What major issue facing humanity should scientists focus on? What is the most pressing issue that we need to solve to ensure our continued existence? (No, it's not wireless charging of handphones.)
The Longitude Prize seeks to answer this question by polling the public. They asked hundreds of leading scientists to identify 6 major scientific problems. This includes:
- Dementia: How can we help people with dementia live indepedently for longer?
- Paralysis: How can we restore movement to those with paralysis?
- Antibiotics: How can we prevent the rise of resistance to antibiotics?
- Flight: How can we fly without damaging the environment?
- Food: How can we ensure everyone has nutritious, sustainable food?
- Water: How can we ensure everyone can have access to safe and clean water?
From 22 May till 25 June, the public can decide what the challenge should focus on. The winning challenge will be announced on 25 June and will become the focus of the 10 million pound prize fund. After that, you can submit your ideas about how to solve these issues, and win the prize.