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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  • Vighnesh Shiv, 17 from Portland, Ore., developed a platform that automatically analyzes music and can idenfity the instrument and individual notes. This technology, he says, could also be used for other sounds to extract information. For example, it could be used for healthcare purposes to classify electrocardio analysis.

  • Gavin Ovsak, 17 from Hopkins, Minn., developed a new style of water turbines that can be fully submersed and put to use to generate electricity (even in homes) using access to local bodies of water (i.e. river or ocean tidal currants). The apparatus, which Ovsak built from cutting boards, uses a fin he designed that moves at the same speed as the water and allows for the turbine to perform at maximum efficiency. Because the fins move with the water and don't use blades, fish should still be able to swim through these turbines just fine. 

    Ovsak has already had conversations with General Electric and 3M, so perhaps we'll see more about this soon.

  • Matthew Morris, 18 from San Diego, designed a new sailboat structure using gravity and based on a hydrodynamic keel to keep the boat more balanced when traveling upwind and downwind. 

    Maybe Oracle should take a look at Matthew's project before the next America's Cup.

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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.
    netsurfau
    • 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.
      fr_gough
  • 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.
    gradkiss
  • RE: Top 15 finalists from Google's international Science Fair

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