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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 prize competitions that stimulate investment in research and development worth far more than the prize itself. The organization motivates and inspires brilliant innovators from all disciplines to leverage their intellectual and financial capital for the benefit of humanity. XPRIZE conducts competitions in five Prize Groups: Education; Exploration; Energy & Environment; Global Development; and Life Sciences. Active prizes include the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE, the $10 million Archon Genomics XPRIZE presented by Express Scripts, the $10 million Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE, and the $2.25 million Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE. For more information, go to www.xprize.org, Like us at www.facebook.com/xprize and follow us on Twitter at @xprize.




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In Disaster Relief, Information Is Life & Death

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2015 | 6:17 PM

Ben Krause of J/P Haitian Relief Organization describes how failures of communication, coordination, and collaboration make disaster relief so much harder. XPRIZE Insights is a video series that highlights the leading thinkers of our time. Watch More Here>>

Visit XPRIZE at xprize.org, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+, and get our Newsletter to stay...

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Got Gravity? Get Clean Water

(0) Comments | Posted March 21, 2015 | 5:29 PM

2015-02-04-Joni_Blecher_150x150.jpgBy Joni Blecher
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.

From massive desalination plants that turn saltwater into tap...

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Smog-Eating Buildings Battle Air Pollution

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2015 | 8:23 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.


Architects and environmental scientists have been teaming up to address an interesting question: is it possible--and economically feasible--to...

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Invasion of the Pod People

(1) Comments | Posted March 16, 2015 | 10:10 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.

What do we know about the future? It will be sleek and streamlined; the Internet will be faster; Elon Musk...

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Flying Wind Turbine Delivers Power to Remote Areas

(0) Comments | Posted March 13, 2015 | 8:01 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.


What the heck is that thing up in the sky? Go ahead and giggle if you want at...

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Send Robots to Europa

(9) Comments | Posted March 10, 2015 | 6:37 PM

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By Jon Sung
Jon Sung is a contributing writer for XPRIZE and copywriting gun-for-hire to startups and
ventures all over the San Francisco Bay area.


Listen up folks: it's time to stop screwing around and find out what's happening on Jupiter's moon Europa--right...

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Transforming Deserts Into Farmland

(3) Comments | Posted March 3, 2015 | 6:26 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.

The prophet Isaiah once promised that the Lord would make deserts bloom like Eden, but a bunch of Norwegians may...

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From Green Glop to Black Gold

(2) Comments | Posted February 26, 2015 | 1:45 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.

Call it the pond-scum sustainability solution. Green algae has a promising future as an alternative energy source -- assuming that...

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We Need a Manhattan Project for Cyber Security

(6) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 5:58 PM

2015-02-23-Marc_Goodman.jpegBy Marc Goodman
Marc Goodman has spent a career in law enforcement and technology. He has served as a street police officer, senior adviser to Interpol and futurist-in-residence with the FBI. As the founder of the Future Crimes Institute and the Chair for Policy, Law, and...

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Perfecting the Snap: A Prize Designer's Observations From the Field

(0) Comments | Posted February 20, 2015 | 3:59 AM

2015-02-20-wander_stephanie.jpgBy Stephanie Wander
Stephanie Wander is a Prize Designer with XPRIZE. During her two years with the Foundation, she has worked on the designs of the Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE, the Global Learning XPRIZE, and the proposed Personal Aerial Vehicle and Tissue Engineering XPRIZE competitions....

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Bringing Holograms Into View

(3) Comments | Posted February 18, 2015 | 5:49 PM

2015-02-04-Joni_Blecher_150x150.jpgBy Joni Blecher
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.

Microsoft made a splash last month when it unveiled...

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Is the Road to Solar a Solar Road?

(3) Comments | Posted February 13, 2015 | 4:57 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.


If solar power is ever to truly hit the mainstream, we're going to need a lot more solar panels...

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Ultra-Cheap Microscopes Could Save Millions of Lives

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2015 | 8:14 PM

2015-02-04-Joni_Blecher_150x150.jpgBy Joni Blecher
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.

The microscope is one of the quintessential symbols of...

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This Tower Of Power Is A Weather Machine

(1) Comments | Posted February 5, 2015 | 8:10 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.

Wind turbines are a great way to generate electricity...until the wind stops blowing. Maybe what we...

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Doctors Are Consumers Too: Changing the Way Physicians Approach Health Care

(2) Comments | Posted February 4, 2015 | 5:40 PM

2015-02-04-20130604Messinger_headshot.jpgBy Gioia Messinger

Gioia Messinger is the Founder and CEO of LinkedObjects, a Lecturer at U.C. San Diego's Rady School of Management, and a Judge for the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE.


Much of the talk about consumerization in the health care market--the ongoing...

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Tracking Immunizations One Fingerprint at a Time

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2015 | 6:53 PM

2015-02-04-Joni_Blecher_150x150.jpgBy Joni Blecher

Immunizations given to children at an early age have been instrumental in helping curb vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles and whooping cough, but keeping track of those immunizations over the long term can be challenging in the best of circumstances. How...

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A New Spin On Trapping Ocean Trash

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2015 | 6:55 PM

2015-01-29-DonWillmott.jpgBy Don Willmott

Water and plastic don't mix, and anyone who has read a terrifying article or two about "The Great Pacific Garbage Patch" knows that addressing what seem to be the impossibly huge issues of getting a billion tons of plastic out of our...

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Lava Amps: Tapping into Volcano Power

(3) Comments | Posted January 29, 2015 | 5:40 PM

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By Don Willlmott

There's hot, there's really hot, and then there's volcanic lava hot. The Earth has plenty of lava bubbling away under its surface, which makes it worth asking if we should try to tap into volcanoes as potential source...

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Moon Race Heats Up as Five Teams Take Home $5.25 Million

(1) Comments | Posted January 26, 2015 | 7:45 AM

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By Peter Diamandis
Chairman/CEO, XPRIZE

Since the start of the Space Age in 1957, only three countries have ever made it to the moon: the United States, Russia (the USSR) and China. In fact, in the early days of the 1960's moon...

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From Ebola to Stroke, Timing Is Everything

(0) Comments | Posted November 14, 2014 | 2:20 PM

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By Dr. Eric Van Gieson
Dr. Eric Van Gieson was a Nokia Sensing XCHALLENEGE Competition #2 Judge.

It seems ridiculous to ask anyone with a fever to wait in a holding pen full of people who are potentially infected with the...

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