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News Picks : New Longitude Prize established for solving global challenges

By: Physics Today
19 May 2014
BBC: In 1714 the British government established a £20 000 prize to be awarded for the development of a method for calculating longitude while at sea. That Longitude Prize serves as the inspiration for a new £10 million prize announced by UK charity Nesta and the Technology Strategy Board. The problem to be investigated will be chosen from one of six options: How can we fly without damaging the environment? How can we ensure everyone has nutritious sustainable food? How can we prevent the rise of resistance to antibiotics? How can we restore movement to those with paralysis? How can we ensure everyone has access to safe and clean water? How can we help people with dementia live independently for longer? The questions will be discussed on the BBC science series Horizon, and then a public vote will be held to choose which major issue the 2014 Longitude Prize should focus on.


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