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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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Flower Power: Electricity From Plants

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2015 | 7:33 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.

It may sound like an idea dreamed up at Woodstock with the help of some mind-altering substances, but researchers are...

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XPRIZE Gets Funny

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2015 | 7:57 PM

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Funny or Die, the Emmy-winning comedy video website founded by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, worked with XPRIZE on a short to help raise awareness about the $15M Global Learning XPRIZE. The cast included:

  • Jack McBrayer (best known for his role as "Kenneth"...
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Pipe Dreams: Spinning Water Into Watts

(0) Comments | Posted April 20, 2015 | 6:58 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.

When it comes to pushing lots of water through lots of pipes over long distances, nothing works better than old-fashioned...

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Overfishing Our Oceans (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2015 | 1:47 PM

An estimated 100 million sharks are being killed every year -- 70 million of them just for their fins alone. Tod Bensen, former Chairman of WildAid, talks about the global threat of overfishing our oceans and educating people about the brutal practice of shark finning.

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Programming for Kids: Way More Fun Than It Sounds

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2015 | 8:55 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.


At an early age, many kids get...

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Demand for Cheap Seafood Drives Modern-Day Slavery

(0) Comments | Posted April 13, 2015 | 12:56 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.

It may be hard to stomach, but your tuna sandwich, your sushi, and even your cat food may be directly...

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Design Is Everything (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2015 | 4:24 PM

When many people think of design, they think of fashion or the appearance of an object. Jonathan Knowles, Senior Advisor at Autodesk, discusses the true importance of design and what the future holds, from efficiencies in architecture and aerospace to designing cancer-eating viruses.

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A Life-Changing Trip to Dharavi

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2015 | 7:32 PM

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By Mike Easley
Mike Easley is the CEO of Powder River Energy Corporation, an electric cooperative serving northeastern Wyoming and southern Montana. He traveled to Mumbai in December for the launch of XPRIZE in India.


During a trip to India with XPRIZE, I had...

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The Role of Technology for Safety in Education

(1) Comments | Posted April 3, 2015 | 4:16 PM

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By Emily Musil Church, Ph.D.

This week's horrific attack on students in Kenya is a somber reminder of the risks that many students around the world face simply trying to get an education. Education is a basic human right, and millions of children are being...

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Carbon Waste Will Be Worth More Than the Fuel (VIDEO)

(1) Comments | Posted April 1, 2015 | 4:11 PM

Ken Losch of Advanced Green Innovations discusses the future of energy production, and how what we now see as waste will soon be valuable:

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

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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>>

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Got Gravity? Get Clean Water

(1) 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

(0) 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

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

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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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