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X Prize winners, finalists: A 100 mpg mandate

September 17, 2010

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Very Light Car No. 98 by the team Edison2 will receive $5 million for winning the mainstream, four-seater category of the Automotive X Prize sponsored by Progressive Insurance.

The aerodynamic car has a combustion engine running on E85, an ethanol-gas blend, and has a total efficiency of 102.5 MPGe.

X Prize Founder, at SXSW, Seeks Ideas to Fix Education

March 13, 2012

X-Prize chairman Peter Diamandis plans to launch an Education X Prize to help fix the U.S. educational system, such as coming up with better ways to crowd-source education, or rewarding the creation of a “powerful, addictive game” that promotes education.

X PRIZE Foundation to Announce Multi-Million Dollar Incentive Competition to Clean Up Oil

July 28, 2010

On July 29, 2010, the X PRIZE Foundation will launch its sixth major competition, a multi-million dollar privately funded Oil Cleanup X CHALLENGE, designed to inspire entrepreneurs, engineers, and scientists worldwide to develop innovative, rapidly deployable, and highly efficient methods of capturing crude oil from the ocean surface.

The announcement will be made at the National Press Club. Attendees will include:

· Peter Diamandis, Founder & Chairman,… read more

X Prize for 100-MPG car announced

April 3, 2007

The X PRIZE Foundation has announced plans to launch a multi-million-dollar Automotive X PRIZE (AXP) to inspire super-efficient vehicles that exceed 100 miles per gallon or its equivalent.

Wyss Institute to receive up to $37 million from DARPA to integrate multiple organ-on-chip systems to mimic the whole human body

New instrument would accelerate assessment of drug safety and efficacy, and inform regulatory decision-making
July 25, 2012

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The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University announced $37 million funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop an automated instrument that integrates 10 human organs-on-chips to study complex human physiology outside the body.

This effort builds on the Institute’s past breakthroughs in which Institute researchers engineered microchips that recapitulate the microarchitecture and functions of living organs, such as… read more

WWF: Humanity Using Resources Too Fast

October 26, 2006

The Earth’s ecosystems are being run down faster than ever because humanity is using more natural resources than our planet can replenish, the World Wildlife Fund said Tuesday.

Eventually, ecological assets, such as forests and fisheries, will be harvested to such a degree that they might disappear altogether.

WTN X PRIZE Technology Prizes Initiative Launched

October 12, 2004

The X Prize Foundation and the World Technology Network (WTN) announced the launch of the WTN X PRIZE, which will award prizes for significant achievements towards specific science or technology challenges such as cures for major diseases, artificial intelligence, or molecular assemblers.

The prizes will use the same methods developed for the recently awarded Ansari X PRIZE (10 million dollars for the first private space flight) to choose both… read more

Writer Neal Stephenson unveils his digital novel The Mongoliad

September 1, 2010

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Author Neal Stephenson has launched Subutai, which has developed the “PULP platform” for creating digital novels, using a new model for publishing books in which authors can add additional material like background articles, images, music, and video. There are also social features that allow readers to create their own profiles, earn badges for activity on the site or in the application, and interact with other readers..

Their first… read more

Write speeds for phase-change memory reach record limits

June 28, 2012

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By pre-organizing atoms in a bit of phase-change memory, information can be written in less than one nanosecond, the fastest for such memory.

With write speeds comparable to the memory that powers our computers, phase change memory could one day help computers boot up instantly.

Phase-change memory stores information based on the organization of atoms in a material, often a mixture of germanium, antimony, and tellurium (Ge2Sb2Te5 or… read more

Wristwatch gives remote control of computer

October 10, 2001

A new high-tech watchstrap that gives its wearer remote control over a wearable computer has been demonstrated in Switzerland.The GestureWrist, developed by Jun Rekimoto of Sony’s Computer Science Laboratory in Tokyo, Japan, uses sensors embedded into a normal watch strap. These track a wearer’s arm movements and the opening and closing their hand, relaying this information to a computer kept somewhere on their person.

GestureWrist uses a tilt sensor… read more

Wrinkled metamaterials for controlling light and sound propagation

January 28, 2014

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MIT researchers have developed flexible, layered metamaterials textured with nanoscale wrinkles that could provide a new way to control the distribution of sound or light signals, such as changing the materials’ color or making it optically or acoustically invisible.

The technology could be used for nondestructive testing of materials, new medical diagnostic tools, and sound suppression in a certain volume (location) in space rather thanread more

Wrinkled cell nuclei may make us age

April 28, 2006

A new study shows that cells from people over the age of 80 tend to have specific problems with the nucleus. The elderly nucleus loses its pert, rounded shape and becomes warped and wrinkled.

The National Cancer Institute team suggests that healthy cells always make a trace amount of an aberrant form of lamin A protein, but that young cells can sense and eliminate it. Elderly cells, it seems,… read more

Wrapping Solar Cells around an Optical Fiber

October 30, 2009

Researchers at Georgia Tech have made dye-sensitized solar cells with a much higher effective surface area by wrapping the cells around optical fibers.

These fiber solar cells are six times more efficient than a zinc oxide solar cell with the same surface area, and if they can be built using cheap polymer fibers, they shouldn’t be significantly more expensive to make.

Wozniak’s New Goal is Efficient Housing

August 15, 2007

Steve Wozniak is developing techniques to build homes with the least energy usage and pollution (using, for example, ram-dirt) and the least energy to operate.

Wow! That’s fast TCP!

December 14, 2004

Data has been sent across a wide-area optical network at 101Gbit/sec., the fastest-ever sustained data transmission speed, equivalent to downloading three full DVD movies per second, or transmitting all of the content of the Library of
Congress in 15 minutes.

It was demonstrated by a High Energy Physics research team that included the California Institute of Technology, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) and the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratories (FNAL).… read more

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