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We had a wonderful turnout for our first 1book140 contest, in which we asked readers to nominate, then vote, on what a 2012 equivalent to a "Longitude Prize" should be. We easily chose a shortlist of ten imaginative ideas. Interestingly, when it came to voting, the crowd spoke loud and clear, awarding over one-third of its votes to the search for Free, Sustainable Energy. The full list is below. Winners will receive special editions of Dava Sobel's Longitude (the 1book140 selection for this month) and her latest book, A More Perfect Heaven: How Coperniucs Revolutionized the Cosmos.1) Find a Source of Free, Sustainable Energy, submitted by Gill Corden.

2) Why do Honey Bee Colonies Collapse? submitted by Kyle Behymer.

3) Perfect Nuclear Fusion, submitted by Brad Chamberlin.

4) Secure Global Access to Clean Water, submitted by Jill Hubley

5) Create a System of Public Financing for Politicians, by, um, me.

For what it's worth, I'm disqualifying myself and sending my prize on to David Eccles, whose idea for Curing Malaria came in just behind mine in the voting.

Congratulations winners, and thanks everyone for donating their brain power and great ideas.


(Winners, email me here with your contact information so we can send you your prize.)  
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Jeff Howe is a professor of journalism at Northeastern University in Boston and a former Nieman Fellow at Harvard. More

Jeff Howe is a professor of journalism at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts and a former Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. He previously worked as a contributing editor at Wired Magazine, where he covered the media and entertainment industries. In June 2006 he published "The Rise of Crowdsourcing" in Wired. In September 2008 he published a book on the subject for Random House. The book has been translated into 11 languages. Before coming to Wired in 2001 he was a senior editor at Inside.com and a writer at the Village Voice. In his 20 years as a journalist he has traveled around the world working on stories ranging from the impending water crisis in Central Asia to the implications of gene patenting. He has written for Time, U.S. News & World Report, The Washington Post, Mother Jones and numerous other publications. He lives in Cambridge with his wife and two children.

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