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Founded in 1995, XPRIZE is the leading organization solving the world’s Grand Challenges by creating and managing large-scale, high-profile, incentivized prizes in five areas: Learning; Exploration; Energy & Environment; Global Development; and Life Sciences.  Active prizes include the $30M Google Lunar XPRIZE, the $15M Global Learning XPRIZE, the $10M Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE, and the $7M Barbara Bush Foundation Adult Literacy XPRIZE. For more information, visit www.xprize.org.

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Crops Ahoy: Farms That Float

(0) Comments | Posted August 28, 2015 | 7:46 PM

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By Don Willlmott

No Land? No Problem. If Barcelona-based Forward Thinking Architecture has its way, farms of the future will operate autonomously as they float on the open sea. Stretching eco-friendly concepts to the limit, the ambitious design firm has come up with the idea...

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The Largest EdTech Opportunity No One is Tackling

(0) Comments | Posted August 25, 2015 | 1:58 PM

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By Shlomy Kattan

There are 36 million adults in the United States -- nearly 15% of the adult population -- who read at what are called "basic" and "below-basic" levels. While these individuals struggle to use the written word in work and life, as many...

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The Future of Care

(0) Comments | Posted August 24, 2015 | 11:52 PM

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By Rick Valencia

While the 20th century brought many developments to the field of health care - from the mainstream use of X-rays to the practice of open-heart surgery - the landscape 100 years ago was dramatically different than the world we know today....

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Are Huge Kites a Soaring Energy Solution?

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2015 | 6:55 PM

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By Don Willlmott

Somewhere Benjamin Franklin is smiling. Back in 2013, Google purchased a company called Makani, the creators of one of the cooler alternative energy devices you'll ever see: the Energy Kite. Part wind turbine, part model airplane, the Energy Kite flies...

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Green Energy Is Generating Jobs

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2015 | 5:55 PM

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By Don Willlmott

Jobs jobs jobs. If there's one thing that will generate excitement in the halls of America's state capitols, it's the promise of new jobs. And if those jobs happen to be "green" jobs that help position the state on the technological cutting...

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Parts of Drought-Stricken California Are Sinking

(0) Comments | Posted August 19, 2015 | 7:14 PM

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By Don Willlmott

California's multi-year drought may be old news by now, but it keeps yielding new surprises, such as nasty cracks appearing overnight in living room walls. As the state thirstily sucks groundwater from underground aquifers, especially to keep its massive agriculture industry operational,...

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Eco-Conscious Commuters Get a Push From the Sun

(0) Comments | Posted August 14, 2015 | 7:46 PM

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By Don Willlmott

As the world's population becomes more urban and as Western populations grow older, transportation visionaries are obsessing over short-range urban transportation solutions -- some kind of small and efficient vehicle to get you from here to there across town without having to...

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SnotBot: Going Where no Drone has Gone Before

(0) Comments | Posted August 11, 2015 | 8:20 PM

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By Joni Blecher

What do drones, Sir Patrick Stewart, and whales have in common? They're all part of a Kickstarter project aimed at launching a new way to study whales, and ultimately the health of the ocean. Ocean Alliance, in conjunction with Olin's College...

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Students Build Apps for Peers in Special Education

(0) Comments | Posted August 11, 2015 | 6:44 PM

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By Joni Blecher

At San Elijo Middle School in San Diego, students are using their technology prowess to help fellow students with special needs learn. It began when one teacher's interest in his colleague's teaching methods blossomed into a program that uses technology as a...

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Wasting Food? It'll Cost You

(0) Comments | Posted July 31, 2015 | 4:38 PM

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By Don Willmott

Most of us have become accustomed to sorting and recycling our trash, but how far are we willing to go with our recycling? Are we really ready to wrestle with rotting lettuce leaves and the remnants of last week's tuna noodle casserole?

As...

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Clean Water Is Everyone's Problem

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2015 | 7:15 PM

Diarrhea caused by inadequate drinking water, sanitation and hand hygiene kills an estimated 842,000 people every year worldwide, and is of the second leading cause of death for children under age five. Patricia Arquette, Executive Director of GiveLove.org, talks about the dire need for sanitation systems that address multiple problems at once. Imagine a world in which a sewage system could actually improve childhood nutrition.

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Wiggling Wind Power

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2015 | 1:00 PM

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By Don Willlmott

You've heard all the gripes about wind turbines: they're ugly, they're expensive to build and maintain, they make weird noises, and they kill birds. Might there be another way to capture the power of the wind without relying on traditional windmill designs...

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When the Body Fails, Tech Takes Over

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2015 | 6:28 PM

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By Joni Blecher

Think you can't live without a pulse? Not necessarily. Patients with heart failure no longer have to remain in a hospital waiting for a donor heart. A device that once kept patients alive only long enough to receive a transplant is changing...

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Building the Future With Self-Healing Concrete

(1) Comments | Posted July 22, 2015 | 6:47 PM

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By Don Willlmott

Geology and biology are blending in a fascinating way to create a breakthrough new construction material: concrete that can heal its own cracks. The secret weapon? Bacteria.

At the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, professor Hendrik Jonkers has been mixing...

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An Ocean of Data

(1) Comments | Posted July 20, 2015 | 11:16 AM

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By Wendy Schmidt

I am an avid sailor, inspired not only by the visual beauty of the ocean and its vast power, but also by the practical (and potentially lifesaving) information that allows me to sail - the data on currents, winds and waves. It's...

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Solar Cells From Shrimp Shells

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2015 | 10:38 PM

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By Don Willlmott

Here's an idea: let's peel a big pile of shrimp and put the shells outside to rot under the blazing sun. Sounds pretty disgusting, but amazingly enough, those smelly shells are hiding a solar power secret. Some very imaginative researchers the from...

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Off-Grid Getaway Offers Sustainable Solitude

(0) Comments | Posted July 13, 2015 | 10:49 PM

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By Don Willlmott

Meet the undeniably adorable Ecocapsule, a tiny (approximately 8 ft. by 14 ft. by 7 ft.) self-sustaining portable house that can be plunked down pretty much anywhere sunlight is available to provide an extremely intimate living situation for up to two people....

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Young Voices in Innovation

(0) Comments | Posted July 10, 2015 | 7:00 PM

Young people can be an amazing source of unconventional thinking. Adora Svitak, a 17-year-old writer, feminist and education advocate, talks about the importance of young voices in innovation.

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The Enzyme That Could Transform Transfusions

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2015 | 8:26 PM

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Joni Blecher is a freelance writer who has spent her career covering tech and a myriad of lifestyle topics. When she's not writing, you can find her exploring the food scene in Portland, Oregon.

Blood transfusions can save lives, but not all blood...

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From Sea to Shining Sea, Sustainably

(1) Comments | Posted July 2, 2015 | 5:02 PM

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By Don Willlmott
Don Willmott is a New York-based journalist who writes about technology, travel and the environment for a wide variety of publications and websites.


Little by little, it's happening. Perhaps there's a new solar array in Nevada, or a new wind farm...

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