27 Juni 2013

Google ‘Science in Action’ Winner for 2013: Elif Bilgin

Third annual Science Fair to award 16 year old Girl with bioplastic from discarded banana peels

“Genius,” Thomas Edison famously said, “is 1 percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration.” He would have found a kindred spirit in Elif Bilgin, 16, of Istanbul, Turkey, winner of the 2013 $50,000 Science in Action award, part of the third annual Google Science Fair. The award honors a project that can make a practical difference by addressing an environmental, health or resources challenge; it should be innovative, easy to put into action and reproducible in other communities.

Bilgin spent two years toiling away on her project to develop a bioplastic from discarded banana peels, enduring 10 failed trials of plastics that weren’t strong enough or that decayed rapidly.

… Full text: blogs.scientificamerican.com/at-scientific-american/2013/06/27/science-in-action-winner-for-2013-elif-bilgin/

Tags: Mountain View campus, starch, cellulose, insulation, electric cables, cosmetic prostheses, health application

Source: Scientific American, 2013-06-27.

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