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Create App To Show Driver’s MPG & Win $25,000 In Ford Personalized Fuel-Efficiency App Challenge!

Honestly, I have no idea how many miles my car gets to the gallon. Hopefully one of you software geniuses can collaborate with Ford to build a simple app to show me just how efficient my Taurus is.

Cool Inspiration From Previous Arctic Innovation Competition Winners!

If you’re planning on entering the 2013 Arctic Innovation Competition, it wouldn’t hurt to take a peek at the inventions that wowed the judges of this chilly contest, so here are the grand prize winners from 2009 to 2012 for extra inspiration:

Propose Efficient Energy Solutions From Latin America, Win Up To $100,000 Via 2013 IDEAS Energy Innovation Contest!

The government of South Korea, Inter-American Development Bank, Nordic Development Fund and GDF SUEZ, have pulled together to seek out energy solutions from Caribbean, South and Central American nations, and there are huge cash prizes for the best ideas!

Propose A C02-Reducing Product Or Invention, Win € 500,000 In The Postcode Lottery Green Challenge!

If you’ve got an invention that reduces greenhouse gas emissions, pitch your idea to the judges at The Postcode Lottery Green Challenge for a chance to receive € 500,000 to develop your business plans.

Nasa Tests New Rover

A new rover named GROVER, which stands for both Greenland Rover and Goddard Remotely Operated Vehicle for Exploration and Research, is being sent to test itself in the polar ice. The robot, which will be tested in May and June is also soon to get a companion made by Dartmouth University during the summe.

Massive Amount Of Lithium Found In Wyoming

The new reserves of lithium found near Rock Springs could serve the entire needs of the US in batteries, reducing our needs to import the substance from overseas, and helping innovation in the industry.

Power Utilities Scared Of Solar Panels

As solar panels become cheaper, installation fees lowered, and the effectiveness of this technology goes up, the power utilities describe a frightening scenario where they could become nothing more than a backup grid for many people who will end up producing their own power.

Calling All Inventors: Submit Your Best Healthcare, Education, Or Sustainability Ideas

Got an idea to change the world? Verizon wants to hear it, and it might even get you a cool $10 million.

Creating Construction Sustainability With Hempcrete

A lot of people are concerned with creating low a carbon footprint and ecological sustainability. Now you can build a home from more sustainable materials that also creates a reduced need for heating and cooling with something called hempcrete. Hemp has long been known to be a versatile and easily replenished resource for making everything from clothing and ropes to chips and buildings. Hemp has also long been vilified by the ban on marijuana.

No Electricity And Need A Light? Then SOCCKET To Me!

A group of Harvard alumni said let there be light. After some serious work and designing, and a few fun games of soccer there was light. It is a fairly simple idea to bring electricity and light to areas of the world where such things are scarce. It comes in the form of a soccer ball called SOCCKET that captures kinetic energy during play. Just a quick half hour of play can power an LED light for up to three hours.