Top 15 finalists from Google's international Science Fair

Top 15 finalists from Google's international Science Fair

Summary: Google's Science Fair came to a close today with participants from three age groups (all in their teens) flown in from all over the world. Here's a look at the top 15 entries this year.

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  • Shree Bose, 17 from Fort Worth, Texas, has been studying drug resistance in ovarian cancer cells for two years. Her research has found that the AMPK, an activated protein enzyme, causes resistance to cisplatin, a chemotherapy drug used to treat the cancer. However, when controlled, the enzyme has the power to build resistance to the cancer, which could have profound affects on future ovarian cancer treatments.

  • Harine Ravichandran, 16 from Chennai, India, has found from her experiments on power line conditioning that multi-level inverters can overcome power shortages when connected to a single phase circuit. 

  • Luke Taylor, 15 from Cape Town, South Africa, has developed a platform that translates English into computer code, which in turn directs a prototype robot that receives the translation and conducts the corresponding action. For example, tell the robot to move forward and backwards, and it will do it. It can also do more complicated tasks like pouring a glass of water.

    Luke suggests that these robots could be used in hospitals in South Africa, particularly in remote areas, where there are less staff to treat patients.

Topic: Google

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  • RE: Top 15 finalists from Google's international Science Fair

    Not surprised to see the usual U.S.A bias in one of these supposedly "International" events. Only three of the top 15 are from outside of the US.
    • Or, maybe the U.S.A. has a culture that encourages

      individuality and inventiveness. Nah. It couldn't be that. That would mean your country has a problem. Much easier to just claim it's bigotry and excuse away your problems.
  • RE: Top 15 finalists from Google's international Science Fair

    It's good to hear about the children and even note one from here in San Diego is doing well in the competition.<br> Maybe one day we sill see a magnetic train with a permanent north and south inside the chassis of the train that allows a magnetically swithed track to switch the poles, thus propelling the train at speeds we normally would not dream of. <br>It is possible, exampled by automatic tranfer switchs to induce lower to higher amerage fields or even switch the track's coils using a processer such as a 66 MHZ amd.<br>Congratulations Daniel Arnold and the same goes for the others.
  • RE: Top 15 finalists from Google's international Science Fair

    Most likely there was insufficient publicity in the international circuit to get the entries.