AlphaMonkey’s been working too hard. Now he’s trying to share the misery by reminding me of the recent Intel Science Talent Search awards, posted in the forums by fealty2dariyah, in which 17-year olds submitted science projects for fun and profit. Top prize—$100,000.
(Fomer child science prodigy Chris Knight was unavailable to comment on the lack of laser related entries)
Now, these projects aren’t just seeing which light bulb burns out first, or how fast plants grow in the dark. The first place winner developed a method to detect neurotoxin levels in the body with quantum dots. Second place was a proposal for a particle detector that could measure the time of flight of superluminal particles on the order of 10-12 (that’s one part in a trillion) seconds.
Almost makes a fella want to pack it up and go home.