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She won the $50,000 Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award

A high school student from California has created a way to charge cell phones completely in just 20-30 seconds. 

Eesha Khare, 18, of Saratoga, California, recently won the $50,000 Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award for her fast-charging device. 

The device uses an improved supercapacitor that can store a lot of energy into a small space using a nanorod electrode. It is capable of 10,000 charge-recharge cycles and can fully charge a cell phone in 20-30 seconds. 

Traditional chargers typically take hours to achieve a full charge, and are capable of only 1,000 cycles for rechargeable batteries.

Khare said her supercapacitor has been used to power an LED, and sees her invention being placed in cell phones in the future.

"It is also flexible, so it can be used in rollup displays and clothing and fabric," Khare said. "It has a lot of different applications and advantages over batteries in that sense."

This definitely isn't the first time a high school student has come up with a brilliant invention in recent years. Just last year, 15-year-old Jack Andraka invented a new pancreatic cancer test that earned him the $75,000 prize from another Intel-sponsored fair. 

Source: NBC News

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RE: No tech details on a tech site?
By EricMartello on 5/20/2013 9:59:22 AM , Rating: 2
The "connection" is she used their lab equipment. All this nay-saying is really confusing me right now. What is everyone's hangup?

She received a lot more help than access to equipment. My issue is that they're doling out awards to people who really didn't accomplish anything on their own. She relied on a "team" to do what she did, yet she's happy to pocket that $50K for herself and take all the credit.

I'd be more impressed if a kid actually made something BY HIM OR HERSELF without help from a PHD or research team, and I bet a lot of kids who entered the contest were doing things on their own...

Compare this girl to someone like Nikola Tesla, who did event practical and useful things that could actually be demonstrated. We have enough pseudo-scientists.

RE: No tech details on a tech site?
By karimtemple on 5/20/2013 10:05:18 AM , Rating: 2
It says nothing about "a lot more help." It says she was given access to their equipment. You're just making stuff up.

By EricMartello on 5/20/2013 6:00:40 PM , Rating: 2
It says nothing about "a lot more help." It says she was given access to their equipment. You're just making stuff up.

Yes, the lack of specificity is not a mistake. If it outlined just how much help she did receive more people would find it ridiculous that she got a $50K award for copy-pasting other peoples' work.

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