A $16.8 million prize is being offered to the genius who can solve today's most pressing scientific issue. The competition is based on the Longitude Act issued by England 300 years ago, BBC reports, when the country announced a lump prize for developing a method to determine longitude at sea; it worked. The modern contest has posed six scientific conundrums, including solving paralysis and ensuring everyone has access to clean water. The public will vote online beginning this week to determine which of the six challenges is of the greatest importance.
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