The new Longitude Prize

300 years after it was first was awarded, today's version is meant to solve problems vexing humanity on issues like antibiotic resistance, paralysis and dementia.

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Thousands of vessels were saved from shipwreck thanks to John Harrison, who won the first Longitude Prize in 1765.
Gwynne Dyer
Published: Sunday, 05/25/2014 11:55 pm EDT
Last Updated: Monday, 05/26/2014 12:27 am EDT

Voting began last week to choose the problem that the winner of the Longitude Prize 2014 will have to solve—and win the equivalent of $18.3 million CDN. It’s a publicity gimmick, of course, but it may be very useful nevertheless. Especially because, unlike most of these prizes for innovation, it is meant to solve a problem that is of concern to all of humanity.

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