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Teen Solves Pothole Problem with Chicken Feathers

A Canadian high school student’s science fair project will probably fix your city’s streets.

Screencap from the Montreal Gazette video.

David Ballas, 14 years old, hates potholes just like everybody else, but unlike the rest us lousy layabouts, he decided to do something about it. For his science fair project, the Canadian high school student set out to solve the nation’s perennial pothole problem—and the answer he came to was chicken feathers. Ballas’ winning formula was a mixture that comprised of 98 percent asphalt and two percent chicken feathers.

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From School Science Fairs to Designing a Smartphone App That Diagnoses Malaria

These grad students designed Lifelens, an app that lets you snap picture of a blood sample to determine if it's infected with malaria.

What if you could take a picture of a blood sample with your smartphone and have an app tell you if someone has malaria. That's exactly what Lifelens, a breakthrough technology project designed by five young recent college grads and graduate students is able to do. Given the mortality rates of malaria across the developing world, the technology has the potential to save millions of lives.

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