A new Popular Science/InnoCentive challenge is live, and if you can divine a better way to test the toughness of hermetically sealed, sterile containers, the "Seeker" for this challenge is willing to pay up to $7,000 for it. To sweeten the deal, the Seeker--the people looking for the answer to this question--will consider further collaboration with the winner. If you think you've got an idea, the deadline is August 20. Read more about it here.
A brand-new challenge from InnoCentive has a massive payday--a whopping $160,000 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Health and Human Services for your ideas on ways to detect and help solve air pollution. It's open to any individual, team, or business in the United States with a killer idea about using new mobile tech to sense pollutants--it's an issue with huge public health implications, and we know that PopSci readers are just the people to help address it. Read more about it at InnoCentive.
Our latest featured challenge is a tough one. EMC is looking for a way to track electronics as they're disassembled and discarded. According to the company, "it is simply too difficult to measure the true destination of e-waste as it passes through the hands of downstream contractors who handle disposal and recycling." They don't know where it ends up or how, and they want to change that.
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.