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Long time no see, buzy week. Very interesting (research) article discovered last week

and as always, several writings worth reading

Even if the awards do inspire young people, Stilgoe argues that they send out the wrong message. “The prizes reinforce the mythology of science in which lone geniuses come up with brilliant ideas on their own,” he says.

And some say that the prize money would be better used to drive research directly. In 2011, for example, Venter joined forces with the X Prize Foundation and health-care firm Medco Health Solutions, based in Northampton, UK, to offer a US$10-million prize to the first team to sequence accurately the genomes of 100 centenarians. “I’m always more excited by awards that push or drive innovation, rather than ones that just recognize past achievements,” Venter says.

Many researchers favour the idea of targeting awards at promising scientists early in their careers. “A small award at this stage is a fantastic idea,” says Cooper. At this point, scientists are in a vulnerable position, struggling to win grants and often supporting young families. “It will just free scientists up to do more research — it’s about getting the biggest bang for your buck,” Cooper says.

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