?

XPRIZE | Posted 12.17.2015 | Impact
XPRIZE

Africa has plenty of trash -- with much more coming as its middle class grows -- but it currently has only a few waste-to-energy plants, and to date, only the largest African cities have comprehensive waste management systems that could feed into such systems efficiently.

A Smartwatch for the Visually Impaired

XPRIZE | Posted 12.16.2015 | Technology
XPRIZE

By Joni Blecher When a group of students at the University of Washington saw a fellow classmate struggling with big heavy Braille books to study, i...

Discovering a New Planet

XPRIZE | Posted 12.15.2015 | Impact
XPRIZE

By Dr. Jyotika Virmani There is a very interesting planet near us. It has almost 130 million square miles of land and the longest continuous mountain...

Crime-Fighting Robots Patrol Day and Night

XPRIZE | Posted 12.11.2015 | Technology
XPRIZE

The company contends that the robot is pretty big and intimidating and that criminals will wonder what, exactly, it's capable of and steer clear of it... just in case.

Innovative Seaside Power Plant Runs Hot and Cold

XPRIZE | Posted 12.09.2015 | Green
XPRIZE

The latest idea to emerge from Hawaii's pioneering alternative energy scene is Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC), a process that produces electricity by using the temperature difference between the warm ocean surface waters of tropical areas and the much colder deep water below.

Teaching Kids to Understand Global Issues

XPRIZE | Posted 12.06.2015 | Education
XPRIZE

Ask most children where their food, clothes or toys come from and you'll likely hear some variation of "the store." Enter "Detective Dot," an 8-year-o...

Old MacRobot Had a Farm

XPRIZE | Posted 11.20.2015 | Green
XPRIZE

By Don Willmott When is a vegetable farm not a vegetable farm? When you take away the humans, automate the work, and create a vegetable factory in it...

Philadelphia Tackles Literacy Crisis With Innovative Program

XPRIZE | Posted 11.05.2015 | Education
XPRIZE

Five years ago, more than half a million adults in Philadelphia lacked basic literacy and work skills, imperiling their ability to land jobs and climb out of poverty, the Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board reported.

The Key To Alternative Energy's Future: Better Batteries

XPRIZE | Posted 11.02.2015 | Green
XPRIZE

Utilities that continue to rely on old-fashioned centralized power generation and don't embrace flexibility could be doomed, in part because the cost of battery storage could fall from $230/kWh in 2020 to as low as $150/kWh several years later. (Thanks, Tesla.)

Rising Seas Put $40B of National Park Assets at Risk

XPRIZE | Posted 10.27.2015 | Green
XPRIZE

Money talks. That's why when the U.S. Department of the Interior wanted to highlight the dangers of rising sea levels to its National Park assets--some of which are true national treasures--it decided to put an eye-popping price tag on the projected losses.

Can Wood Chips Help Reduce E-Waste?

XPRIZE | Posted 10.23.2015 | Green
XPRIZE

A computer chip that can decompose sounds like something straight out of a "Mission Impossible" movie, but that's exactly the idea behind a new kind of chip designed for use in electronic devices like cell phones and tablets.

What Back to the Future Got Right... and Wrong

XPRIZE | Posted 10.21.2015 | Technology
XPRIZE

Twenty-six years ago, Marty McFly and Doc Brown climbed into their time-traveling flying DeLorean and set the controls to the distant future -- October 21, 2015 -- which happens to be today.

Excuse Me While I Vacuum The Sky

XPRIZE | Posted 10.15.2015 | Green
XPRIZE

It's an appealing fantasy: Why not just suck all the pollution out of our planet's air? Plenty of people have air purifiers in their homes. Can't we just build bigger ones? There must be a way, right?

Flying on Fat, Farm Waste and Trash

XPRIZE | Posted 10.16.2015 | Green
XPRIZE

Passengers who frequent United Airlines' West Coast shuttle service between Los Angeles and San Francisco will soon be doing their part to save the planet simply by taking their seats and fastening their seatbelts.

It Takes a Real Genius to Fake Photosynthesis

XPRIZE | Posted 10.06.2015 | Green
XPRIZE

The ambitious goal is to develop a real-world system that can capture carbon dioxide emissions before they vent into the atmosphere and then use solar energy to convert the CO2 into chemical products including biodegradable plastics, pharmaceutical drugs, and even liquid fuels.

A Shocking Solution to Save Coral Reefs

XPRIZE | Posted 09.29.2015 | Green
XPRIZE

It's one thing to lament the continuing loss of the world's coral reefs due to rising ocean temperatures and acidity -- one study says they shrank from 240,000 square miles in 1997 to 108,000 in 2011 -- but it's quite another thing to put an actual price tag on that loss.

Field Notes: She Walks 16KM to School

XPRIZE | Posted 09.24.2015 | Education
XPRIZE

I am on my way to a village to talk to local officials about the Global Learning XPRIZE, our competition to develop software that will enable children to teach themselves basic reading, writing and arithmetic.