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Submission + - Pentagon needs someone to pick up space trash (

An anonymous reader writes: The U.S. Space Surveillance Network says there are almost 20,000 man-made objects in orbit, ninety-four percent of which are non-functional debris. And that's not counting the hundreds of thousands of bits of junk too small to track track. Little wonder the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has put out a call for someone — anyone — to come up with a way to effectively remove orbital debris.

Submission + - An X Prize for Algae Biofuel (

Ichijo writes: A $10 million Algae Fuel Prize has been announced by venture capital firm Prize Capital to encourage development of commercially viable fuel from algae. "The Algae Fuel Prize's rules specifies that the winner must produce 3,000 net gallons of diesel fuel per acre at a cost of no more than $3 per gallon. The net quantity is obtained by subtracting the gallons of fuel used in producing the algae from the yield. Prize Capital will also work to arrange buyers for the fuel."

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