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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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8 Breakthrough Innovations Saving Our Ocean

(0) Comments | Posted June 29, 2016 | 8:00 PM

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By Matthew Mulrennan

This post by Matt Mulrennan originally appeared in National Geographic's Ocean Views.


Our ocean remains the greatest mystery on planet Earth. The ocean takes up 70% of our blue planet, yet we've only explored 5% of it. The...

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Carbon to Cupcakes: 6 Amazing Things We Can Create From Carbon Dioxide

(1) Comments | Posted June 10, 2016 | 1:50 PM

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By Marcius Extavour

Surely you've heard of carbon dioxide (CO2), a greenhouse gas and major contributor to climate change. It's a clear, colorless, odor-less gas, and we produce a ton of it. Over 35 billion tons per year, actually. To put number that in...

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Google Lunar XPRIZE Premieres Trailer for YouTube Series, Moon Shot

(4) Comments | Posted March 3, 2016 | 7:59 AM

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By Chanda Gonzales

Today, XPRIZE and Google announce a new digital documentary series from Academy Award-nominated director Orlando von Einsiedel, Executive Producer J.J. Abrams, Bad Robot, and Epic Digital, premiering March 15 on Google Play and March 17 on YouTube.

In this 9-part series, Moon Shot goes behind the scenes with the 16 teams competing in the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE. Launched in 2007, our biggest prize to date challenges teams to design and build a rover, land it on the surface of the moon, drive it 500 meters across the lunar landscape, and send HD video and imagery back to Earth by the end of 2017.

XPRIZE believes that solutions to the world's Grand Challenges can come from anyone, anywhere, and soon you will be able to experience the personal journeys of these inspiring teams -- their challenges, sacrifices, quirks, and most importantly, the reasons why they're making the 238,900 mile journey to the Moon.

The teams in the competition come from all walks of life, and no matter their history, background, location, education, intelligence or gender, all of the teams share a passion for space exploration, the dedication to a purpose greater than themselves and the perseverance to see it through, and the ability to dream big -- really big!

The series will be available for free on Google Play on March 15 and on YouTube on March 17. Subscribe to the Google Lunar XPRIZE YouTube Channel to be one of the first to see it.

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

Chanda Gonzales is the Senior Director of the Google Lunar...

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Leonard Nimoy's Final Mission

(0) Comments | Posted January 26, 2016 | 5:28 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 | 4:01 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 | 6:19 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 | 12:59 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 | 6:40 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 | 4:12 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 | 1:28 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 | 5:46 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 | 6:51 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 | 11:50 AM

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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 | 1:53 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 | 7:25 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 | 6:20 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 | 5:56 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 | 4:55 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 | 6:04 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 | 5:21 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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