How can we fight back against the War on Science? Billionaire Yuri Milner, who established the Breakthrough Institute’s new endeavor to re-invigorate SETI, now leads a group of his peers in establishing a set of big time, Hollywood-style awards for top scientists, hopefully leading to some of the burnished prestige that comes from red-carpet treatment. With his friends Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Google cofounder Sergey Brin, 23andMe founder Ann Wojcicki and Alibaba CEO Jack Ma, Milner wants the world to celebrate the great research being done in fundamental physics, life sciences and math. Each of the seven winners tonight gets $3 million and a chance to stand onstage before a crowd of Silicon Valley’s leading lights, in a ceremony broadcast live on the National Geographic channel.
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Tech Billionaires Milner, Zuckerberg Plus Seth MacFarlane Host Awards To Celebrate World's Top Scientists
The Breakthrough Prize awards, a mix of Hollywood glamour and support from Silicon Valley tech tycoons, aim to make successful scientists more well known.
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