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29 May 2014
The UK government’s launch of a Longitude prize, 300 years after the original and this time packaged with a special episode of the BBC’s Horizon programme and an X-Factor-style vote, has kicked up a storm of criticism. The prize has been attacked as shamelessly populist. The £10 million up for grabs is seen as either too small to truly make a difference or too big, diverting resources away from more established research funding, says Dr Jack Stilgoe (UCL Science & Technology Studies) in Research Fortnight (£).