Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Boy's Cancer Detection Tool Wins Science Fair Top Prize

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Boy's Cancer Detection Tool Wins Science Fair Top Prize

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A 15-year-old Maryland boy took the top prize of $75,000 at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 2012 with his creation of a noninvasive pancreatic cancer detection tool, while two local students received cash awards for an anti-tumor cancer treatment and an iPhone navigational tool for the visually impaired.

Top-prize winner, Jack Andraka of Crownsville, Md., received the Gordon F. Moore Award named in honor of the Intel co-founder and retired official. The fair, the world's largest high-school science fair, was held Downtown this week and involved 1,549 international high-school students at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

Based on the idea of diabetic test paper, Jack created a simple dip-stick sensor to test blood or urine to determine whether a patient has early-stage pancreatic cancer. His study resulted in more than 90 percent accuracy and showed his patent-pending sensor to be 28 times faster, 28 times less expensive and more than 100 times more sensitive than current tests.

Nicholas Schiefer, 17, of Pickering, Ontario, Canada, and Ari Dyckovsky, 18, of Leesburg, Va., each received the Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award of $50,000.

Nicholas studied what he calls "microsearch," or the ability to search fast-growing information media, including small amounts of content such as tweets and Facebook status updates. Through his research, he hopes to improve search-engine capability, which, in turn, would improve access to information.

Ari investigated the science of quantum teleportation. He found that once atoms are linked through the process called "entanglement," information from one atom will just appear in another atom when the quantum state of the first atom is destroyed. Using this method, organizations requiring high levels of data security, such as the National Security Administration, could send an encrypted message without running the risk of interception because the information would not travel to its new location, but instead, simply appear there. …

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