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Space Poop Challenge Winner’s Solution May End Up in Space Soon

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The winner of a recent NASA challenge may see his invention (or parts of it) launched into space on a mission in the next few years. “I guess it was all pretty abstract before, but it does look like they will use some of the ideas fairly soon,” said Air Force Col. Thatcher Cardon, a family doctor and flight surgeon whose system for managing bathroom functions in space won NASA’s recent Space Poop Challenge. Managed with the help of He... Continue reading
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Winning App Crowdsources Life-Saving Response to Opioid Overdose

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In the United States, people are now more likely to die from a drug overdose than in a car accident. Overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the United States, with opioids being the culprit in most of these fatalities. From 2000 to 2015 more than half a million people died from drug overdoses. Ninety-one Americans die every day from an opioid overdose in this country, from overdoses involving heroin and prescription painkillers,... Continue reading
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Finalists Announced in NASA’s Space Robotics Challenge

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When astronauts finally land on the surface of Mars, they may not be alone. They may bring with them some associates who stand more than six feet tall, weigh about 300 pounds and have programmed souls. This past summer NASA launched its Space Robotics Challenge, which seeks to equip humanoid robots with the autonomy and dexterity they need to work alongside astronauts on a Mars mission -- and even do some prep work before humans arrive. ... Continue reading
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Challenge Winners Look to Root Out Contamination at Food Processing Plants

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Some prize competitions seek to solve problems to benefit the public; others may spur industry through the creation of new businesses. And some do both. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) I-FAST competition sought to bring fundamental academic research to the marketplace through innovations in food and agricultural science and technology, or I-FAST. Working with the National Science Foundation (NSF), USDA awarded $50,000 each to f... Continue reading
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FTC Announces Internet of Things Challenge to Combat Security Vulnerabilities in Home Devices

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The Federal Trade Commission announced today that it is challenging the public to create an innovative tool that will help protect consumers from security vulnerabilities in the software of home devices connected to the Internet of Things. The agency is offering a cash prize of up to $25,000 for the best technical solution, with up to $3,000 available for up to three honorable mention winner(s). The FTC is asking contestants to develop a tool... Continue reading
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Help Shape New Directions in Open Science: Vote for your favorite Innovation!

Help Shape New Directions in Open Science:  Vote for your favorite Innovation! PrizeWire blog post image.
In the spirit of open science – a movement to make data and other information from scientific research available to everyone -- the National Institutes of Health invites you to cast your vote and help us decide which of the projects competing for the Open Science Prize are the most innovative and most likely to have the greatest impact. Your vote plays a critical role in determining the three finalists for the ultimate selection of a grand priz... Continue reading
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Q&A: Company Finds Validation, New Partners in Hearing Loss Challenge

Q&A: Company Finds Validation, New Partners in Hearing Loss Challenge PrizeWire blog post image.
Noise-induced hearing loss is prevelant among workers in industries from manufacturing to the military, where it is the most common disability among veterans. Each year, more than 20 million workers are exposed to noise levels that can cause irreparable damage to the inner ear and lead to hearing loss and tinnitus, which is a ringing in the ears. These conditions cost employers millions of dollars each year and cannot be reversed through medic... Continue reading
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