Over at Space.com (SpaceRef's primary online news competition), Leonard David, a good writer and guy, has an article up today about the upcoming Space Elevator competition titled Space Elevator: Hoist to the Heavens. Here's an excerpt.
"Admittedly, at least for now, the idea of a beanstalk-like space elevator connecting Earth and space is a stretch.
But next month’s X Prize Cup will host the Space Elevator Games, an unprecedented challenge for today’s engineers looking at ways to alter the future of access to space.
No matter how you look at it—from the top down or bottom up—building a full-scale space elevator is an uphill battle. But at least physics is in your favor."