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U.S. young inventor’s kit easily tests lead in water

Jul 17, 2017, 7:02 AM EDT
(Source: Jason Jacobs/flickr)
(Source: Jason Jacobs/flickr)

Moved by the stories of how chemically contaminated water affects lives in countries like Flint and Michigan, a U.S. kid, Gitanjali Rao, has developed a cheap, easy-to-produce kit that can accurately detect lead levels in water, beaming the results directly to a Bluetooth-enabled smartphone.

Gitanjali, an eleven-year-old student at Brentwood Middle School in Brentwood, Tennessee, is one of the 10 finalists in the 2017 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, writes Digital Trends.

Gitanjali’s device offers a real time method to test chemical contaminants in water, which currently takes about a week with traditional processes. Gitanjali, who is keen on finding solutions to real world problems, has also developed a simple kit for detecting the kind and amount of toxin from a snakebite, notes Tennessean.

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