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Don't Discount Old-Fashioned Competition

From the Wall Street Journal today, David Wessel reports on how "prize philanthropy" is pushing innovation in a number of fields, including science. Competitions such as the X Prize have helped stimulate advances in everything from complex algorithm development to rocket science (literally) -- and now, possibly, to genomics.

Note to the prize-offering folks: next time you propose to give out $1 million or more to people doing good science, let's not forget about the people who write about good science, OK?

 

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