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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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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.

XPRIZE Insights is a video series that highlights the leading thinkers of our time. More >>

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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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California's Drought Is Everyone's Drought

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2015 | 7:38 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.


California's drought may end up having a bigger impact on your grocery cart than you realize, and it's...

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Keeping Senior Citizens Connected

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2015 | 3:20 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.

By the year 2050, more than 20 percent of...

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The Future of Growing Old

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2015 | 12:53 PM

Humans have always dreamed of longevity, but how do you achieve meaning and purpose throughout a longer life? Psychologist and gerontologist Dr. Ken Dychtwald talks about the future of aging and a world where people 100+ years old are the norm.

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Literacy Changes Lives

(0) Comments | Posted June 22, 2015 | 12:00 AM

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By Emily Musil Church, Ph.D.

Most people would be shocked to learn that 36 million Americans lack basic literacy skills. The ability to read allows a person to unlock a world of possibilities. Literacy improves economic, psychological, social, and physical well-being. Unfortunately, the...

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The Home Aquatic

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2015 | 5:48 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 you've ever pondered the idea of living on a houseboat but found the idea a little too "boaty" for...

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How Rapid Prototyping Is Revolutionizing Design (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2015 | 3:33 PM

Rapid prototyping is revolutionizing the design process. In this XPRIZE Insights video, Autodesk Fellow Tom Wujec talks about the new world where a tangible representation of your idea is just a click away. XPRIZE Insights is a video series that highlights the leading thinkers of our time.

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Digital Warfare (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2015 | 8:57 PM

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Watch: Stuxnet and the dawn of the era of digital warfare. In the future, what countries do with digital weapons may be more destructive than boots on the ground or drones in the sky. In this final installment of a three-part video series produced...

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World Oceans Day: Ocean Acidification (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted June 8, 2015 | 11:56 AM

Dr. Jane Lubchenco, former administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), discusses the problem of ocean acidification and explains why its often referred to as "osteoporosis of the sea." Lubchenco, who has been studying the oceans for more than 40 years, she says she's seen things that brought her to tears. But she adds,  "I've also seen places come back to life because people cared, because they were willing to do something...that's what we need more of." XPRIZE Insights is a video series that highlights the leading thinkers of our time. More >>


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Prizes and Innovation Can Save Our Oceans

(0) Comments | Posted June 8, 2015 | 11:42 AM

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By Matt Huelsenbeck

What would you do with $10 million to incentivize breakthrough technologies to save our oceans?

This is the type of ambitious thinking that we at XPRIZE do every day. We put our minds into a future state where innovation sparked by a prize...

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Here's Med In Your Eye

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2015 | 7:45 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. When not wrangling words for business or pleasure, he serves as the captain of the USS Loma Prieta, the hardest-partying...

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A Flag to Explore the Universe

(1) Comments | Posted June 2, 2015 | 3:47 PM

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When we bring humans to Mars, what sort of flag will we plant in the dirt? The question has relevance for many reasons. First, it will likely be a multinational mission -- unlike the American-led Apollo moon missions of the 1960s. Also, inevitably there...

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