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A Japanese Startup Will Try to Land on the Moon Next Year

Going to the Moon is officially hip again, thanks in no small part to Google, which is offering £16 million to the first private company that can land on our nearest neighbour, roll around a bit, and beam images back to Earth. The latest contender for that sweet sweet X-Prize money is Japan, which has just obtained a launch vehicle for the shiny metal cheese grater rover it plans to send to the Moon late next year. Read More >>

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The New X Prize Wants to Save Your Life, Star Trek Style

The X Prize Foundation and Qualcomm are partnering to try to make the Tricorder — Star Trek's famous health-diagnosing gadget — a reality. They are offering up £6.5 million in prize money. This may be the most practically useful X Prize yet. Read More >>