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Tech Leaders Create Most Lucrative Science Prize In History 147

redletterdave writes "Mark Zuckerberg, Sergey Brin and Yuri Milner have teamed up to create The Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences Foundation, which now offers the most lucrative annual prize in the history of science: A $33 million pot to be split among 11 people, with individual rewards worth $3 million apiece. Comparatively, the monetary value of the Nobel prize is just $1.1 million. 'Our society needs more heroes who are scientists, researchers and engineers,' Zuckerberg said. 'We need to celebrate and reward the people who cure diseases, expand our understanding of humanity and work to improve people's lives.'"
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Tech Leaders Create Most Lucrative Science Prize In History

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  • by vswee (2040690) on Thursday February 21, 2013 @05:31AM (#42964903) Journal
    or is this some sort of advertising thing? You simply cant's trust people with money and power to be genuine these days.
  • And (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Murdoch5 (1563847) on Thursday February 21, 2013 @07:15AM (#42965381)
    I think truly great teachers should be included. Now to be fair out of the last 20 years of school I think I could nominate two profs. Good teachers are almost impossible to find. Just like great science leaders or engineers, a great teacher can inspire, the problem is 99.9999% of teachers inspire kids to give up rather then strive ( like my entire experience in elementary and secondary ).

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