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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 $20M NRG COSIA Carbon 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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Leonard Nimoy's Final Mission

(0) Comments | Posted January 26, 2016 | 6:28 PM

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By Julie Nimoy

Innovation develops from having inspiration, overcoming challenges, and nurturing ingenuity. The Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE exemplifies innovation. It's a $10 million competition challenging teams from around the world to make the Star Trek medical tricorder a reality, bringing healthcare to the palm...

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

(0) Comments | Posted January 20, 2016 | 5:01 PM

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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 as the one with perhaps the most overwhelming potential consequences and the power to impact literally everyone's lives. This is...

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The Most Energy-Efficient Skyscraper Ever?

(0) Comments | Posted January 14, 2016 | 7:19 PM

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By Don Willmott

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. (Check it out in this...

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Burning Issues: A Massive Solar Project Responds to Its Critics

(7) Comments | Posted January 13, 2016 | 1:59 PM

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By Don Willmott

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. Since then, the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System -- with its capacity is...

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Designing Durable Housing for Refugees

(0) Comments | Posted January 8, 2016 | 7:40 PM

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By Joni Blecher

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...

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Winds of Change Off the New England Coast

(1) Comments | Posted January 5, 2016 | 5:12 PM

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By Don Willmott

While wind power is an increasingly big deal in America, with three gigawatts of new capacity added last year, it still provides just five percent of all energy generated nationwide. One reason: up until now, we've looked inland to the vast plains...

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Turning Lunch Into LEDs

(0) Comments | Posted December 22, 2015 | 2:28 PM

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By Don Willmott

What's not to like about LEDs? The highly efficient and long-lasting light sources are steadily taking over the lighting market, pushing hot, inefficient incandescent light bulbs into the past. There are only two real gripes to be made about LEDs: they're expensive,...

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Can Africa's Trash Light Up a Continent?

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2015 | 6:46 PM

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By Don Willmott

An important report from the European Commission suggests that if Africa could begin to adopt waste-to-energy electricity production, the technology could provide electricity for 27 million African families by 2025, a notable improvement for a continent where almost 900 million people...

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A Smartwatch for the Visually Impaired

(0) Comments | Posted December 15, 2015 | 7:51 PM

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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, it sparked an idea that could change the way the visually impaired interact with technology. The students created a startup...

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Discovering a New Planet

(0) Comments | Posted December 14, 2015 | 12:50 PM

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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 chain in the solar system, spanning over 40,000 miles. This planet receives very little sunlight, so temperatures hover around...

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Crime-Fighting Robots Patrol Day and Night

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2015 | 2:53 PM

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By Don Willmott

What can robots do better than humans? Weld auto bodies? Inspect suspicious packages? Take your cat for a spin? Humans still hold the advantage in most occupations, but with each passing year, the march of the robots progresses a little bit...

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Innovative Seaside Power Plant Runs Hot and Cold

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2015 | 8:25 PM

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By Don Willmott

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...

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Teaching Kids to Understand Global Issues

(0) Comments | Posted December 4, 2015 | 7:20 PM

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-old developer by day and detective by night who hopes to inspire kids to ask questions about the world around them.

Dot is the heroine of a...

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Tapping the Power of an Explosive Lake

(0) Comments | Posted November 30, 2015 | 6:56 PM

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By Don Willmott

It's strange that big and beautiful Lake Kivu, which sits on the border of Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, is largely unknown outside of Africa -- because it's a very special lake indeed. Positioned atop Africa's longest volcanic rift, its...

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Old MacRobot Had a Farm

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2015 | 5:55 PM

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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 its place. In Japan, where robots do everything from rolling sushi to directing traffic, it's no big stretch...

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Devastated Town Rebuilds for Energy Self-Sufficiency

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2015 | 7:04 PM

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By Don Willlmott

No Japanese city was more brutally ripped apart by the deadly 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami than Higashimatsushima. More than 1,000 residents died, and 11,000 structures -- approximately two-thirds of the buildings within the city limits -- were destroyed. How do you...

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Philadelphia Tackles Literacy Crisis With Innovative Program

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2015 | 6:21 PM

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By Carol Leonetti Dannhauser

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. Yet at the same time, hundreds of...

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The Key to Alternative Energy's Future: Better Batteries

(1) Comments | Posted October 30, 2015 | 6:17 PM

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By Don Willlmott

Even people who know almost nothing about alternative energy know this: when the sun doesn't shine or the wind doesn't blow, there's no energy to be collected. That's why the future success of alternative energy on an industrial scale will ultimately rely...

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

(5) Comments | Posted October 27, 2015 | 7:38 PM

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By Don Willlmott

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.

Back...

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Can Wood Chips Help Reduce E-Waste?

(0) Comments | Posted October 23, 2015 | 6:37 PM

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By Joni Blecher

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 -- an innovation that...

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