How does science get new ideas? One way is to hold a contest. When the rest of us (who aren’t geniuses) want to know something, we usually look it up on the internet. Now Google has released the top 10 searchers on their site for 2008. Alas they show a lack of imagination: Sarah Palin, Facebook and Barack Obama. No wonder most of us will never win the X Prize!
In LiveScience.com, Michael Schirber quotes Sarah Evans, the head of the X Prize Foundation, as saying, “We recognized that we don’t have all of the answers, and wanted to reach out to the people that a prize in energy and the environment would affect and find out their ideas for what we should be focusing on.