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By Aarathi Prasad   March 2007

Mega-prizes Got a bright idea for removing carbon dioxide from the world’s atmosphere? Get it past a panel of judges, including James Lovelock, and you could find yourself $25m richer, courtesy of Richard Branson and Al Gore, who launched their Earth Challenge prize in London in early February.

But even if you’re clueless on carbon, you’re sure to find a mega-prize to suit you. Six of the Clay Mathematics Institute’s seven “Millennium Prize Problems” remain unsolved, and there’s $1m on offer for each. Netflix, the US online movie rental service, has $1m for anyone who can improve the algorithm the…

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