Longitude Prize to award £10 Million for solving 1 of the shortlisted epic challenges facing humanity @sustaincities

A new fund is offering a prize of £10 million to anyone who comes up with a solution to one of six shortlisted problems that face humanity. The selected challenge is being chosen by the public. The challenge is called the Longitude Prize , named after the groundbreaking contest that lasted over 200 years to find a scientific solution to the problem of maritime navigation. What was the first Longitude Prize? For hundreds of years sailors had no way of accurately knowing where they were and thousands of lives were lost as a result. The British scientific establishment offered a prize to anyone who could come up with a way of determining longitude within a certain degree of accuracy. The prize was eventually won by a common Yorkshireman, John Harrison, who devoted his life to solving the problem, facing huge opposition from the establishment of the time. The result was a new ...

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