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Incentivizing Exponential Approaches to Energy and Climate

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Biotech may be the 21st century’s greatest opportunity. Climate change and energy transformation may be its greatest challenge. The NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE intends to bring the opportunity of biotech to this challenge—it is a call to action to all scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, and innovators to demonstrate and inspire a path to a better energy future. Biotech is rapidly blurring the lines between the impossible and the possible. The exponential pace of technological advances makes Read More >

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Co-Optimized Fuel-Engine Systems to Transform Our Nation’s Vehicles

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The critical need to reduce the nation’s dependence on foreign oil and cut greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector has prompted great interest in the advancement of clean energy technologies. The President’s Climate Action Plan calls for the accelerated development of cost-competitive, advanced biofuels that will reduce the carbon footprint from transportation and for new fuel economy standards to reduce emissions and improve vehicle efficiency. Both goals present a significant challenge—but also great opportunity. Read More >

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Science Fair – My Sport

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Growing up in a small town, most of my fellow students focused on sports, because it offered they the highest opportunity for success. Nearly everyone expected that I would also focus on sports – I’m an African American male and both my older sisters were great athletes. Unfortunately, I did not inherit my family’s athleticism and recognized that I would have to take a different path. I quickly traded in the sports field for a Read More >

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Tackling Zika: Q&A With PaxVax CEO Nima Farzan

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As mosquito season kicks into high gear and the threat of Zika transmission in the United States grows, the global health community is grappling with how to address not only the potential for large-scale outbreaks in the near-term but the possibility that Zika will linger as an on-going threat, similar to West Nile virus, for years to come. More than 15 companies and public-health organizations have publically stated that they are working on Zika vaccine Read More >

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Development of a Novel Zika Vaccine with MVA-VLP Technology

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Since the World Health Organization (WHO) first designated the Zika virus an international public health emergency on February 1, 2016, public health officials have become increasingly alarmed. On April 13 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a report in the New England Journal of Medicine, confirming the previous suspicions that Zika virus causes severe birth defects, including microcephaly – a condition where children are born with unusually small heads. The virus is Read More >

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