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The science 'X Factor' with a 1bn euro prize

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Fet 11 - "a unique conference on visionary, high-risk and long-term research in information science and technology" - is a place where big ideas get noticed.

And the big prize is for two EU-funded projects to be given up to 100m euros per year for 10 years to conduct their research.

Dan Simmons looks at the six finalists and some of the wackier ideas at the conference.

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